Forty-five fun things to do after brunch in Melbourne

Published on 2 March 2021

Photo: WORLDS exhibition at Melbourne Museum (credit: Museums Victoria)

You’ve just finished your coffee after devouring the three courses at Bank of Melbourne World’s Longest Brunch. Basking in the glow of a morning well spent, you’re contemplating your next moves. And the options are many. With the world at your fingertips being in the heart of Melbourne, now's the time to make the most of many activities the city has to offer. This list is a real ‘choose your own adventure’ situation, and just a place to start, but by all means run through the entire collection if you're up for the challenge.  

Stick a spoon in the watermelon granita at Pellegrini’s
The definition of classic, old-school Melbourne refreshment.
Pellegrini’s, 66 Bourke St, Melbourne

Learn more about Aboriginal art and culture at the Koorie Heritage Trust. 
Be inspired by the history of the world's oldest continuous living culture.
Koorie Heritage Trust, Swanston Street & Flinders Street, Yarra Building, Federation Square, Melbourne 

Refresh yourself and your palate with a coffee spritz at Market Lane
Equal parts afternoon pick-me-up and non-alcoholic cocktail.
Market Lane Coffee, 83-85 Victoria St, Melbourne, marketlane.com.au

Indulge in a brown-sugar boba tea at Xing Fu Tang Melbourne
Order the signature boba and thank us later. 
Xing Fu Tang Melbourne, 273 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, xingfutang.com.au 

Order the Fistful of Peppers at Byrdi
This lightly carbonated beverage is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy; never better than with the prawn toast.
Byrdi, 211 La Trobe St, Tenancy GD075, Melbourne, byrdi.com.au

Upgrade your tableware selection at Made in Japan
Visit the Japanese ceramic importers Queen Victoria Market outpost and get yourself some new ramen bowls. 
Made in Japan, Shop 11 Stringbean Alley, Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne, mij.com.au  

Browse the shelves at Books for Cooks 
Home to Melbourne's most extensive and well-curated selection of new and second-hand books spanning the world of food and wine
Books for Cooks, Queen Victoria Market, 115-121 Victoria St, Melbourne, booksforcooks.com.au

Flip through the racks at No Order Market
Serving you independent international designers at Shifting Worlds and Australian label Permanent Vacation. 
No Order Market, 193/187 Elizabeth St, Melbourne, noordermarket.com

Pick up a bottle from Blackhearts & Sparrows wine shop
Head through the rainbow bottle-shaped disco doors and grab a (Victorian) pét nat to drink in Carlton Gardens. 
Blackhearts & Sparrows, Shop GD 077, Melbourne Central Shopping Centre, cnr Elizabeth & La Trobe St, Melbourne, blackheartsandsparrows.com.au

Visit the Louise Zhang works at NGV Australia
A mixed-medium exhibition exploring the personal and cultural influences of this celebrated Chinese-Australian artist.
NGV Australia, Federation Square, Flinders & Russell sts, Melbourne, ngv.vic.gov.au 

Cool off with an iced hojicha latte at Bakemono
Pick up a honey sesame and sea-salt pastry before you leave.
Bakemono, 273 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, bakemonobakers.com.au 

Invest in a better notebook at Milligram
One can never have too much stationery.
Milligram, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, milligram.com 

Give your best Kylie-inspired performance at Kono coin karaoke
It's a karaoke booth in a vending machine, it does what it says on the label.
Kono Coin Karaoke, 601 Little Lonsdale St, facebook.com/Kono_karaoke/ 

Feast on slices of raw tuna and salmon at Sushi 10 
Visit this family-run, cash-only spot for the mixed sashimi plate.
Sushi 10, 178 Rathdowne St, Carlton

Try the mixed masala dosa at Saravanaa Bhavan
A savoury snack-spot by way of southern India.
Saravanaa Bhavan, 131 King St, Melbourne, melbourne.saravanaabhavan.com.au 

Stick a spoon in the lemon granita at Piccolina
Particuarlly if you've also just tried the watermelon granita at Pellegrini's. Compare the pair: which granita reigns supreme?
Piccolina, 43 Hardware Ln, Melbourne, piccolinagelateria.com.au 

Stick a spoon in the chocolate gelato at Pidapipo
The final stop on our Melbourne walking tour of icy treats, finishing with chocolate is a must.
8 Degraves St, Melbourne, pidapipo.com 

Grab a rou jia mou at Shanxi Street Foods on Russell Street
The ancient Chinese predecessor of the hamburger, filled with lamb and sweet savoury onions: serious bounce per ounce. 
Shanxi Street Food, 260 Russell St, Melbourne

Take in the afternoon sun and a bottle of Little Reddie chardonnay at the Embla Rooftop.
The Saturday-night screening of A Star is Born is, alas, sold out. The good news? You don’t need a ticket to see a film to make the most of Embla’s Rooftop pop-up: it’s open to anyone who wants a drink (or a snack) from three in the afternoon. Get the house-made ricotta, anchovies and lemon; it’s a must-order. (And yes, there’s also popcorn.)
Embla, 122 Russell St, Melbourne, emblarooftop.com.au 

Wander through the historic arcades of the Melbourne CBD
Take this as a sign to revisit Royal Arcade and Block Arcade. 
335 Bourke St & 282 Collins St, Melbourne, royalarcade.com.au 

Visit Hosier Lane
Just think: you have a whole year's worth of graffiti to catch up on.
Hosier Lane, Melbourne.

Check out the Mirka Mora mural at Flinders Street Station.
Underappreciated and right under our noses. And it’s big!
Flinders Street Station, Flinders St, Melbourne

Taste an array of hot chocolate options at Mörk
A real choose-your-fighter moment.
Mörk Chocolate Brew House, 150 Errol St, North Melbourne, morkchocolate.com.au 

Enjoy a white dry port on the rocks at Romeo Lane
Try the younger, fresher cousin of that drink your grandparents have every Christmas.
Romeo Lane, 1A Crossley St, Melbourne, romeolane.com.au 

Flick through obscure vinyl at Play Music 
A crate-digger’s delight.
PLAY Music & DVDs, shop 8/50 Bourke St, Melbourne, playmusicdvds.com.au 

Have Negronis at Di Stasio Citta
Everyone is ordering the Martini; buck the trend and get this Florentine icon instead to go with your Merenda.
Di Stasio Citta, 45 Spring St, Melbourne, distasio.com.au 

Take a long walk along the Tan
Nothing beats a long walk after a long lunch (or indeed brunch), and this is one of Melbourne’s best.
Tan Track, Alexandra Ave, Melbourne

Work your way through the eight Margarita options at Tres e Cinco
MoVida has just opened this hole-in-the-wall Mexican spot, a must stop for all things tequila and mezcal.
Tres e Cinco, 3-5 Hosier Ln, Melbourne, tresacinco.com.au 

Catch a matinee screening at Cinema Nova 
Must be followed by a trip to Readings and dinner at Ti Amo; take advantage of the free BYO.
Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon St, Carlton, cinemanova.com.au 

Wander through Carlton Gardens and pop into the Melbourne Museum
Experience the WORLDS immersive exhibit and enjoy the vibes.
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton, museumsvictoria.com.au 

Enjoy an Orange Spritz at Arbory Afloat 
Made with Melbourne's own Marionette liqueur, soak up the sun in this pastel paradise on the Yarra.  
Arbory Afloat, 1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne, arbory.com.au 

Order a glass of sparkling and a round of oysters at City Wine Shop
Because there’s always room for oysters and a bottle of Little Cathedral Blanc de Noirs.
City Wine Shop, 159 Spring St, Melbourne, citywineshop.net.au 

Partake in a classic cocktail on the deck at Siglo
You started at City Wine Shop, you had a snack at the European, then a glass at the Supper Club; the only way is up.
Siglo, 2/161 Spring St, Melbourne, siglobar.com.au 

Polish off a pistachio gelato from Spring Street Grocer on Parliament steps
A perfect early autumn afternoon treat.
Spring Street Grocer, 157 Spring St, Melbourne, springstreetgrocer.com.au

Finally see some live music at Angel Bar 
You may be a few hours away from anyone taking the stage; may we suggest sitting out on Bourke Street for some A-grade people-watching till the show starts? With a Martini in hand of course.
Angel Bar, 12 Bourke St, Melbourne, angelmelbourne.com 

Order a pint at the Cricketers Bar
Reliability at its finest, the epitome of classic Melbourne.
The Cricketers Bar, Hotel Windsor, 111 Spring St, Melbourne, thehotelwindsor.com.au  

Find some vintage treasures at RetroStar Vintage Clothing. 
One of Australia’s largest and best vintage stores, hidden upstairs in the magnificent Nicholas Building.
RetroStar, Nicholas Building, First Floor, 37 Swanston St, Melbourne, retrostar.com.au 

Take a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens to Domain Road 
Soak up the outdoor South Yarra vibe with a drink at Botanical and Gilson.
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, rbg.vic.gov.au 

Enjoy a Spritz or Negroni at the rooftop at King & Godfree
One of Melbourne’s best rooftop bar views - why not walk all the way along Lygon Street and take in all this bustling Melbourne street has to offer?
King & Godfree, 293/297 Lygon St, Carlton, kingandgodfree.com 

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance in Kings Domain 
Take a snap of the breathtaking views over the memorial gardens and CBD.
Shrine of Remembrance, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne, shrine.org.au 

Get lost in Melbourne's other laneways
Stroll the U-shaped journey of ACDC Lane and Duckboard Place, which now rivals Hosier Lane for street art and creativity.
ACDC Ln & Duckboard Pl, Melbourne

Take brunch to a whole new level and visit The Edge at Eureka Skydeck. 
Located on the 88th floor of Eureka Tower, it suspends you almost 300 metres above the earth: 360-degree views; fastest elevator trip in the southern hemisphere.
Eureka Skydeck, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, eurekaskydeck.com.au 

Hire a boat and take a cruise by along the Yarra.
Captain it yourself or take a skippered cruise. BYO drinks and snacks.
On a Boat, WTC Wharf, 18/38 Siddeley St, Docklands, onaboat.com.au

Get some serenity in the La Trobe Reading Room
An octagonal reading room six storeys high, housing 32,000 books. One of Melbourne’s most remarkable spaces.
State Library Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne, slv.vic.gov.au 

Kick on at The Lincoln 
One of the city's best pubs, in the backstreets of Carlton. It fields a great wine list and always has an exciting mix of beers on tap.
The Lincoln, 91 Cardigan St, Carlton, hotellincoln.com.au 

By Claire Adey and Zenon Misko

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