Like all the great cities of the world, Melbourne is a playground of the rich and famous and there are plenty of activities and establishments in this great city designed to cater to their interests. Even if you’re not a cashed up Hollywood star, it can be fun to get a taste of the high life from time to time. If you want to get a taste of how the other half lives, we’ve put together a list of places and activities Melbourne where you can indulge your curiosity.
A hot balloon ride over the city
There is no better way to get a feel for Melbourne’s elegant urban landscape than a sunrise balloon flight over the city. Watch as the city transforms and the buildings reflect rays of mauve and apricot coloured light. Melbourne on the Move offers hot air balloon tours over Melbourne that include a deluxe champagne buffet breakfast.
Go shopping at Le Louvre on Chapel Street
The jewel in the crown of Chapel Street, Le Louvre is the place to go if you’re seeking out exclusive international designer brands like Balmain, Chloé, Lanvin, Gucci, Valentino and Marchesa. Chapel street is also home to a number of deluxe home grown brands including Sass and Bide, Dinosaur Designs, Life with Bird and Collette Dinnigan, so it’s well worth spending an afternoon strolling up and down this luxury shopping strip.
Dinner at Vue De Monde
Melbourne has plenty of upmarket dining destinations, but few can compete with the unique experience of dining at Vue de Monde on the 55th floor of the Rialto Tower. A Melbourne institution run by French trained chef Shannon Bennet, Vue de Monde serves up elegant modern Australian cuisine that is almost too beautiful to eat.
Go on a luxury bar crawl
Considering Melbourne is one of the great bar capitals of the world, it would be remiss of us to create a luxe guide to the city without including a few choice drinking establishments. Whether you choose to explore the humidor at Siglo with a glass of European wine in hand, take in the pastel tones and rooftop vibes over a cocktail jug at Madam Brussels, or describe your favourite flavours to the bartender at The Everleigh and enjoy a custom made cocktail, there is a plethora of world class bars to choose from.
Stay a night at the Windsor Hotel
Since 1883, The Hotel Windsor has been the place to stay whilst in Melbourne and has hosted a swathe of notable guests including Meryl Streep, Katharine Hepburn, Laurence Olivier, Don Bradman, Lauren Bacall, Muhammad Ali, Gregory Peck and Anthony Hopkins. Spending a night in this heritage hotel will give you a taste of old Melbourne charm and hospitality, conveniently located in the heart of the city.