Living for Friday is no life at all, and when you live in the vibrant city of Melbourne, staying in on a weeknight is by no means mandatory. Here are some simple but effective ways to brighten up your working week, without compromising the next day.
Don't save your treats for the weekend! Image from wikimedia commons
1. Go out for dinner. This is a great way to socialise or spend some quality time with housemates or family without compromising the full night of sleep you need to keep trucking through the rest of the working week. A huge plus is that many restaurants will lower their prices on certain weeknights, so look out for cheap Tuesdays, or two-for-one nights. Wagamama (CBD) does fantastic Japanese food and is super efficient, The Snug Public House in Brunswick can feed you to bursting at a very reasonable price, or try Bimbo Deluxe in Fitzroy for their famous gourmet pizza.
2. Hit the movies. Nothing makes you feel refreshed like getting completely out of your own headspace for a while and sinking into a big-screen narrative. If you're as cheap as me, rent one and watch it at home - but make sure you pop some corn and lower the lights for the full experience. For the real deal, try Hoyts, Village Cinemas or Cinema Nova.
3. Visit an exhibition. Going to a gallery and standing around pretending you know what you're talking about can be exhausting, which is exactly why they provide free champagne and nibbles. There's nothing like a bit of mid-week fizz to put a spring in your step. Plus, the next day at work you're the one with the interesting story, while everyone else stayed home and watched Don't Tell The Bride re-runs.
4. Shop until you drop. Thursday and Friday in Melbourne offer late-night shopping, with many stores will open for a few hours into the evening - some past 7 pm. Even if it's just for half an hour after work, indulge in a window shop, browse the sales or pick up something bright to wear to work the next day.
5. Just get outside! Pop your runners on and walk to your local ice-cream store. For every extra kilometre you walk, I hereby give you permission to add an extra scoop of mint choc-chip to your purchase. Alternatively, cut a few laps of the block with your camera and take some "look how fit I am" selfies. In the summer the evenings are long, warms and bright, so be sure to take advantage or you'll regret it when winter returns!
Thanks for a lovely idea with so many suggestions. I would add spending time at the many parks in each neighbourhood, especially if you have little ones who need to run around and expend their energy for a good night sleep ahead. I always feel that our beautiful parks are perhaps under utilized, so make the most of them.
I would love to visit an Ice-Cream parlour and experience something like the photo above. But, there are no ice-cream parlours where I live.
For many years, I have wondered why Melbourne has so few Ice-Cream Parlours especially given our long hot Summers, and Aussies love of Ice-Cream.
Macca's is the nearest thing with short, runny, 50c cones or buying a box in the supermarket.
Why does Bayside not have a real, proper Ice-Cream Parlour?