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How to have the most Melbourne day ever indoors

Lockdowns be damned – you can still experience the best of Melbourne while at home

Nicola Dowse
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Nicola Dowse

Wake up. Change from your all-black pyjamas into your all-black activewear/day pyjamas. Hey, dress codes don’t apply during lockdowns. Style tip: put on a black blazer if you have to join a video meeting.

Lune Croissanterie has launched a home delivery service for any and all lockdown hoedowns. Orders can be placed via HungryHungry (we recommend pre-ordering as they sell out fast) and enjoy the patisserie’s famous croissants for brekky at home.

lune croissants

Instead of going out for a coffee, why not make one at home? Get your caffeine fix routinely delivered to your door via one of Melbourne's top coffee delivery services and enjoy the same brews at home that you can get at your local café (alternatively support your local café by ordering a takeaway).

Try an online workout. There are hundreds to choose from but we suggest staying local and supporting Melbourne gyms who’ve been forced to close. Crunch Fitness is one such gym that is livestreaming classes you can do at home.

Otters at Melbourne Museum

Check in with some of Victoria's furry, finned and feathered residents with a Zoos Victoria livestream. The Animals at Home program has live cameras in several exhibits, including Werribee's lions and Melbourne's otters, snow leopards and zebras. You can also go on virtual tours of the zoos or listen to a keeper talk. 

If you’re out of groceries and feeling peckish, take a look at our list of Melbourne restaurants that are currently doing takeaway and delivery. You’ve got everything from top of the line pasta from Grossi Florentino to overloaded sandwiches from Dari Korean Café and Bar. 

If you’d prefer to DIY lunch from groceries and don’t want to brave the supermarkets, there are a few good grocery and meal delivery services available. YourGrocer sources produce and groceries from local markets (like Prahran Market and Queen Victoria Market) as well as independent grocers. And they do same-day delivery. 

Dari Korean Cafe and Bar

Go for a walk around your neighbourhood. Time in nature has been shown to be beneficial for your mental health. Make sure to maintain 1.5 metres distance from others at all times and if you need to sneeze or cough do so into your elbow.

Feeling refreshed? Good, now go wash your hands and do it properly. That means you’ll need soap – if you’re running low you can buy more from local Mitcham-based business Mosaic and Moonlight (the soaps are made from natural, often homegrown plant ingredients, too). Or stock up on hand sanitiser from a local business.

Play a round of Melbourne Monopoly with your housemates/spouse/family. We all know that it takes FOREVER to finish a game of Monopoly, and lucky for you, time is something we all have an abundance of at the moment. There are hundreds of versions of Monopoly these days, including Melbourne and Geelong editions, both of which you can buy online from Clayton games warehouse Gameology

Celebrate another day without human contact by pouring yourself a cocktail, beer or glass of wine. A number of Melbourne bars offer neat booze takeaway or delivery options during lockdowns – try the Everleigh's bottled cocktails, wine from Halle Aux Vins or a tipple from the Elysian's whisky collection. 

cocktails from the Everleigh


OK, so you want a restaurant meal that looks and tastes like the real things but you know that delivery often doesn't work for fine dining. We have a solution. Shane Delia launched a heat-and-eat delivery service called Providoor during 2020 that has enabled some of Melbourne's restaurants to still reach at-home diners. Orders even come with advice on how to best plate the food.

ACMI reopened in early 2021 following a $40 million transformation. However, if restrictions mean you can't visit in person, you can still engage with the museum's love of film via its Cinema 3 streaming platform. It's free to join and you only pay for the films and TV shows you actually want to watch.

For when you cannot go out for ice cream, make the ice cream come to you. Some of the city's best ice cream and gelato stores are available for delivery, so there's no need to compromise on quality (or sweet treats, heaven forbid). Try pairing it with a concert on the MSO's classical music streaming service, MSO.Live

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We've collected the best ways for you to experience Melbourne while staying at home here into this hub, so you can stay sane, comfortable, fed, watered and entertained at home – while helping small business owners, hospitality workers and creative people who desperately need your business.

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