Want a fun, fashion and food filled girl’s weekend? Shop up a storm in quirky cool boutiques, grab a bargain at discount outlets or hit the coolest cafes and bars…the We Know Melbourne Girls Weekend Itinerary has it all.
• In the mood for shopping? Of course you are. Kick-start your weekend exploring some of Melbourne’s historic arcades and cool laneways such as the Royal Arcade or Block Arcade, or visit the gorgeous GPO which now houses H&M. Also right next door to the hotel you will find the wonderfully restored Myer and David Jones department stores.
• Shopped up a storm? Fill the hole in your belly at Self Preservation at the top-end of Bourke Street. This lovely café also doubles as an art gallery and jewellery store.
• Live for a bargain? Next on the agenda is a short tram ride to DFO South Wharf. Shop to your heart’s content for guilt-free purchases of discount clothing, shoes, homewares, sporting goods and loads more (20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf).
• What better way to spend the afternoon than relaxing at Miss Fox Day Spa? Unwind after your shopping and eating marathon with an Arabian indulgence treatment (285 Little Collins Street).
• After floating back to the hotel and glamming up in one of your new outfits, it’s time to head to little Italy – Lygon Street. Tonight you’ll dine at D.O.C (which is actually next door on Drummond Street) where you can indulge in great pizza and get lost in the Italian charm (295 Drummond Street, Carlton).
• Head back into the city for a nightcap (or few) at Lucy Liu, a dimly lit exotic Asian restaurant perfect for a group of girls (23 Oliver Lane, City).
• Kick start your day of shopping with a strong coffee and yummy breakfast. Just across Swanston St is Mr Close, a hip café set in the Midtown Plaza (246 Bourke Street, City).
• You are in the perfect city for serious shoppers, so prepare for a big day discovering 4 of the streets that puts Melbourne’s as the capital on the shopping map:
• Gertrude St, Fitzroy – Fashionable shops from local designers with a funky edge .
• Chapel Street, South Yarra – it’s time to up the glamour stakes with South Yarra’s wall-to-wall up-market boutiques with the latest fashion finds.
• Greville Street, Prahran – whilst small, Greville Street showcases a cosmopolitan gallery of unique shops offering something for everyone. Rich, colourful fashions, eclectic gifts, books, jewellery and music stores entice the avid shopper.
• Flinders Lane – With a mix of local independent clothing and shoe boutiques, this street is the place to go for true fashionistas. Some of our favourite stores are Green with Envy, Zambesi, Life with Bird and Zomp shoes.
• Take a break from shopping and make your way from Greville Street down to The Smith – a modern renovated pub that offers European, South American and Asian flavours (213 High Street, Prahran).
• Frock up for Saturday night dinner at Panama Dining Room – this New York style restaurant will make you feel like your on the set of Sex in the City (Level 3/231 Smith Street, Fitzroy).
• After dinner it’s time for some dancing! There are choices galore in a city like Melbourne. You could head to LuWOW, a fantastically kitsch Tiki bar (62-70 Johnston Street, Fitzroy); Copacabana which will have you dancing like a Carnival Queen all night long (139 Smith Street, Fitzroy); or The Provincial is considered by many to be the heart and soul of Fitzroy’s bar scene (299 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy).
• Don’t let the night end yet! Continue to dance the night away at The Night Cat, Melbourne’s premier salsa club. (137-141 Johnston Street, Fitzroy).
• Today will be spent exploring bayside St Kilda, but before this, make your way to Degreaves Street to enjoy a hearty breakfast at one of the many great cafes.
• After arriving in St Kilda your first stop will be The Esplanade Market, in its 40th year, the market becomes the hub of St Kilda on a Sunday with over 100 stalls selling a range of jewellery, art and clothing.
• After the markets take a stroll down to Barkly Street, where you can explore many of the hip and funky shops, and find that one last item to push your bags over the weight limit.
• Lunchtime it is! Just a little way along Inkerman Street you will find The Newmarket Hotel; with a fantastic urban interior and gorgeous South American flavours, this hotel is a big winner (34 Inkerman Street, St Kilda).
• End your weekend with a well-deserved beverage or two. It’s time for a relaxing Sunday session at Riva; a beautiful lounge bar that overlooks Port Phillip Bay (42b Marine Parade, Elwood).