The city of food, art, shopping and sport, could you want anything more?
Divided by the renowned Yarra River and just a tram ride away from any hotspot, Melbourne is adorned with an eclectic mix of historical structures juxtaposing the new, modern-age fixings. Despite its charismatic weather that seems to have a mind of its own, Melbourne certainly knows how to warm up our bellies and wardrobes with its endless dining options and shopping precincts that brings out the secret spender in all of us.
The issue with Melbourne is knowing where to start. Thankfully, we’ve planned an entire 72-hour getaway for you. From checking-in to checking-out and everything in between, we’ve got you covered with our itinerary – all you need to do is pack your bags and you’re off!
The Langham, Melbourne
Just a touch away from the Yarra River, no visit to Melbourne is complete without a visit to The Langham, Melbourne – the city’s very own luxury five-star hotel. Accentuated with intimate interiors, personalised service and some of the best views in town, The Langham, Melbourne is everything guests need and more. With 10 suites to choose from including the Executive Terrace Room that overlooks Melbourne’s cityscape, The Langham, Melbourne also treats guests to a swimming pool, fitness studio, oriental spa, numerous exceptional dining options and of course, their renowned Club privileges including access to the exclusive Langham Club Lounge, butler services and even being able to enjoy a delectable Traditional Afternoon Tea.
After checking in, we recommend you start your Melbourne getaway with a pick-me-up and what better way to do so than at Melbourne’s favourite patisserie, Brunetti. A short eight-minute walk over the Yarra River through to Flinders Lane will transport visitors to a sanctuary of delectable bites from breakfast through to lunch and dinner. Oh, and we can’t forget their impressive lineup of sweets that will make your eyes light up. Specialising in a range of treats from Nutella eclairs, heavenly profiteroles, mini croquembouche and even berry tarts; regardless of what you pick, with a coffee in one hand and a sweet treat in the other, we can assure that Brunetti’s will be your haven on your weekend away.
Explore the City
Now it’s time to explore the city, but where to begin? Thankfully we’ve got that sorted too. After your quick morning pick-me-up feed at Brunetti, make your way to the renowned Hosier Lane that’s tapestried in an assortment of graffiti, murals and installations. Walking out onto Swanstown Street, a short stroll will have explorers venturing past some of Melbourne’s highlights including St Paul’s Cathedral, Flinders Street Railway Station and Federation Square, which is home to a range of exhibitions, guided tours, social festivals and more. Next, crossing Princes Bridge and walking along the Yarra River will take explorers to the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria that’s home to Ornamental Lake, Government House and the Queen Victoria Gardens.
Rockpool Bar & Grill
Winning two hats at The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2018, Rockpool Bar & Grill encapsulates modern Australian cuisine with unsurpassed excellence. Located in Crown Complex, Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne focuses on excellent produce that’s accompanied by an uparalleled wine list. Any trip to Melbourne is not complete without a visit to Rockpool. Stuck on what to order? We recommend the Yellowfin Tuna with Leche de Tigre ($39) to start and then to follow, the Rib-Eye on the Bone 350g 65 Days ($75). Or for a lighter lunch, guests cannot look past the King Prawns with Goats Cheese Tortellini ($39) paired with a side of Dobson’s Russet Potatoes with Wagyu Fat ($12) and a glass of Dolcetto Roberto Voerzio Priavino.
DFO South Wharf
Welcome to Australia’s shopping haven. Now that you’ve made it and you’re ready to splash some cash, we’d like to point you in the direction of the best shopping precinct in the city, DFO South Wharf. Found just a 20 minute walk from Rockpool Bar & Grill along the Yarra River, DFO South Wharf is home to a range of stores to please any shopper’s taste including Adidas, Coach, Decjuba, Fossil, Kate Spade, Lacoste, M.J. Bale, Oakley, Sass & Bide, Sneakerboy, Superdry and Tigerlily to name a few.
The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club
In just under 20 minutes, the tram from Melbourne’s CBD to South Yarra will take diners to The Emerson Rooftop Bar and Club. With undisturbed views of the surrounding city skyline, from lunch through to a late-night fix, The Emerson is in no doubt our first pick. Indulge your Emerson experience with a few bites to end your day on the tastiest of notes. We’d recommend the Parmesan Truffle Fries ($12) and The Tasting Platter ($80) which includes an array of scrumptious bites. Finally, ending day one on a high note, make your way up to Emerson’s rooftop space and get your lips on the Tired and True Espresso ($28) and the Montey’s Passion ($21).
Melba at The Langham, Melbourne
Any city escape needs to be started off right, and what better way than enjoying breakfast at The Langham, Melbourne Melba. Available from 6:30 – 10:30am on the weekends, Melba offers an exquisite buffet breakfast menu celebrating and using Melbourne’s freshest, local produce. Guests can expect a range of seasonal fruits, cereals with a range of milk to choose from, freshly squeezed juices, healthy yoghurts, salads, vegetarian options, a range of baked goods from the breakfast bakery, traditional continental breakfast items including sausages, cooked eggs, pancakes and more. Our tip: be sure to keep some room to enjoy the ice cream and chocolate fountain available.
Queen Victoria Market
Welcome to a true delight for foodies and shopaholics alike, the Queen Victoria Markets. Found just under a 20-minute tram ride into Melbourne’s CBD, Queen Victoria Market is located near Old Melbourne Gaol and Melbourne City Baths. Open Tuesday to Sunday, Queen Victoria Market is home to a range of fresh produce to sink your teeth into including a range of delicatessens, organic suppliers and restaurants, to name a few. After making your way through the food halls, outside explorers will find a range of specialty shopping which includes everything from clothing, gifts, hardware, health and wellbeing, souvenirs and more. Keep an eye out on the Queen Victoria Market website for a list of fun activities available.
Starward Distillery Tour and Whisky Masterclass
For your Melbourne getaway, our tippled treat to you is Starward – Australia’s most loved whisky. Found in Port Melbourne, whether you’re a lover of whisky or just a casual drinker, Starward’s distillery is the best place to enlighten your whisky-driven senses. Firstly, start with the one-hour Distillery Tour which takes guests behind the scenes of Starward and includes two tastings along the way. Next, become the next big master distiller with Starward’s Whisky Masterclass where you will learn everything there is to know about whisky and even walk away with your very own distilled mini bottle of Starward.
No trip to Melbourne is complete without a visit to an Italian restaurant so naturally, we had to point to you to the best. We present you with 400 Gradi – home to the world’s best pizza. Led by pizza mastermind, Johnny Di Francesco, 400 Gradi is nothing short of excellent. Start your Italian feast with the Arancini and Fiori Di Zucca. To appease your indecisiveness between pasta and pizza, choose both with the Pappardelle Ai Funghi with mixed mushrooms, truffle cream and truffle pecorino with a side of the World’s Best Pizza of 2014 – the Margherita Versace. To finish, we’d recommend the Yuzu & Honey Semifreddo or the Nutella Calzone for dessert. With five venues across Victoria, we can assure you that 400 Gradi is the best – even better than nonna’s.
Watch an AFL game
According to Australian Football League, in 2018, AFL clubs reached a staggering one million members for the first time in the game’s history. Of course, like most Australians know, the heart of AFL lies in Melbourne so watching a game on your getaway is considered mandatory. With the 2020 season starting in mid-March, keep an eye out on the Australian Football League and ticketing websites to purchase a pass. Or, if out of luck, why not visit four of Victoria’s AFL venues for a tour? Here you’ll be able to walk through the changing rooms and if you’re lucky, you can even walk on to the arena.
The Langham, Melbourne Club
As your Melbourne getaway ends, enjoy your final breakfast with a bang at The Langham, Melbourne Club. Apart from the butler services, private check-in/check-out, 24-hour full service in-room dining and access to the Health Club and Wellness Centre, The Langham, Melbourne Club offers guests access to their exclusive Langham Club Lounge on the 24th floor. Here you’ll be able to enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast selection alongside all-day tea, coffee, pastries and a traditional afternoon tea. Plus, if your evening permits, Club members can enjoy pre-dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres served in the lounge.
National Gallery of Victoria
Under a 10-minute stroll along St Kilda Road from The Langham, Melbourne, explorers will be transported to a world of vision filled with wonder, colour and design – it’s the National Gallery of Victoria. Here, visitors can opt for guided or self-guided tours through the various collections available. The NGV Collection is home to approximately 75,000 works including current exhibitions such as Keith Haring | Jean-Michel Basquiat and KAWS as well as upcoming exhibitions including We Change The World, Japanese Modernism and Liquid Light.
Lucy Liu Kitchen and Bar
After opening their doors in 2013, Lucy Liu Kitchen & Bar is one of the most charming pan-Asian eating and drinking venues throughout Melbourne. Tucked along Oliver Lane in Melbourne’s CBD, Lucy Liu is adorned with fluorescent neon signs and an plethora of dining options from formal to more casual at the bar. The real showstopper at Lucy Liu’s is in fact the delectable eats served. Whether you’re visiting for lunch or dinner we’d recommend the Yellow Fin Tuna Tataki ($23), Rare Breed Sticky Pork Belly ($23), Soft-Shelled Crab ‘Jianbing’ Pancake Roll ($16), Green Papaya Salad ($18.50), a side of Lucy’s Roti Bread ($6) and you cannot miss out on the mesmerising Banana Fritters ($17.50).