From Sunsets to Shopping: Peter McBrearty's Guide to Melbourne

The Langham, Melbourne chief concierge shares his top tips for the city.

What is your favourite thing to do after dark in Melbourne?
Not far from town is what you might call the “shabby chic” area of Collingwood and Fitzroy. Experience the overlay of proletarian history and hipster present with a craft beer at The Catfish, fine dining at Cutler & Co, a glass of wine at Marion, and perhaps an excellent cocktail at The Everleigh before adjourning to Bad Frankie for a tasting flight.

Where is the best place to catch sunset views?
Eureka Skydeck has one of the best views in Melbourne, and provides the opportunity to witness the transition from daylight through dusk to darkness, as the city transforms into a carpet of lights stretched out below. Upstairs, Eureka89 offers patrons the option of dinner with their sunset view.

Do you have a top-secret shopping spot?
Australia By Design in the Block Arcade features genuine Australian souvenirs and artwork, while Wunderkammer on Lonsdale Street offers an array of unusual items for anyone seeking something a little out of the ordinary.

Who does the best brunch in Melbourne?
I’ve always enjoyed dining on the terrace at The Deck at Southgate, being a big fan of their soft-boiled eggs on goat’s cheese, avocado and sourdough toast with excellent coffee. I also never fail to appreciate the menu, service and coffee at Cumulus Inc. in Flinders Lane.

Where would you suggest for a daytrip?
Although it requires an early start, I’ve always really liked Wilsons Promontory. It’s been a national park for more than 100 years, the beaches are unspoiled and “The Prom” is perfect for relaxed walks with the possibility of spotting wildlife along the way. The scenery is beautiful—it’s easy to see why this area is so popular with visitors.

Kirsty Sier
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Editor of Where Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and the Gold Coast)