The central business district (CBD) is the place to see if you have only one day in hip Melbourne. Travel + Leisure recommended a walk by the Yarra River in the morning, followed by toasties and coffee at the small Switchboard Cafe.
Before lunch, there’s time for shopping; Melbourne is a fashionable city and you’ll find jewellery, clothes and anything else you could wish to buy in the CBD.
Try the chefs’ favourite, Dainty Sichuan Food, for lunch, then hit the art trail. Inside the Ian Potter Centre in Federation Square/Flinders St you will find contemporary works as well as Aboriginal Dreamtime pictures. For outside art, Hosier Lane has given itself over to graffiti displays, which change on a regular basis.
Finish the day with a drink at Brooks on Collins St and dinner at Attica, a taxi ride away. The potato comes highly recommended for such a basic food, but the restaurant’s New Zealand chef turns it into something special.