Projections, installations, unbelievable cocktails and more. These aesthetic spots in Melbourne need to be snapped ASAP.

Take a trip around the Earth

Take an unforgettable journey into the natural world at the BBC Earth Experience. The experience is narrated by Sir David Attenborough himself. Discover breathtaking state of the art audio visual technology and stunning footage. Wander in wonder and take in the beauty of a forest full of fireflies and discover colourful carpets of starfish.

Visit Melbourne's happiest art exhibition

Take a journey back to your childhood with Joy. At the Immigration Museum's new exhibition, seven artists interpret what happiness means to them. Step inside an old-school video store. Find interactive rainbow-bright artworks. And belly flop on a giant stuffed toy rabbit.

People interacting with a colourful glowing pole.
Joy, Immigration Museum

Drink cocktails from a gumball machine, milk jug or nitro bubble

Art, science or just perfect Insta-fodder? Melbourne's most Instagrammable cocktails are a bit of everything. Whether it's a novelty shark-shaped vessel or theatrical delivery, you're bound to rack up the reacts. Our top pick is a smoke-filled, bubble topped drop from the likes of CuriousYum Sing House and Nick & Norah’s.

Visit a neon-lit cake shop

Craving a sweet treat? Just look for this neon-lit cake shop on Swanston Street. Despite its futuristic vibes and sleek silver interiors, Miilk Cake Studio is charmingly old-school. The cakes are made from treasured family recipes, handed down over generations. Order pretty pandan sponges or try inventive flavours like mini taro and vanilla chiffon cakes.

Two women dining in a futuristic silver cafe.
Miilk

Go Punting on the Lake 

See the gardens from a different angle with a cruise on an English-style punt around the Ornamental Lake. Discover picturesque islands and bays of the lake while learning about the history, wildlife and plants on this unique chauffeured experience. Running through the warmer month only, this is a stunning photo opportunity. And did we mention you can bring your dog?

Take a sensory journey through the cosmos

Enter a sensory journey beyond your imagination at Marshmallow Laser Feast: Works of Nature. This new exhibition at ACMI will leave you in awe. Explore human connection to nature through guided meditation, large scale artworks and stunning light projections. Pose before the glittering cosmos. Then make your experience even more immersive with a VR headset for just $10.

Two silhouetted people dancing in front of a sparkling screen.
Marshmallow Laser Feast

Pose in a retro gaming arcade

Arcade games old and new will have you clicking away at Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq. Go classic with Space Invaders, or take a seat in the life-sized Mario Kart. Be dazzled by neon while playing Let’s Bounce or NBA Hoops. Then order a fairy-floss topped cocktail for the ultimate Insta-feed.

Roam through a moving painting

See The Lume's breathtaking new exhibition, showcasing the art of Leonardo Da Vinci. Explore the 3,000 square metre projection art gallery, swirling with floor-to-ceiling digital displays. Step inside the Mona Lisa, get up close with Da Vinci's inventions and marvel at the Last Supper on a grand scale. The new exhibition opens in March.

People looking at the Mona Lisa and Last Supper paintings projected on large screens.
Leonardo Da Vinci at The Lume

See a spectacular glowing weather forecast

Melbournians love any excuse to talk about the weather. And Victoria Harbour's Light House is a towering ode to our favourite conversation starter. Every night after dark, the building projects Melbourne’s weather in real-time, with stunning abstract light installations. Stick around to see the lights forecast tomorrow’s weather on the hour, every hour. Will it be rain, clouds, wind or sunshine?

Get clicking at a luxury shoe boutique

Golden Goose’s new Melbourne digs at 80 Collins are as eye-catching as the cult Italian sneakers on sale. A gold metal staircase leads to glowing white walls lined with backlit shelves. The flagship store’s industrial edge complements Lab GGDB’s range of handmade distressed sneakers. Speak to the sneaker creator to customise your new pair of star-detailed shoes.

a girl walking up golden sticker covered stairs looking up
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand

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