Summer isn't quick off the mark in Melbourne, which makes it feel all the more glorious when it arrives. Late December through to mid February is when the sun is at it’s brightest and living outdoors at it’s fullest. Productivity slows, while the streets, parks and pools start to hum.
We've spent more time than ever enjoying the city through the warmer months this year. Here's our top 5 for Summer in Melbourne city.
Napier Quarter - The dappled light and shade of the trees make this quiet street side cafe feel like a little oasis amongst the heart of Fitzroy. Whether its breakfast and a coffee, or an afternoon Aperitivo, Napier Quater is just the kind of cafe that makes you want to move to the neighbourhood just to call it your local.
Fitzroy Pool - When time doesn't allow you to get to the ocean this is one of your best options for cooling down. Easily accessible and highly enjoyable, come for a quick dip or stay for several hours. But be aware it does get busy so go early or duck in late.
Heide Parklands - Just a short drive from Melbourne CBD, Heide quickly transports you far from city life and completely indulged in a world of art and nature. Exhibitions are usually well worth checking out, even more so is the building Heide II (more on this to come in another post soon), but during summer, simply pack a picnic and take shade under one of the many oversized trees in the galleries grounds. Hours could pass and you could be the only ones left in the world and you would be none the wiser.
Drinkwell at Bar Liberty - Drinkwell sits in a small courtyard at the back of the delightful Bar Liberty. The offering is humble but exceptional. Wines made specifically for the venue are sourced locally, and the food is clever takes on much loved classic (French onion dip with house made potato chips!)
The hill at Clifton Hill - perhaps it’s because we are not Melbourne natives, but Clifton Hill feels like an often forgotten patch of greenery and space that allows for a unique view of this wonderful city we get to call home. Arrive at dusk and bring a bottle of wine. As the sun sets behind the city you’ll not only get a striking silhouette of Melbourne but prime position to watch the hundreds of bats fly overhead to various city parks. One of the best ways to spend a warm summers evening.