As one of Australia's southernmost cities, Melbourne tends to get a little chilly during the winter months. Yes, we know that in a global context our weather really isn't that bad, but we would also argue that many homes and buildings in Melbourne (and Australia we might add) are famously not designed for anything other than cardigan weather. But you don't have to stay home and rack up a huge heating bill to stay toasty. Here's how to keep warm in Melbourne during winter and still have fun.
2. Beginning at Flinders Street Station, see how far you can make it underground and undercover through the CBD. Start with the Degraves Street Subway and Campbell Arcade (while you still can – it might be destroyed to make way for the new Metro Tunnel).
3. Knit yourself a woolly scarf. Thread Den and Wool Baa can help you brush up on your skills, and many wool merchants host in-store stitch'n'bitch classes so you can buddy up with fellow knitting nerds in the process. Or if you're already confident with the basics, order a knitting kit from Cardigang.
5. Rug up, whack on your waterproof gear and go on a hike to stay warm by moving.
7. Make like a fancy lady or gent and have a spot of high tea. Scones, warm tarts and warm brews are just the thing on a cold day.
8. Enjoy a brew (a tea, not a beer) at one of our fine tea establishments (like Tea Drop).
9. Enjoy a brew (a beer, not a tea) at one of our fine drinking establishments that also boast open fires. We know exactly where to go.
10. Shoot stick. Pool’s the indoor sport of the gods, and there’s no better time to indulge than when the weather’s cruel. Head to Red Triangle Snooker Room – you can get a table of your own for a measly $18 an hour (half-price rates are available before 6pm on weekdays). Or for a selection of indoor sports and games (including pool and shuffleboard), head to Ballers Clubhouse.
11. Get slurpy. We've ranked the best noodle soups in Melbourne – there's nothing like a steaming bowl of ramen or pho to warm your insides.
12. Hunker down and watch a game of footy over a pint at one of Melbourne's best pubs.
15. Warm the cockles of your heart with a parma.
17. Pretend you're in Europe by pulling up a stool at one of the CBD's laneway bars or cafés on a cold afternoon. Wine or espresso, your choice.
19. Stomp around in your gumboots at the Collingwood Children's Farm, then head to the Farm Café for some warming baked beans.
21. Bite into a slow-cooked, smoked or slow-roasted anything. We love the smoky meat at Fancy Hank's.
22. Make use of someone else's heating bill and get cultured at the same time by visiting one of Melbourne's winter masterpiece exhibitions. For 2021 that means checking out ACMI's Disney: the Magic of Animation or the NGV's French Impressionism: From the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
23. When all else fails, have a doona day and just hang in your PJs. Treat yourself to some swish new sets from Kip and Co.