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Things to do in Melbourne

Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts



Best of the best

#1

Naked For Satan

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 285 Brunswick Street·Map·Hours·Website·

166 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Trendy Spanish style bar offering an extensive drinks menu and tapas or 'pintxos'. This is a Melbourne favourite! Hold on to your tapas toothpicks so that the staff can tally your bill at the end! ... read more

This is our favourite bar in the city! Make sure you take the elevator to the top to see the amazing city views. It is a vodka bar - make sure you get one of their amazing flavoured vodkas. It h... read more

3-Floor bar, each level w/ incredible decor. 1st Fl; Basque Pintxos @$1; 3rd Fl; "Naked in the Sky": sweeping rooftop views (city to mountains). Kick back, relax with a sexy cocktail + delicious tapas

141 local Airbnb hosts recommend

**FAVOURITE** My favourite restaurant. Amazing modern south-east asian cuisine in a lively space. You can't book so get in early. I recommend getting there no later than 6pm weekdays, and 5.30 on f... read more

Fancy stylish Asian-inspired restaurant? Chin chin is our best recommended in the CBD. According to broadsheet.com,Chin chin is flexible, pan-Asian menu makes it easy to get adventurous with lots o... read more

This is my favourite place *MUST TRY* for foodies who love to share plates. Fusion Asian, funky and modern. Our menu (~$65 total): Pulled Pork rollups (Tim), King Fish sashimi (Jess), twice cooked ... read more

302 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Being AFL followers have been to this sports arena on many occasions and it never fails to impress. Last weekend we went to see a game between two teams other than the one we normally follow so wer... read more

A mecca for Aussie sporting fans, it the home of Australian Rules Football ("Aussie Rules", AFL). Regular open days, hosts the National Sports Museum. Worth a visit.

The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the world's great sports stadiums, and it hosts a lot more than just cricket. That's the chief sport in summer, but in winter it's all about Australian Rules ... read more

191 local Airbnb hosts recommend

St Kilda beach has a cosmopolitan feel to it and has something for all ages. For Families - See the penguins just before dusk at the St Kilda Pier if you don't have time to make the trip out to... read more

St Kilda offers some of the best of everything that Melbourne has to offer. Take a picture in front of iconic Luna Park, eat some of the tempting offerings from the Jewish cake shops along Acland ... read more

Welcome to St Kilda Beach! St Kilda is a bayside suburb. It is located on one of the more picturesque points of the Bay, just 3 km from our residence. It has clean safe sandy beaches, nightlife,... read more

408 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Melbourne's oldest, Melbourne's biggest, Melbourne's best! And the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Need I say more? Eat, shop, eat, explore and eat your way through the iconic f... read more

Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through the iconic food halls and heritage sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or s... read more

Queen Victoria Market, the heart and soul of Melbourne. Melbourne's oldest, biggest and best open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere. Eat, shop, eat, explore and eat your way through the iconic ... read more

407 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the finest botanic gardens in the world, the Royal Botanical Gardens are one of Melbourne’s most glorious attractions. Sprawling beside the Yarra River, the beautifully designed gardens feat... read more

Melbourne's iconic Royal Botanic Gardens is a two minute walk from studio parkSYde, where you can discover rare and beautiful plants, breathtaking landscapes and iconic buildings. If you're feelin... read more

Take a ride on a gondola or just stroll in these beautiful world class gardens. Look for Guilfoyle’s Volcano built in 1876. It was originally used to store water for the botanic gardens and has rec... read more

#7

Cookie

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 252 Swanston Street·Map·Hours·Website·

100 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar/Restaurant for a very Melbourne experience. Food is really decent here. And lots of beards. May need to book as it tends to get busy always, otherwise try your luck and you could probably get s... read more

At Cookie, French doors and tiny Juliet balconies separate you from the Swanston Street crowd below. Restaurant, bar, disco: Cookie does them all to perfection. The food is modern with a distinct T... read more

A great vibe (tends to get very busy - but it's worth checking out) ... there's also a small handful of tables overlooking the action of Swanston Street ... and, if you get peckish there's a restau... read more

188 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chapel Street is considered Melbourne's premier shopping strip. The strip has cafes, boutiques, high fashion brands, quirky shops, and plenty of nightlife venues. Walking the length of the street u... read more

Chapel Street is a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in Melbourne, Australia. It has myriad shops ranging from exclusive upmarket fashion designers at the South Yarra end to old fashion p... read more

Chapel Street is a shopping, dining and entertainment precinct in Melbourne, Australia. It has myriad shops ranging from exclusive upmarket fashion designers at the South Yarra end to trendy retail... read more

154 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Calling all film geeks! Cinema Nova is the undisputed heart of independent and arthouse film in Melbourne. In addition to showing a huge range of new release and vintage indie films, it also screen... read more

Long-running arthouse movie theatre with in-cinema dining and a stylish terrace cocktail bar.Cinema Nova is Melbourne's largest and most vibrant art-house cinema complex, screening fine new-release... read more

Great independent cinemas with a large number of screens in the heart of Lygon Street. From large theatres for blockbusters to smaller ones for independent, arthouse, and foreign language films an... read more

240 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Melbourne Museum is located next to the World Heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building and Carlton Gardens and is home to IMAX Melbourne. It's a fantastic, sprawling space filled with themed displ... read more

Melbourne Museum is a natural and cultural history museum located in the Carlton Gardens in Melbourne, Australia, adjacent to the Royal Exhibition Building. It was designed by Denton Corker Marsha... read more

Inside, you'll find: -the Forest Gallery, the living heart of the museum and home to tall trees and wondrous wildlife -the Science and Life Gallery at the west end, where you'll find bugs, d... read more

93 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Located right beside the Yarra river, Crown Casino is the go-to entertainment venue with numerous award-winning restaurants, bars, nightclubs, shows and more. The fire display at night along the ri... read more

Crown Melbourne is a sprawling riverside entertainment complex with a casino, 3 hotels, Village Cinema, restaurants, bars plus a food court which stays open till midnight! You can catch tram #12 fr... read more

- Shopping, drinking, dining, gambling all in one! - Fine dining restaurant - Luxury shopping - Stunning city and yarra river view (perfect spot for fireworks) - Jogging along yarra river with amaz... read more

#12

Vegie Bar

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 380 Brunswick Street·Map·Hours·Website·

86 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Inexpensive vegetarian restaurant with a bar out the back. Lots of seating but always very busy. If there's a queue, have a drink out back while you wait for a table. Large meals, dietary options.

Popular Melbourne haunt for the hungry and health conscious. On offer is a wide selection of delicious vegetarian food of all types, including raw food. Soak in the laid back surrounds and be sure ... read more

Popular Melbourne haunt for the hungry and health conscious. On offer is a wide selection of delicious vegan and vegetarian food of all types, including raw meals. Enjoy the community of artists he... read more

76 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best gelato with queues like a nightclub ! Well worth it, though ! Seriously gourmet and inexpensive for bespoke gelato with flavours like salted caramel.

It's difficult to find a time when people aren't queueing for their famous gelato. Pam says go the salted caramel. I prefer plain old strawberry.

The place to get ice cream. Queues are common, but a little assertiveness goes a long way! Be sure to order the crazy flavours off the specials board. Tip: it’s better value to buy a tub to enjoy o... read more

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Rocked into the top echelon of the Melbourne cafe scene because it takes food seriously as any hatted restaurant does BUT doesn't make for a cheap brunch and often has a 5 min wait on weekends.

Epitomising cafe cool, Top Paddock is a shining star in the Richmond brunch scene. The fit-out is bright and airy, with a huge wooden outdoor area spotted with umbrellas. The interior is full of na... read more

Start off the day on the right note with a 15 minute walk along the river and rejuvenate at this bustling cafe. Great menu, high quality and nice if you can get a table outside (if the weather is k... read more

190 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The iconic face of St Kilda. A must-see, and great for families. Home to the Scenic Railway, the oldest continually operating roller coaster in the world, and one of only three roller coasters (the... read more

Overlooking the famous Port Phillip Bay, this historic park has been a destination for Melbourne families for the past century. With 2012 celebrating 100 years of fun-filled adventures, Luna Park ... read more

The most famous of the Park’s attractions is its Scenic Railway Roller Coaster, a large wooden coaster that projects its passengers, at high speed, around the outside of the entire Park. It boasts ... read more

#16

Cumulus Inc

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 45 Flinders Lane·Map·Hours·Website·

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cumulus Inc is very cool. The staff are cool, the styling is cool, the location is cool and the view out is cool. You're in Melbourne, you should go to Cumulus Inc.

One of Melbourne's best restaurants by renowned chef Andrew McConnell. They don't take bookings so put your name down for a table and grab a drink nearby while you wait. Lamb shoulder is to die for.

Bustling, high-ceilinged cafe/bar with an open kitchen and upmarket menu, in old rag trade building. A must have is 'Whole Slow Roast Lamb Shoulder To'.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Another long street with pretty much everything in it. Besides all the cafes & restaurants, live music venues, nightclubs, bars, clothing stores, vintage & small homewares shops, Smith Street has ... read more

Everything you need, from supermarkets and banks to chemists, news agencies and even massages (try the massage at Vigorous Thai Massage), you will find on Smith Street just up the road. The closest... read more

The eclectic mix of shops on Smith St still caters for everyone... although not as grungy as it once was you can still find the best vintage stores on Smith, along with record shops, boutique desig... read more

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Arts Centre Melbourne, originally known as the Victorian Arts Centre & briefly officially called The Arts Centre, is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls.

The Arts Centre Melbourne, originally known as the Victorian Arts Centre is a performing arts centre consisting of a complex of theatres and concert halls in the Melbourne Arts Precinct, located in... read more

Australia's largest and busiest performing arts venues, the Arts Centre stages more than 4400 performances and public events at its three venues: the Theatres Building, hosting the State Theatre, P... read more

75 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The 'go to' band venue in Northcote. Run by the same people who handle iconic rock pub the Corner in Richmond. Great mix of local and international talent. Free music and drink specials on Monday nite

A standout in Melbourne's indie music scene, this is a cosy pub with a focus on fantastic live music, including established and emerging acts. There's a different gig on almost every night! Grab so... read more

Medium-sized pub and classic Northcote hub with the usual fare. The band room gets a good mix of Australian and International acts.

321 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The National Gallery of Victoria, popularly known as the NGV, is an art museum in Melbourne, Australia. Founded in 1861, it is Australia's oldest, largest and most visited art museum. NGV Internati... read more

The National Gallery of Victoria has two magnificent galleries located a short walk apart, both with free entry to the permanent collection. NGV International houses a whole world of internationa... read more

Architecturally interesting building featuring the 'water wall' entry and the world's largest stained glass ceiling by Australian artist Leonard French. The magnificent Great Hall ceiling is high (... read more

#21

MoVida

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1 Hosier Lane·Map·Hours·Website·

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

MoVida introduced the Spanish tapas scene to Melbourne and is still at the top of their game. My partner and I come here every anniversary because it's where I took her on our first date. We've had... read more

I havent been here myself but it has been highly recommended: "The best Spanish restaurant in Melbourne, Movida’s modern take on tapas is inspired by the day’s market-fresh produce. And it is locat... read more

This is the best Spanish Tapas in Melbourne. I love this place -besides the fact you can visit Hosier Lane, home of Melbourne's Street Art, while your there! It's insanely popular, so book in early... read more

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best local 'pub'. Rooftop bar for sunny afternoons and outdoor fire for cooler evenings. Cosy downstairs bar with comedy on Monday nights. Massive selection of tap beers. Great upstairs dining room.

Coming from London, we needed a good pub with a wide range of fine ales on tap and this place is perfect for just that. Great menu, loads of craft beers and an extensive wine list. Soft leather sof... read more

Our local is the local! They have extensive selection of boutique beers on tap, paired with a pretty chilled atmosphere. See some great comedians test out their world class acts to a local audience... read more

289 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It’s increasingly hard to imagine Melbourne without Federation Square, a great place to chill and watch the world go by and catch up on your emails and trip planning. Fed' Square has free WIFI a... read more

Federation Square (known locally as Fed Square) is a unique cultural precinct in the heart of Melbourne. Home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism, exceptional array of resta... read more

Federation Square has become the heart and soul of Melbourne. This modern piazza is home to major cultural attractions, world-class events, tourism experiences and an array of restaurants, bars and... read more

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of Melbourne greatest default brunch places to go. Hits the spot after a night out! First come first served basis, no booking allowed. Get there early to avoid the queue!

My favourite brunch cafe (check out their weekend specials), but there's a long queue around half to one hour especially during weekends so best to reach before 11am.

- Best coffee in Melbourne ( please reach there earlier to avoid the queue) - Famous brunch spot in Melbourne - Nice environment with Melbourne alley view

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

St Ali not just a coffee shop but a coffee church with seriously interesting food . Buried in a large warehouse in laneway, NYC style, with no signage. Easy to walk past without seeing it.

St Ali have re-invented the Melbourne coffee scene. Amazing coffee choices, such as high-end filter coffee. Get here early on the weekends as it gets very full! Open every day of the year.

St Ali takes their coffee very seriously - serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013. But, that’s not all they’re known for. Head Barista, Ma... read more

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classic Vietnamese hawker food. They even have take away app you can order with. Eat in at the restaurant or go next door to the express lane for take away.

If we've got a hankering for a quick Vietnamese bún or pho, Hanoi Hannah is where we go. Small little popular restaurant that's only open for lunch and almost always busy (but they'll squeeze you i... read more

Very cool modern Vietnamese restaurant. Also see Hanoi Hannah Express for delivery options.

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're in Melbourne during spring you must head to the races during the Spring Carnival. Derby Day, Melbourne Cup day, Oaks (Ladies) Day and Stakes Day are the highlights! All early Nov.

Flemington Racecourse hosts many of Australia's top races, including the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby, VRC Oaks, MacKinnon Stakes, Newmarket Handicap, Australian Cup and Lightning Stakes.

Flemington Racecourse is a major horse racing venue located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is most notable for hosting the Melbourne Cup, which is Australia's richest horse race.

#28

CICCIOLINA

Food SceneRestaurants
$$$· 130 Acland Street·Map·Hours·Website·

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favourite little bars and restaurants in St Kilda. They don't take reservations, so settle into the back bar (access via the side laneway) while waiting for a table. Italian-Australian food.

This is a St Kilda institution. It's fine dining without the pretense. We love the cosy homely feel of this restaurant as it only seats about 40 people. The food and service is impeccable. It is a ... read more

Classic famous local favourite Italian Restaurant for when you want to splurge a little. For a budget night - The back bar has a Monday night Spag Bol and Beer (or Wine) special for $20 that is bas... read more

72 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This stately campus has been reinvigorated with a selection of brave new buildings and top notch public realm design. Have a wander around Australia's highest-ranked university, a short tram ride u... read more

The University of Melbourne is an Australian public university located in Melbourne, Victoria. Founded in 1853, it is Australia's second oldest university and the oldest in Victoria.

Take a stroll around the beautiful grounds of University of Melbourne, just around the corner from the flat. Several of the earliest campus buildings, such as the Old Quadrangle and Baldwin Spencer... read more

64 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Probably a kilometre of Italian bistros, cafes and restaurants, with some gelati shops, and a few provendors and bakeries thrown in for good measure. Also Asian restaurants and Fish and Chip shops.

Stroll along leafy Lygon Street and discover Little Italy – the place where Melbourne's famous cafe culture was born.

Almost like Little Italy, this street offers plenty of excellent Italian food with Brunetti cafe, Koko Black and Gelati shops offering something sweet