Top 5 Things to do in Melbourne – Part 2

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We’ve recently featured a list of the “Top 5 Things to do in Melbourne” and as it was such a hit among our readers (thanks so much for reading us, even though you guys are still a bit hesitant with commenting on here), we’ve decided to extend the list.

So here is part 2 of our top 5 things to do in beautiful Melbourne:

Go to the movies at an outdoor cinema

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Photo credit under creative commons: Simon Helle Nielson

Summer means outdoor cinemas!
We have listed our top five outdoor cinema options this summer. Most of the viewings start in late November/early December, but if I were you I would already check out the program and purchase some tickets.

Befriend the residents of 149/27 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda

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This is a real insider tip and somehow one of a silly one as well. I just couldn’t help myself and I had to mention it though, for sentimental reasons…

The reason I’m listing this odd recommendation is, that I know for a fact that this residential address has a significant stunning view overlooking Albert Park, with Melbourne’s skyline in the background. I know that, because I used to live in that apartment for a few years.

Despite the overpriced Fitzroy Street flat with the stunning view, this location has a lot to offer and if you haven’t been there yet, you should check out the area. Right next to the apartment are some of our favorite restaurants, there is the George Revival cinema, and one of Melbourne’s most famous bakeries. If you go a bit further down Fitzroy Street, there are even more restaurants, bars and clubs and soon you’ll be at St Kilda Beach. Bam, spot on!
Our recommendation is to go to the beach first and then hit Fitzroy Street for after beach drinkies and food.

Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens

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If you feel like a quiet relaxing kinda day, pack a little picnic hamper, a good book and a blanket and make your way to the Botanical Gardens. It is one of the most peaceful places in Melbourne, with stunning flowers, plants and even a small lake. You can wander there for hours or just ly down and look up into the sky and watch the clouds.

If you feel more like a Sunday with the family but you don’t want to schlep the hamper around the Garden, there is a cafe directly located at the little lake in the center of the Botanical Garden for you to cater your needs.

Midweek drinkies and food at the Night Market

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Photo credit under creative commons: Adrian R. Tan

The Suzuki Night Market is a clear sign that summer is approaching, As you all know, Queen Vic is one big massive market, and the night market follows suit. This is the 16th year running and there’s plenty to do. You can shop your ass off at one of the stalls filled with everything from local design and fashion, vintage, up cycled or new and anything.
We’ve mentioned the market before, so find out more about Suzuki Night Market here.

Be a tourist in your own city

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How many times do you actually go out exploring your own city? And I’m not talking about going to the CBD for your regular shopping fix or a bar crawl with your mates. I’m talking about walking through Melbourne with eyes wide open. Checking out some of the major sights this city has to offer, discovering quirky laneways and going full on tourist in your own city.
If you are not sure where to start, the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to explore inner city Melbourne and its attractions.

The bus operates daily every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm (you may check about the public holidays as we are not sure if the bus is running its service on these days as well). There are 13 stops where you can hop on and hop off. Altogether the trip itself takes approximately 90 minutes and includes an informative on-board commentary as you travel around Melbourne.

And have we mentioned it’s only 5 bucks* !? Yay! Take your camera, put on a sexy foreign accent (not necessary for Stina and myself) and go for a ride.
More information about the Melbourne Visitor Shuttle are on the website.

*(It used to be a free service but since October this year, they charge a small fee, but children are still free.)

Please feel free to comment and share your Top 5 things to do in and around Melbourne. There is a good chance, we might feature it in our next Top 5 list.

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