Hidden gems in Melbourne waiting to be found
Melbourne is renowned for always having something to do – but have you tried these hidden gems?
Melbourne has always had a sense of mystery to it; from new restaurants, hidden laneway bars and underground comedy clubs to intimate art exhibitions and weekend farmers’ markets, it really is a city with everything going on.
However, even when we think we’ve discovered all the hidden secrets Melbourne has to offer, something comes along to surprise and delight, reigniting our love affair with our great city and reminding us that we really do live in the cultural capital of Australia.
Keep reading to uncover some of Melbourne’s hidden gems in the CBD and just beyond.
Melbourne's hidden gems
Punting on the Lake
Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne CBD
Known as ‘Punting on the Lake’, this experience is hidden inside Melbourne’s famous Royal Botanic Gardens where you take an old-fashioned tour around the lake on a wooden punt boat.
Even the guides dress up like you’re on a gondola in Venice while pushing the boat around with a long wooden stick, as you take in the Royal Botanic Gardens' stunning landscapes and natural wildlife.
Le Petite Gateau
458 Little Collins Street, Melbourne CBD
Situated right behind RACV City Club, treat your tastebuds to handmade cakes and tarts at Le Petite Gateau, where award-winning chefs use original recipes to create some of Melbourne’s best pastries.
Go for the Brownie Passionfruit Chocolate Gateau with a brownie base, crunchy praline, passionfruit custard, chocolate mousse, chocolate glaze and mango jelly – it’s a house special!