The Swanston Hotel Grand Mercure

195 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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Find our Melbourne hotel near Chinatown

Located in the heart of the Melbourne CBD, near Chinatown and the Bourke St Mall, The Swanston Hotel, Grand Mercure is one of the best-located hotels for discovering everything this vibrant city has to offer. 

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  • Restaurants
  • sightseeing
  • Bars
  • Federation Square

    Federation Square

  • Phillip Island Penguin Parade

    Phillip Island Penguin Parade

  • Melbourne Zoo

    Melbourne Zoo

  • Melbourne Museum

    Melbourne Museum

  • Yarra Valley Wineries

    Yarra Valley Wineries

  • National Sports Museum

    National Sports Museum

  • National Gallery of Victoria

    National Gallery of Victoria

  • Eureka Skydeck

    Eureka Skydeck

  • Great Ocean Road

    Great Ocean Road

  • Woods of Windsor

    Woods of Windsor

  • Gerald’s Bar, Carlton North

    Gerald’s Bar, Carlton North

  • The Alderman, Brunswick East

    The Alderman, Brunswick East

  • The Everleigh, Fitzroy

    The Everleigh, Fitzroy

  • Richmond Hill Café & Larder, Richmond

    Richmond Hill Café & Larder, Richmond

  • Market Lane, Prahran

    Market Lane, Prahran

  • Proud Mary’s, Collingwood

    Proud Mary’s, Collingwood

  • Friends Of Mine, Richmond

    Friends Of Mine, Richmond

  • Three Bags Full, Abbotsford

    Three Bags Full, Abbotsford

  • Miss Jackson, St Kilda

    Miss Jackson, St Kilda

Federation Square

Federation Square (known as ‘Fed Square’) has received a lot of both positive and negative comment for its architecture. It is one of the most significant recent architectural developments undertaken in Melbourne and is a spectacle of glass, steel and desert-coloured stone that catches the sun beautifully.

'Fed Square' hosts a number of major attractions, including the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia (the home of Australian Art). It’s also the major civic and cultural venue for Melbourne, hosting over 2,000 events and activities each year including Australia Day celebrations, the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival and the Melbourne Comedy Festival among many others. It’s also just a great place to hang out on a sunny day or enjoy a bite to eat at one of the many cafes around the square.

Phillip Island Penguin Parade

Witness the amazing natural occurrence that is the Penguin Parade as thousands of the Little Penguins travel up the beach every night.

Melbourne Zoo

A family day full of fun and adventure - as fabulous as you've heard!

Melbourne Museum

Explore, discover and learn about everything and anything at our famous museum!

Yarra Valley Wineries

Take a scenic trip into Victoria’s premier wine region and experience crisp fruity whites, rich red tannins and everything in between.

National Sports Museum

For the sports buffs - take in some of our nation's greatest sporting achievements.

National Gallery of Victoria

Be mesmerised by some of the finest artwork from around the world.

Eureka Skydeck

360 degree views of picturesque Melbourne - way up on the 88th floor!

Great Ocean Road

Travel along this jagged coastline taking in the spectacular and breath-taking scenery.

Woods of Windsor

Warm dark timbers, vintage lighting and a seasonal modern menu with an extensive wine list – the latest hotspot on Chapel St!

Gerald’s Bar, Carlton North

A small, out of the way buzzing bar in North Carlton that offers a robust wine list with cheeky service.

The Alderman, Brunswick East

A very relaxed and unpretentious bar with a short yet excellent list, in an art deco interior.

The Everleigh, Fitzroy

From acclaimed New York bar Milk & Honey comes Melbourne’s new hottest bar – the cocktails are to die for at this speakeasy style bar!

Richmond Hill Café & Larder, Richmond

A gourmet institution that has kept Melbourne mouths watering for years; some of the best in brunches, local cheeses, and seasonal Mediterranean food.

Market Lane, Prahran

It’s all about the divine coffee here, great pastries & breads too.

Proud Mary’s, Collingwood

Collingwood’s hidden gem offers some refreshing and welcome breakfast ideas, which wont, disappoint. The coffee is amazing…. And best of all it’s their own blend!

Friends Of Mine, Richmond

The baby sister of Porgie & Mrs Jones is very popular with the locals and provides excellent coffee and a breakfast to match. Get in quick or you’ll be queuing for a pew!

Three Bags Full, Abbotsford

This hidden little treasure is abuzz on the weekends. The coffee is great & the breakfast is one of the best around.

Miss Jackson, St Kilda

A hard to find but friendly café serving great food, with a cool deck area for kicking back on.