Melbourne is a city of multicultural wonder and delight, and it’s also a city that is well known for having a great deal of laneway bars and secret spots. Melbournites pride themselves on knowing about these sorts of pop-up venues, so it helps to have your finger firmly on the pulse living here. As a team, we have put together a brilliant guide to five hidden gems which you should definitely explore in this magical city. Yes, whether you are here for the short term or the long term you’ll find something you love about Melbourne, so let’s get cracking!
Rose Street Markets
This spot nestled in Fitzroy is a gem of a find, and is a great place to kill many birds with one stone. You can shop for locally made handicrafts from Fitzroy artisans, enjoy some incredible coffee (lovingly prepared by some tattooed, bearded gent behind the state-of-the-art espresso machine), taste gorgeous food or simply soak up the sun and enjoy some people watching in this hip spot
Rooftop Cinema and Cookie
Not entirely hidden but still definitely off the beaten path, this Melbourne stalwart is a favourite of locals and out-of-towners alike. After climbing the stairs (hot local tip – take the elevator!!) you’ll emerge atop Melbourne’s streets with a view to knock your socks off. Enjoy an icy cold cider, take in a film or just sit back and watch it all go by. Right next door is Goldilocks Rooftop bar too, so if the crowds at Rooftop and Cookie aren’t your cup of tea, there’s a slice of more sophistication right next door (rooftop).
Chinese Food at Supper Inn
This classic is the perfect anecdote to a night out on the tiles at one of the many laneway bars and alley night spots dotted around town. The formidable menu at Supper Inn demands a good look, and there are bonus points all round for the fact that you can BYO from the Vintage Cellars bottle shop across the laneway! Make sure you settle in for a good couple of hours – this is not something that you should rush by any stretch of anyone’s imagination!
This hip spot is home to a stunning array of trees, grass and bike paths, making it the ideal spot to take a barbecue and settle in with your mates for an afternoon of frisbee, cycling, chatting or just lazing in the sun. This is definitely a spot to kick back and relax, and for those who cannot be bothered to pack a picnic, there’s always a slew of food trucks parked up on the road next to the park just ready to deliver a morsel or two to the hungry!
Welcome to Thornbury Food Truck Park
This is a mammoth love in of food truck proportions, and you’ll find the hippest cats from Thornbury (and South Yarra) all sitting back in the afternoon sun and enjoying a beer or three from the taps. Get in early for the best possible food deal, and by placing your order before you’re hungry, it’ll ensure that you’re not starving by the time the inevitable half an hour wait rolls around! This is a popular spot and one that’s sure to see more interest as it grows.
I hope that you have found these Melbourne tips useful – and remember that Melbournites are a friendly bunch and will be more than happy to share their favourite spots with you if you ask them. A great place to start your Melbourne adventures is with a chat to a friendly local – and then the rest is up to you. Happy hunting!