I love Federation Square, there is so much to do, almost too much. Even the shape of Federation Square engages the mind and confounds what we expect out of public space. There are lots of great venues literally hiding and tucked in about its edges. There's the lots of cafes and art galleries including the Ian Potter Centre the Australian section of the NGV and the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), etc, ect. All fabulous but where to start!!
Federation Square is a destination in itself not a tack on destination for a day in the Central Business District of Melbourne. There is so much to see and do in Fed Square that sometimes it can feel a little overwhelming.
I'm not saying not go to Degraves St or South Bank etc, I'm just pointing out that there's so much to do in Fed Square, that that's where you need to stay and soak up the atmosphere.
'Time Out Cafe' is a good place to begin, it is located near the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets and is the first cafe on this side of the site. It has quite a large indoor and outdoor areas, and is frequented by people of all ages. We were there for breakfast and coffee, we spent around $20.00 each. It was nice to sit and talk and plan out how to attack the rest of the day, we didn't feel under pressure to move on which is nice as that's often not the case in the city.
There's also a lunch menu, a bar for the more sophisticated amongst us and plenty of coffee for those who feel the need for energy. There are plenty of other places to eat in the city but if you're visiting Federation Square and would like something simple and straight forward this might just be the place. There is a wide variety on the menu after 11.30am including share plates, pizzas, and even ice cream sundaes - something for everyone no matter how young or old you are at heart.
Booking - You can book but we just turned up Getting there - train or tram, across the road from Flinders Street Station. Parking - expensive, there are several alternatives, the car parking is very tight so be careful, the cheaper it is often the more awkward it is to manoeuvre around in. Disabled Access friendly - good anywhere in Fed Square Kid friendly - very