I know it’s Monday and most of you would probably be back at work – well I know Mr. C is (yeay!!), but that doesn’t mean your summer has to be a drag right? I’ve shared a few ideas on what you can do during summer, in Melbourne during the weekend. Call it the 24hrs in Melbourne. So what attractions are out there for all to enjoy in a day?
Start your day with some scrumptious breakfast over at Hardware Societe on Hardware Lane. The cafe boasts a delicious and decadent menu that will fill you up right until past lunch time. The coffee is just as great, but be sure to be there early as they do tend to get busy. With dishes like baked eggs, fried brioche and so much more, you would be hard pressed to pick what to try out!
Once your belly is filled, walk off your calories and head down to enjoy some street art for free! If it’s one thing I’m proud of when it comes to being in Melbourne (besides the coffee, food and shopping!) it’s got to be its art scene, especially street art! You can join a tour but hey, it’s free, so you could of course, go on your own and explore the street art for free. A must-see if you haven’t already checked out these little laneways:
Head on down to the National Gallery of Victoria (International), where you can not only enjoy their extensive collection of art from Europe, Asia, America and Oceania for free, but also check out the latest exhibition: Andy Warhol/Ai Weiwei. On until the 24th April, this is one of the major exhibitions featured at the National Gallery Victoria showcasing both artists’ careers and share more than 300 works that will include immersive installations, sculpture, film, photography, music and more. Tickets $26 (Adults) $22.50 (Concession) $10 (Children).
Then head next door to the Arts Centre in Gallery 1, to check out the Making of Midnight Oil exhibition. It showcases the drummer and songwriter, Rob Hirst’s collection of Midnight Oil memorabilia, like the stage recreated with his water tank, Peter Garrett’s microphone and other instruments plus rare photographs, films and banners – all for free!
For lunch, venture down the Southbank promenade where there’s a host of restaurants along the Yarra river for you to pick from. Sake Restaurant & Bar, Ludlow Bar & Dining Room, Tutto Bene and many more restaurants line the promenade. Or you can venture down further and head over to Crown Melbourne to explore their range of restaurants.
Once your belly is filled, walk off your calories or take the City Circle tram (it’s free by the way) and head down to Emporium on Lonsdale Street for a spot of shopping. The range of stores include, Uniqlo, Muji, Camilla, Dion Lee, Victoria’s Secret, Leona Edmiston, Manning Cartel, Sass & Bide and even Metalicus.
The Tea Salon (image source)
All shopped out and in need of some refreshments? Why not head up to The Tea Salon in the Emporium for a spot of High Tea! Bookings for High Tea is recommended but you can drop in for their scones, teas and other delicacies.
The Sunset Rituals – Photo by John Gollings
Featured until the 7th February 2016, enjoy the immersion between light and sounds thanks to AL_A’s swaying MPavilion at sunset. The LEDs instsalled on the structure’s roof petals and carbon-fibre poles will create halos of light played together with the sound piece created by Matthias Schack-Arnott. Head there just before the sun sets and await the lovely sights of the moving lights and the amazing sounds. The installation is free for all to enjoy.
Then end your day with some R & R. Perfect for the lovers of music, the City of Melbourne will host their annual summer concert series – Sunset Series – over at the Fitzroy Gardens, featuring local bands and singers on Saturdays. It runs from 5 – 9pm and is free! Why not make it a lovely twilight picnic together with your friends, family or loved ones? There will also be food trucks or you can bring your own food of course!