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Experience The Best Of Melbourne In Winter With This Curated Itinerary

By Renée Ardon-Coppinger

Craving a taste of Australia's culture capital? Get set to feel the winter magic in Melbourne with RISING—a festival jam-packed with awesome music, mouth-watering food, mind-blowing art and endless cultural delights from 7-18 June this year. 

Taking over iconic venues across Melbourne's CBD with a slew of mesmerising light shows, live performances and jaw-dropping installations, this is the excuse you’ve been looking for to get packing for that long overdue escape to this vivacious artsy hub this June. Seeing as you’re there, you’re going to need some great suggestions for eating, drinking and exploring too, right?

Soak In The Best of RISING

With over 185 killer events taking place across two weeks, narrowing down our most-anticipated isn't an easy task. High on our list is the immersive cinema experience Euphoria—hosted at Melbourne Town Hall with 25 towering screens—as well as the Night Trade hub of chaos and delight. And of course, Shadow Spirit, a First Peoples exhibition hosted in the hidden rooms of Flinders Street Station. Round out the night with a spot of ice skating at The Rink and it'll be one for the books. 

Take Yourself On A Culinary Journey

It might be cool outside, but boy is the foodie scene hotter than ever in the city. Start your night right at Dom's Social Club with a mammoth helping of homemade pizza—for the adventurous, we recommend the Ghost Pepper Salami pizza with mango salsa. If you’re feeling classy, Yakimono is the ultimate for those lovers of zesty new age Japanese flavours, neon lights and ridiculously cool interiors. Ronnie’s is the place to go if you’re after some next-level pasta in a casual but delicious setting, and if burgers are your thing, a trip to Bar Margaux is 110% essential. 

Sip Some Of The City’s Best Tipples

HER, the new five-storey CBD labyrinth featuring a Euro-inspired rooftop bar and dedicated listening bar, is an absolute must-visit. For a luxe night out, head to Pearl Diver Oyster Bar where you’ll be able to grab yourself a seriously mean martini to enjoy alongside some of Victoria’s freshest oysters. Yum.

To keep the night going, make your way to Tattersals Lane and you'll find Ferdydurke, an underrated multi-level bar that overlooks its heaving neighbour, Section 8

Tick Off Some Other Melbourne Must-Sees

Need a break from the endless foodie fest? With a constant slew of fabulous sights happening between events, there’s no excuse not to make the most of your trip. Check out stellar local art and design at Melbourne Now, soak in the atmosphere at the MCG, or meander down Hosier Lane to enjoy the vibrant street art.

There’s no time like the present to immerse yourself in Melbourne’s never-ending blockbuster events calendar and plan where you play this winter. There’s something for literally every art lover, foodie fanatic, cocktail aficionado, live music lover and all in between, so head to Visit Melbourne to get inspired and consult those diaries ASAP to lock in your next unforgettable trip.


Where: Melbourne CBD
When: 7 -18 June
More info here. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Visit Melbourne and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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