If you have only a day in Melbourne or if it’s your first time in this beautiful city, you can very quickly feel overwhelmed when deciding an itinerary.
To make it easy for you, I have put together a short-yet-comprehensive list of what to see in Melbourne in a day. I feel that these 5 must-dos will give you a good sense of the city, regardless of personal interest
One – Melbourne offers the best coffee!
I recommend that you start at Federation Square. Known locally as Fed Square, it has plenty of options for a quick bite and a coffee to wake you up. Located in the heart of Melbourne, there is always something on – it’s a great place to hang out and watch all the action too. The Square is also Melbourne’s biggest outdoor free wifi hotspot.
Two – Get lost while exploring the heart of Melbourne.
Adjacent to Federation Square is the Visitor Centre, it is a convenient start point for a walk-about in and around the vibrant network of lane-ways and arcades.
Get yourself an inner circle map from the Visitor Centre and spend the rest of the morning enjoying the laid-back lanes, green parks, grand libraries and museums, all wrapped up in a young and vibrant atmosphere.
The maps from the Visitor Centre are very well marked and give short notes of the key sites to see, all on foot. Google Maps are always an additional help.
Three – Stand awestruck with the impressive older architecture.
Melbourne is home to numerous examples of grand architecture. For me, the two most impressive structures lie within a short walking distance of one another and is across the road from Fed Square.
St. Paul’s Cathedral is a stunning building constructed in typical Gothic style, the cathedral is located just across the road from Melbourne’s historic Flinder’s Street Station. The two structures put together will transport you back to the late 19th century.
Take a pause. Enjoy the grandness.
Four – Experience outdoor shopping at Queen Victoria Market.
Melbourne CBD and Docklands is a Free Tram Zone – no charge for using the trams. If you are tired of walking, hop on to a tram and go towards the Queen Victoria Market on the Corner of Elizabeth and Victoria Street. While you are in the tram, enjoy the view of the city on the world’s largest tram network.
Queen Victoria Market is an exciting mix of cultures and ethnicities. With a variety of food, fresh produce, groceries, artisan cheeses, dressed meats, art and souvenirs from all around the world, you will also find locals doing their shopping here too. In fact, I managed to carry some fresh cheese back to India too.
The market also serves as a great place for breakfast or lunch at a reasonable price. The donuts trucks at the market are a must try. Order extra, so you can enjoy them while sitting in a garden watching the city go by.
Be careful, the market has specific timings.
Tuesday and Thursday (6am-2pm), Friday (6am-4pm), Saturday (6am-3pm), Sunday (9am-4pm) each week.
Five – Enjoy a hearty evening meal.
I suggest you catch the sunset at Eureka Tower (located at Southgate), high up on the 88th floor, 285 meters above sea level – Eureka Skydeck is Melbourne’s greatest point of view. On a floor higher, Eureka 89 is a restaurant that will offer you the most memorable experience. Apparently this is the highest vantage point in the Southern Hemisphere.
If you are scared of heights or fine dining is not your thing, there are ample restaurants and cafes to choose from at the Southgate promenade along the Yarra River.
There is a reason why Melbourne boasts of being one of the best dining cultures in the world.