Melbourne is such a beautiful city. Around ever corner is a hidden laneway, sparkling cocktail bar or stylish shopping strip. That’s why I’ve decided to share with you a blog post dedicated to some of the city’s best kept secrets and must-see destinations.
Take time out to explore them all, I promise you won’t regret it!
Top 9 Hidden Secrets in Melbourne
Give me pretty lights, a caravan bar and cocktail jugs in a trendy laneway, and this chic establishment in the heart of Melbourne shoots straight to the top of my hidden gems list.
Chuckle Park Bar and Cafe is in their words, a gorgeous outdoor space with a big heart and an even bigger soul tucked down a laneway off Little Collins Street. This bar makes for the ultimate Sunday evening session with the girls!
Find it here > 322 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Possibly the city’s most famous bluestone laneway on the urban art scene and home to one of our favourite eateries in Melbourne, Movida (one of the best Spanish tapas bars in Australia). With graffiti art walls, walking down Hosier Lane is like being transported out of the concrete jungle and into a cultural wonderland.
Find it on the southern edge of the central city grid, running between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane (not far from St Paul’s Cathedral).
Easey’s Burger Bar
Want to eat burgers in a seriously cool burger joint in a converted train on a Melbourne rooftop? Than look no further!
With retro decor, plus a graffitied lounge bar and cafe area, Easey’s is the place to visit on the inside and out. Situated in the hipster suburb of Collingwood, you’ll find the train carriages surrounded by some of Melbourne’s best street art (which changes every week). Art installations have included Beyonce and a skeletal kangaroo.
Find it here > 3/48 Easey Street, Collingwood
This is one of the coolest little coffee spots in you’ll find in Melbourne. Located in the heart of one of our funkiest suburbs, Fitzroy, the Industry Beans team roast and brew specialty coffee in their industrial-chic converted warehouse.
They also have an open kitchen, serving up a seriously delicious progressive brunch menu.
Find it here > 3/62 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Melbourne’s GPO Architecture
Melbourne’s GPO is a former post office situated on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets and you could say it’s the official centre of the city. A landmark that has seen many reinventions of itself, it has maintained it’s periodical architecture of it’s (nearly) 160 year history.
Inside and out, the combination of the crisp whiteness, and the original Victorian-era features, make it a visual feast for the eyes.
Find it here > 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Eastland Beauty Garden
Eastland is a recently renovated, buzzing shopping centre, located in the eastern suburb of Ringwood. It’s now home to a magnificent ceiling installation called the Beauty Garden, which features over 150,000 preserved flowers.
The floral masterpiece was created by London-based designer, Rebecca Louise Law, who is known worldwide for her incredible artworks, made with natural materials, namely flora.
Find it here > 175 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood
Melbourne Night Market
Held on Wednesday evenings throughout the year at Queen Vic Markets, the Night Market is THE place to experience true Melbourne culture through eats, drinks, music, design and a hint of lane way style.
The Market features an array of Melbourne’s finest artisans and food vendors as well as some of Melbourne’s most talented and intriguing artists and entertainers.
Find it here > Queen St, Melbourne
View from Shrine of Remembrance
Most people in Melbourne know about the beautiful building that is the Shrine of Remembrance. Located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, the Shrine was built as a memorial to the men and women of Victoria who served in World War I and is now a memorial to all Australians who have served in war.
What most people don’t know about is the amazing view of the city you capture when you climb the stairs of the Shrine. Magnificent views which extend from the Eureka Tower over to the MCG, including the 31-storey building which portrays the face of indigenous leader William Barak (with the face sculpted in light and shade using the building’s white concrete balconies).
Find it here > Birdwood Ave, Melbourne
Having only burst onto the scene this year as Melbourne’s only mini-golf and cocktail bar, Holey Moley is set to be the next big hot spot for fun girl’s nights, birthdays, hens nights and random competitions between besties who want bragging rights.
Find it here > 590 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
I hope you have heaps of fun discovering and exploring all my top spots!
Be sure to sing out in the comments below if you do stop by, or if you have some other hidden suggestions of your own?