Melbourne is magical in winter

Melbourne is a city that is made for winter, lighting up with food festivals, art shows, theatre, markets adding sparkle to the typically monochrome months.  If you love to get rugged up in winter fashion and enjoy cosy pubs, hot chocolate, great food and entertainment it’s time to plan another trip to Melbourne and here are our favourite things to do!

Get a hit of hot chocolate

You can find the best hot chocolate at Brunetti’s, their infamous Italian-style hot chocolate is so dark its bordering on black and so thick you could stand a spoon in it. But my god, it’s delicious and something that everyone has to try at least once.

It’s not a trip to Melbourne without markets

And the Queen Victoria Winter Night Markets are the biggest and best with an impressive line-up of drool-worthy street food, mulled wine, design stalls and performances. Running from Wednesday June 7 to Wednesday August 30 2017 the annual markets are a staple for every Melbournite.

Warm up in front of a fire

There’s no better place to be than the Palace Hotel, as the 2016 Pub of the Year it ticks all the boxes with craft beer, excellent food, a cosy fireplace and Billy the resident pub dog, you can’t go past this pub with community atmosphere that’s hard to find. Located in South Melbourne it’s worth the quick jaunt to experience.

And don’t forget the comfort food

While there’s a never-ending list of fantastic eateries in Melbourne, we recommend 400 Gradi on a cold winter’s night. Their Margherita was awarded 'best pizza in the world at the World Pizza Championships in Parma in 2014. Judge the winning slice for yourself and test other highlights like the gloriously puffy Napoletana pizza.

 Oaks Hotels & Resorts have the city covered with 8 hotels spanning from Lonsdale St to Southbank and even South Yarra. Explore all our accommodation options here.