If you take the time to visit this hipster city, please also try to take a few days to drive the Great Ocean Road. I have a ton of eateries listed under our visit for next time since I was feeling under the weather and Y got sick half-way through our weekend visit.


  • Lune Croissanterie (★★)
    • Not easy on the wallet, but a beautiful and bold space dedicated to the science of croissants (the founder was an aerospace engineer!) I had the best ham and cheese croissant of my life. I also watched the bakers meticulously roll, measure, slice, pull, weigh, fill, and space them out on baking sheets in a glass cube. Hipsters lucky enough to plan ahead of time can try to nab tickets to their “Lune Lab” a three course tasting of their experimental croissants.
  • Chin Chin (★★)
    • Fun and hip, we got lucky and walked right into this Thai eatery and sat at the bar. The food is very quintessentially Thai (even their soda water is Thai!) but the vibe is very open air, white tile brunch spot. Go with friends and eat family style.


  • ACMI (★★)
    • A free museum on film, it was super interactive and definitely took up the better part of our morning.
  • Parliament Gardens (★)
    • If you’re looking for a picnic spot, this patch of grass has some really nice views.
  • Hamer Hall Viewpoint (★)
    • A great photo opportunity of Melbourne’s CBD skyline. Hamer Hall also has really nice public bathrooms!

OTY’s ★ Rating System
Our rating is similar to the Michelin guide, but applied to attractions as well as restaurants.  Most places won’t be Michelin-priced as we’re on a budget, and sometimes a star may reflect exceptionally good value (like free!).  Since we don’t like to be negative, we don’t include any places that we wouldn’t recommend.
(★★★) Exceptional attraction/cuisine, worth a special journey. Wish we could go back again!
(★★) Delicious and/or delightful, this spot is worth a detour.
(★) Good pitstop, especially if you’re in the area.