26 Feb 2019
Check in to your home away from home for the weekend, QT Hotel [133 Russell Street, Melbourne]. This eclectic hotel is as modern as it is quirky and offers the perfect escape from the daily grind. After checking out your room, take a short stroll along Russell Street to Izakaya Den [114 Russell Street, Melbourne] where you and your loved one can dig into flavoursome Japanese tasting dishes. The tuna tataki is a crowd favourite, and so too is the Kurobuta pork belly. When you’re ready, head back to the hotel to enjoy a nightcap at Rooftop at QT.
Rise and shine! It’s time for a full day of Melbourne fun, so get up early and mosey over to Cumulus Inc [45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne] for breakfast. If you’re hungry, order the smoked trout with a buckwheat waffle, eggs and horseradish. For a lighter option, order the house-made crumpets with whipped feta and honey. Explore the Paris end of Collins Street before heading down to Federation Square [Corner Swanston Street & Flinders Street, Melbourne] by 10am. Here you’ll meet your friendly Hidden Secrets Tours guide who’ll take you on the Lanes and Arcades Tour. Together, you’ll uncover the fascinating history of Melbourne’s smallest streets while getting among the culture. Your guide will be full of handy tips on where to eat and drink for lunch, but if you prefer to plan ahead, at the end of your tour make a beeline towards Gazi [2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne] for some delicious Greek eats. When you’re ready, venture back to your hotel for a siesta.
Tonight, it’s all about Melbourne’s nightlife. Nothing says romance like a French restaurant and Phillippe [115 Collins Street, Melbourne] is one of the city’s favourites. Order a bottle of bubbly to go with moreish mains like spring lamb rump and baked ricotta gnocchi. Keen to kick on? Head to State of Grace [27 King Street, Melbourne] for a cocktail or two and see if you can find its secret bar, Fall from Grace.
Enjoy the comforts of QT with a little sleep-in this morning. Indulge and order room service. With options like smashed avo, a big brekkie and bircher muesli, you’ll both find something you like. Splash out and order champagne if you’re feeling fancy. When you’re packed up and ready to go, leave your bags with the concierge and meander over to Emporium Melbourne [287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne]. Treat your loved one to something special from one of more than 200 retailers, as a memento of your romantic Melbourne trip.
You can travel on trams around the city for free using the Free Tram Zone.
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For more information, visit ptv.vic.gov.au.