Best places to stay in Melbourne 2019 [boutique hotels & best areas]

Where to stay in Melbourne

Last updated on February 8th, 2019 at 10:40 pm

You may already know that Melbourne has been the most livable city for the last few years in a row.

Visiting this amazing city is a must, once in Australia. Where to stay in Melbourne is the most important question you should however have.


Because you are going to experience the city in a completely different way based on the area of Melbourne you decide to stay.

Now the great news. The centre of the city has most of the attractions and famous restaurants. A great area to stay. However, if you are more into a boutique hotel or a local experience then keep exploring the other areas of Melbourne.

If your stay is short, 2-3 days, then the CBD may be the best option, being easily connected to the airport and with plenty of restaurants options. For a longer stay I would probably suggest other areas, less busy and more with a “local” feeling. 

You may also book your stay in two areas, few days in the CBD and the remaining part in another area of your choice (just to experience both)

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Pin where to stay in Melbourne for a long or short stay

Another tip. Book well in advance. Hotels in Melbourne tend to get full quite quickly, there is always an event or a festival (that is why I live here by the way 😉 )

If you are after some photography then you may also check this great guide to photo in Melbourne with places to stay and visit to enhance your photography experience, some of them really unexpected.

If you are still planning what to do during your stay you may want to check this list of unusual sites and hidden gems to visit. For the events, new restaurants and parties I suggest to browse the website  It is also my reference 😉

If you will be visiting Sydney as well you may also check the guide to where to stay in Sydney.

Ok, let’s get deeper

Best areas to stay in Melbourne

Here below I organised the five macro areas where I would recommend to find a place to stay in Melbourne. Footscray is the unusual and unheard suggestion, probably for a second or third visit.

Best areas to stay in Melbourne

Best areas to stay in Melbourne

  • Melbourne CBD (Central Business District): if you are visiting the city for business then this area works great, also because of the easy public transportation to and from the center. Lots of attractions, theaters, restaurants and interesting cafes. The streets are busy and it can be noisy though.
  • St Kilda: if you want to spend some time at the beach or just have walks on the beautiful esplanade, or looking for penguins. Easy 20 minutes tram ride to the CBD
  • Fitzroy: if you are more after a hipster and local experience with plenty of cafes and boutique restaurants, not to forget the great pub scene. 10-20mins tram ride to the city center
  • South Yarra: for boutique hotels and shopping, lots of it. There is also a great nightlife scene with nightclubs open till 9-10am of the next day 😮
  • Footscray: for something different, next to one of the most beautiful park, with a growing live music ambiance and the most popular Asian fruit and vegetable market.
View of the city from St Kilda

View of the city from St Kilda

Transportation in Melbourne

Melbourne is based on one of the most romantic type of transportation, trams.

The network is quite wide however it is mostly city-centric, with no rings to go around the CBD. This means that you will most probably need to go across the city for any trip.

This may not be necessary if there is a bus line that covers your trip.

Another factor to keep in mind is that trams and buses usually share the road with the cars, which means they have to queue behind cars.

There are few exceptions to this rule, especially in business hours when some lanes become dedicated to public transportation.

Also all of the trams going to St Kilda have a dedicated line and the #96 is actually a light train, making a trip to CBD and easy 15 minutes stroll.

The train network is unfortunately not as big. Footscray and South Yarra are both connected by train line and the trip to the CBD takes 5-10 minutes.

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The city is ticketless. You need to buy a card, called Myki, and load the amount you need for your stay. You can buy and load a card at any convenience store. You can refund the card only at the Southern Cross Station and few others Myki outlets (more information here on the process)

You can plan your trip on the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) site. Just add the from and to fields and you get the full itinerary 😉

Indeed the public transportation is not as quick as in other European capitals however it is so romantic and ideal for any visitor of Melbourne.

You may want to download the handy PTV app before visiting the city. It gives real time information on trams based on the closest stops to you.

Boutique hotels in Melbourne [coolest and hidden gems]

If you don’t have much spare time and you are just looking for a boutique hotel in Melbourne, maybe with some luxury too, then do not scroll any further. Read through the short list below. A link to the area is also provided, in this way you can quickly read what to expect from the neighbourhood and how to reach the major attractions.

My favourite options are

  • The Ovolo Hotel : this is a little gem in a small lane of Melbourne CBD, right in the Paris end of the city, next to the Parliament House and one of my beloved restaurants, Longrain. The rooms are carefully furnished and they all come with some unique features as Apple TV, black-out curtains, wi-fi and a complimentary minibar. My suggestion here is to get a room with the rooftop for an experience to remember for many years to come. The Ovolo hotel has been rated as one of the best value places to stay in the city.

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Ovolo Hotel

Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel

Hotel Lindrum Melbourne MGallery by Sofitel

  • The Art Series – The Blackman : lovely boutique hotel on the St.Kilda road, right between St Kilda and the CBD, next to both Albert Park and Fawkner Park. The rooms are so cozy you would like to spend the day there, especially considering the never ending view to the bay. I am particularly in love for the paintings that adorn the walls all around the hotel and the rooms. Definitely a great selection. The location is ideal if you want to be connected to all the areas of Melbourne (a tram stop is right in front of the entrance) but still have a magnificent holiday with sea view. 

Best price at the Blackman

Art Series - The Blackman

Art Series – The Blackman

  • The Lyall Hotel and Spa : this hotel is the perfect place to be if you are after a more relaxed experience. Why? Because both the building (only 3 floors) and the rooms are so boutique and classy. Than you add the Spa section, the perfect place to de-stress and ease off (book in advance a massage with Sergio 😉 ). Location is great, right in the middle of the South Yarra village and Chapel Street (the place to be for some shopping). The Lyall is also very close to the train station, for a ten minutes ride to the CBD.

Great deal at the Lyall

The Lyall Hotel and Spa

The Lyall Hotel and Spa

  • ST JEROMES : this is probably “The quirky accommodation in Melbourne” Hard to find anywhere in the world probably. A camping site on top of a building in the middle of the CBD. Curated to the small details, with a luxury touch, a unique experience. It has to be said that it is an expensive one especially considering you have to share the bathroom with other tents. And fingers crossed it does not rain 🙂



Where to stay in Melbourne CBD

The center of the city is quite a wide area. It was originally planned as a rectangular chessboard made of streets and lanes on the long side and only streets on the short side.

Typically a street is followed by a lane with the same “little” name. For example, Collins Street is followed by Little Collins Street (this is actually a lane).

There is however an exception which is Flinders Street, followed by the Flinders Lane.

Swanston is the main street in the city. Only trams and bicycles are allowed in this section. 

The most popular shopping area is on Bourke Street, between Elizabeth and Swanston street. This is a pedestrian area, with few trams passing by, however at a moderate speed. 

Now, where to stay in Melbourne CBD?

It really depends what you are looking for. This map and description below gives more information about it:


Where to stay in Melbourne CBD

You can decide on the place to stay in Melbourne based on your style and kind of trip.

  • Centre: this is the best area for shopping, next to the Bourke Street Mall area, Melbourne Central, Emporium and the incredible choice of shops. It tends to be a bit noisy though as this is also the busiest part of the city. You have traffic all hours of the day. Melbourne Central is the closest train station and you will have access to almost all of the tram lines. Plenty of bars and restaurants (my favorites are in the restaurant section below). I would personally not suggest it for families, especially with small kids.
  • West: probably the quietest part of the CBD, together with the north. Expect however traffic all day during business hours. This is the area to be if you are attending an event at the Etihad Stadium or you want to explore Docklands with its many events through the year. It tends to be quiet in the evening and weekends because there is not a great choice of bars and restaurants. You have here also Southern Cross Station, the main station from where most of the trains departs
  • North: another quiet area of the CBD. The main attraction is the Queen Victoria Market and the Flagstaffs Garden. There are few eatery options, mostly Asian style. It works great if you are after a market experience. In the summer the QV Market opens also on Wednesday night with live music and a huge amount of street food options.
  • East: This is probably my favorite part of Melbourne CBD, and for a few reasons. Most of the luxury related shopping is here. Lots of fantastic restaurants, bars and cafes of which some really hidden (more on this later). Minutes away from Fitzroy, another lovely neighborhood for food and live music. And, lastly, it’s close to the Fitzroy Gardens, perfect spot for some walking or jogging.
  • South: this is considered to be the heart of Melbourne, with Federation Square used as meeting point by….well everyone. . The Information Center is right in the middle of the square, great spot to start your holiday (they can also organise and book tours for you). The river area is really beautiful in the summer as it tends to get a bit of sea breeze. The south has the biggest concentration of art and history options with the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria), the Arts Centre, the Immigration Museum, Hosier Lane (famous in the world for the amazing street art) and so much more.
Hand-held photo of the iconic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne (ISO 800, 1/60sec at f/11, 40mm)

Hand-held photo of the iconic Flinders Street Station in Melbourne (ISO 800, 1/60sec at f/11, 40mm)

If you ask me what is the best place to stay in Melbourne for nightlife I would probably say in the Center or East part of CBD. Keep in mind however that the trams in the CBD area are free, so you can roam around without worries.

From the east side you can also grab a 5mins taxi to Fitzroy, so plenty of possibilities.

Why staying or visiting the Central Business District?

I have a relationship of love and hate with the Central Business District.

Why do I love it?

Because I really enjoy the energy of the center.

The restaurants options are beyond any expectation, you can eat amazingly well with $10-$15 or increase your budget for the full experience in some outstanding restaurants. You can find any kind of cuisine, really! I could list most of the countries in the world.

Moreover, the bar selection is as wide, any style any type, from the tiny boutique one to the multilevel English pub. The rooftop are also a great option nowadays.

Good cafes were almost non existing in the CBD only few years ago. Now the choice is really wide.

I will list few of my favorites in the CBD attractions

There are so many events in the city center that you will hardly get bored. Not to speak about the arty options.

Australia day fireworks

Australia day fireworks

Why do I hate it?

Because it is really busy. I am probably a bit of a country boy I guess. Traffic is never stopping. For this reason it is better to be quite selective with the choice of your Melbourne CBD accommodation.

How many times I heard visitors saying that it was great to be in CBD however it was a bit noisy.

I guess this is the city life. In the few CBD hotels I list below you should not have this problem. 

The city center is a great option, probably the best, for a short stay, 3-4 days, or for business of course. For a long stay I would probably look somewhere else, somewhere more relaxing (more areas to come, do not worry 😉 ).

Major attraction in the CBD and around

If you are after art this is the place to be. To name a few places:

and so many more. If interested, I organised a post with Melbourne Hidden and unusual Gems that go beyond the usual suspects

Shopping wise:

  • Bourke Street Mall for the popular names
  • Emporium for the ultimate shopping experience. Great food section too
  • Collins Street for anything in the luxury 5 stars, including all the well known designers
St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Melbourne CBD accommodations

Beside the boutique hotels in Melbourne that I already listed above  I may suggest also these 4 options:

  • The Victoria Hotel: this accommodation is one of the best value in the city I believe. Large and clean rooms in a perfect location. All you need for a great price. It’s located in Little Collins, on the East side, close to Swanston street. If you are after a good room to stay and nothing else then this may be the place for you. Book in advance as they are quite often full

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Victoria Hotel

Victoria Hotel

  • The Atlantis Hotel is another economical option, on the west side of the city and meters from Southern Cross station. Again a no-frills hotel which comes very handy if you want to stay close to the Etihad Stadium and Docklands

Latest price at the Atlantis

Atlantis Hotel

Atlantis Hotel

  • The Hotel Windsor: this is probably the most beautiful and historical building hotel in Melbourne. Facing the Parliament House. The interior is really unique. What an experience! Victorian style, perfect place to be if you are into photography. 

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Hotel Windsor

Hotel Windsor

  • The Oaks on Collins is another good priced accommodation in Melbourne CBD. Service apartments with all you need. There is an outdoor pool, a sauna and a gym. You are here in the central area, close to all the shopping options and not far away from both stations.

Check the best price at the Oaks

Oaks on Collins

Oaks on Collins

Restaurants and bars around

There are so many options that it is hard to start with one.

Oh well, it has to be Cookie, my old time favorite for the last 10+ years

  • Cookie: Thai and Asian inspired, located on the second floor of an old central building with an industrial interior design
  • Rooftop Cinema: on the top floor of the same Cookie building. Incredible city view, with movies under the stars on few nights of the week
  • Longrain: Asian inspired restaurant with massive tables shared by the customers
  • Florentino: Italian food, organised on 3 levels, from the cellar bar on the ground level, to the elegant restaurant on the 2nd floor
  • Dumpling Plus: freshly done dumplings and noodle, some of the best in Melbourne. Very economical too, however you may have to queue to get a table
  • The European : for the beautiful view, on the first floor, to the Parliament House
  • Ferdydurke: hipster bar in a small central lane
  • Ponyfish Island: a bar on a tiny island in the Yarra river
  • Bar Americano: some of the best cocktails in Melbourne. There are two drawbacks, hard to find and only 8 people at time (no photos inside)
  • 1860: Lavish cocktails in a tiny theater style bar. Another hard to find place. Just an unpretentious door (knock and you will be open)
  • Manchester Press: my favorite cafe in the CBD, amazing bagels!!
  • Captains of Industry: hard to find cafe, well actually also tailor shop, and shoe maker…what?!? you need to see it LOL

I could go on with this list. This gives you just an idea of the wide choice you have. The website is always a good source of information for the latest opening and fashionable place to be.

Flinders Street Station

Flinders Street Station

St Kilda, accommodation by the beach

St Kilda has been forever the beach area of Melbourne, the place to be during the hot days of summer.

Let’s be straight here. I live in St Kilda however I would not recommend it in winter time, unless you like that nostalgic walks along the beach and the pier looking for penguins (yes, they are still there). 

Winter time is a bit empty and dead, super quiet too which makes it the perfect place to be if you are after a relaxed time of course.

Summer is obviously very different. St Kilda becomes the place to be, especially with the hot nights when you see people at the beach till midnight, swimming and having fun.

St Kilda is very well connected to the city. The tram #96 in 10-15minutes will take you to Southern Cross station and the tram #16 will take you to Federation Square in 15-20 minutes. The bus #246 is another fantastic and direct option to travel to Richmond, Fitzroy and the Australian Open of Tennis.

St Kilda has two hearts, Acland street, more lively with plenty of cafes and restaurants options, and Fitzroy street, once the center of St Kilda and today trying make it back to the old splendor (the area from Grey street to St Kilda Junction has some new great food options)

Sunset on St Kilda West

Sunset on St Kilda West

Why staying or visiting the area?

I would say that winter can promise a relaxing stay, living as a local and not as a tourist. In one week you may end up meeting most of the cafes and restaurants owners which they will remember you when they see you in the streets around, believe you me.

In summer it is a different story all together of course. It can be extremely busy, especially during the top events as the St Kilda Festival and the Melbourne Formula 1 weekend (expect prices to climb up, bookings are one year in advance for these periods)

There are no resorts as such. Just few, usually small scale, hotels

There are not as many accommodation options in St Kilda as in the CBD area. They are mostly concentrated around Fitzroy Street and the Esplanade.

  • The Rydges St Kilda Hotel is right in the heart of Fitzroy street.  It can be quite noisy in the weekend, till late. It is a good option if you are planning to spend a late night out and back in the early morning. Plenty of bars and pubs around.
  • The Apartments Ink is much quieter although it’s more on the St Kilda East side. The price for the serviced apartment is very very convenient however it does not include the parking ($15/day). In a short walk you will be in both Acland Street and Fitzroy Street. On the ground level (actually same lift) you have the Aldi supermarket which can be quite handy.

Check the price at the Ink

Apartments Ink

Apartments Ink

  • Tolarno Hotel, a bit quirky a bit boutique accommodation. This is my favorite hotel in the area. The bar has jam sessions after 4pm on weekends and you are meters away from the beach and from the tram to the city (both #96 and #16). Park in Grey Street, free parking in the weekend and most of the day during the week. From time to time Tolarno has some amazing deals which you can’t say no

Latest deal at Tolarno

Tolarno Hotel

Tolarno Hotel

Major attraction in St Kilda

St Kilda’s main attraction is obviously the beach, the busiest in Victoria during a hot day. But just walk up or down the beach few hundred meters and you can find other spots with much less people.

You can spot penguins at the end of the pier. Just walk down to the bottom end and go behind the small cafe/restaurant. You will see a small wood platform on your right side. Penguins tend to hide between the rocks there. At sunset you can sometime see them coming out from the water (if there are not many people around).

On Sunday you can experience the ever popular St Kilda market. I live meters from there however I never get tired to visit it.

The O’Donnell Gardens host the great Thursday night market in summer. Street food, live music and fire dancers….all for free, well not the food LOL

Obviously the Luna Park is another important attraction. It used to be free to enter however now you need to pay $2. This does not include any run.

The Luna Park Crazy Carousel

The Luna Park Crazy Carousel

The Veg Out St Kilda Farmers’ Market is on every first Saturday of the month. It’s all organic food and drinks. 

Another place I suggest to visit is the Botanical Garden, so quiet and peaceful (free to enter)

I will update this list with more as it comes in my mind 🙂 Maybe I should write a post just for that LOL 

Restaurants and bars around

St Kilda has basically two areas where you can find great food, cafes and restaurants.

The first one is Acland Street. My favorites are:

  • Chinta Ria Soul: best Malaysian in the city I think. It’s always quite busy. I suggest a BYO if you want to save some money
  • Rococo: international and Italian cuisine. Probably the most popular restaurant in St Kilda
  • La Roche: for the best Parma (everything else is ok). Wednesday is Parma day, think $15 for a massive size you can easily eat in two people
  • Claypots Seafood Bar: only fresh fish. The size depends on the catch of the day and you may need to share. Even better is the bar area that has live music every night and an interesting mature crowd
  • Village Belle Hotel: rebuilt and refreshed in 2017 this pub is now one of the trendiest of Melbourne. There is a disco area on the first floor. Highly suggested for the young crowd
  • Vineyard Restaurant: the most iconic bar of St Kilda with live music every second night
  • 95 Espresso Bar: my favorite cafe in Acland street

There many more options, however the list above is a great start 🙂

Interesting corner of the Luna Park

Interesting corner of the Luna Park

The second area is in Fitzroy Street, mainly between Grey Street and St Kilda Junction. 

  • Freddie Wimpoles is my favorite pub, in the beautiful George building
  • Cafe Banff, a super cozy cafe open till late. Monday and Tuesday are pizza night ($5-8, small size however quite tasty). Very relaxing especially in the winter with the fire place.
  • Fitzrovia, great for breakfast
  • Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie, awesome selection of cheese and wide wine list. Perfect for an afternoon drink

Fitzroy, hipster and great pubs scene

Fitzroy is the hipster area of Melbourne. It has a great young crowd with probably the highest concentration of cafes in Australia.

Staying in Fitzroy will give you more of a local experience. It is about the cafe culture, the food culture and ultimately the great pub scene, till 1am when most of the places close down.

There are lots of galleries and hipster shops, you will hardly get bored there. It’s so interesting to just walk along Smith Street or Gertrude Street

Trams will take you to the city in 5-10 minutes

Fitzroy hotels

In this area I may suggest two hotels

The Melbourne Metropole Central in Brunswick Street has big rooms and a great location, close to so many bars and restaurants. It is also walking distance to the city. The premise includes a nice swimming pool, useful in summer.

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Melbourne Metropole Central

Melbourne Metropole Central

The Quest Royal Gardens in 8 Royal Lane is next door to the Melbourne Museum, the CBD and the famous Fitzroy restaurants. The rooms can be a bit dated however they are very spacious. Great service from start to end. There is also a small swimming pool for that hot summer days

Check availability at the Quest

Quest Royal Gardens

Quest Royal Gardens

Attraction and shopping in Fitzroy

The main attractions are the famous Melbourne Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building, facing each other. A must visit in any trip to Melbourne.

The Centre for Contemporary Photography is also a must visit, especially if interested in photography

There are many tiny galleries in this area. You can easily google all of them. I highlight the Australian Galleries, one of my favorite in Fitzroy (actually it is located in the nearby Collingwood)

The shopping areas I like the most are along Gertrude Street and Smith Street. Johnston Street has also some great contemporary furniture shops.

Hand held - view to Fitzroy, the hipster area of Melbourne, from a famous rooftop bar (ISO 2000, 1/8sec at f/2.8, 47mm)

Handheld – view to Fitzroy, the hipster area of Melbourne, from a famous rooftop bar (ISO 2000, 1/8sec at f/2.8, 47mm)

Restaurants and bars around

Again a really wide choice. I do not really know where to start. 

  • Cutler & Co, modern Australian cuisine in an industrial designed cafe/restaurant.
  • The Workers Club, hipster pub with great live music in the back band-room.
  • Ladro Gertrude, Italian pizza and pasta with interesting, and sometimes unusual, ingredients
  • Trippy Taco, for some quick and inexpensive tacos
  • Addict Food And Coffee, my favourite cafe in the area. The pulled pork is to die for
  • Naked For Satan, tapas style with an amazing rooftop and young crowd
  • Blackcat, for an easy and cosy afternoon drink. My only problem with this place is that I always end up staying till late at night, after many, too many, drinks LOL
  • Proud Mary, great cafe, however always so busy. The waiting list can be long on the weekend

South Yarra, boutique hotels and shopping

South Yarra is much more sophisticated than any other area I have mentioned in this post. Hard to find a hipster here LOL

The busiest part is around Chapel Street, so famous for its shopping. You can easily spend a full day walking along the street. Such a great choice

The other popular area is Toorak Road, around the South Yarra station. 

Access to the city is quick and easy. Just few train stops from one of the three stations along Chapel Street and Toorak Road, no worries.

The Royal Botanic Gardens (free to enter) is probably the main attraction of South Yarra, beside the shopping 🙂

I already recommended The Lyall Hotel and Spa in the Boutique hotels in Melbourne section and I do not hesitate to recommend it again.

Check the latest prices at Lyall

The Lyall Hotel and Spa

The Lyall Hotel and Spa

Another choice is the Punthill South Yarra Grand, there is no bar or restaurant in the hotel, however, there are so many great options around that honestly I could not see the point to stay in the hotel to eat or drink.

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Punthill South Yarra Grand

Punthill South Yarra Grand

The Adina Apartment Hotel is another option. Serviced apartments with all you need. Great choice for a long stay. Very close to Toorak Road and the South Yarra Station. The best position for some jogging along the river. From time to time they have amazing deals

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Adina Apartment Hotel

Adina Apartment Hotel

Chapel street area

Chapel Street has grown so much in the last 10 years. Almost unbelievable.

Nowadays shops, restaurants and cafes, are just never-ending. The choice is so wide that it is almost overwhelming.

The Como Cinema is a great option for a quieter night. Usually, they have European movies.

The Prahran market should not be missed, especially on Saturday around 4:30-5pm with few shops starting an auction of the last remaining food

The Chapel Street Bazaar is the quirkiest place you can find in Melbourne. A huge area with lots of memorabilia, over a century old sometime

The Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop is another great place to pop by. You may find some incredible stuff at a fraction of a price. It’s a bit of hit and miss, and that’s part of the fun I guess.

South Yarra food options

This is a minimalist list, just, again, so many great options

  • The Botanical: come here just for the wine selection (so wide!!). The food is to die for, really. Facing the botanical garden, it can be very busy on a sunny day
  • Juicy Dumplings: I love this place. An old lady is making fresh dumplings right at the door, based on the orders she receives. It can’t get better than that. Ops, I was forgetting, it’s also great value
  • The Bridie O’Reilly’s is an interesting pub in a chapel, great for a beer, or two
  • St Edmonds, probably my favourite cafe in the area, with a nice backyard for the warm days
  • Tusk: a bit cafe, a bit bar, a bit restaurant. In a sort of small square. Lovely on a warm day. 
  • Back Bar: for a late night drink. Very quirk bar on a first floor. It can be a great fun
  • Parlour Diner: if you are after a good burger, American style

….and honestly so many more. Just have a walk.

Punt Road Bridge

Punt Road Bridge

Footscray, the park and alternative choice

Footscray has changed so much in the last ten years. From suburb to alternative and trendy area.

Lots of new cafes and restaurants, with many options of African food, otherwise rare in other parts of Melbourne.

I reckon the Footscray Market has the widest and cheapest fruits and vegetables available in Melbourne. 

If you can, try to rent a bike and ride along the Maribyrnong River, in the Footscray Park. Beautiful down there.

Footscray is just a few minutes to the CBD by train

Footscray Park and other attractions

The Park is most definitely a great place to spend a day.

Also, I suggest an early morning at the market, such a great vibe.

The Community Arts Centre should be on the bucket list as well. You can attend theatrical plays and movies. Great shows too.

Heavenly Queen Temple

Heavenly Queen Temple

Cocktails and live music

Have a look at the Back Alley Sally’s for the cocktails in a jug and the daily specials (pizza at $6 on Thursday).

Littlefoot Bar is another cocktail bar with live music on the weekend

For a coffee head to the Rudimentary. It offers both indoor and outdoor seating, making it ideal on a warm day

Travel Photography Stefano FerroStef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.

Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry. 

Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world. 


Stefano Ferro
Stef Ferro is the founder and editor of MEL365, a travel & photography website made to enhance the travelling experience and improve the photography work.
Stef is a professional travel photographer with past experience in the cycling and film industry. 

Stef runs travel photography workshops in Melbourne and around the world.
  1. Great article!! This is so in-depth!! My husband and I are traveling to Melbourne in November for a week. We are young (early 30’s) I have been very hung up on where to stay in Melbourne (CBD/east or Fitzroy) I am leaning towards Fitzroy bc of the funky artsy nature, but want to make sure I can get all around Melbourne. This article helped tremendously! I can’t wait to check out your other articles too to help plan an amazing trip! Also one other question is Melbourne a big biking city? we love to experience cities by bike. Thank you

    • Reply

      Hi Madison,
      Fitzroy is a great area if you are into live music, arts, cafes. It’s the hipster side of Melbourne. I personally love it and November is a great time to be there, not too hot, just enough warm. There are a few trams that run through the night so easy to move around. If you can, try to stay around Gertrude Street, close to the city too.
      Bike wise, Melbourne is not like Amsterdam however it’s not as bad either. Just take extra care during the commuting time, the cars drivers tend to be a bit more stressed.
      There is a bike share program that may be very useful for just a week. It’s available all around the city.

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