Spend the morning in Fitzroy
Fitzroy is known as Melbourne’s quirkiest suburb, and there’s plenty to see. Fuel up with breakfast at Mario’s (a Melbourne institution), and then stroll Brunswick Street, Gertrude Street and Smith Street, all of which are lined with eclectic boutiques, op-shops, cafes and street art. According to Hidden City Secrets, when you’re in Fitzroy, one of the best things to do is the Rose Street Artists Market. It shines the spotlight on local designers and artisans, and there are stalls selling everything from clothes and jewellery to homewares and skincare.
Stop for lunch on Brunswick Street
Next to Rose Street, you’ll find Brunswick Street, a bustling strip of bars and restaurants. For lunch, Hidden City Secrets recommends Rice Paper Scissors, which serves up South East Asian food with a side of colourful murals and paintings. If you’re looking for sweeping views of the city skyline, head to Naked for Satan, one of the most well-known rooftop bars in Melbourne. The tapas menu is pretty good, too.
Visit the National Gallery of Victoria
Get a cultural fix at the National Gallery of Victoria. The gallery houses works by big-name artists like Van Gogh, and regularly hosts internationally acclaimed exhibitions. It’s free to see the permanent collection, and you can usually enter the ticketed exhibitions for $30 or less. To avoid the crowds, we suggest going on a weekday.