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The ultimate guide to winter in Melbourne

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

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 definite guide to the very best of Melbourne in winter.

The best things to do in winter

13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne
Things to do

13 great rainy day activities in Melbourne

The weather's terrible – so what? From thrilling escape rooms to bars with board games, there's plenty of indoor fun to be had in Melbourne.

21 ways to stay warm in Melbourne in winter
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21 ways to stay warm in Melbourne in winter

Beat winter's chill with these warming activities; we're talking hot springs, hot yoga and cheese, slow-cooked barbecue and lots more.

The best winter markets in Melbourne
Shopping

The best winter markets in Melbourne

Rug up and head out for mulled wine, good tunes, great food and shopping galore at these markets.

Let it snow

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

Dreaming of white slopes this winter? Thankfully, many alpine destinations offer sweet deals during the winter months.

It's going to snow at South Wharf this winter
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It's going to snow at South Wharf this winter

From ten days in July, a little alleyway down at South Wharf will have snowfall (artificial of course, but who cares) cascading over the fir-lined promenade.

Warming food and drinks

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne
Bars

The best pubs with fireplaces in Melbourne

Our city has no shortage of cosy neighbourhood pubs with fireplaces to warm your toes; here are some of the best.

Revitalising winter cocktails
Bars

Revitalising winter cocktails

Eau de Vie has a menu section based entirely on concoctions inspired by old-fashion remedies, called The Apothecary – these are our favourites.

The best wine bars in Melbourne
Bars

The best wine bars in Melbourne

Walk into any of these top-notch wine bars and you're guaranteed great service, a cosy atmosphere, and of course, a solid wine list.

Comfort foods, as recommended by Melbourne chefs
Restaurants

Comfort foods, as recommended by Melbourne chefs

We ask Melbourne's chefs what they cook on their downtime.

The best porridge dishes in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best porridge dishes in Melbourne

Don’t fall into the trap of underestimating the humble, comforting bowl of oats.

The best hot chocolate in Melbourne
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The best hot chocolate in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a rich, deep mug of hot chocolate?

The best pizza in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best pizza in Melbourne

Light crusts, rich tomato bases, fresh toppings: that's amore, pizza-lovers. We've eaten our way around Melbourne to find the best slices.

The best ramen in Melbourne
Restaurants

The best ramen in Melbourne

We tested Melbourne’s ramen shops to find the best of the bunch.

Get out of town

Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne
Travel

Ten weekend getaways from Melbourne

As much as we love all things Melbourne, even we occasionally need a break from the big city. Luckily, Melbourne is perfectly positioned for a beaut weekend away. We've found ten destinations a convenient drive or flight from home.

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