Activities & Itineraries

111 Things To Do In Melbourne

By James Shackell
15th May 2018


 There's so much to do in Melbourne; a new festival, pop-up store, themed event or restaurant collaboration. Melbourne is a city with a terminal case of, ‘What's that shiny thing over there?' A craze sweeps the city, then it's on to the next thing. New York may be the city that never sleeps, but Melbourne is the city that never stops. 

With so many options, it can be a little overwhelming, so we've narrowed it down for you. 111 of the best things to do in Melbourne. A little food, a few board games and some cliche sightseeing spots for the tourists at heart. If you're visiting our fair city for the first time, consider this your spotter's guide. 

  1. Browse the latest art exhibition at the NGV. Or just lie on the floor of the Great Hall and stare up at that stained-glass ceiling. 
  2. Pick up a paperback at one of Melbourne’s second-hand bookstores.
  3. Unleash your emotions at the Melbourne Break Room.
  4. Catch an e-sports game at GGEZ in the city. They also do some ripping burgers and bubble tea cocktails. 
  5. Swing by Maker & Monger for the best cheese toastie ever. 
  6. Borrow a book or challenge a stranger to a game of chess at the State Library. There are free boards in the Dome Reading Room. 
  7. Grab a bargain at one of Melbourne’s best op-shops.
  8. Watch back-to-back cult classics at The Astor. Grab a homemade strawberry choc-top while you're there. 
  9. Enjoy scenic views and get in a workout at the 1000 Steps (drop into Lorna for brunch after).
  10. Grab some new greenery at one of Melbourne’s best nurseries. Try not to kill them. 
  11. Go punting at the gorgeous Fairfield Boathouse (bonus points if you bring poetry).
  12. Get lost at one of Melbourne’s many escape rooms.
  13. For those of you with a pup, here are spots to take your doggo for a swim in Melbourne.
  14. Or you could always treat them to a cocktail at The Tipsy Cow. Woof. 
  15. Hunt down some of Melbourne’s best produce at a local farmers market.
  16. Get some Zen at Beyond Rest with a nude floating session.
  17. Or recharge with a pamper session and rejuvenating facial
  18. Sing along to show tunes at Murmur, Melbourne’s laneway piano bar.
  19. Do some good and visit the animals at Edgar's Missionthings to do melbourne
  20. Sip a single malt at Whixsky Den in the CBD. 
  21. Ride the old roller coaster at Luna Park. Genuine life-fears on this thing.
  22. While you’re in St Kilda, grab a pastry at Monarch Cakes. It’s been going since 1934.
  23. Drink among the clouds at one of Melbourne’s rooftop bars.
  24. Dress in vintage and head over to Gum—a 70s themed cocktail bar. 
  25. Spend your hump day competing in trivia at Lucky Coq (better bring you’re A-Game).
  26. In fact, there’s a heap of good regular trivia nights in town.
  27. Enjoy an arthouse flick at the boutique Thornbury Picture House. For more cinema ideas, hit up this list
  28. Get some history up your sleeve at the Melbourne Museum.
  29. Grab the kids and head down to Melbourne Zoo. The meerkats are pretty cute. 
  30. Or check out the penguins at Melbourne Aquariumbest things to do melbourne
  31. Practise your comic book illustrations at Squishface Studios. A proper Brunswick gem. 
  32. Pick up some reading material at The Sticky Institute, the zine store under Flinders St Station
  33. Throw axes at things (not people) at Maniax in Abbotsford.
  34. Kill virtual reality zombies at Zero Latency’s studio warehouse in North Melbourne.
  35. Hunt down Melbourne’s best speakeasies. Start with Jungle Boy or any of these.
  36. Game the night away at Bartronica in the CBD. They've got multiple Nintendo 64 consoles. Or try out one of these other video game bars
  37. Organise a cheeky bagel date at 5 & Dime. The jalapeno & cheese bagel with a huge schmear of cream cheese. 
  38. If you’re crazy about bagels, you gonna wanna head to Bissel B. or one of these places too. 
  39. Find hidden treasure at Camberwell Market
  40. Take the $20 challenge at Savers in Brunswick. The craziest outfit wins.
  41. Catch a gig at one of Melbourne’s great live music venues.
  42. Day trip to Dandenong Ranges and eat all of the scones.
  43. Load up on CC’s and take a scenic drive around Victoria.
  44. Dig the crates at one of Melbourne’s hip vinyl stores.
  45. Sink some beers and play some barefoot lawn bowls. We’ve rounded up the best spots.
  46. Are bowls not your speed? Try a game of croquet at the Brunswick Mallet Club.
  47. Get your giggle on at North Melbourne’s Comic’s Lounge.
  48. Catch a play at The Malthouse. Nothing like some live theatre.  
  49. Can’t dance to save your life? Luckily the Arts Centre has some of the best ballet dancers in our city. They also have some pretty good opera performances too. 
  50. ACMI always has a good exhibition going on. Perfect for a rainy day.
  51. Actually, there’s plenty to do when the weather is crap in Melbourne.
  52. Learn a new skill at Work-Shop Melbourne. They have classes in just about everything.
  53. Paint and drink wine at the same time at Collingwood’s Cork & Chroma.
  54. Show off your ninja warrior skills on Bounce INC’s obstacle course.
  55. Get obnoxiously competitive at Melbourne’s board game bar: Queen Of Spades.
  56. Pack a picnic and head to Hanging Rock for the day.
  57. Or suss one of Melbourne’s best picnic spots.  best things to do Melbourne
  58. Belt out some shower classics at one of Melbourne’s best karaoke bars
  59. Peace out with a facial at HUD Skin & Body. Or treat yourself to a manicure—we know all the best spots
  60. Nothing screams Melbourne than the kitch-tastic tramcar restaurant
  61. Stretch your legs with a walk in the Botanic Gardens. Pro tip: you can sneak in after-hours through a gap in Gate D.
  62. From screenings to pop-up events and exhibitions, there is always something on at Fed Square.
  63. Book a cheeky stay-cay in the CBD. Crown Metropol or Ovolo Laneways are both excellent.
  64. Get your geek on at Zen Gaming Lounge.
  65. Hang with some swinging cats in the Lido Cinema’s Jazz Room.
  66. Try your hand at wheel pottery at Ceramiques in Elsternwick.
  67. Scoop some gelato as good as the ice cream in Rome at Pidapipo.things to do
  68. Channel your inner Viking at Mjolner in the CBD. Two horns of ale, please.
  69. Discover the city’s mushroom-dotted fairy-tale bar. Yep, we’re talking Storyville
  70. Sink a pint (or three) at one of Melbourne’s best craft breweries.
  71. Sponsor a greyhound in need at GAP Cafe in the CBD.
  72. Save cash on greenery at one of The Jungle Collective’s famous warehouse sales.
  73. Pretend you are in Paris and try a decadent croissant from Lune
  74. Go pinkies out at one of Melbourne’s classy high tea sessions.
  75. Frown in puzzlement at the Heide Museum Of Modern Art or Australian Centre for Contemporary Art.
  76. Grab a veggie curry at Lentil As Anything or from one of these scrumptious Indian restaurants.
  77. Live all your petting-zoo dreams and visit the horses at Collingwood Children’s Farm.
  78. Ditch your car and check out one of Melbourne’s urban bike trails.
  79. Want to go further afield? Check out the best 10 great walks near Melbourne.
  80. Enjoy a plant-based feed at some of Melbourne’s best vegan diners.
  81. Join a gourmet paella class at Hola Con Lola (it comes with a trip to South Melbourne Market).
  82. Hit up Welcome To Thornbury for beer garden vibes. Heads up, you will make new friends.
  83. Go for a Chap Lap and check out what Chapel Street has to offer
  84. Buy an Uncle Tetsu cheesecake all to yourself and eat it while watching Geordie Shore re-runs. Or check out these iconic cheesecake spots
  85. Pick up some new comics at Minotaur on Elizabeth Street.
  86. Pack a couple of beers and watch the sunset in one of Melbourne's inner-city parks. Carlton Gardens, Edinburgh Gardens and Fitzroy Gardens
  87. Soak up some old-world luxury at Werribee Park & Mansion.
  88. Road test Victoria’s best country pies.
  89. Get tipsy at BYO dumplings. Shanghai Village is a fave and on weekends they sometimes whip out the disco lights. 
  90. Master tea brewing, astronomy or origami at Laneway Learning.
  91. Jump on a picnic boat and pretend you are in the Notebook. 
  92. Blow the diet with one of Melbourne’s best doughnuts.
  93. Face your fears with a walk on the Eureka Skydeck.
  94. Volunteer your time (for a very good cause) at the Fitzroy Soup Van.
  95. Say howdy to the penguin colony at St Kilda Pier. The best viewing is just after sunset.
  96. Taste the best of Spring and pick your own cherries.
  97. In true Melbourne fashion, wander the streets tote bag in hand—and try one of the best coffees you’ll taste.
  98. Enjoy sunset cocktails with skyline city views at Arbory Afloat
  99. Treat yourself to some flora and fauna at one of Melbourne’s stunning florists
  100. If all else fails, you can always grab a good meal at the Best Restaurants In The CBD
  101. Or drown your sorrows at one of Melbourne's Best Bars
  102. Enjoy sunset cocktails with skyline city views at Arbory Afloat.
  103. Treat yourself to some flora and fauna at one of Melbourne’s stunning florists.
  104. Make breakfast at home with a loaf of sourdough from one of Melbourne’s artisanal small-batch bakeries. We love Baker Bleu and Falco.
  105. Support a sustainability-focused Melbourne brand, like one of these.
  106. Snatch yourself a dinner from home with freshly made pasta thanks to Pasta Poetry.
  107. Or just head to Capitano for arguably the best Italian in Melbourne.
  108. For a full Italian experience, head to Pietro Gallus Estate for a Grappa distillery that’s filled with greenery and has a feel of Tuscany.
  109. Watch a blockbuster at one of Melbourne’s rooftop cinemas like Lido.
  110. Or catch a film from the comfort of your car at Coburg’s drive-in.
  111. Unleash creativity or just go wild splashing paint on walls at Smash Splash.

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