Melbourne’s CBD is once again bustling with activity now that COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted. One of the best places to stay in Melbourne is the Hilton Hotel on Little Queen Street, just of the New York end of Bourke Street. Bourke Street is one of the Melbourne CBDs most vibrant locales, and there are plenty of things to do along the strip. This article will take you on a culinary and recreational tour of Melbourne, from breakfast on Bourke Street Melbourne to a nightcap at The Douglas Club, we’ve got you covered.
Waking up in the middle of the Melbourne CBD makes you spoilt for choice when it comes to breakfast options. Luci, just below the Hilton, is one of the best breakfast restaurants that Melbourne has to offer. Be warned, you might have trouble deciding on what to order as the menu teems with culinary delights. If you are feeling in the mood for a savoury big breakfast, then the Full Australian breakfast is the pick for you. Luci also caters to the sweet-toothed with Brown buttered Pancakes or Continental Breakfast.
The ultimate stop on a culinary tour of Melbourne is the Queen Victoria Market. At the Queen Vic Market, you can find all types of gourmet food stalls and delicatessens. You are sure to find lots of bargains so make sure you have cash on hand, as EFTPOS is not usually accepted by most market stalls. Queen Vic Market is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays, so make sure you’re day in Melbourne falls on any other day.
Melbourne is the fashion capital of Australia, and you will see why when walking down Bourke Street towards Swanston Street. Along Bourke Street is the GPO Shopping Centre, Myer, David Jones, and the Emporium. The top end of Collins Street near parliament, known as the “Paris end” of Collins Street, is home to high-end fashion boutiques such as Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dolce and Gabanna, Cartier, and Versace.
A culinary tour of Melbourne would not be complete without making a trip to Chinatown. China Town is located on Little Bourke Street, between Russell Street and Swanston Street, which is only a 12-minute walk from the Hilton. It is the ideal place to satisfy a dumpling craving. There are a variety of Asian restaurants to suit any budget.
There are so many great tourist spots in Melbourne’s CBD. Choose a tourist attraction that interests you the most, it is unlikely that you will get through them all in a day. The National Gallery of Victoria is a must-see for any art lovers and is only 15 minutes away from the Hilton. The gallery has an extensive collection free for viewing as well as paid temporary exhibits.
The Golden Mile Walk is a must-do activity for any history buffs, it is a 2.5-hour walk of Melbourne’s beautiful and fascinating Heritage History. The tour includes a sit-down coffee break midway.
For any animal and marine life lovers, the Melbourne Aquarium is only 12 minutes walk away. Melbourne Skydeck is 12 minutes by tram and is a must-see, you will view Melbourne and the greater metropolitan area from 297.3 meters high. The panoramic view from this height is breathtaking.
Once you have finished touring the CBD, there is no doubt that you may have worked up an appetite and perhaps want to wet your whistle with some cocktails. The best place to relax after a day on your feet shopping, touring, and exploring is The Douglas Club. The Douglas club is intimate and cozy with a 1930’s feel.
Melbourne is a vibrant city with many great cafes, restaurants, and markets. Making it a fantastic culinary tourism destination. There are so many things to do in Melbourne during your stay at the Hilton, and the done doesn’t have to stop at dinner. What are you waiting for? If you still have the energy to burn after dinner, you can head onto one of Melbourne’s many theatres that are within walking distance of the Hilton and see a show.