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Melbourne, located on Port Phillip Bay and the Yarra River, is the second largest city in Australia and the capitol of the state of Victoria. It is both historic and modern and overflowing with things to see and do. Here is a great one-day itinerary if you have only one day to spend in the city.

Breakfast

Dead Man Espresso

Start your one-day itinerary with breakfast and coffee. Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia and finding just the right brew is easy! Try Dead Man Espresso which serves breakfast and a house blend of coffee that changes each season. Also check out Auction Rooms which serves breakfast and specialty coffees of the day.

Morning Activity

You can take coffee from a beverage to an activity by visiting Sensory Lab. In addition to enjoying a fresh brewed cup you can try sensory tests, learn brewing methods and buy equipment to recreate that perfect cup of coffee at home.

Continue your morning itinerary with a trip to one of Melbourne’s art galleries or museums. While the Melbourne Museum highlights Australia’s history, indigenous cultures and environment, the Immigration Museum tells the story of those who migrated to the region. You can also visit museums dedicated to science, sports and aviation.

If there’s time before lunch, consider a visit to the Koorie Heritage Trust. This center offers tours, exhibits, art workshops and educational programs designed to preserve the culture of the Aboriginal people in Melbourne and surrounding areas.

Lunch

Misty’s Diner

Melbourne has numerous dining options such as Misty’s Diner, a 1950’s-style eatery serving burgers, hot dogs and fried. If you’d like more ethnic cuisine, head over to Fonda Mexican for charred corn, slow cooked goat or other fresh Mexican dishes.

Afternoon Activity

Fill your afternoon with nature by visiting the Melbourne Zoo. It has over 300 species of animals, two rainforests and a butterfly house. Also stop by the Melbourne Aquarium for an up-close look at marine life. If you’re brave enough, sign up for the Ultimate Experience which includes an underwater walk through the shark tank.

Another great afternoon activity for the day is to take a balloon flight or scenic airplane flight over the city. From above, see Melbourne’s skyline of modern, historic and iconic buildings as well as parks, gardens, Port Phillip Bay and Yarra River.

If you prefer shopping over nature, check out the many shops in laneways throughout the city. Areas such as Crossley Street include bars, restaurants and more than 260 boutique stores. You may also enjoy Harbour Town Shopping Centre or one of the couture shops such as J’Aton or Yeojin Bae.

Dinner

After a busy day exploring Melbourne you will want to enjoy a delicious meal. Located in the Transport Hotel is Taxi Dining Room which offers fine dining and a view of the Yarra River. A fusion of Australian and Japanese cuisine, its menu includes sushi, seafood, steak and rabbit.

If you want casual dining, visit Gill’s Diner for European cuisine such as lamb cutlets and seafood linguini. Melbourne also has numerous Mexican, Indian and Halal Muslim restaurants to choose from.

Evening Activity

Finish your day with live entertainment. Dozens of plays and musicals are performed each week at Malthouse, Princess, Her Majesty and other theatres in Melbourne. Visit the Myer Music Bowl to hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra or go to the Melbourne Recital Centre for soloist and group performances.

You can wrap up your day in Melbourne by enjoying the local music scene. Pubs, clubs, bars and other venues offer nightly jazz, blues, country and other styles of music to listen and dance to.