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A Pastel Rooftop Wonderland in the Heart of Melbourne
Alyssa Brown
byAlyssa Brown

Set on two levels of prime central Melbourne rooftop space, Peaches is everything we love in a bucket list worthy lunch spot. It’s got good vibes in abundance, plenty of potted plants, a super sweet cotton candy color scheme, tasty drinks and a no-frills menu. It’s just the kind of place where getting into a bit of midday mischief with a few friends is smiled upon. And best of all, this spot is located right in the heart of the city where there's easy access to the art filled laneways, some of the city's best museums and lots of music venues too.

Photography by Kate Shanasy

We’re here for the drinks.

We’re here for the frozen drinks, fun spritzes and bright wines, but lunch is a nice excuse too. Let’s say we’re here for lunch. Crinkle cut fries, hot (or cold) chicken sandwiches, sweet-and-sour cauliflower and a couple of vegan options – it ain’t fancy, but it’ll get the job done and taste good in the process. As for what to sip, we're particularly interested in the blood orange and pét nat spritz and the blended concoction of sloe gin, blackberries and violet. Hot tip: there’s a double happy hour from midday to 2pm (hello, lunch bucket list on the cheap!) and midnight to 2am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Is millennial peach a thing?

It’s like a millennial pink – err, peach – explosion up in this bad boy. The velvet booth seats, tiled floors, painted brick walls, terrazzo tables and even the staircase glow in the hue of the moment. Disco balls, globe lights and tons of plants add to the Insta possibilities, while the view on the top level steals the show. And since our bucket list is all about a good ambience, we’re pretty fond of that too. Peaches is an all walk-in business, so if you're headed over with a group of party people, best to aim for an off-peak time.

Melbourne's CBD on full display.

From the rooftop of Peaches, Melbourne's bustling Central Business District is on full display. Around here, you'll find tons of local bookstores, creative retailers hidden down alleyways, some of the city's best graffiti and a plethora of amazing coffee shops. Walk about fifteen minutes in one direction and you'll find the city's largest art museum, The National Gallery of Victoria, which puts on a seasonal Friday night event with music, art, food and drinks all on deck. Walk about fifteen minutes in the opposite direction and you'll find yourself at Queen Victoria Market, tasting your way through artisanal cheeses, hot jam-filled doughnuts and beautiful baked goods. And if you happen to get distracted by a few interesting boutiques or talented buskers along the way to either destination, you certainly wouldn't be the only city wanderers to do so. Melbourne really is a great place to just let yourself get lost and enjoy the colorful, busy streets.

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