Melbourne summer guide: see, play, eat, drink and shop

This summer take advantage of the long days and warm nights in Melbourne.

SEE: MSO Free Concerts

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra is bringing Melbourne a series of free concerts this summer at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Running through February, the trio of concerts will feature themed melodies including Romeo and Juliet and ballet-inspired concerts. Hosting some of most acclaimed conductors in the world. Take the afternoon off to ensure you arrive early to secure your spot on the lawn. Concerts dates are Wednesday 8, Saturday 11 and Wednesday 15 February.

Ji Won Kim, First Violin, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

PLAY: ArtVo

Forget your traditional art gallery – at ArtVo smartphones, cameras and touching is not just encouraged, it’s essential. The first of its kind in Australia, ArtVo is an interactive gallery where ticket holders are invited to immerse themselves in the three-dimensional artwork. Home to over 100 eye tripping works of art, visitors can become part of each painting. Allowing you to appreciate art on a whole new level.

Aleyna Celik, Junior Tour Guide, ArtVo

EAT: Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

Positioned on the busiest corner of Queen Victoria Market, Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie by Scott Pickett is the hottest new rotisserie to hit the city. Hand-cut chips crisped to perfection, tender free-range chicken and a small selection of take-home options are on offer at this fragrant rotisserie.

Scott Pickett, Chef, Pickett’s Deli & Rotisserie

DRINK: Melina on the Rooftop

Melina on the Rooftop is a perfect rooftop bar and luxe dining experience rolled into one buzzing venue. Choose from a Greek-inspired food offering while soaking up the knockout view of the city. The creative cocktail menu includes gems like the Mango Lassi Bellini made with mango, honey, pepper, Greek yoghurt and prosecco dominate.

SHOP: Summer Night Market

Running until the start of March, the not-so-secret Summer Night Market at Queen Victoria Market presents a huge line-up of foodgasmic street fare. Expect world-class, award-winning paella from Simply Spanish, ingenious pizza-sandwich hybrids from newbie Trapizzino and Nutella Bomb pavlovas from Pavlova. Treat yourself to a self-gift from an artisan stallholder found alongside curated bars and live entertainment.

For more great activities, discover our city this summer.