Located on the corner of Spencer and Lonsdale Streets in Melbourne’s CBD, West Side Place connects you to some of the city’s most popular landmarks. We’ve chosen five of the best to take a closer look at.
One of Australia’s largest urban renewal projects, Docklands reconnects central Melbourne with its historic waterfront. Only a short 15-min walk from West Side Place, Docklands combines restaurants, bars, retail, hectares of green parks and reserves, public art pieces and one of the largest concentrations of green buildings in Australia. Visitors can bask in the waterfront views while enjoying a delicious meal all before catching a big game or concert at Marvel Stadium, which anchors the waterfront precinct to the CBD.
Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market has been serving the people of Melbourne for over 140 years. Known to the locals as ‘Queen Vic’, the market spans over two blocks and houses a collection of over 600 small businesses selling everything from Australian fruit and vegetables, local and imported gourmet foods, clothing, and souvenirs. Visitors to the market can browse the seemingly endless aisles on their own, or experience the Ultimate Foodie Tour, which is led by a local market guide and details the fascinating history and specialty foods on offer.
Another major drawcard is the Summer Night Market which sees Queen Vic come alive with food trucks, bars, live entertainment, and a range of specialty retail stalls. It takes place from January-April on Wednesday nights from 5-10pm.
Located opposite the iconic Flinders St Station, Fed Square is colloquially known as Melbourne’s premier meeting place, tourist destination and event venue.
Beyond its unique and unconventional design, Federation Square is home to world-class art galleries and installations, dynamic events, and a diverse range of food and drink offerings. No two visits will be the same here which perhaps explains why it has hosted more than 100 million visitors and been named the 6th Best Public Square in the World.
Waterfront dining coupled with city views and the Crown Entertainment Complex make Southbank Promenade and Southgate Restaurant and Shopping Precinct a major drawcard for locals and visitors to the city. Situated on the southern bank of the Yarra River, the wide promenade walkway is a hive of activity, where street performers can be found entertaining passer-by’s both day and night, while bars and restaurants cater to those looking to laze the afternoon or evening away while indulging in some of the city’s finest fare. As the sun sets, an evening stroll is a must, especially to take in the Crown Gas Brigades, when multiple fireballs ignite the night sky.
Bourke Street Mall
West Side Place places residents within walking distance of the city’s best shopping destinations, but perhaps none so more iconic than Bourke Street Mall. Linking Swanston and Elizabeth streets, the retail hub is only open to trams and foot traffic and often plays host to some of the city’s best buskers. Myer and David Jones call this place home, with Myer’s annual Christmas windows drawing huge crowds to Bourke Street each year. The outdoor pedestrian mall also plays host to a range of restaurants, bars and pubs, which can provide the perfect ending to a day filled with retail therapy.