What❜s Open over the 2021 Easter Long Weekend in Melbourne?

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To help you get prepared for Easter, we've compiled a guide to what's open in Melbourne throughout the Easter long weekend, including what to do and where to go with kids. And FYI, while Saturday is normally a regular trading day, you can find stores and establishments across the city to have various opening hours on the public holidays—which are Good Friday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.

Shops and Supermarkets

If you need to pick up a loaf of bread or a bottle of milk. plenty of 7-11s, service stations and corner stores will supply you with the necessities. It's well worth noting that major supermarkets will be closed on Good Friday, but Coles Express stores will be open.

Shopping Centres

Major shopping centres, supermarkets and retail chains are usually open on Easter Monday, with restricted or no trading on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Queen Vic Market is running across the weekend except for Monday, IGAs will mostly be trading, Chadstone, Eastland, Highpoint, Northland, Southland, Knox, Fountain Gate, Melbourne Central, and Pacific Epping will all be open (the stores inside may have different opening hours than regular): why not head out to one of these great playgrounds in shopping centres if the kids are getting a bit cabin-feverish?

Restaurants and Eateries

'Cause we reckon a long weekend is a perfect excuse for a meal out!

Something fancy? By all means! Head out to one or more of these eateries open across the Melbourne Easter weekend:

Mr and Mrs P, Cutler and Co, Le Bon Ton, Agraba, Ginger Leaf Thai, Arbory Bar & Eatery, BombaPidapipo. Enjoy!


Usually (unless exempt), standard trading hours allow for venues with liquor licenses to serve alcohol from noon on Good Friday, with all bottle shops closed on that day.

Saturday onwards, you'll have better luck at The B.EastThe Alps Wine Shop and BarClarinda Cellars, The Exford Hotel, The Railway has a 24/7 bottlo, Mr West in Footscray and Dan Murphy's is usually open Easter Sunday, 

Whatever happens, won't be short of a drop!


Many cafes will be open right throughout the weekend (do check trading times for your favourite before you visit), and if there's any confusion, they're only a phone call away!

For starters, try Franks, Top Paddock, Patch, Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder (check out our kid-friendly review here), Rocksalt Cafe, Short Black, SweetwaterThe Fifth Cafe, and of course Uber Eats will be doing a roaring trade!

Things to Do

Maldon Easter Fair
There's plenty of Easter-themed fun waiting to be had throughout the long weekend in Melbourne! 

The Melbourne Easter Show, of course! You could also check out Easter Fun at Miller's, seek out some eggs at Eggsplore Bendigo make a batch of Carrot Patch brownies, watch an Easter movie, enjoy an Easter-themed High Tea at the Stamford Hotel, visit an adventure playground, pack everything up and have a picnic, go to the Aquarium, Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Sydeck, or head out to one of these amazing destination parks all across Melbourne. But remember - public holiday hours apply for all public transport, double-check here before you head out!

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