Federation Square — affectionately called “Fed Square” by the locals — is where to go in Melbourne if you want to experience its heart and soul.
Federation Square — affectionately called “Fed Square” by the locals — is where to go in Melbourne if you want to experience its heart and soul. The modern piazza is a venue for many exciting Melbourne events and activities, home to major cultural attractions and an exceptional array of restaurants, bars and specialty stores.
It is a place to meet, celebrate, protest, watch major sporting events or simply hang out on deckchairs. If you’re at a loss as to what to do in Melbourne’s city center, a spontaneous walk through Fed Square will keep you happy.
- For those who want to learn more about the site’s history, unique architecture, and engineering marvels, guided tours are available from Monday to Saturday at 11:00am, except on public holidays. The tour is free and there is no need to book in advance; just show-up on time at the Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Flags in the Swanston Street Forecourt.
- Full details of the events, festivals, shows, and exhibits ongoing at any given time are available on Fed Square’s official website.
- There are at least a dozen establishments serving food and drink at Federation Square. Some of the most notable ones include:
- Il Pom Italian, Fed Square’s own Little Italy
- Chocolate Buddha, one of the best Japanese restaurants Melbourne has to offer
- Riverland Bar and Cafe, an iconic Melbourne bar and cafe nestled in the historic Federation Wharf
- Transit Rooftop Bar, a late-night haunt for smooth jazz and classy cocktails
- A full list of places to eat and drink are likewise available on the Fed Square’s official website.
Federation Square, corner Flinders and Swanston Streets, www.federationsquare.com.au