24 Hours in Melbourne: Art, Food and Fashion

Federation Square, Melbourne 24 hours in Melbourne

24 hours in Melbourne, is that enough? The short answer is no, but in a short 24 hours in Melbourne you can do and see a lot. There is art, shopping and not to mention amazing food! See how much you can fit into 24 hours.

Day 1

9:00am - Breakfast overlooking the Yarra River at Bluetrain Expresso or In a Rush.

10:00am - Get your art on with a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria or some of the galleries in Flinders Lane. The good thing about Melbourne is that there is a lot of free public art with laneway graffiti and outdoor sculptures to check out.

12:00pm - Lunch at La Camera for authentic Italian food. They have an express lunch deal during the week for $20 you get a main course and glass of wine. You can't beat that!

1:00pm - Why not pay a visit to the SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. This is a great idea for kids and adults alike with a range of animal shows on throughout the day. My favourite was the Penguin Playground!

SEA LIFE Aquarium Melbourne 24 hours in Melbourne

3:00pm - Shopping, shopping, shopping! There are so many great shopping areas in Melbourne. There is Bourke Street Mall with all the major brands like H&M, Zara and a Myer department store. Or Chapel Street with its blend of vintage shops and big brand retailers. Chadstone Shopping Mall, also known as The Fashion Capital of Australia, is another favourite with over 530 stores!

7:00pm - Dinner at Chin Chin Restaurant. Hands down the best restaurant I have ever been to! The food is a blend of Asian influences with signature dishes being Kingfish Sashimi and Rendang Curry of Wagyu Beef. I did the 'Feed Me' deal for $69pp where they just keep bringing out dishes according to what your tastes are. Handy Tip: You can't book a table so make sure you leave plenty of time. You can put your name down and head downstairs to Gogo Bar whilst you have a few cocktails. They will text you when your table is ready. How's that for convenience!

Day 2

9:00am - Take your pick for breakfast (or brunch) at one of St Kilda's many cafes. My favourites would be The St Kilda Dispensary for its old-school pharmacy feel, Dr. Jekyll with its outdoor heaters and throwback to the story of Jekyll and Hyde; and Fitzrovia with its European feel and open dining space.

Now I only promised 24 hours in Melbourne but because I love my followers, a little extra recommendation! Spend the rest of the morning in St Kilda browsing the famous cake shops of Acland Street like Monarch Cakes or Europa Cake Shop. My favourite is the cheesecake!

Cake Shops in St Kilda 24 hours in Melbourne

Has anyone else been to Melbourne before? What are your dining and shopping haunts?

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Sally Cochrane

Sally is a Brisvegas (Brisbane, Australia) born travel blogger and founder of Travel Blog Squad, an online community for travel bloggers. Among many other experiences, she has skied down the Austrian Alps on Christmas day, gone for a ride in an army tank through the mud in Slovakia, woken up before dawn to see the sunrise over Angkor Wat and attended university in Mexico. Hola! Her non-travel-related interests include tea (of any and every kind), TED Talks and running at her local Parkrun.