The Best Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

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Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia




The Best Things to Do In Melbourne

After living in Melbourne for a few months (most of my time here being unemployed), I have experienced¬†quite a bit of the city. Here are the absolute best things to do in Melbourne, Australia – whether you have a few days or a few weeks, try to fit in as much of this as you can. Melbourne is one of my favorite places in the world and you don’t want to miss any of these!

Twelve Apostles, Australia

1.The Great Ocean Road

Even if you only have a few days in Melbourne, make sure you spend at least one of those driving down the Great Ocean Road, all the way to the Twelve Apostles. It’s my favorite thing I’ve done in Melbourne so far. The scenic drive down will take about 4 hours along the coast, but you can take the inland highway and make it back in about 3 hours.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

I’d recommend packing snacks, plenty of water, coffee, and a lunch to go. I ate in the car, got my groove on to the radio, and stopped along the coast only to take some photos. We also stopped for a quick coffee break at the Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie, which has a full breakfast/lunch menu if you’re so inclined (and a lot of chocolate).

2. Eat all the Vegan Foods

I’ve been eating out extensively, all in the name of research, to curate this epic list of the best vegan restaurants in Melbourne. Check it out and let me know your favorite! Pro tip: about half of them are in Fitzroy, so head there first.

Burrito Bowl Urban Projuice Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

Red Lentil Dal Sister of Soul Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

3. Tram it to St Kilda

St Kilda is an eccentric little suburb – it has a full on beach vibe, an adorable little pier (if you stay until sunrise you can see the penguins roll in), and loads of cute restaurants and shops. Pack a jacket, cause it gets windy, and check out my favorite restaurant in St Kilda.

St Kilda Beach, Melbourne, Australia

4. Cruise the City by Bike

Cruise through the city by bike for a more local perspective! Did you know that you can rent these adorable blue bikes at one of fifty stations throughout the city? Rides under 30 mins are free, and subscriptions start at just $3 per day.

Melbourne Things to Do Bike Share

5. Go to Hipster Paradise aka Fitzroy

Fitzroy may be home of the hipsters, but it’s also a heavenly place for any vegan or trendy millennial. The Fitz is full of vegan restaurants, vintage shops, record and book stores, and Australia’s largest Cruelty Free shop.

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

My go-to Fitzroy stops are Smith and Deli, Vegie Bar, the Cruelty Free Shop, and Yong Green Foods. Don’t forget to grab a doughnut from Doughnut Time to take home for later (or scarf it down on the tram).

6. Take Advantage of the Insane Amount of Op Shops

Op Shops (short for Opportunity Shops, basically a second hand store), are rampant in Australia. They are everywhere, and they are amazing. I have scored some major designer branded clothes for extremely cheap in some of these stores. If you’re in need of new clothes, check out the op shops around the city.

7. Photograph the City

Melbourne is one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to. The Yarra River, the parks spread through the city, the street graffiti; bring your camera and take it all in. Melbourne is truly one of the most instagrammable cities in the world. [This view is from the Eureka Skydeck, 88 stories up in the air].¬†Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne, Australia

8. The Touristy Spots

Of course, check out the spots that every tourist must see: go to Hosier Lane for street art, walk down DeGraves Street for a coffee and cupcake, and have a glass of wine on the edge of the Yarra River.

Street Art Melbourne

Yarra River, Melbourne, Australia

9. Brighton Beach Houses

Take a trip down the coast, a bit past St Kilda, to check out the beach huts lining Brighton Beach. There are about 100 of them!

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

10. Edgars Mission

Take a trip to visit some rescued animals at Edgars Mission!

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

Edgars Mission Melbourne

11. Lentil As Anything; Abbotsford Convent

Lentil as Anything is a fantastic vegetarian, pay-as-you-feel restaurant. The Abbotsford location is nestled into a convent, surrounded by a massive farm. Take a friend and spend the day surrounded by animals, nature, and amazing food.

Best Things to Do In Melbourne, Australia

12. Check out the View From the Shrine Of Remembrance

The Shrine of Remembrance is just outside of the city on St Kilda Road. Walk up to the top (for free!) for a stunning view of the city.

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia

13. Shop in Melbourne’s Famous Royal Arcade

Take a stroll through the famous malls in Melbourne. The Royal Arcade is one of my favorites.

Best Things To Do Melbourne Australia

Melbourne is an amazing city and  there is so much to do. Let me know in the comments what your top places in Melbourne are!




Day Trips From Melbourne: Edgars Mission

Looking for something to do in Melbourne? Edgars Mission is an incredible and uber popular animal sanctuary just under an hours drive from Melbourne. Rescued farm animals are taken to Edgars Mission to be rehabilitated and live happy, full lives. Edgars Mission is completely not-for-profit, and they run free tours of the farm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. The only catch is that you have to book it! Check out their website to schedule a tour.

Edgars Mission, Melbourne, Australia

I had been dying to go to Edgars Mission since I arrived in Melbourne in September 2016. Today, my dreams came true, and I finally made it there!

Edgars Mission is a bit outside of the city, which means that transportation is often a bit of a thing. My friend Renae and I borrowed a car from a friend, and with a bit of money each for petrol, we headed out to the countryside.

Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary Melbourne Australia

We pulled up to the gates and immediately were so excited. We took the 10 AM tour, and though it looked like it may rain, the storm clouds subsided and we ended up with a lovely partly sunny day!

Chickens Edgars Mission Melbourne Australia
                                                                   making friends

Edgars Mission Melbourne

We kicked off the tour with an introduction to the chicken pen. We learned a bit about chickens and then got to feed them!

Chickens Edgars Mission Melbourne Australia

Next, we moved on to the piglets. The pen next to the chickens housed three baby pigs and their momma pig – the three babies were so sweet, running around the pen to see everyone.

Piglets Edgars Mission Melbourne

Edgars Mission Australia

Piglets Edgars Mission Melbourne

It took me awhile to get my fair share of these adorable little babes – but eventually we moved on to the sheep.

Lamb Edgars Mission Melbourne

The sheep were so cute and so soft! I tried to hug them all.

Lamb Edgars Mission Melbourne

We walked past a massive cow next, named Hansel. We got to feed him over the fence; he would wrap his tongue around his little snack, leaving slobber everywhere.

Hansel Cow Edgars Mission Melbourne

Hansel Cow Edgars Mission Melbourne

Renae got an extra slobbery one.

We fed some goats next, and then headed to one of my favorites: ALPACAS. I love alpacas, especially after seeing them in Machu Picchu.

Alpaca Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary Melbourne Australia

Alpaca Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary Melbourne Australia

Alpaca Edgars Mission Farm Sanctuary Melbourne Australia

We had such a great time at Edgars Mission. Next time, I’d pack a {vegan} picnic and stick around for lunch after the tour. There are picnic tables at the farm entrance.

I highly recommend adding Edgars Mission to your trip to Melbourne – it was so refreshing to get out of the city, pet some animals, and get a little dirt on my sneakers.

If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn’t we?

Lentil As Anything: A Pay-As-You-Feel, Melbourne Vegan Restaurant

Are you looking for a good, inexpensive vegan restaurant in Melbourne? Lentil As Anything is a sustainable, all vegetarian (sometimes totally vegan) restaurant with locations throughout Melbourne. I live in the Northern suburbs, so I like to frequent their Thornbury location.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

Located directly at tram stop 36 on route 86, Lentil As Anything (Thornbury branch) is an entirely vegan, non-profit, pay as you feel restaurant.

Pay-as-you-feel restaurants are picking up traction in Melbourne. This means that anyone can come in and eat a meal, whether you can afford to eat or not. If you can’t afford to pay for your meal, you don’t have to. If you can afford to pay for your meal, it’s good karma to do so – and pay it forward, if you can.

I like to go in, get a coffee and a meal, and throw $20 into the donation basket – this covers my meal and a meal for someone who can’t afford it.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

Each Lentils location is unique in it’s own way – some of them have buffets, and some of them have servers. The Thornbury location has servers, who come take your order. This time, I opted for the winter lentil pie (on the bottom of the photo, with a lil pastry puff), and my friend got a winter curry with a daal wrap. I also got a soy latte, because… coffee.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

Lentil as Anything consistently delivers amazing, high quality, healthy and tasty vegan food. Every time I leave, I have ideas for what I want to make next time I cook at home. It amazes me how much good this place does.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

If you’re in Melbourne for a while, consider volunteering at Lentil As Anything! Other ways you can support are by donating goods or just spreading the word about this incredible restaurant via social media.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

I’ve been to a few Lentils locations now, and though I’ll usually go to the closest, I would highly recommend taking a day trip out to Abbotsford and visiting the Lentils location there. They are located right next to a farm, where you can pet goats, sheep, and cows, if you’re lucky. The Abbotsford location also has a great outdoor area – a perfect place to go on a sunny Melbourne day.

Lentil As Anything Thornbury, Vegan Melbourne

I love Lentil As Anything and would highly recommend it to anyone spending time in Melbourne! For more vegan restaurant suggestions, check out my favorite vegan restaurants in Melbourne.

Day Trips from Melbourne: Great Ocean Road & Twelve Apostles

On a cloudy Wednesday morning, I woke up, packed a lunch, made a to-go coffee, and hopped in the car. A friend and I were off to drive down the famous Great Ocean Road!

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

The drive was estimated at 4 hours, so we planned to be at the Twelve Apostles by 3 PM, after leaving at 11 AM. We had snacks, we had water, I had a large supply of black coffee. We were set.

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

We took the long way, driving to Torquay, along the ocean. The cliffs and beaches reminded me a bit of home in California, but the color of the ocean here is so much lighter.

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, AustraliaGreat Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

It’s fall in Melbourne right now, and as typical of Melbourne weather, we had a bit of wind, a bit of rain, and a bit of sun. Luckily, we were able to get some sun at all of the places I had wanted to stop off.

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

We drove past Torquay, through Anglesea, and along the jagged cliffs of the ocean. The road was beautiful, though it could be a bit rough if you are prone to car sickness. Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Australia

We stopped to take photos at a few places, and ended up cutting our time pretty close. The sun sets at 5:30 PM in Melbourne during the fall. Luckily, after a bit of stress, a bit of car dancing, and a lot of snacks, we made it to the Twelve Apostles at 4:45 PM Рjust in time for the sunset! Twelve Apostles, Australia

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia 5

It was freezing cold and super windy, but the view of the cerulean ocean and the steep, jagged cliffs made the long drive completely worth it. I was blown away by the natural beauty of this magical place.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

We took the shortest way possible home, singing in the car, dancing, and eating potato chips all the way back to Melbourne. It was a wonderful ending to an unforgettable day.

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

Twelve Apostles, Great Ocean Road, Day Trip from Melbourne

Let Me Know!

  • Have you ever driven the Great Ocean Road?
  • Would you add it to your list?

 

 

 

 

The Best Vegan Restaurants In Melbourne

After living in Melbourne for three months – and spending a large part of that time eating out – I’ve come up with a list of the best vegan restaurants that Melbourne has to offer. This list is not comprehensive, as¬†there are new places popping up monthly here! My favorites so far are:

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

1.Urban Projuice

This place is amazing. Located in Albert Park, they do the best breakfasts and lunches. My goal is to try everything on the menu. I’m pretty close, and so far everything has been completely drool-worthy. I am a big fan of vegan restaurants that are health conscious; Urban Projuice delivers nutritious and delicious food.

Burrito Bowl Urban Projuice Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne Urban Projuice Tofu on Toast

The ambiance of Urban Projuice is fab – perfect for a coffee date with your best friend, but also a great spot to spend the morning working online. There is great indoor seating, but I usually like to snag a seat on the front or back patio.

A meal at Urban Projuice will set you back about $15-$23, depending on additions (avocado is $4.50). Breakfast runs a bit lighter, with tofu on toast for $8; you backpackers on a budget can make it work here!

I rate Urban Projuice as a DO NOT MISS.

2. Red Sparrow

If you are tired of healthy food and are looking to dig into a chewy, cheesy and [faux] meaty pizza, Red Sparrow is the place to go. Located in Collingwood, Red Sparrow is a newly opened Melbourne pizzeria, and it doesn’t seem like the buzz is going to die down anytime soon here. Every time I walk past, it’s packed. I’d recommend going early or making a reservation if you can. I love this place so much I wrote an entire post about it.

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

The pizzas at Red Sparrow are by far the best pizza I’ve ever had in my two years of being vegan. I’ve never had such an impressive mock pepperoni or such perfectly melted and gooey cheese. The specials are quite impressive, offering up daily pizzas like chick’n curry pizza (which was very good) and italian sausage pizza topped with feta and arugula. They also offer a large selection of vegan wine and beer, juices, and even kombucha, if you’re in the mood.

Red Sparrow Pizza MelbourneRed Sparrow Pepperoni Pizza

Red Sparrow is a DO NOT MISS. Pizzas will cost you about $17-$20 each.

3. Sister of Soul 

Located just south of Melbourne CBD in St Kilda, Sister of Soul offers up a wide variety of cultural dishes – choose from dal, noodle stir fries, gnocchi, burritos; Sister of Soul has it all. This place will satisfy any picky eater.

Red Lentil Dal Sister of Soul Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne Sister of Soul

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne Sister of Soul

Meals here range from about $17- $23. I rate Sister of Soul as HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

4. Vegie Bar

Located in the vegan heaven of Fitzroy, Vegie Bar is one of the most popular vegan restaurants in Melbourne. Everything is vegetarian, and anything can be made vegan. It’s focused on traditional foods made vegan – think nachos, burgers, pizzas, pasta.

Vegie Bar Nachos Vegan Melbourne

Vegan Melbourne Vegie Bar

I tried the nachos and just about died, they were so amazing. They are pretty filling and would probably be best shared. We also had the tofu and quinoa burger, which was super tasty, but a bit small – don’t try to share this one ūüėČ

Vegie Bar Burger Vegan Melbourne

Vegie Bar pricing is standard, roughly $15-$20 for a meal. I rate Vegie Bar as definitely recommended. 

5. Smith and Deli

Smith and Deli is my favorite place to stop in for a low-key nosh. It’s deli-style, which means no seating, but a great place to grab a breakfast sandwich and coffee to go. They have three walls filled entirely with vegan groceries, which can be very tempting. Almost as tempting as that pastry case…

smith and deli melbourne

I wrote an entire post on how much love I have for this place too.

inside smith and deli fitzroy melbourne vegan food deli

I love the hipster vibe and the variety of foods. I always seem to get breakfast foods here, and can highly recommend the egg mcmartinez. The coffee is also top notch. I definitely recommend giving this place a try out.

vegan breakfast sandwich melbourne

Breakfast sandwiches run from $7- $12. I rate Smith and Deli as DO NOT MISS.

6. Yong Green Foods

If the Melbourne weather has got you down (seriously, the weather is by far the worst part of Melbourne), hop into Yong Green Foods for a hot bowl of vegan pho. I can’t resist a piping hot bowl of goodness when it’s wet and raining outside and I’m near Brunswick Street in Fitzroy.

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

I usually get just tofu and veg in my pho, but they also offer mock meat if you are into that.

Best Vegan Restaurants Melbourne

A bowl of pho will set you back about $17. I rate Yong Green Foods as highly recommended.

 

What do you think of my list? Which place would you go to first??

 

 

 

 

Best Melbourne Vegan Restaurants: Red Sparrow

Red Sparrow is an all vegan pizzeria in Melbourne that just opened earlier this year, in February 2017. I headed in for the first time in early March – luckily I got there before the massive dinner rush, because word has spread quickly through Melbourne about how amazing this place is.

Red Sparrow Pizza Melbourne

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

I ordered a basic pepperoni pizza on my first visit. I haven’t had pepperoni pizza in years, and I was so excited when it was brought over to my table, hot, steamy, and with perfectly melted {vegan} cheese. On first bite, I notice the spiciness of the pepperoni, made with red chili flakes. I noticed the perfect chewiness of the crust and the absolute perfection of the cheese that was used. It was by far the best vegan pizza I’ve had in my life.

Red Sparrow Pepperoni Pizza

I ate that pizza so fast, and immediately knew that I would be back.

Red Sparrow Pizza Pepperoni

A couple weeks later, I was in the area around dinner time. This was the moment I’d been waiting for.¬†I headed to Red Sparrow with a friend and we got a table after only a couple minutes, even though the restaurant was completely full.

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

I got an Italian sausage pizza and my friend got a chik’n curry pizza. The italian sausage¬†was topped with arugula and ‘feta.’ The curry one sounded a bit odd to me, but upon trying it, I actually prefered it over the italian sausage. Both pizzas were to die for.

Red Sparrow Pizza Pizzeria Melbourne

Red Sparrow Pizza Melbourne

Red Sparrow Pizza Melbourne

If you are in Melbourne or planning a trip, you CANNOT MISS this place. Red Sparrow is not something you just stop by if you’re near – you go out there and get your vegan pizza. You will never forget the perfection that is Red Sparrow.

PS If you can’t make it to Collingwood, they also deliver ūüėČ

Vegan Eats In Melbourne: Smith and Deli

Smith and Deli is an amazing all vegan eatery in the heart of Fitzroy, just outside of the city center of Melbourne, Australia. This place seriously has anything that you could want in a deli – but the entire place is completely vegan! I love to stop by to pick up some breakfast staples¬†(toaster waffles with maple syrup, or everything bagels with vegan cream cheese), or pick up a to-go breakfast sandwich (my favorite is the Egg McMartinez – an english muffin stuffed with a fried tofu “egg,” vegan cheddar cheese, and a slice of vegan ham, loaded up with the sauce of your choice – I always choose bbq).

inside smith and deli fitzroy melbourne vegan food deli

vegan breakfast sandwich melbourne

There is a little park just about a block away, where you can stop and sit on a bench like a civilized person. I usually can’t make it that far before ripping into my sandwich, and I end up sitting on the curb like your standard hipster.

smith and deli melbourne

smith and deli iced coffee vegan melbourne

Another bout of good news – Smith and Deli carries a drink that I swear I created years ago. About five years ago, I came up with the brilliant idea of mixing two shots of espresso over ice with coconut water. This ensures that you are hydrating with coconut water, while you dehydrate with espresso. I used to use chocolate coconut water, but Smith and Deli uses standard coconut water, creating a more coconutty iced coffee. It’s sweet and delicious.

smith and deli melbourne vegan food bakery breakfast

Smith and Deli is a place that I HIGHLY recommend to any vegan or vegan-friendly person visiting Melbourne. It should definitely be on your “do not miss” list.