One Day in Melbourne: A Luxury Guide
Experiencing all that the city has to offer is an audacious undertaking, regardless of time constraints: so, what should you do if you only had one day?
With an extensive offering of high-end bars, restaurants, galleries and more, it’s no wonder that Melbourne welcomes over 60 million visitors each year. Experiencing all that the city has to offer is an audacious undertaking, regardless of time constraints: so, what should you do if you only had one day? Here are our recommendations.
Begin your adventure with a small piece of history: coffee and cake at the iconic Pelligrini’s Espresso Bar, a timestamp of 1950s Australia that occupies the corner of Bourke and Crossley St. Afterwards, take a peek into the exquisite artisans and boutique shops nearby, such as Madame Virtue & Co or Gallery Funaki. For more shopping, Elk on Little Collins St is a stunning contemporary design store bursting with Melbourne-crafted, handmade pieces.
Follow Swanston St across the river – passing the picturesque Flinders Street Station – into the illustrious Southbank. Known as the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct, Southbank is home to the Arts Centre, Melbourne Theatre Company, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and more.
Although touring the NGV is a day in itself, it is worth entering the magnificent entrance hall just to marvel at the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling. Across the road, find the recently constructed MPavilion: having quickly gained notoriety as a hub for design, the structure hosts artwork, installations, talks and workshops.
“Follow Swanston St across the river – passing the picturesque Flinders Street Station – into the illustrious Southbank. Known as the heart of Melbourne’s arts precinct..”
Returning to the city side, explore ACMI for the latest in alternative film before crafting your own perfume at Fleurage in the famous Block Arcade, off Elizabeth St. Board a 109 tram on Collins St to admire the ‘Paris end’ – spot Gucci, Hermes or Louis Vuitton as you pass – before disembarking at Vincent’s Plaza, nearby Carlton Gardens. Weather permitting, a leisurely stroll here to absorb the impressive landscape design and Royal Exhibition Building is a true afternoon treat.
Cleanse your palette before dinner at Eau de Vie off Exhibition St, and discover their secret lounge (concealed behind a bookcase) before indulging in speciality cocktails and whiskey blends. Finish the day at Annam with an authentic collection of Vietnamese hawker classics and a side of nostalgia before retiring to one of Melbourne’s most unique accommodations: Notel. An exclusive ‘glamping’ experience, the rooftop of 388 Flinders Lane is transformed into a luxury caravan park, home to 1970s vintage USA Airstreams reimagined as designer suites, complete with private deckings & spas, Queen size beds and virtual concierges.