Discover the top tips provided by The Como Melbourne team. Please feel free to chat to any of our team for further ideas.
Garren’s top tips
Favourite coffee spot: Cross the road to get your coffee fix from Tom, Dick & Harry.
Free things to do: Run around the iconic ‘Tan track’ around the Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the famous Melbourne laneways off Flinders Lane, like Hosier Lane, or take everything in from the City Circle Tram. Pack a picnic and wander through the beautiful Como House & Gardens.
Kyra’s top tips
Favourite coffee spots: Market Lane Coffee at Prahran Market or in the CBD (double shot is their standard, who doesn’t love that?), Code Black Coffee in Brunswick, and Proud Mary in Collingwood.
Restaurants: Top 4 would have to be Fancy Hanks slow cooked American BBQ in the CBD, Baby Pizza in Richmond, Hotel Jesus in Collingwood for Mexican and Wonderbao in the CBD for bao.
Cafes: My favourite are Touchwood in Richmond, Journeyman just down the street in Windsor, Serotonin Eatery in Richmond, Manchester Press in the CBD, or Top Paddock in Richmond.
Clubs/Bars/Pubs: If you’re in the CBD, I suggest going to Father’s Office, Whitehart (it’s a cool container bar set up in an old car park), or The Hills Rooftop. If you want something closer to the hotel, try Boston Sub in Chapel St, Windsor – open the freezer door to get to a hidden cocktail bar called Jungle Boy.
Activities: If you’re here in summer, you’ll definitely have to check out the Moonlight Cinema, Royal Croquet Club and Night Noodle Market. On Wednesdays in winter, a must visit is the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market. The Finders Keepers market at the Royal Exhibition Building features over 250 independent art and design stalls, and is held once a quarter.
Favourite dishes and from where? Start your day at Journeyman with toasted waffles with blueberry compote, fresh fruits, double cream and pure maple syrup. For lunch, head to Wonderbao for braised pork belly with pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts. Just down the road go to Father's Office for their Sampler which includes a combination of pork belly, cinnamon calamari, arancini balls, salt and pepper ginger squid, buffalo wings and polenta cubes (and match it with one of their signature cocktails = amazing). Then head to the Mexican diner, Hotel Jesus, for some corn on the cob and tostadas to finish the night.
Shopping: the best places for something a little different are Rose Street Market, Finders Keepers Market, Design A Space in Windsor and Fitzroy, Brunswick Street Fitzroy for it’s cafés, live music venues and alternative fashion shops, and the South Melbourne Market for fresh produce and local creations.
Ken’s top tips
Ken’s has a lot of tips… If you’re after specific, just ask Ken for his suggestion! Most of his suggestions below are within walking distance to The Como Melbourne.
Clubs/Bars/Pubs: Best local clubs are Pawn & Co, Love Machine, Circus, Boutique and The Emerson. Best bars are Jungle Boy (hidden bar in Boston Sub), Katuk, Two Wrongs, Neptune, Woods of Windsor and The Palm Royale in Richmond. For pubs, you can’t go past Temperance, Royal Saxon, Bridie O’Reilly’s, The Union Hotel and Wolf & I.
Free things to do in city: Visit the State Library, Birrarung Marr, Southbank and Docklands.
Verena’s top tips
Favourite Coffee Spots: Two Birds One Stone, just a couple of hundred metres from the hotel.
Restaurants: An all-time favourite is Donovans in St Kilda, or HuTong Restaurant and Bar in Commercial Road, Prahran has great dumplings and yum cha. Caffe e Cucina is also a must try, diagonally opposite the hotel.
Activities: Do a walking tour of Melbourne’s arcades and laneways with Hidden Secrets Tours, visit the Ian Potter Centre at the National Gallery of Victoria, or see a show at the Regent Theatre or Princess Theatre.
Family Friendly: The Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at the Melbourne Museum is great for kids under 5 years, pack a picnic and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, climb aboard Polly Woodside, visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm, Melbourne Zoo, Luna Park in St Kilda, or SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium.
Spa & Well Being: Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s about an hour and a half drive away. Make sure you book in advance! Norbu Urban Retreat is just over the road, and is also very relaxing.
Favourites dishes and from where? Definitely the Barramundi from Donovans.
Sports: Take a tour of Etihad Stadium. AAMI Park for the Rugby League and A-League games, MCG and Etihad for AFL games, MCG also has the sports museum for those sports enthusiasts, and O’Brien Group Arena for the Ice Hockey.
Free things to do in city: Take a walk down the St Kilda Beach boardwalk, or visit Cooks Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens.
Beatrice’s top tips
Restaurants: Two Wrongs is a really stylish place, Tokyo Tina has the best Japanese food, Saigon Sally in Windsor, No35 Restaurant at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, and The Meat & Wine Co in the Como Centre.
Cafes: The Stables of Como at Como House & Gardens, Ponyfish Island in the middle of the Yarra River, Mr Bond Tapas Bar (next door to Thirty Eight Chairs and both owned by the same people) and Tivoli Bakery.
Free things to do in city: Kids under the age of 15 can go to AFL games on Sundays for free at MCG and Etihad Stadium.