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Make your workdays in the City of Melbourne the best they can be with world-class facilities for meetings, learning and innovation, lush green parks for lunchtime picnics, and epic events to unwind. 

Read on to explore ways to make your working days shine. Or use the jump-links to skip to sections of interest. 

  • Exercise: move it your way on your commute 
  • Indulge: power up with iconic coffee and trending eats 
  • Learn: expand your mind with free training and insightful conversations 
  • Connect: book a stunning corporate or creative event space 
  • Focus: hot desk in a peaceful, state-of-the-art library 
  • Recharge: escape into nature on your lunch break 
  • Innovate: get free access to high-tech gadgets 
  • Celebrate: apply for a prestigious award 
  • Play: stay in the city after work to unwind in style 

1. Exercise: move it your way on your commute 

Start or finish the day by focusing on your health and wellbeing.  

Swap the car for a bike ride along our ever-expanding network of cycle paths and routes, or hop off the tram early for a scenic walk through Melbourne’s iconic places.  

We also invite you to stop by one of the City of Melbourne’s recreation centres in the CBD, Carlton or North Melbourne for affordable access to pools, gyms, sports courts and group fitness classes. 

A cyclist among tall trees
Mix up your commute with a bike ride through iconic places
City of Melbourne recreation centre locations: 
A group of people in a park holding onto yoga mats and drink bottles.
Energise and connect through group fitness classes

2. Indulge: power up with iconic coffee and trending eats  

Find the perfect coffee spot or brunch in one of Melbourne’s plentiful cafes, from laneway hole-in-the-walls to heritage tea rooms.  

Discover a new favourite near your workplace thanks to What’s On Melbourne’s ever-evolving guide to must-try cafes. They’ve got tailored guides for lovers of hot chocolate, Korean street food, cheap lunches and hidden food courts, to name a few. 

For weekly updates of things to see, do and eat, subscribe to the What’s On Melbourne newsletter

A warming drink from Melbourne-grown business Mörk Chocolate

3. Learn: expand your mind with free training and insightful conversations 

Get free access to LinkedIn Learning training, English conversation clubs and book clubs through our libraries, not to mention immense quantities of books, ebooks, audiobooks, music, films, games and more. All you need is a free library membership.

Download the City of Melbourne Libraries app on the App Store or Google Play to search our catalogue. 

You can also come along to our free series of Melbourne Conversations, which bring together authors, artists and experts for insightful talks. Topics have included art and activism, and the electric vehicle revolution. 

See what’s next in the Melbourne Conversations program, or catch up on past events on YouTube.  

Our friendly librarians can help you navigate a treasure trove of resources

4. Connect: book a stunning corporate or creative event space  

Holding a special meeting or team planning day?  

The City of Melbourne offers various facilities to hire for community and commercial use – from Docklands to Kensington and everywhere in between. These venues are suitable for many different functions including workshops and meetings, classes, presentations and performances. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander groups can book spaces at our libraries and community hubs for free.

To find out more, visit Bookable spaces

Hold a meeting at narrm ngarrgu with stretch-breaks on the stunning rooftop

5. Focus: hot desk in a peaceful, state-of-the-art library 

Fancy a change of scenery? Take a seat in peaceful, state-of-the-art surrounds to focus on your work.  

Our libraries offer inspiring spaces (check out the harbour views from Library at The Dock, or gaze across the rooftops of Queen Victoria Market from narrm ngarrgu) and technology to borrow.  

City of Melbourne library locations: 
  • City Library, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
  • East Melbourne, 122 George Street, East Melbourne 
  • Kathleen Syme, 251 Faraday Street, Carlton 
  • Library at The Dock, 107 Victoria Harbour Promenade, Docklands 
  • narrm ngarrgu Library and Family Services, 141 Therry Street, Melbourne 
  • North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street North Melbourne 
  • Southbank Library (at Boyd Community Hub), 207 City Road, Southbank 

Learn more about our libraries

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Hot desk with a harbour view at Library at the Dock

6. Recharge: escape into nature on your lunch break 

The City of Melbourne has 480 hectares of green space to explore, including bushland, wetland, suburban reserves, pocket parks and heritage gardens with majestic avenues of trees. 

Grab your lunch and stretch out on the grass to commune with nature and recharge for the afternoon ahead. 

To discover green spaces and hidden gems near you, browse our Guide to parks and gardens in Melbourne

A leafy spot at the Royal Botanic Gardens
A leafy spot at the Royal Botanic Gardens

7. Innovate: get free access to high-tech gadgets  

Impress your boss with prototypes and podcasts, made in our makerspaces. 

Located in our welcoming libraries, makerspaces are magical realms that give you free access to high tech gadgets like badge makers, sewing machines, 3D printers, editing software, DJ equipment and more. Plus low-cost access to sound studios. 

A local physiotherapist used the 3D printers and laser cutter over several months to prototype gyroballs and splints that help patients with recovery. They experimented with LED lights, varying 3D models, modifications and materials, and they are now presenting to conferences in medical industries around the world. 

Meanwhile, a staff member from Melbourne Museum visited the makerspace to prototype how 3D scanned lizard skeletons can be scaled up for exhibition at the museum. They used our 3D printers to conceptualise how visitors to the museum can better understand the difference in sexes of a small lizard species. 

Record a podcast in our sound studios
City of Melbourne makerspace locations: 

Get support for your business

Melbourne is a great place for businesses to start, grow and go global. Whether you’re a cupcake whizz or a game-changing biotech startup, you can find valuable support and networks on your doorstep. To learn more about our free Business Concierge service and Invest Melbourne team, read our Guide to doing business in Melbourne.

8. Celebrate: apply for a prestigious award 

Take a break to reflect on everything you’ve achieved, whether you work in a small business or a startup going global. Nominate your business or colleagues for a City of Melbourne award. 

Melbourne Awards 

The Melbourne Awards are the City of Melbourne’s highest accolade, celebrating the inspirational Melburnians who dedicate their time and energy to making this city a world leader. 

Categories include: Aboriginal Melbourne – ganbu guljin (which means ‘one mob in woi Wurrung language), Access and Inclusion, City Design, Arts and Events, Community, Knowledge and Innovation, LGBTIQA+ and Sustainability. 

Recent winners include organisations working in sexual health, family violence and sustainable fashion, to name a few. Meet recent winners of the Melbourne Awards

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Kensington Neighbourhood House colleagues celebrate their Melbourne Award
Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards 

We also recognise local businesses and workers through the Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards.  

Each year we present awards for Small Business of the Year and Small Business Innovation. Recent recipients include passionate cheesemonger Hakim Halim from RIPE Cheese, and GAIA Project – a group sending lettuce into space to change the face of agriculture.   

We also celebrate the people behind inner-city businesses that have stood the test of time with our Lord Mayor’s Small Business Achievement Awards. Among the recipients are legends who have been in business in the city for 10+, 20+ and 40+ years.

Recent awardees include a yacht club in the heart of Carlton, a centre providing holistic pregnancy care in Kensington, a West Melbourne restaurant serving up the city’s hottest curry, and a doughnut institution at Queen Vic Market.  

To apply for an award, visit Lord Mayor’s Small Business Awards

A man with a tape measure around his neck and a wall of colourful thread on bobbins
Meet master tailor and Lord Mayor’s Small Business Achievement Award recipient Igor Iskhakov from Lonsdale Clothing Alterations

9. Play: stay in the city after work to unwind in style 

Whether you choose to meander home following one of the city’s top after-work walks, head to a community event, or launch into a big night out – there’s something for everyone in the City Melbourne. 

What’s On Melbourne’s guide for city workers is your go-to guide for the city’s top dining, retail and entertainment. Hidden laneway bars, cheap eats, world-class degustation dining, hit musicals, contemporary art exhibitions – dive in to find your vibe.  

For weekly updates of things to see, do and eat, subscribe to the What’s On Melbourne newsletter

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Take your pick from city adventures after you clock off

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