WELCOME TO THE CITY BY THE BAY

  • Nowhere in the world have I encountered a festival of people that has such a magnificent appeal to the whole nation.

    ― Mark Twain on The Melbourne Cup

WHERE TO EAT

  • Tutto Bene - 28 Southgate Ave., Southbank VIC 3006

    Tutto Bene showcases the best Italian produce in a traditional eatery style, with uninterrupted picturesque skyline views of Melbourne.

  • Cutler & Co. - 55-57 Gertrude St., Fitzroy VIC 3065

    Acclaimed, buzzworthy fine dining from famed chef Andrew McConnell.

  • Chin Chin - 125 Flinders Ln., Melbourne VIC 3000

    Walk-in Southeast Asian restaurant modeled like a hawker dining hall.

  • Rockpool Bar & Grill - Crown Complex, 8 Whiteman St., Southbank, VIC 3006

    Elevated steakhouse renowned for its dry-aged beef and local produce.

WHERE TO DRINK

  • Cookie – 252 Swanston St., Melbourne VIC 3000

    Kitschy and wildly popular, with a massive selection of wine and beer.

  • The Toff in Town – 252 Swanston St., Melbourne VIC 3000

    Dark, glamorous performance space that’s located above Cookie.

  • Section 8 - 29 Tattersalls Ln., Melbourne VIC 3000

    A bar without walls. Sit on wooden pallets at this hip outdoor pop-up.

  • State of Grace – 477 Collins St., Melbourne VIC 3000

    Swanky cocktails in a landmark building with a secret cellar entrance.

WHERE TO SLEEP

  • The Blackman - 452 St Kilda Rd., Melbourne VIC 3004

    Spacious downtown suites with balconies and designer furnishings.

  • Quest Docklands – 750 Bourke St., Melbourne VIC 3008

    Serviced apartments with a 24-hour front desk and dry cleaning.

  • Citadines on Bourke – 131-135 Bourke St., Melbourne VIC 3000

    This “apart-hotel” has studios to two-bedrooms, plus an indoor pool.

  • Mantra on Russell – 222 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000

    Downtown condo-style lodging with a pool, hot tub and fitness center.