Travel with Khanh Ong on his mini Melbourne staycation, featuring some of the best-rated dining the city has to offer.
Start your Melbourne City staycation by checking into Zagames House - an ultra chic boutique hotel in the heart of Little Italy in Carlton. Wander into the CBD for a browse of the NGV's contemporary art exhibitions, and spend the afternoon traversing through Melbourne's bustling streets - there's so many hidden gems to be found. For dinner, head to Yakimono for a tasteful celebration of modern Japanese dining that is completely unbeatable. End the night at the HER bar rooftop sipping on cocktails (go for the Grapefruit Paloma or the Strawberry & Rhubarb Mezcal Sour), and then head down to the HER Music Room to dance the night away to a selection of local and international artists.
For Day 2, head to the Eureka Skydeck for stunning views of the city skyline from nearly 300m high. In the afternoon, enjoy snacking on luxurious martinis and oysters at Pearl Diver Oyster Bar and Bistro. Head back to the hotel for some down time and prepare for an explosion of South East Asian flavours for dinner at The George On Collins.
To wrap up your mini Melbourne Staycation, check out of the hotel and head to Fable for delicious brunch and innovative cocktails crafted through elaborate storytelling inspired by mythology. The view from the rooftop is a big plus too.