Melbourne: A Quick Guide to Federation Square

Magical museums, remarkable restaurants and beaming bars all call Melbourne's Federation Square home.

Federation Square sits right on the Yarra River by Flinders Street Station. Its central location, world-class museums and an impressive selection of restaurants and bars make it a must-see Melbourne destination. 


Experience a world of film, gaming and digital culture at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). ACMI provide audiences with unparalleled ways to engage with the moving images. A roster of Australian and international exhibitions, films, festivals, live events, creative workshops and education programs are on offer all year round.

 NGV Australia
NGV Australia (Courtesy of NGV Photogrpaphic Services)

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia is home to the world's first major gallery dedicated solely to Australian art. Art lovers can immerse themselves in Australian art at over 20 galleries showcase everything from traditional indigenous artworks to modern Australian art, stretching back hundreds of years. 


Fed Square has plenty of dining options. Try the stylish Time Out for all-day dining—it’s the perfect spot to unwind with a cocktail in hand and watch the city pass you by. They specialise in cafe classics and traditional Australian restaurant cuisines.

Time Out at Fed Square.
Time Out at Fed Square. (Courtesy of Time Out)

For a taste of Italy, including delicious pasta and gourmet pizzas, head to Il Pom Italian. Offering heated outdoor seating and fully licensed alcohol menu you can grab a quick bite to eat or settle in for a dining experience that even Nona will approve.  

 Taxi Kitchen serves modern Australian cuisine alongside a hint of Asian infusion with iconic Melbourne views on the side. The menu is based on seasonal, local and sustainable food and will delight hungry tummies of all ages. 


Catch up over beers at Beer DeLuxe. The beer garden is the perfect place to relax and with a rotating selection of 19 tap beers and over 250 bottled beers trying one of the local craft brews will be sure to delight. 

Need a caffeine hit? Head to In a Rush Espresso for fine quality coffee in a variety of blends. Ethically minded consumers can happily sip the coffee knowing that In a Rush Espresso offers a "Pay it Forward" program whereby customers, sponsors and contributors can pay for meals in advance to help those in need. 

Transit Rooftop Bar
Transit Rooftop Bar (©Robert Blackburn, Visit Victoria)

For superb cityscape and river views, you must visit Transit Rooftop Bar. It’s the perfect late-night venue with live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tucked away below Federation Square, you'll find Pilgrim and Riverland Bar. From both of these bars, you can sip on authentic beers, wines or spirits and watch boat putter up and Yarra River. 

Pilgrim is an intimate waterfront venue with an all-Australian menu. They serve season share plates which encourage grazing and sharing. Riverland Bar is the original beer garden that transformed the historic Federation Wharf vaults over almost 15 years ago, and is the perfect place to kick back on a summer's day. 

Riverland (Courtesy of Riverland)