Melbourne is consistently voted as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It boasts a vibrant arts scene, a unique layout, easy public transport and some delicious sweet treats. Topped with great coffee and questionable weather it’s a no brainer as to why this city is so liveable and lovable!

Yet so many people complain about the cost of living and doing anything in Melbourne. Which is a half truth. Like any city Melbourne can set you back a pretty penny or two. Then again there are some fun and affordable things to do if you can take the time to get off Tinder and explore what’s going on around you.

Top Ten Quirky & Fun Things to do in Melbourne

1- Drink Coffee

Even if you don’t like coffee, drink coffee. Ok well I can’t force you to do that but Melbourne does boast some of the best coffee, baristas and hipsters in the world. You would have to, honestly, go out of your way to find bad coffee in this city. Just walk the laneways and see what you can find. There’s always a little place here and there open for some sweet caffeine lovin’

Do yourself a favour and find The Cup of Truth.

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Starbucks is now on their third attempt to crack the coffee culture market here in Melbourne. Good luck with that.

2 – Be a Beach Babe

Or beach bum. Beach boy. Whatever nautical reference that you like. Melbourne is a bayside city. Meaning that there are some great beaches to wonder along. St Kilda and Brighton Beach are the two most popular and infamous beaches that are close to the city. So easy to get to via public transport.

3- Get Your Freakshake On!

As the lovely Brittney from The Sweet Wanderlust puts it –

The creative chefs around this city each try to outdo the next as the shakes get bigger and more beautiful

Melbourne has really embraced the freakshake freakiness. It’s a hilarious trend that is making the hospitality world a mint. But it’s worth trying at least once. What is a freakshake? Well it’s an entire meal atop a milkshake. Be prepared to get your fingers sticky with these.

 

Want to know where to go? Read Brittney’s guide to Melbourne’s Best Freakshakes 

4- Donut Worry Be Happy

How can you not be happy with a donut in hand? Another wonderful sugar filled craze that Melbourne is owning and dominating – delicious donuts. Big, fluffy, fun filled donuts. From the hot jam donuts at the Queen Vic Market to the pompous and joyous donuts from the likes of Doughbuoys, Short Stop and Donut Time.

Once again Brittney is showing us how to be the perfect tourist in Melbourne town. Donut in one hand, iconic building in the other.

5- A Royally Fun Time at Queen Victoria Market.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to travel back in time and work for the royal house hold as one of those out of sight out of mind vital staff members? Like the kitchen staff who get to order all the fresh produce? Well I did and now I love doing all my fresh produce shopping at the Queen Victoria Market (QVM). It’s well worth the 6am wake up call to head down, get piping hot fresh portugese custard tarts, a coffee and do my shopping.

The market is spread over two city blocks and has just about everything for sale. Note that the market is closed Mondays and Wednesdays.

Fun Fact–  QVM is the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere

6 – Find Yourself at Flinders St Station

According to one of this trip advising services Flinders St Station is in the top 10 things to do in Melbourne. Which doesn’t surprise me as this is Melbourne’s version of Grand Central Station. It’s a beautifully designed old school train station which once hosted a glorious ball room. There are currently plans to revitalise the station back to it’s former glory.

 

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What most people don’t ever see or explore is what’s underneath the station. Go find yourself on a journey under ground and see what wonders await.

7 – Wine Me, Dine Me and Surprise Me

Melbourne boasts some truly unique and wonderful ways to eat food. If you’re after a high class affair to impress that certain special somebody then why not try Eureka 89. Dine from level 89 (yeah it really is that high up!) and watch the world go by as you sip on local hand selected wines. The dining room boasts floor to ceiling windows as do the bathrooms.

Bookings are essential and there is a dress code.

Eureka 89 - Traveling Honeybird

8 – Arcade Exploration

Melbourne has some very unique artwork in the laneways. You can’t help but be mmesmerisedby the city’s local artists as they take over and beautify the dark dingy laneways. But what about the arcades? The Royal Arcade is a historical landmark in Melbourne and was one, if not the first street to be paved in Melbourne.

Don’t let Gog & Magog scare you away. They’ve been waiting for the right time to go by before taking their revenge or blessing the city. There’s still some slight confusion about what they are doing in the city aracade but they’ve been here handing around since 1892.

Royal Arcade Melbourne - Traveling Honeybird

9 – Learn Something New in a Laneway

Melbourne’s laneways really are a living breathing part of this city. With ever changing art works you never know who’s watching or what you’ll find next. Armed with coffee, camera and a donut you can pretend to be a Melbourne Hipster trying to find the meaning of life in someone else’s artwork.

Want A Do It Yourself Guide to Melbourne Street Art? Thankfully our friend Taylor has one for you.

Melbourne Laneway Art - Traveling Honeybird

10 – Look Up

Melbourne has some amazing buildings with some very unique cultural history. Some buildings and areas were designed by architects who won competitions. These days we call these tenders but alas that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun in the late 1800s.

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As you wonder around town see what beautiful European influence there is.

Other great places to visit

Really trying to cram Melbourne into ten things to do/be/want is a bit daft. The city has so much more on offer. When I have a spare day in the city I like to drop by the following places

National Gallery of Victoria to get my art fix.
Victoria Museum when I’m wanting to be lost in time.
Botanical Gardens when I want to forget that the world exists for a brief moment.
Bomba Rooftop Bar when I need to drown my sorrows or celebrate a win. Either way this place is a lot of fun.
Hopetoun Tearooms if I’m in desperate need of some classy tea and scones.

Have you been to Melbourne and explored this wonderful city? Let me know in the comments below what your favourite thing to do/eat/be,

Jeanette

Jeanette

Founder, Principal Blogger & Coffee Drinker

Coffee Lover | Travel Blogger | Horse Rider | Adventure Racer | Donut Dame. Generally nice lady-enjoys wine, indie movies & random dance parties in my tent.

41 Comments

  1. Dawn

    Great Post Jean! I took the kids for their first freakshakes today and while they were good, they didn’t live up the hype. Maybe we will have to try somewhere else:)

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  2. joanna

    It’s great to hear that Melbourne is so coffee friendly and that you can find delicious food around as well. I am a fan of freakshakes, I had my first one in London and never stopped dreaming of it since.

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    • Jean

      We are the worlds best city for coffee!!

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  3. Hendrik

    Wow, the freakshake is… incredible! I have never seen something like this before!
    But the whole city seems to be simply one great place not only to visit but also for living there.
    Next to the beach I think Laneway sounds also very interesting. So many great places to discover there – thank you a lot for the inspiration!

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    • Jean

      Freakshakes do take a certain ahhhh desire to eat

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  4. Anna

    OMG that Freakshake !!! Would never drink that but looks awesome xD
    Love your nails in the first pic x

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    • Jean

      Thanks!

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  5. estemarie

    omg whatttt! I am traveling to Australia soon and this post is so helpful!<3 <3 What a great article, dear!

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    • Jean

      There’s plenty of more Australia posts for you to read

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  6. Danielle Bricker

    I approve of how food & bev oriented this list is! Melbourne is definitely high on my wish list of places to live as a creative professional.

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    • Jean

      It’s a great city to live in

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  7. Lula Aventura

    Oh wowww freakshake’s look crazy haha! I’ve heard so many great things about this city, defo on the list and thanks for sharing more 🙂 I love how bright and almost cartoony your photos are!

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    • Jean

      Cartoony photos? Well thanks I guess! I’ll
      let the girls know to up their Insta game so they are less cartoont

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      • Lula Aventura

        Yeah it was a compliment! Like super bright, bold, dream-like, not what you’d expect in a big, modern city. Not sure that made more sense haha but definitely a positive thing 🙂

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  8. Kimberly Erin

    Melbourne is such a trendy place right now. Its a young professionals dream. that freakshake looks insane tho. Id die for that right now 🙂

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  9. Chloé Arnold (@ChloeBArnold)

    I don’t normally think of Melbourne as a foodie place, but that shake and donut looks so good! I’m dying to make it there!

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    • Jean

      Really? Melbourne is world renowned as a foodie haven!

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  10. Iza (@IzaAbao)

    The donut, freakshake, and street art make me want to visit Melbourne soon. I had no idea that Melbourne is a city that is very creative and lets people show their individuality. It is like NYC but better.

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  11. Only By Land

    Something else about Melbourne which makes me want to visit are the golf, grand prix and tennis. I didn’t know about donuts in Melbourne, I love donuts and sugar so I would have to try this local specialty! I can understand why Finders station is a tourist site in itself, I’d love to photograph it and as I travel only by land I could take a train from there!

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    • Jean

      Oh those are three things which I hate about Melbourne 😉

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  12. carlinn

    Cool post, I love fun things to do in new cities! The freakshake and the donut look so so so amazing and I love taking photos of yummy stuff like that! So many cool and interesting things do to in Melbourne 🙂

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    • Jean

      Melbourne has taken food to a whole new level! Perfect to photograph

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  13. Geo

    These are some great tips even though its hard for me to be a beach babe (i’m a man haha). I havent been in melbourne before so this article is golden. I will definitely try the Queen Victoria Market if i have my way around. Thanks!

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    • Jean

      You can always be a beach babe! Don’t let your penis get in the way of your dreams

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  14. Vicky @ A Backpack Full of Adventures

    OK, that doughnut is freaking amazing! I’ve wanted to try one of those freakshakes for ages now – I think we have them in London, too, so I’ll definitely have one when I get back to the UK! The street art must be amazing too – I’d love to go to Hosier Lane, I’ve seen so many gorgeous photos already. Thanks for the tips, Jean!

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  15. Travellinn

    I’m all in on eating my way through the places I visit, and I love views! Thank you for the tips combining that! 🙂 And that shake; looks crazy! Haha! 🙂

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  16. travellingdany

    There’s so much to see and do in Melbourne! I’d definitely want to taste a Freakshake too!

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  17. Arnav @ The ETLR (Eat Travel Live Repeat) Blog

    Its wonderful to know that there is so much to do in the streets of Melbourne. I personally would be exploring the food culture for majority of time specially the freak shakes.The streets are full of life and stories behind different artworks.

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    • Jean

      A lot of good food’

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  18. LaTessa

    Excellent list of things to in Melbourne. I didn’t know about the coffee culture over there, definitely need to check it out.

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  19. Ivan Kralj

    I love Melbourne! And while traveling the world, I am still in the search for my first freakshake! Cannot wait to try it out!

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  20. WhenTwoWander

    We love Melbourne. We’re heading out to Gelato Messina in Fitzroy tomorrow afternoon before a few drinks in some bars. Its such a great city!

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    • Jean

      Oh I love messinas!!!

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  21. kad8585

    That donut and freakshake look amazing. I would love to devour that after I went to the beach. Also wouldn’t mind exploring the local markets and seeing some of the incredible strret art. Thanks!!

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  22. Vicki Garside

    I should have known you would have drink coffee at no.1! I’m ashamed to say I haven’t ever had a freakshake – and actually hadn’t heard of one until Brittney told me! And the whole donut craze has passed me by.. and I call myself a Melburnian! Haha – must try harder!

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    • Jean

      Oh the freakshakes are nice to look at but otherwise you can pass on by for them

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  23. CreativeTravelGuide (@CTGTravelGuide)

    You had me at Freakshake!! That looks amazing!!!! 🙂 Love the sound of being a beach babe too – more reasons for me to get my butt to Melbourne!

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  24. Ali May

    Great inclusions! I live in Melbourne and this post made me feel very proud of being a Melburnian. I work in one of those cool buildings opposite Flinders St Station/Fed Square and my colleagues are always coming back to the office with Doughboys donuts, or coffee from a new and amazing coffee roaster nearby. I also LOVE visiting Dendy Beach in Brighton to photograph those colourful bathing huts, and have a little swim or play in the sand with my son. I’m actually heading to the NGV today to get my art fix on 🙂

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  25. Maria

    That’s a great set of tips for Melbourne. Specially loved the street art.

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  26. Neni

    I would eat and eat and eat 😀
    Melbourne seems so fun and full of life, I really want to visit the city.

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