Planning a quick trip to Melbourne for work or pleasure sometime soon? Here are the sassind teams latest top picks of where to stay, eat + drink in the Melbourne CBD. We've also added a couple of key sassind pieces which will see you enjoying our great city in effortless style + comfort.
MARKET LANE COFFEE
Open 7 days 7am - 4pm
109 - 111 Thierry St Melbourne
Market Lane Coffee borders the Queen Victoria market in a small, bright, double-fronted cafe that can be identified by its distinct window signature: “We love to make coffee for the city that loves to drink it.”
There are no tables, but you don’t need them. After all, you are only here for coffee. With two baristas either side of the T, they’re serving coffee (no soy or skinny milk), pour over, espresso beverages and a small selection of pastries and cakes.
Open Mon-Fri 7am - 4pm
Corner Lt Bourke + Lt William St Melbourne
The charmingly small space takes coffee culture in both old and new directions. It’s one part throwback to traditional European coffee bars, one part contemporary Melbourne coffee scene. It’s not the kind of place you’d stay for hours on end to read the paper and have a late breakfast. But if you need one thing and one thing only (an outstanding coffee), this is the place to find it.
Morning and Afternoon Tea
Open 7 days 9am - 5pm
Shop 1 + 2 Block Arcade Collins St Melbourne
The old-world charm of the Hopetoun Tea Rooms is the key to this veritable old dame of the Melbourne tea scene. As befitting such a place, the tea menu is extensive with a variety of traditional English teas, herbal infusions and some newer blends with more exotic flavours and scents. The Tea Rooms offers morning tea, a full lunch and afternoon menu all with an English focus. The full high-tea experience is highly recommended (for this booking are essential). Housed in the historic block arcade, this is a truly old world Melbourne experience.
Drinks & Snacks
Open Mon - Sat 4pm - 1am
37 Lt Collins St Melbourne
There’s a collectors’ feel about tiny Bar Lourinhã, tucked away at the top end of Little Collins Street. Chef Matt McConnell has applied his travel experiences to an array of sharing plates, from yellowtail kingfish pancetta to grilled veal tongue with broad bean labneh. These produce-inspired dishes are served with Iberian flair. French, Italian and Spanish tipples dominate the hefty drinks list.
Open 7 days 4pm- midnight
Level 1 45 Flinders Lane Melbourne
Cumulus Up is a calming city loft purveying contemporary wine culture at its finest, complete with approachable food and modern design with a rustic, farmhouse twist.
Open 7 days 9am - 11pm
Corner Hardware Ln and Lt Bourke St Melbourne
It’s a small space but the charming, lived-in aesthetic, warm service and undeniable buzz are sure to put you at ease from the get-go. Food-wise there are excellent partners for the bar’s intelligent and always interesting offering of old- and new-world wines. You’ll find beautiful imported cheeses, house-made charcuterie, the freshest oysters and a tasty range of shared dishes, such as the delightfully creamy burrata with charred leek, walnuts and smoked honey.
Places to Eat
Open 7 days 5pm - 12am
40-44 Lt Bourke St Melbourne
Longsong is not-just-a-bar and definitely not a restaurant. The front of Longsong, which overlooks Little Bourke Street, is reminiscent of the kind of balmy colonial bars you see in movies set in the cities of French Indochina. Staghorns hang on the white brick walls beside huge open windows cut out of the warehouse brick. Between this area and the main dining space is a sleek granite and timber bar with greenery hanging from the framework. The kitchen at Longsong is simple – there’s only one piece of cooking equipment: a woodfire grill. The menu features meats and seafood on skewers – calamari, chicken, duck heart – as well as a smoky grilled quail with bitter greens and a punchy, hearty beef tartare. But the menu changes constantly. Ask for Kim and tell her the sassind team sent you.
Open Mon-Sat 11.30am-10pm
361 Lt Bourke St Melbourne
Owner and head chef Andreas Papadakis cooks with the same ingredients and techniques acquired from his time in fine diners but takes an unfussy approach with clean, simple elements here. Bestsellers include al dente asparagus and sage tortelloni oozing with Parmesan sauce, squid-ink tagliolini and flawlessly smooth gnocchi with porcini mushrooms and braised duck, the latter sourced directly from Gippsland. A couple of secondi and dolci also grace the menu, alongside snacks such as salumi and fegato (pan-fried calf liver and balsamic) – best enjoyed at the bar, Aperol Spritz in hand. The rest of the drinks list is heavy with Italian wines.
Open Mon-Fri 12 noon - 11pm Sat 6pm - 11pm
Level 1 500 Bourke St Melbourne
Unusually for the CBD, Aqui has a generous amount of outdoor seating on the first-floor terrace. Inside, Aqui is a long and light space, with large windows, trademark MoVida Spanish tile lamps and a view to the galley kitchen. Multicoloured milk crates hang artfully above the bar and Euro-style posters vie for attention. This is the brightness of Spain, slotted neatly into the Melbourne office day. As for the menu: from raciones of octopus, yuzu, creme fraiche and red pepper to slow-braised Pedro Ximenez beef cheek, these are share plates at their best. So grab some friends, settle in with a sherry and share the fun, one dish at a time.
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My Melbourne Wardrobe
Layer, Layer, Layer! Melbourne weather can change in five minutes so you need to be prepared. Simple layers that are light and a pair of comfortable walking shoes should do the trick. Mix up your merino with cottons to ensure you don't get too hot, and always have a scarf on hand - just in case the sun comes out - or the wind!
Melbourne Capsule Wardrobe