The ultimate guide to winter in Melbourne

Embrace the colder months with fantastic events, exhibitions, travel, shopping and plenty of warming food and drinks

Photograph: Rob Blackburn

Melbourne is made for winter. When the weather gets colder, the city comes alive with food festivals, art shows, theatre, markets and lots more. And don't get us started on the joys of cosy pubs, hot chocolate or mulled wine. Here, we've put together a definitive guide to the very best of Melbourne in winter.

The best things to do in winter

13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne
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13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne

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How to stay warm in Melbourne in winter
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How to stay warm in Melbourne in winter

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Winter Night Market
Things to do

Winter Night Market

There's plenty of hot food and mulled wine and cider to keep you toasty 

Things to do in Melbourne in June
Things to do

Things to do in Melbourne in June

Jump into winter with exhibitions, festivals and more

Things to do in Melbourne in July
Things to do

Things to do in Melbourne in July

See world-class art, for a start

Things to do in Melbourne in August
Things to do

Things to do in Melbourne in August

Cap off the season with great gigs and marvellous movies

Warming food and drinks

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
Bars

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

The 10 best pub roasts in Melbourne
Bars

The 10 best pub roasts in Melbourne

The best wine bars in Melbourne
Bars

The best wine bars in Melbourne

The best soups in Melbourne
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The best soups in Melbourne

The best noodle soups in Melbourne
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The best noodle soups in Melbourne

Where to drink mulled wine in Melbourne
Bars

Where to drink mulled wine in Melbourne

The best hot chocolate in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best hot chocolate in Melbourne

The best porridge dishes in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best porridge dishes in Melbourne

The best pizza in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best pizza in Melbourne

The best ramen in Melbourne
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The best ramen in Melbourne

Get out of town

Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne
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Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne

Need a break? These destinations are beautiful all year round

How to do the snow on the cheap
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How to do the snow on the cheap

Take advantage of these sweet alpine deals during the winter months

Bright and the High Country
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Bright and the High Country

Ski, snowboard, taste craft beer or just watch the stunning leaves change colour

What to eat, drink and see in East Gippsland
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What to eat, drink and see in East Gippsland

Wine by a crackling fire in the countryside? Yes please

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