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The ultimate girls or guys escape in Melbourne

The ultimate girls or guys escape in Melbourne
Top things to do on a romantic holiday


Grab the girls, it’s time for eating, drinking, shopping and being pampered – what more could one ask for?!

Drink and dine until the wee hours of the morning

Kick off the weekend with a cheese and wine flight at Milk the Cow, an incredibly cool fromagerie with over 150 artisan cheeses, perfectly paired with boutique wines and booze.

As the evening draws close, head up Exhibition St to the very swanky 1806 Cocktail Bar that has a menu sorted by era, from 1650 to now, plus bar snacks and sharing plates. To try something else, head to the Little Red Pocket Bar where you can enjoy Japanese tapas, cocktails and top-shelf sake in a plush venue with live music and DJs on weekends.

Shop till you drop, or the credit card is maxed

Catch the tram into the heart of Melbourne’s shopping hub, Bourke Street Mall. Linking Swanston and Elizabeth streets, the mall is open only to trams and foot-traffic and is where you will find big-name brands and flagship stores like Zara, Sportsgirl, Mimco, David Jones and Myer.

Or walk across the bridge to DFO South Wharf, it’s close enough that you can pop back to the hotel at any point to drop off those heavy shopping bags. DFO has over 120 outlet stores including Lorna Jane, Mimco, Peter Alexander, Seed, Victoria’s Secret and Nike. Other big name brands include Calvin Klein Jeans, Cue, M.J. Bale, Sass & Bide and Adidas. Homeware and tech brands include Bed, Bath’n’Table, Nick Scali Furniture and JB Hi Fi.

Pamper away the worries and stress

MISS FOX is an award-winning urban day spa in Melbourne’s CBD that does incredibly luxurious packages for groups. Try one of their signature Awaken Rituals which are bespoke sensory journeys combining beautiful amenities, intuitive treatment customisations, caring therapists, and the purest organic essential oils, natural gemstones, and botanically-based skin and body care.


Every now and then you need a solid weekend away with your buds.

You’ll need food

‘Dude food’ didn’t get it’s name because all the chicks dig it, so head to to The Snag Stand for “haute dogs” – handmade, low fat and gluten free sausages with fancy pants ingredients. Or try an insanely good burger from Mr Burger up on Flinders St and we highly recommend the Reuben Fries – think, all the best bits of a Reuben Sandwich layered on fries!

If finer dining is to your taste, head to the Belgium Beer Cafe for mussels with chips, plus steaks, in a brasserie with art nouveau touches or on a convivial terrace.

You’ll need beer

Organising the guys can be a bit of a hassle, so let someone else do it for you. The Melbourne Urban Beer Odyssey takes you around Melbourne’s most awarded and innovative urban breweries and cider bars where old-world styles and new world inspiration collide to create a drinkers heaven. The team will introduce you to chocolate, vanilla, coffee, toffee and bacon flavoured beer, refreshing summer ales, crisp sessionable lagers, fruit infused barrel aged ales, artisan ciders and experimental single batch brews.

You’ll need fun

Go on the Melbourne Sports Lovers Tour which takes you behind the scenes of the venues that host Australia’s favourite sporting events. Visit Flemington Race Course, home of the Melbourne Cup. Drive through the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village and around Albert Park, on the Melbourne F1 Grand Prix Circuit. Choose to tour behind the scenes of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Rod Laver Arena, or The National Sports Museum.


Enjoy your girls or guys getaway even more with savings of up to 5% off on YOUR RATE for IHG® Rewards Club members. 


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