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20 ways to have the best spring ever

Spring is finally here, which means that Melbourne is blooming with great festivals, events and more
Juniperlooza gin festival
Photograph: Supplied
By Time Out editors |

The city's finally getting its warm weather groove back with festivals, outdoor events, plenty of great exhibitions and theatre, and of course, the sun. For more ideas on what to do this spring, check out our complete list of things to do in September and the city's best beer gardens and rooftop bars.

The best things to do in spring

Coffee at Brother Baba Budan
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
Restaurants, Cafés

Try the best coffees in Melbourne CBD

No one likes starting the day with a bad brew, so we road-tested the 20 best coffees in the CBD to determine who is extracting perfect cups of golden motivation to help you fire through the working week. 

The Provincial Hotel Rooftop bar
Photograph: James Morgan
News, Bars & Pubs

Dream of summer at Fitzroy's newest rooftop bar

Just in time for spring and summer, The Provincial Hotel on Brunswick Street has launched a brand new rooftop bar. Punters will be able to lord over Fitzroy from the corner pub this summer over pints from the 10 beers on tap. If you don't mind sharing, they've got a great bar snacks list that's perfect for group dining.

Osteria Ilaria pasta
Restaurants, Japanese

Eat at Time Out's Restaurant of the Year

It can’t have been easy for Osteria Ilaria, opening next door and beneath the shadow of the pasta bar to rule them all, Tipo 00. But while it's all about pasta at Tipo's next-door sibling, the paccheri, thick pasta tubes strewn with nubs of Crystal Bay prawn meat and anointed with the heady cologne of prawn oil is a definite win. Make a booking stat and see why it's earned the top gong at the Time Out Food Awards 2017.

Guild of Objects
Photograph: Linsey Rendell
Shopping, Boutiques

Shop at the best places to buy Melbourne designs

Melbourne is a great city to live if you’re a maker, thanks to all the retailers that champion local designers and artists. Next time you’re looking for something special, why not visit one of these boutiques or markets?

Interior at Musashi Ramen
Restaurants, Japanese

Go to Musashi the CBD's newest late-night ramen bar

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Musashi Ramen, is an after-hours noodle-soup purveyor on Russell Street that's open until 3am on weekdays and 4am on weekends. Customers fill up Musashi’s small confines in ebbs and flows; no one stays for long, good news if you're on a one-track mission for post-party fuel.  The ramen menu is broken down into three sections: signature pork tonkotsu, Tokyo-famous chicken shoyu and speciality broths. Everything is customisable, so you can order a Goldilocks just-right bowl.

Taylor Mac 2017 Melbourne Festival supplied image photographer credit Little Fang
Photograph: Little Fang
Things to do, Fairs and festivals

Tick off the Melbourne Festival 2017 highlights

Here's a run-down of all the must-see shows from this year's Melbourne Festival. The 2017 program contains work that speak to art’s power to bridge social and political divides, to help us understand and find a way through complex societal problems, and to push into new realms of understanding human experience. Get your tickets before they sell out. 

Pop-up Globe, As You Like It
Photograph: Jay Wennington
News, Theatre & Performance

7 things you need to know before going to the Pop-up Globe

We never thought we’d see the day when the Sidney Myer Music Bowl would share its backyard with a full-scale replica of a theatre built in 1614 – but forsooth, here we are. Keen to see what all the fuss is about? It pays to know what you’re getting yourself into, read up on the seven things you really must know before you book a ticket to the Pop-Up Globe. 

Funfields Gravity Wave
Photograph: Supplied
News, City Life

Try a new world record-breaking waterslide

A world record-breaking waterslide has just opened at Funfields Theme Park – Melbourne's huge adventure park less than an hour's drive from the CBD. The Gravity Wave launches riders off a 26.8 metre-high platform, hurtling them down 186 metres of tubing as they reach speeds of seven metres per second. It’s the largest waterslide of its kind in the world. Are you brave enough?

Hiking at The Grampians
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Travel, Short getaways

Hike your way through the Grampians

The expansive national park to the southwest of Melbourne and its surrounding towns are a magnet for serious climbers and people looking to reconnect with the bush. Lace up your boots, strap on your backpack and prepare yourself for some nature therapy – here are the best places to hike, places to stay and places to eat.

Table of food at Musashi Ramen
Photograph: Graham Denholm

Eat your way through the city's best late-night eats

Our fair city wears the mantle of ‘Late Night Champion’ with pride. Nowhere else in the country can you party at all hours, and then go out for a civilised meal into the bargain. These are the best late-night eats to keep the pep in your party step for nights when you need to soak up some of those high spirits, or maybe you’re just not ready for the night to be over.

A generic image of a beach with a blue tent in the sand
Photograph: Ricky Montalvo
Travel, Short getaways

Go on a camping trip

Getting back to nature is good for the soul, and the best thing is that you don't have to make yourself car-sick to do it. There are plenty of places a stone's throw from the CBD where you can lawfully pitch a tent – here are some of the best.

MPavilion 2017
Photograph: John Gollings
News, Art

Have a stickybeak at the new MPavilion

Melburnians are big fans of pop-up cafés, bars and shops, but it’s not every day that a structure designed by a world-famous architect appears in the gardens opposite Arts Centre Melbourne. The fourth annual architect-designed MPavilion has been unveiled at Queen Victoria Gardens, where it will live for four months as a public space, playing host to a series of talks, events, gigs and screenings. Get amongst it!

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