How To Spend A Day In Port In Melbourne

Port Day: Melbourne

The Queen Vic Market and a stroll along Southbank await before you go back to the ship.

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Originally appeared in September 2015 issue of Virtuoso Life
  • Discover the real Melbourne by walking its “laneways” and arcades. Start at historic Queen Victoria Market – “Queen Vic” – home to two full blocks of produce, meat, and seafood stalls, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.
  • Head to Degraves Street, a cobblestoned alley with great street art and cafés. For a coffee break, duck into Degraves Espresso Bar, or for fresh-squeezed juices, walk across the street to hole-in-the-wall Jungle Juice Bar at Centre Place.
  • Eat lunch at casual MoVida, which serves delicious Spanish tapas and larger shared plates across the street from Federation Square. In Chinatown, Flower Drum’s elegant Cantonese has made it a Melbourne favorite for nearly 40 years.
  • Don’t miss the National Gallery of Victoria. Its Ian Potter Centre at Federation Square displays the Australian art collection; for international exhibits (as well as the world’s largest stained-glass ceiling), take a short walk across the Yarra River to the original building.
  • Stroll Southbank’s riverfront promenade to shop and relax with a glass of wine at one of its many cafés.

– Amy Wasbutzki, travel advisor, Melbourne

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