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Originally coming from Melbourne, I love going back. Melbourne is the Paris of Australia with lots to see and do. You will never be bored, but more than that Melbourne is a vibrant, exciting city that inspires and fulfills. Yes, I need another Melbourne fix, right now!

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10 Places

Crown Towers Melbourne

Hotels

The Langham, Melbourne

Hotels

stokehouse city

Restaurants

Mamak

Restaurants

Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

Hotels

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria

Gardens, Parks

Rockpool Bar & Grill

Restaurants

City Wine Shop

Restaurants

La Vita Buona 'The Good Life' Cellar Bar Deli

Restaurants

Block Arcade

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LeonieshorncliffeQLD's City Tips

  • If you are keen to try a particular restaurant or hotel, book in advance. You have been warned.
  • Be aware that Melbourne can be a very busy city. If there is an event on, like a sporting event, the trains, main thoroughfares and eating places can be packed.
  • Melbourne is a friendly city, do not be afraid to ask for help or directions.
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    Crown Towers Melbourne
    Hotels
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    I have 3 favorite hotels in Melbourne and Crown Towers would be the pick of the 3. It ticks all my boxes and then some. Firstly the cons, it would be the most expensive of the 3, the lounge doesn't have a view and it is a 10 min walk across the river into the heart of the city. However, the pros. It has the best service of any 5 star hotel I have stayed in, they have a way of making you feel like a special member of the family and you are at home. This is a huge and palatial hotel and yet there are no pretenses with any of the staff. The standard rooms are huge, still have a big bath with tv and walk in robe and a good view, so there is no need to pay for a better room (although if you can afford it they are amazing). There is a great spa area (one of the best hotel massages I have ever had) and beautiful big swimming pool and gym. There are plenty of restaurants downstairs in the complex so you do not need to go out on the street at all. Good for a solo woman traveller.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Book ahead on their website for best deals.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great location, awesome gym and pool 22/01/2018
    • Looking for central and convenient? 19/01/2018
    • Crown Towers Melbourne
    Address:
    8 Whiteman St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
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    The Langham, Melbourne
    Hotels
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    The Langham would be my third favorite hotel in Melbourne. The cons, the service isn't the best but they all try very hard. This hotel seems to employ young people who lack experience. The lounge is not a great space, although it has a good view, it isn't set up with this in mind and it is a bit of a rabbit warren. The food and wines are of poorer quality than the other 2 hotels. The pros, good views across the Yarra from most rooms, a good spa area with great facilities and a good location. Again choose a room better than standard.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Choose a room above standard and don't miss the steam room.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent, caring, comfortable and clean hotel 22/01/2018
    • Very Unclean 22/01/2018
    • The Langham, Melbourne
    Address:
    1 Southgate Ave
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    011 61 3 8696 8888
    Other:
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    stokehouse city
    Restaurants (Australian, Mediterranean, European)
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    If you are looking to impress your guest take them to Stokehouse City. The decor is beautiful, the service great and the food is imaginative and stops you in your tracks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Book ahead.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Not for a quiet meal, but excellent food 25/03/2016
    • Staircase to your stomach with a thesaurus for a menu 15/02/2016
    • stokehouse city
    Address:
    7 Alfred Pl
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9525 5555
    Other:
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    Mamak
    Restaurants (Asian, Malaysian)
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    If you like Malaysian food as I do, Mamak is a must. I make a trip here every time I come to Melbourne. It is cheap, noisy and fast and the food is authentic and delicious.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    Tips
    • Make sure they are open as I have turned up and was disappointed!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #100 of 3,423 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious!! 20/01/2018
    • Really so-so 14/01/2018
    • Mamak
    Address:
    366 Lonsdale St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    96703137
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    17:30 - 21:30
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 14:30
    Fri - Sat
    17:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    This would be my second favorite hotel of the 3 and would be the most economical so you can afford the junior or premier suites. I would avoid the small standard rooms. The cons, it is a walk uphill from the main part of the city, there is no pool or spa and the bathrooms are small and not as luxurious as the other 2 hotels. The pros, the service is good and they greet you with "Bonjour" (the francophiles will understand!). The lounge is the best I have been in, it has an amazing view, a fireplace, good French wines and enough food to not need dinner. I could sit there every night for the rest of my life with that ambiance.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you stay here on a regular basis you will often get an upgrade. Again, pay the extra for a room higher than the standard.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 161 Hotels in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, Accor, fails to deliver on advertised benefits. 22/01/2018
    • Temptations at Sofitel 21/01/2018
    • Sofitel Melbourne on Collins
    Address:
    25 Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    011 61 3 9007 0584
    Other:
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    Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Gardens, Parks
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    I often take a walk through the gardens when I am in Melbourne. They are calming and restorative and simply beautiful. Sometimes it is good to move out of the concrete for a while.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk here from the city if you like walking.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 445 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just the best. 22/01/2018
    • City garden paradise 22/01/2018
    • Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria
    Address:
    Birdwood Ave
    South Yarra
    Melbourne, Victoria 3004
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9252 2300
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:30 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Rockpool Bar & Grill
    Restaurants (Steakhouse, Australian)
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    Rockpool would have to be my favorite restaurant in Melbourne as it ticks all the boxes. I have dined here alone and with others and the service is always good. The kitchen can be seen from the dining room so you are kept entertained. The best thing about Rockpool though is the sides! I order a number of them and find them exquisite.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Ask for a seat near the kitchen camera
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #63 of 3,423 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very disappointing 21/01/2018
    • Amazing food, exceptional service 19/01/2018
    • Rockpool Bar & Grill
    Address:
    Crown Complex Southbank
    Melbourne, Victoria 3006
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 8648 1900
    Price range:
    US$0 - US$196
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    12:00 - 15:00
    Sun - Sat
    18:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    City Wine Shop
    Restaurants (European, Australian, Wine Bar)
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    This wine shop is right up the Paris end of the city on Spring St but worth the hike. It reminds me of a bistro in Paris. They have really good food and excellent wine by the glass. Spend some time soaking in the lights over Parliament while sipping on a choice wine.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • It gets busy after work
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #162 of 3,423 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Wonderful wines for relaxed enjoyment or purchase 22/12/2017
    • Vibration, euro-feel location, good food and wine, not cheap 21/12/2017
    • City Wine Shop
    Address:
    159 Spring St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9654 6657
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Thu
    07:00 - 23:00
    Fri
    07:00 - 23:30
    Sat
    09:00 - 23:30
    Other:
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    La Vita Buona 'The Good Life' Cellar Bar Deli
    Restaurants (Australian, Wine Bar)
    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    After a busy day of shopping this is the perfect place for a relaxing glass of good wine and something to nibble on while you watch Melbourne go by. Situated in the small square on Swanston St, you could miss it if you weren't careful. There is always something different by the glass and they have good wine knowledge here. There is often something to watch going on in the square too, like at Christmas time they have a tree and Santa clauses house. I have also spent a sunny afternoon sipping wine while watching trapeze artists practice.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This place is for wine and nibbles, not lunch. Come in the afternoon.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,699 of 3,423 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Beaut place for a drink or snack before or after the show in Collins Street 06/08/2016
    • Worth a Try 04/04/2016
    • La Vita Buona 'The Good Life' Cellar Bar Deli
    Address:
    207 Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9654 7855
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    Block Arcade
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    LeonieshorncliffeQLD Says:

    I always walk through here and the adjoining lane ways. Each cafe has excellent coffee so it does not matter which one you choose. I will come for breakfast or lunch as the choices are endless. this area reminds me of Europe and especially Italy.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Spend some time shopping and soaking up the atmosphere in these lanes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 445 things to do in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Yummmmmm 21/01/2018
    • Shopping history 21/01/2018
    • Block Arcade
    Address:
    282 Collins St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    +61 3 9654 5244
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 18:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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