Autumn in Melbourne is a magical time of year as we transition from the balmy late-summer nights into cooler mornings amidst the changing colours of the trees and their slow-falling leaves. While there are still many beautiful sunny days at this time of year, the weather can be a touch unpredictable, so it’s good to have plans that cater to all types of temps. Here are some of the best things to do in South Melbourne in Autumn. Many of them can be a simple experience on their own, or you can make a whole weekend out of trying them all.
St. ALi coffee roasters
12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne VIC 3205
There aren’t many things more important on a morning in South Melbourne than a quality cup of coffee. In fact, it can be difficult to choose where to get your morning hit as this suburb is teaming with trendy cafes. St. ALi is a rather special choice as they’ve been in the coffee biz for quite some time and are known as one of the pioneer’s of specialty coffee in Melbourne. The company’s flagship cafe is tucked away in a little South Melbourne laneway and is easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it! If you’re into your coffee, or specialty drinks in general, this is the pick. The best part is, they’re open at 7am, every single day.
As you scroll down the beverages list, it may appear at first to be any ordinary menu, with a house blend, and organic option, and a rotating filter coffee, although they do offer tasting notes below each option. The next two items don’t appear on many menus and include the barista breakfast, a series of cappuccino, espresso and filter, and the coffee adventure, which is a board of six unique coffees that can be ordered for one or shared among friends. Further down you’ll find Vietnamese iced coffee, espresso shakes, hot chocolates, and a long list of fancy teas, among many other exciting options. Head over here to check out the rest of the menu.
South Melbourne Market
Coventry St & Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Wed, Sat, & Sun 8am-4pm; Fri 8am -5pm
The South Melbourne Market is a popular activity that you can do solo, or in a group, and is a place for people to gather several days a week throughout autumn. Each market you can faithfully find your favourite stalls, but there are often special events being featured such as face painting, reiki, or a special autumn lunch. The market has a mission of quality and sustainability when it comes to its vendors, as well as the cultivation of a community environment. Head over for your weekly grocery shop, or simply go for a decadent breakfast of cheese, croissants, or even polish dumplings! Check out their stallholders and events over here.
Woodbury Escape Rooms
259 Park St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
60 min bookings, Tues-Thurs 3-9pm, Fri & Sun 12-9pm, Sat 10am -10pm.
If you’re looking for something truly unique to do on a cloudy autumn day in South Melbourne, try your hand at one of the Woodbury escape rooms. This is a team event, so get your most strategic buddies together and get ready for a challenging and interactive game unlike any board game you’ll play around the fire. You begin each session trapped in a room with little information on what to expect. Over 60 minutes you will use all your sense, and those of your teammates, to solve various puzzles in order to break yourself free! There are different challenges to choose from and once you’ve nailed one, you’ll probably be back to take on the rest. Make bookings here.
See Yup Temple
76/80 Raglan St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
If you decided to give the escape rooms a go, you might need to calm your adrenaline before continuing on with your day. The See Yup Temple is a wonderful and peaceful place to give yourself a quiet moment in stillness and introspection. The temple has served as a worship centre and death registry for Cantonese people living in Melbourne, and is now a registered heritage building for its architectural and historical importance. If you’re interested in the history of the See Yup Society, or you’d like to experience a unique site of prayer and worship, its worth popping in.
265 Coventry St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5:30pm, Sat, 9am-5pm, & Sun 10am-4:30pm.
In preparation for the many rainy days you can expect towards the end of autumn in Melbourne, its important to have a good book to curl up with. In fact, if its a rainy day and you’re looking for things to do out of the house, why not check out rows and rows of fabulous books all at once? The Coventry Bookstore is an adorable shop with equally adorable owners and staff who are passionate and knowledgeable about the books upon their shelves. After you’ve had your morning coffee (or escape room!), spend an hour flicking through pages of anything from Classics to new releases, vinyl records, or find yourself a new journal to take home.
Next time you’re moping around on a dreary autumn day, check back on this list of things to do in South Melbourne with friends or simply on your own.