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The 7 best things to do on rooftops in Melbourne
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The 7 best things to do on rooftops in Melbourne

Why keep your feet on terra firma when you can scale great heights? Be like Icarus and get closer to the sun (but not, ya know, *that* close to the sun) at one of these activities high above the streets of Melbourne.  From going for a swim to watching a cult classic film to raising a hive of bees, there are plenty of cool things happening well above street level.  Or if you just want to drink, head to one of the 21 best rooftop bars in Melbourne. 

You can do a Harry Potter-inspired escape room in Melbourne
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You can do a Harry Potter-inspired escape room in Melbourne

Let’s face it: Melbourne is pretty obsessed with escape rooms. Attempting to get out of rooms by solving puzzles has gone from a bizarre concept to a popular pastime. But while many Melbourne escape rooms are themed around particularly gruesome or scary ideas, one CBD escape room has upped the ante. At TRAPT Bar and Escape Room you can play a Harry Potter-inspired escape room called Alchemy. The goal of Alchemy is to find the mythical Philosopher’s Stone, the elixir of life, and Nicholas Flamel’s favourite piece of bling. Punters will be able to practise spells and enchantments and test magical skills inside the room to try to solve the mystery before the time runs out. TRAPT has listed the difficulty level of this room at beginner, so we reckon even Hufflepuffs will be able to beat the clock. And, obviously, it must be said: this escape room is only ~inspired~ by Harry Potter, because, ya know, copyright.  We’re a big fan of TRAPT, having experienced its Cold War-inspired room recently. Probably the biggest incentive for beating the clock there is the cocktails available at the adjoining bar. The low-lit basement bar is a speakeasy-style den with cocktails sorted by each escape room theme. It’s loads of fun. Keen to try out an escape room? We ranked Melbourne’s best. Potterheads, here's how to spend the perfect Harry Potter-inspired weekend in Melbourne.

The Big Vegan Market returns in 2020
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The Big Vegan Market returns in 2020

The Big Vegan Market is one market where you don't have to ask around, you can be sure that every product sold is animal and cruelty-free. In addition to plenty of vegan eats you can also pick up vegan skincare, clothing and makeup from one of the more than 200 stalls. This year's line-up is another banger. Punters will be able to enjoy all-vegan pizza from Red Sparrow; shawarma from Hamsa Hummus Bar; drinks from Cheeky Rascal Cider and goodies from Mahadeva's Kitchen, Woking Amazing, Yay Foods and Toasted Toasties. You'll also be able to pick up non-edible cruelty-free products from Hanami Cosmetics, Dr Bronner, Velvety and heaps more. The market is run by Melbourne Vegan Eats, which started as an Instagram account sharing vegan food (both in vegan venues and non-vegan ones) around Melbourne. Since the account started, it has become a valuable resource for non-meat eaters to find the best vegan feed around town. The Big Vegan Market will be taking over the Royal Exhibition Building on May 9 and 10. Entry is $5.

The best wineries in the Yarra Valley
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The best wineries in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is only an hour from Melbourne, making it the perfect day trip or weekend away. The region specialises in chardonnay and pinot noir grapes, which also happen to make perfect sparkling wine. But if you know where to look, you'll also find less common varietals, like nebbiolo, savagnin and chenin blanc. There are 160 wineries to try in the region, from tiny mum-and-pop operations to giant foreign-owned behemoths. The Melba and Maroondah highways are the biggest wine arterial roads, you'll find plenty of cellar doors off the beaten path, if you know where to look.  These are our favourite wineries in the Yarra Valley right now, and they provide a good place to start.   Hop in your car, bring a bottle of water and make a day of it. You'll come home with bottles clanking in your boot, ready to be enjoyed at your next dinner party, barbecue or just night at home.  For more mini-break ideas, visit our guide to Victoria's best getaways. Alternatively, stay close to the city and discover Melbourne's best wine bars.

Think Melbourne is the best city in the world? Prove it
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Think Melbourne is the best city in the world? Prove it

From London to Los Angeles, Tel Aviv to Toyko and Mexico City to Melbourne, Time Out has always celebrated the magic of cities. Now, as we’ve grown to 315 cities in the world, we want to work out how that magic happens.  The 2020 Time Out Index is our investigation into what it’s like living in a city today. We want to discover what makes a city great, how city-dwellers feel about their hometown and if St Kilda is still the most overrated suburb in Melbourne.  This is your chance to tell us about your life in Melbourne. What do you love about living here? What frustrates you? Is it affordable? Is it a slog? And where are the best places for dancing all night or finding great food? We want to know what you think!  Take a few minutes to complete the Time Out Index survey. It’s completely anonymous, so be honest! Once you’re done, we’ll reveal which city in the world you should live in. Is it Melbourne? New York? Berlin? You’ll have to do the quiz to find out. Click here to open the survey in a new window.

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The best beaches in Melbourne
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The best beaches in Melbourne

Switch off the aircon and head outside to one of Melbourne's best beaches where you can cool off in style. 

The best free things to do in Melbourne
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The best free things to do in Melbourne

Check out these expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions and events for zero dollars.

The best waterslides in Melbourne
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The best waterslides in Melbourne

From spiralling towers to rides that will make you weightless, here's our list of the best waterslides around Victoria.  

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

Where to go ice skating in Melbourne
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Where to go ice skating in Melbourne

Whether you're an edge-clinger or a total pro, ice skating is a cool way to spend a day.

Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

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A guide to Melbourne for Harry Potter fans
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A guide to Melbourne for Harry Potter fans

Gryffindor, a Slytherin, a Hufflepuff or a Ravenclaw, a Melbourne adventure awaits

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Head to the self-care festival brought to you by Pedestrian.TV

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Head back to Hogwarts in this epic two-part adventure

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Five awesome parks around Melbourne for a picnic
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Five awesome parks around Melbourne for a picnic

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Dating in Melbourne

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Dating IRL

Time Out wants to send single Melburnians on blind dates in the hopes of finding love

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
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The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
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The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
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The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
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The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

The best bars with board games in Melbourne
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The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

Or try a romantic weekend getaway

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

The best parks in Melbourne
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The best parks in Melbourne

Craving some closeness to Mother Nature? There's nothing like a romp through a local CBD park to restore some balance

The best day hikes from Melbourne
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The best day hikes from Melbourne

Grab your comfiest shoes and head to one of these awesome hiking spots near Melbourne

The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria
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The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria

Check out nature’s swimming pools, carved naturally out of rock and featuring some very refreshing waters that are ripe for splashing around in

The best beaches in Melbourne
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The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

See Melbourne's best picnic spots