Melbourne is open for business, shopping, dining, exploration and, of course, coffee.
We’ve missed you, and while you’ve been staying safe at home, we’ve been supporting local businesses and creating a captivating Melbourne for residents to enjoy and visitors to return to.
Whether it’s picnicking in our heritage parks, criss-crossing the bluestones to find the ultimate laneway restaurant, or hunting for the quintessential Melbourne-designed must-have, it’s time to rediscover your city.
Here are just a few things to look forward to in summer and beyond.
1. Ride your bike in style
We’re installing more than 40 kilometres of new protected bike lanes to help you get into the city quickly, safely and sustainably.
2. Explore little streets
Our iconic ‘little streets’ – like Little Collins and Little Bourke – are being transformed into safe and vibrant shared zones for all. Look out for bespoke stencils and colourful paint showing that pedestrians have right of way and speed limits are reduced.
3. Dine outdoors
Melbourne’s beloved restaurants, cafes and bars have thrown open their doors, creating open-air dining experiences in laneways, parking spaces, footpaths and parks.
4. Wander through creative laneways
Forty of Melbourne’s historic laneways are being transformed through lighting and creative installations, thanks to a team of production and graphic designers, music producers, lighting specialists, technicians and maintenance workers.
5. Attend innovative events
From Melbourne Music Week–Extended to Moomba, our artists and producers are working to deliver a calendar of events that will celebrate our city’s resilience, curiosity and creativity. Find out more at What’s On Melbourne.
6. Discover talented buskers
Our beloved Melbourne buskers are back and ready to entertain you from Bourke Street to Southbank and everywhere in between. Sing along and tip generously.
7. Watch your step
Our revamped laneways, bike lanes, shared zones and outdoor dining areas mean the landscape of the city has changed. We’ll be updating our lane closure information and mobility maps, but please be mindful that traffic conditions on roads and footpaths may be different to the last time you visited the city.
To find out more, visit Melbourne is open.