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The best way to see Melbourne in one day starts with a hot jam doughnut at the Queen Victoria Market. Take your time wandering the market stalls to chat with vendors and sample unusual treats. Once you’re through, head to the Central Business District to explore the laneways and admire the city’s street art, stopping at boutiques and galleries along the way.
When you’re ready to eat, head to Japanese canteen Yu-u for a delicious prix fixe lunch tray of miso soup, fresh fish and pickled veggies. Walk on to Federation Square, where you can check out the futuristic architecture of its buildings, get a free tour of the square (available Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m.) or peek inside museums like The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (dedicated to Aussie art) and National Design Centre (focused on local design).
Go for dinner and wine at much-loved tapas restaurant MoVida before heading to the Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street for an outdoor movie screening. Finish the night with cocktails at trendy bar Cookie located in the same building.