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

179 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

152 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

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

By many measures, Thai eatery Chin Chin is the most successful restaurant Melbourne has ever seen. It opened in mid-2011, with queues from day one. But unlike most of its peers, that initial hype h... read more

320 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Iconic national sports stadium for both Australian Rules Football & Cricket. Capacity of nearly 100,000 people. Guided tours are available and a national sports museum is located at the same venue

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.

201 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, c... read more

438 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, 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

The Queen Victoria Market (also known as the Queen Vic Markets or the Queen Vic, and locally as Vic Market) is a major landmark in Melbourne, Australia, and at around seven hectares (17 acres) is t... read more

442 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne are internationally renowned botanical gardens located near the centre of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on the south bank of the Yarra River. They are 38 hecta... read more

Just magic. Find the herb garden, the lakes & the volcano. Open 7.30am-sunset. Jardin Tan is a restaurant at entrance or at 'the Terrace' at the main Lake, good for a coffee stop & scone. Just magi... read more

106 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

There is a movie theatre at Crown, there's also a massive casino, a gaming arcade, heaps of restaurants, heaps of retail (open till midnight), a day spa, and restaurant Dinner by Heston. The entert... read more



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106 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

263 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, dinosaur... read more

168 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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

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

201 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Chapel Street, which spans from Windsor to the more upscale South Yarra. The shopping strip may have changed a lot ov... read more

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 just Chapel Street - one end is quaint, cosmopolitan, groovy (Windsor end) and other end is more refined South Yarra. All featuring amazing restaurants, cafes, bars and yes SHOPP... read more

91 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

Vegie Bar is a thriving vegetarian restaurant in the heart of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy with a down-to-earth vibe and an infectious bonhomie, it has made a name for serving up strictly vegetarian (... read more

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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

374 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, 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. The National... read more

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. The National ... read more

80 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

75 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!

Tucked away from the side streets of Melbourne, this place is extremely popular for any cafe lover. Really great food with equally great coffee. This place gets absolutely packed, so if you don't h... read more

Who doesn't know about this cafe? Located amid the mish-mash of eateries on Hardware Lane sits a tiny cafe that pulls in a large number of city dwellers all week. The interior is clean and bright a... read more

76 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.

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

Specialty coffee and creative brekkie dishes in a bright, spacious cafe with white subway tiles.

199 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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 c... 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

Luna Park Melbourne is Melbourne's ultimate family destination for fun. Ideally located next to St Kilda beach, Melbourne's Luna Park is always a great day out for the young and the young at heart.... read more

74 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

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

Frank Camorra’s MoVida is the restaurant responsible for setting off Melbourne’s ongoing fixation with modern Spanish tapas. What started as a casual tapas bar has, over the years, developed into a... read more

79 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Pub with live music. A Melbourne Institution. Good pub grub in the beer garden. Try the chicken parma - another Melbourne institution!

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

75 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

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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'.

Andrew McConnell's city restaurant doesn't take bookings unless you have eight guests. With one hat from The Age Good Food Guide and two stars from the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide... read more

79 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

A must visit for beer lovers, The Local features 20 beers on tap at any one time, plus a further list of bottles, as well as an extensive selection of whiskeys. Upstairs features an open air roofto... read more

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Floating under the Pedestrian Bridge, Southbank and accessible from stairs descending from above, Ponyfish Island is the perfect bar to linger on a sunny day. Drink and snack available,

Located under the Pedestrian Bridge, Southbank and accessible from stairs descending from above, Ponyfish Island is the perfect bar to linger on a sunny day. Drinks and snacks available.

Situated underneath the Southbank pedestrian bridge, and visible from the balcony, experience one of Melbourne's more unique bar settings on Ponyfish Island - literally on the Yarra River!

302 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

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 and... 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

67 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 is stylish, low key, great food, top wine list, desserts the best, coffee custom made whatever you want.

70 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Auction Rooms, housed in the old WB Ellis auction house in Errol St, North Melbourne, is a coffee roastery and cafe. We take the part we play as a purveyor of specialty coffee very seriously - we off

Delicious coffee and food. Go early for a weekend brunch (~9am) to beat the crowds and the queue. Grab takeaway coffee from their sister shop, 'Counter,' directly across the road from Auction Rooms.

Trendy cafe and coffee roaster housed in the old, brick WB Ellis auction house. Come for the food and coffee, but linger for the ambience of the beautifully updated space. The back courtyard with i... read more

70 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

One of St Kilda's best hidden bars. Sit at the bar, or find yourself luckily enough to grab a booth. Great bartenders, drinks list and the best Espresso Martini going around

66 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brunetti is an iconic Melbourne pasticceria offering desserts as pretty as they are scrumptious. While there are now scores of very good dessert shops around Melbourne, none have the same old world... read more

Brunettis is an institution in Melbourne and this is the mothership! You will be blown away by the vast selection of cakes, desserts, gelati and great coffee. Served by friendly Italian staff, you ... read more

Brunetti began trading in 1985 as an authentic Italian Pasticerria located in Carlton. Since then, the business has grown into one of Melbourne’s iconic cafes, supplying local and interstate custom... read more

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

The Melbourne Cup at Flemington Racecourse is equal parts annual horse race and gossip-rag extravaganza.

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.