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Cheap Things To Do in Melbourne

If you’re looking for cheap or even free activities, Melbourne has it all. Plan your next adventure without spending a fortune.

You don’t have to spend your entire savings to have a brilliant time in Melbourne. Make today memorable by exploring our comprehensive list of inexpensive and free things to do in Melbourne.

To Eat

Slurp a Traditional Bowl of Noodles 
Ever dreamed about eating your weight in noodles? Soi 38 is the answer to your prayers. Located deep within a car park (literally), you’ll experience authentic Bangkok style noodle bowls filled with tons of flavour. Luckily each mound of noodles, veggies and your choice of meat will only set you back a tenner. Open Monday to Saturday, the ambiance of this hidden gem will suck you in without breaking the bank.  Don’t miss out on the best cheap eats Melbourne has on offer. 
Devour Dumplings in Chinatown
If you’re searching for cheap places to eat in Melbourne, dumplings are always a failsafe option. Again, in true Melbourne style, ShanDong Mama is sitting pretty, tucked away in an arcade alley. Don’t go past the pork and cabbage dumplings which are made fresh daily and filled with pork mince, cabbage, ginger, spring onion and dried fish. For less than $14 bucks, you’ll receive a whopping 12 pieces. With a variety of dumpling options on the menu, you can understand why ShanDong Mama sits atop the list.
Daily Pub Night Deals 
A few beers and dinner at the pub is practically an Australian institution. Here are some of the best cheap eats in Melbourne for each day of the working week:
- Monday – The Dan O’Connell Hotel in Carlton serves up a traditional parma and pot for just $16
- Tuesday – Get your hands dirty with $10 burgers and pizzas at 1000 Pound Bend.  
- Wednesday – Transport Bar lets you chow down on chicken wings for just $1. 
- Thursday – $15 fish ‘n chips at The George is a sweet way to wind down or get prepped for the weekend. 
- Friday - Franks on a Friday at Ferdydurke for $3 sounds too good. 

To Drink

Get Sky High with Rooftop Bars 
The Eureka Skydeck isn’t the only place to get killer views of Melbourne. Get up close and personal with the skyline of Melbourne at some of the most epic rooftop bars. Sip on chilled spirits or down a beer seven floors up from the bustling Swanston Street at The Rooftop Bar. For cheap cocktails, you can’t look past Palmz Rooftop Bar at The Carlton. $12 frozen margaritas daily and other great cocktail steals at various points through the week. North of the city, Naked for Satan floats in the sky with spectacular city views, $1 pintxos and infused vodkas. 
Lakeside Picnic in the Royal Botanic Gardens 
With 38-hectres of beautiful greenery and scenic nature to choose from, the perfect picnic spot awaits. Pick up wine or champagne from the bottle shop and avoid the price markups at the bar. Keen to explore some more post-picnic? The garden offers a free guided tour to explore the garden heritage and plant diversity. This is a great opportunity for those on a budget to explore and learn on the go.  

To Do

Go Gallery Hopping 
Art enthusiasts will feel completely in their element while bouncing from one gallery to the next. Make your first stop the unmatched National Gallery of Victoria (NGV). For indigenous and non-indigenous Australian art from the colonial period until now, walk a few blocks to the Ian Potter Centre. Want another free museum? Hop over to the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI). With a focus on film, TV, video games and digital culture, modern art enthusiasts will rejoice! View an extensive collection of artists from across the globe without opening your wallet.
Hunt for Melbourne Street Art 
Every nook, cranny and alley is a canvas when it comes to the lanes of Melbourne. Although Hosier Lane is a bucket list item in the street art scene, your graffiti journey shouldn’t stop there. For meter high murals to intricate stencil work, hit up Union Lane, Finlay Avenue and Cocker Alley.  Look hard enough and you might catch a glimpse of Melbourne’s best. Look out for the innocent young girl from renowned artist Be Free or Ha-Ha, most predominately recognised for exploring pop culture.  
Pedal it out on a Bicycle
For just $3 per day, you can visit all the CBD hotspots including the Yarra River, Flinders Station and Southbank while cruising on two wheels. With unlimited 30 minute rides between stations plus free helmets, Melbourne Bike Share is a great way to explore the unique suburbs of the city. Opt for this healthy, convenient and inexpensive way to tour marvelous Melbourne.  

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