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Things to do in Melbourne today

Today's best events in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for fun things to do in Melbourne today

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Evans Walker Bridge. Southbank, Melbourne
Photograph: Josie Withers

Wondering what to do in Melbourne today? We can help. Check out our curated guide to all the fun things to do in Melbourneincluding free attractionsart exhibitionstheatre showsactivities for kids and so much more. If it's a rainy day, consult our guide to Melbourne's best indoor activities instead.

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Cocktail at Romeo Lane
Photograph: Nathalie Saldumbide
Bars, Cocktail bars

The 50 best bars in Melbourne right now

Here is Melbourne viewed through the bottom of a glass: from its world-beating cocktail lounges to its down-and-divey saloons. These bars represent the pinnacle of Melbourne drinking.

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Princes Bridge. Melbourne
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Things to do

The best free things to do in Melbourne

Guess what? Not everything in Melbourne costs a bunch of money. From art shows to coffee tastings, there are a bunch of things to do in this fine city that you can do for free – here are our favourites.

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War Horse 2020 tour supplied
Photograph: Brinkhoff Mögenburg
Theatre, Musicals

Melbourne theatre and musicals in January

January is usually relatively quiet when it comes to Melbourne theatre, but with a few major international blockbusters – and Midsumma festival getting underway – there are more than a few highlights.

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Great Otway National Park
Photograph: Robert Blackburn
Travel, Short getaways

The best day trips from Melbourne

If you're looking for a break from the inner-city grid, there's no better cure than a day trip from Melbourne. The state of Victoria is full of friendly neighbourhood towns, whether you're in the mood for a winery tour, a road trip or a national park to explore.

People browsing through clothing at a market stall
Photograph: Supplied
Shopping, Markets

The best markets in Melbourne

Borrow your nanna's tartan shopping trolley and venture out to one of Melbourne's best markets for farm-fresh produce, designer homewares, vintage fashions and tasty street food.

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Food at Dari Korean Cafe
Photograph: Graham Denholm
Restaurants

The best new restaurants in Melbourne right now

If you love food and live in Melbourne, your 'must-try' list of new restaurants, cafés and bars probably takes up your phone's entire storage capacity by now. Luckily, we've put together a curated list of the newest, hottest and coolest restaurants our critics are raving about. 

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