When one thinks of Australia, what comes to mind are usually kangaroos, koalas, and Sydney. But this massive country that is also a continent is home to many other cities that are worth exploring. On the southeastern tip of Australia lies Melbourne. This coastal capital is about an hour and a half flight away from Sydney. It’s a vibrant city that is the focus of my latest Overnight Series.

In the past, my Overnight trips would be bite-sized versions of the cities I would visit. Not spending more than 36 hours in every city, I had to leave out many things from my videos. This time, I was able to spend more time in Melbourne. I was able to go more in-depth, go around more, and really show you the best of what the city has to offer.

Overnight Melbourne consists of 5 episodes, starting with a general introduction to the city and ending with the best markets in Melbourne. 

Best Things to Do in Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the most liveable cities in the world. I often wondered to myself if I could ever make the move to this city. So when I started making this series, I asked myself: what makes Melbourne so lived-in? It’s a city that is familiar and friendly even though you’ve never been here, or haven’t been here for years. There’s more to it than a rivalry with Sydney.

Melbourne is one of the most ethnically diverse cities in Australia, and is known to be the home of the cultural sector in the country. With such a diverse population, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to food and shopping.

The weather in Australia can be pretty erratic. It can be cold in the mornings, then sweltering hot in the afternoon, and then raining at night. So come prepared with gear for any climate, and double check the weather before you get there.

How to Get Around

But first, here’s how you can get around Melbourne. A 30-minute taxi ride from the airport to the CBD can cost you about 50 AUD. A 50-minute ride on the Taxi Smart Bus costs 5 AUD per person. There’s a free tram system in the CBD which makes Melbourne very convenient for commuters. A Myki Card with a 7-day pass gives you access to the metro and bus systems for 43 AUD. Unfortunately there aren’t any single journey tickets but a Myki card is valid for 4 years so hold onto it!

Where to Stay

There are many neighbourhoods in Melbourne you can stay in. The city is quite compact, just walking 15 minutes from the CBD can lead you to a suburb. My crew and I were based in a central location, but here’s a rundown of the other areas you can stay:

Albert Park: home of the F1 Grand Prix circuit. North of St. Kilda.

St. Kilda: beachfront area with a lovely Sunday art market.

South Melbourne: shopping district that’s home to the Clarendon Centre and Melbourne Night Market.

Carlton: university town with a large Italian community.

Fitzroy: Bohemian quarter filled with restaurants and boutiques.

Richmond: where you’ll find Little Vietnam and low-cost shopping.

Collingwood: hip shopping area.

Brunswick: multicultural suburb with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean restaurants.

Prahran: my favourite shopping and eating district!

South Yarra: high-end shopping.

Where to Drink Coffee

Starbucks failed to capture the market of Australia and you’ll see why clearly in Melbourne. This city is packed with local coffee shops and hipster baristas crafting flat whites. When in Melbourne, get ready to drink lots of (amazing) coffee! You can grab a tram to the following coffee shops:

Market Lane Coffee: 8 Collins St., Melbourne VIC 3000

Marios: 303 Brunswick St., Fitzroy VIC 3065

Rudimentary: 16-20 Leeds St., Footscray VIC 3011

Code Black: 15-17 Weston St., Brunswick VIC 3056

Mr. Sister: 81 Waverley Rd, Malvern East VIC 3145

Seven Seeds: 114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053

Higher Ground: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Top Paddock: 658 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121

Two Birds One Stone: 12 Claremont St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Manchester Press: 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Hardware Societe: 118 to 120 and 123 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Kettle Black: 50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Friends of Mine: 506 Swan St, Richmond VIC 3121

Where to Eat

Arbory Bar and Eatery: 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000

Lune Croissanterie: 119 Rose St., Fitzroy VIC 3065

400 Gradi – Brunswick: 99 Lygon St., Brunswick East VIC 3057

Tipo 00: 361 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Supernormal: 180 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Chin Chin: 125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Long Chim: 8 Whiteman St, Southbank VIC 3006

ShanDong MaMa: Mid City, 7/200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Abacus Bar and Kitchen: 383 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141

Smith and Daughters: 175 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Miznon: 59 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Abyssinian: 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington VIC 3031

Sunda: 18 Punch Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Ishizuka: basement level b01/139 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Atlas Dining: 133 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Cumulus Inc: 45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Kisume: 175 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Cutler & Co: 55/57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Greek Precinct: Lonsdale St., Melbourne

Stalactite: 177/183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Osteria Ilaria: 367 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Rice Paper Sister: 15 Hardware Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

HuTong: 14-16 Market Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Little Saigon: Victoria St, Richmond

Chinatown: Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Where to Get a Drink

Enjoy a good drink, but always in moderation.

Embla: 122 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Bar Liberty: 234 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Beneath Driver Lane: basement, 3 Driver Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Carlton Wine Room: 172-174 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053

Juliet: 37 – 41 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Temple Brewing Company: 122 Weston St, Brunswick East VIC 3057

Black Pearl: 304 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Everleigh: 150-156 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Lily Blacks: 12 Meyers Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Heartbreaker: 234A Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Bar Americano: 20 Presgrave Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Above Board: Level 1/306 Smith Street Chopper Lane” , Behind “Beermash Through the back door, Collingwood VIC 3066

Cookie: 252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Bad Frankie: 141 Greeves St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Live Music Scene and Getting Loose

Northcote Social Club: 301 High St, Northcote VIC 3070

Cherry Bar: AC/DC La, Melbourne VIC 3000

The Tote Hotel: 67-71 Johnston St, Collingwood VIC 3066

The Evelyn Hotel: 351 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Howler: 7-11 Dawson St, Brunswick VIC 3056

Boney: 68 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Workshop: 1/413 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Section 8: 27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Lounge: level 1/243 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Naked for Satan: 285 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Glamorama: 393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065

Beers

Moon Dog: 17 Duke St, Abbotsford VIC 3067

Westside Ale Works: 23-25 Alfred St, South Melbourne VIC 3205

Mountain Goat: 80 North St, Richmond VIC 3121

Crafty Squire: 127 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Where to Get Meat Pies

Keith’s Pies: 119 Burnley St, Richmond, Melbourne

Baker Boys in Dandenong Market: Clow St & Cleeland Street, Dandenong VIC 3175

Candied Bakery: 81A Hudsons Rd, Spotswood VIC 3015

Dinkum Pies: 29 Block Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

Pure Pie: 383 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207

The Pie Shop: 75 Nicholson Street, East Brunswick VIC 3057

Princes Pies: 10 Howey Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sights and Side Trips

National Gallery of Victoria: 180 St. Kilda Rd., Melbourne VIC 3006

Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne

East End Theatre district

Yarra Valley

Mornington Peninsula: for wine 

Grampians: hiking

Dandenong Ranges: waterfalls and treks

Philipp Island: for penguins!

Ballarat: old mining town experience

Great Ocean Road

Point Addis: amazing views of the sea

Lorne: quaint town 

Kennett River: home to one of the biggest colonies of wild koalas in Victoria

Apollo Bay: beach town

Twelve Apostles: limestone cliffs and caves

Timboon: distilleries, wineries, and cheeseries.

Best Markets in Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market

Dandenong Market

Prahran Market

South Melbourne Market

Fitzroy Mills Market

Kensington Market

St. Kilda Esplanade Market

Where to Shop

The CBD is littered with shops and malls where you can get clothes, shoes, and accessories. The biggest malls are: 

Emporium Melbourne: 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne Central: La Trobe St & Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000


Learn more by watching the whole Overnight Melbourne series below. Where should I go next? Leave ideas in the comments section!

Erwan Heussaff
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