Most of Melbourne has reason to celebrate this weekend. If you’re a local, chances are you’re looking forward to an extra day off to spend as you like it, whilst out-of-towners have the opportunity to get to know the city at its buzziest.
With all this fun taking place in town, we don’t think you need to bust a gut trying to a snap up a last minute getaway. The Blackman comes up with all the goods for getting the most from Melbourne on a long weekend, from the cutting-edge culture to foodie essentials.
Ease into things with coffee at Fleur Depot De Pain and pack some fresh bread and pretty pastries for a picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens; an easy stroll up St. Kilda Road. Embrace Melbourne’s bicycle culture and take one of the jet-black Blackman bikes out for a spin if you prefer to venture further afield – there’s plenty of tracks such as The Tan to be explored.
Soak up the afternoon with a drink at The Botanical, South Yarra’s classic establishment, then jump on a tram into the city to enjoy Melbourne at it’s bustling best. Our preferred people-watching spots include Fatto, Tonka or Ponyfish Island, each with a unique view of Melbourne’s CBD.
After dinner and a drink or two head back over The Yarra to take in a piece of Melbourne’s musical history, in the stage adaptation of Tim Rogers seminal ‘What Rhymes With Cars and Girls’ album. Hailed as one of one of Australia’s best songwriters, Rogers worked with playwright Aidan Fennessy to bring his beloved debut solo album to the stage at the Arts Centre for this special presentation.
Our preferred people-watching spots include Fatto, Tonka or Ponyfish Island, each with a unique view of Melbourne's CBD.
Seeing as you have another weekend day to sleep in late, why not jump in a Smart Car and spend the morning in Fitzroy, the trendy heart of Melbourne’s inner north. Snap up a treasure at the Rose Street Artists Market, where local makers and designers showcase their wares. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, find out why a vegan Mexican restaurant has shot to the top of Melbourne’s best new restaurants with brunch at Smith & Daughters, located in the heart of Brunswick Street.
After an afternoon perusing the boutiques in Brunswick Street, it’s back below the river and into Melbourne’s arts precinct for a night at the Malthouse Theatre, where dance extraordinaires Chunky Move bring their latest creation to the stage. As part of the Dance Massive Festival, their production ‘Depth of Field’ is an exploration of the relationship between people and their city.
If all that dancing has you wanting to move your own feet, it’s time to embrace the rough and tumble fun over at Revolver, the Chapel St institution. Nightlife has thrived for decades at Revolver and their ‘Summer Series’ is the perfect way to get in on the action and let your hair down as only Melbourne does.
You’ve earned your sleep-in at this point, so hit snooze on the alarm clock and enjoy that Monday morning in all its glory. Enjoy the full perks of hotel living and have a room service brunch feast outside on a balcony.
Next, hit the galleries for some freebie fun; most of Melbourne’s summer exhibitions are in their final weeks, so check out Alex Prager and Romance Was Born at the NGV International as well as a revisit of the permanent collections.
Finish off your weekend taking in a cult classic at Rooftop Cinema with ‘Ghostbusters’ at dusk. A local favourite, Rooftop Cinema continues to carve a special place in Melbourne’s cultural heart, sitting pretty amongst Melbourne’s CBD. Whet your whistle with their delicious sangria, or head downstairs to Cookie for a post-film snack.
Snap up a long weekend sleepover at The Blackman for the perfect place to get to and from Melbourne's hotspots this weekend. With the nifty 'Stay and Save' package, you can grab 20% off your nightly rate when you bunk up with us for two nights or more.