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Top Things to See and Do in Melbourne

The Crossley Hotel is situated in one of Melbourne’s trendiest, most eclectic districts, packed with activities to suit all tastes. Here’s our pick of the best.

The Crossley Hotel is situated in one of Melbourne’s trendiest, most eclectic districts, packed with activities to suit all tastes. Here’s our pick of the best.

Melbourne Laneways

The Melbourne Laneways are as famous for the arty, creative crowds they attract as they are for their boutiques, galleries, laid-back eateries and stylish nightlife. The Crossley Hotel is ideally placed to explore these fascinating lanes and arcades, which have served the Central Business District since Victorian times.

Two of the most famous arcades are literally on the hotel’s doorstep. The Royal Arcade has been a thriving undercover shopping area since 1869. Its most famous attraction is the ornate Gaunt’s clock with its statues of Gog and Magog, who strike the hour. The arcade is also renowned for its variety of quality shops specialising in crafts, jewellery and chocolate.

The Walk Arcade connects Bourke Street Mall with Little Collins Street. This open-air walkway is well-known for its homeware products and wide selection of restaurants and cafes.

While you’re here, a visit to Bourke Street Mall is a must for fashion lovers. It’s one of Melbourne’s best-known shopping destinations, containing the city’s two major department stores, David Jones and Myer.

Chinatown

The Crossley Hotel is located on Little Bourke Street, which is the very heart of Melbourne’s thriving Chinatown. The city’s Chinese community is one of the oldest in Australia, and the district offers a wealth of Chinese and Asian restaurants. Two of the most popular eateries here are the Shark Fin Inn, which specialises in Chinese and Asian seafood dishes, and the Bamboo House for a traditional Chinese menu.

The area is also home to restaurants serving dishes from around the world. Try Longrain for Thai, SPQR Pizzeria for Italian, or The Punch Bowl for some good old-fashioned Australian fare.

Arts and Culture

The Little Bourke Street area is where the Australian and Chinese cultures meet, and this is reflected in the area’s museums and galleries. The Original and Authentic Aboriginal Art Gallery on Bourke Street showcases the best in traditional Australian art. To explore the long and rich history of Melbourne’s Chinese community, look no further than the Museum of Chinese Australian History on Cohen Street.

The area close to the Crossley Hotel is also home to Melbourne’s best-known theatres, including Her Majesty’s Theatre on Exhibition Street and the Princess Theatre on Spring Street. You can satisfy all your entertainment needs, with the world’s best-known plays, musicals and comedy performers appearing here.

Nightlife

The area around the Laneways is one of the trendiest places in Australia for a night out, with bars and clubs here to suit every taste. For cocktails in a cosy atmosphere you can’t beat New Gold Mountain, which blends Chinese styling with sounds of soft 1950s jazz. Hipsters should head to Section 8, which is decorated with graffiti and features an extensive drinks menu.

For something a bit different, try the Croft Institute, designed to look like a high school science lab and gymnasium. Or for some good (or bad) old-fashioned karaoke, head to Charlton’s Bar, also the place to go if you fancy a game of pool.

The Little Bourke Street area is buzzing with a wide variety of things to do, and the Crossley Hotel offers an ideal location to enjoy it to the fullest.