24 Hours in Melbourne

24 Hours in Melbourne

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Planning a visit to Melbourne? If you have 24 hours in Melbourne here are our must dos for a day in Australia’s most eclectic city. Even if you’re only here for a quick trip, we hope our highlights of this awesome city will give you a great taste of what Melbourne has to offer. Trust us, once you’ve checked these off the list you’ll definitely want to stay longer than planned! There is just SO much to do here. This is why many people ultimately opt to settle in Melbourne. The facilities and amenities are excellent for those settling down with children. There is even Champions Academy coding for kids! This really is the city that has everything.

Guide to 24 Hours in Melbourne

24 hours in melbourne

Combi | Elwood

This little superfood café was just around the corner from where we were staying and is always busy which is usually a sign of something great. They’re open for breakfast and lunch and serve up some mean organic superfood bowls, smoothies, great coffee and raw vegan meals.


24 hours in melbourne

St Kilda Bay | St Kilda

After breakfast, stretch your legs and take a walk down along the bay. From here you’ll have great views of the city, perfect to snap a great cityscape over the water.


Street Art Hosier Lane 24 hours in melbourne

Hosier Lane | Melbourne

Melbourne is one of the best places in the world for street art. Cruise around town and you’ll quickly see why. These peeps have got skills! One of the most popular places to see Melbourne’s street art offering is Hosier Lane in the city. Grab your camera and take wander around the laneway.



Chapel Street | Prahan & Windsor

If you’re heading to Melbourne, this vibrant street is a must do! Jam-packed with restaurants, great shopping, cafes and bars you could easily spend your whole trip here. Here are a couple of places we recommend on Chapel Street.

Juicy Dumplings on Chapel | Prahran

Looking for quick cheap eats? These dumplings are prepared fresh and are super tasty. For $10 we got the amazing chilli pork dumplings, which were delicious!

56 Bricks | Windsor

Want to check out some live music? This bar hosts local bands and DJs, so it’s a great place to unwind at the end of a long day of shopping with a drink and some killer beats. The interior features cool artwork by local artists including some super cool graffiti art by our friend Sarah Masson!


South Yarra 24 Hours in Melbourne

Southbank & Yarra Promenade | Southbank

Take a stroll along Southbank for a wide selection of bars, restaurants, cafes and shopping to choose from. You’ll also find the infamous Crown Casino situated on the bank of the Yarra River. If you’re looking for something fun to do, we ducked into the casino for a quick game of ten-pin bowling!


Saigon Sally 24 hours in melbourne

Saigon Sally | Windsor

Hands down, this has to be some of the best Vietnamese I’ve ever eaten! Besides having super tasty food, the restaurant has a really cool vibe. The menu has plenty to choose from, so we took the easiest option and went with the staff recommendation – the $59pp ‘Feed Me Feast’ that’s designed to share if there’s more than one of you ordering. You get some serious bang for your buck with a selection of entrées, mains and desserts. Seriously, the food was so good we’d book another trip back to Melbourne just to eat here again!


Naked For Satan 24 hours in melbourne

Naked for Satan | Fitzroy

When we asked for Melbourne recommendations everyone said we should check this place out. Think vodka shots + finger food + nudie wallpaper! On the ground level they offer tapas, which is priced by the toothpick. Each toothpick is $2, so load up your plate at the tapas bar! The staff also brings round a selection of hot tapas to your table too. We went on Sunday afternoon where the price of each toothpick halves – only $1 each! Upstairs there’s a restaurant and bar. Not only do they have an extensive bar menu, you’ll also get to enjoy epic views of Melbourne. Since we’re both off the booze for the year we got the barman to whip up some mocktails!


N2 Extreme Gelato 24 hours in melbourne

N2 Extreme Gelato | Fitzroy

If you’re ready to spoil yourself with a decadent after dinner treat then head over to N2. These self-proclaimed gelato scientists are taking gelato to the next level. The whole experience is extreme, indulgent and very unique! Just watching these guys prepare the gelato with liquid nitrogen is worth the visit. Guaranteed to get your taste buds dancing!

Melbourne is a super trendy city and with so many places to shop, eat, drink and explore it’s hard to squeeze it all into one day. We hope you enjoyed our one-day jam-packed highlights tour!


BONUS: Our top tips for getting around Melbourne!

There’s two ways we’d recommend for getting from A to B in Melbourne because, let’s face it, nobody wants to drive in the city with those scary hook turns!


Haven’t heard of Uber? Well you’ve probably been under a rock for the last few years! It’s like a cab service but with much better service and it’s cheaper! Download the app and enjoy a hassle free way of getting around. When you book through the app you’ll add your location and destination so the driver will be able to find you easily with their GPS. You add your payment details on the app so you don’t need to carry cash or pay at the end of your trip, bonus! Plus, you can track your car so when you’re waiting you can see exactly how many minutes away it is! Love it!

Keen to give Uber a go? Here’s a $25 voucher!


Melbourne runs the largest tram network in the world, so getting around the city is pretty easy. Plus if you’re in ‘green zone’ rides are free. Read more here.


Somewhere to Stay?

Hotel Tonight

Want to escape to Melbourne and get a great last minute deal on boutique accommodation? We’ve started using the Hotel Tonight app and we love it. Download Hotel Tonight in the App store and you can grab a total bargain. We booked a place last minute and not only was it cheap as chips, but it also included a FREE $100 room service voucher, FREE buffet breakfast, a complimentary bottle of bubbles, two drink vouchers for the bar AND cheap parking. They were even kind enough to swap our sparkling wine for water since we’re not drinking!

Want to check it out? Here’s a $30 coupon code!

$30 Coupon Code – EBIRD7

That’s our guide to 24 hours in Melbourne. If we missed one of your must-dos in Melbourne comment below, we’d love to hear from you.

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With a serious passion for travel, Elaina escaped from the senior management corporate world so she could spend more time doing what she loves…hanging out with friends, meeting awesome new people, travelling the globe, surfing and snowboarding.

Her greatest travel adventure to date was cycling her bicycle from China to Vietnam and into Cambodia…all with no clue on how to change a tyre! This cheeky Aussie loves to push boundaries and is a sucker for adrenalin sports.

She’s also pretty happy behind a camera and has snapped some pretty epic shots all over the world. Elaina grew up in Australia and has also lived in England and the USA where she was a snowboarding instructor.

4 thoughts on “24 Hours in Melbourne

  1. Great post Vic and Elaina. You’ve done my favourite city proud. I’m standing by for your NY post! (no pressure). P.S. those images are AMAZING. Well played. So pleased we met at Voices. Meanwhile, safe travels.

    1. Thanks Tonia! Melbourne was amazing…can’t believe we never go there. Now we can’t wait to get back there!!

      It was awesome to meet you and see you at the next event!!

  2. You’re right — there’s so much to see in Melbourne! I’ve completely fallen for the city in the four months I’ve been living there and I feel like I still have heaps to explore. Was pretty interested to see your take on experiencing the city in 24 hours and I love what you put together! St. Kilda, Naked for Satan and Chapel Street are some of my faves, too 🙂

    1. Katie we loved it. Can’t wait to get back there!! You’ll have to give us some hot tips of places to check out!

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