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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.

Cultural Center
“Just four kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD and spread over 16 acres, the Abbotsford Convent – with its 11 historic buildings and gardens – is Australia’s largest multi-arts precinct. The former Convent of the Good Shepherd, this ex-monastic site is now owned by the Abbotsford Convent Foundation (ACF) – a not-for-profit organisation that operates the Abbotsford Convent on behalf of the public. Today, the Convent is home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, a radio station, a school, and an abundance of green open space. Each year the Convent welcomes a diverse range of art projects, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions, markets, events and festivals.”
  • 176 locals recommend
  • 2 Experiences
Farm
“Animal farm for the family. Your kids will love it here where they get to milk a cow, play with guinea pigs and visit the animal nursery. Pack a lunch or stop at the coffee shop for delicious treats and coffee for the family”
  • 109 locals recommend
Café
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“It's a great cafe. Good atmosphere. Food is great. It does get very busy on weekends but there is always seat if you get there before 11am.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Thai Restaurant
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“A hidden gem serving authentic and DELICIOUS Thai food, just a short walk from home! Be sure to get there early as this place fills up, or be happy to wait in the front room for a table to be ready - I promise it is worth the wait! ”
  • 34 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“An awesome alternative restaurant nestled among the beautiful gardens and setting of the Abbotsford Convent. The vegan venue serves delicious breakfast , lunch and dinner with the aid of volunteers . You eat as much as you like and pay what you think it's worth.”
  • 52 locals recommend
Café
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“This Victorian boathouse has a terrace to sip your latte and watch life on the river or you can hire a boat and float downstream in. Afterwards, go for a ramble along the Yarra River among the Redgums – inner Melbourne's only remnant woodland with trees that are hundreds of years old. Very special.”
  • 47 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience
Gastropub
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“This place gets pretty popular on weekends, particularly Sundays in the beer garden. The food is good. Small asian dishes. There is a good selection of local beers.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Best Pizza in Melbourne! Get it on Uber Eats or eat in for high end pastas too - YUM”
  • 42 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“regularly featured in the Best Cheap Eats this local gem serves up delicious Vietnamese pho and other dishes”
  • 35 locals recommend
Route
“Walking distance to Melbourne's best Vietnamese, Thai and other Asian restaurants”
  • 29 locals recommend
Brewery
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“One of my favourite brewery in Melbourne. Quite quirky and old school but good craft beers. There are lots of brewers in Melbourne. maybe try a self made brewery tour. Stomping Ground is another good one near moon dog and there are so many good bars near too. ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“Our other local pub with delicious food and decked out with cool street art (7 mins walk on Victoria Street) ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pub
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“5minutes walking/staggering distance this local pub has a garden theme and a beer garden for those long summer evenings.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Café
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“Because...amazing coffee (roasted on site), great food, a bakery on site....very cool Melbourne place!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Café
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“Hidden gem in Abbotsford featuring innovative brunch fare in a bright and airy space.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Dive Bar
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“Nice for a drink and a game of pool. There can be quite the party vibe some nights. Trivia night happens some Thursdays, and it's quite fun.”
  • 17 locals recommend
  • 1 Experience