Dining on the Yarra in Melbourne is something pretty amazing but most of the restaurants you go to are on the south side along Southbank and in the casino complex so the views you get are looking towards the city. There aren’t many restaurants on the north bank of the Yarra, so it is interesting to see the river from a different perspective.
Arbory is located right next to Platform 13 of Flinders Street Station and it has literally been built on top of the old Sandridge line (now known as Port Melbourne) platform which closed in 1987, the space hasn't been used since. The deck is over 100m long about the same length as the old platform and it has stunning views of the Yarra River, Southbank, The Arts Centre and the Swanston Street Bridge. You can also watch the comings and goings on the platforms of Flinders Street Station, so if you are anything like me you'll be distracted from your conversation watching trains arrive and depart.
I visited Arbory on a cold and rainy Mother's Day morning so it wasn't the best day to go since it is an outdoor eatery. When we got there, we sat under one of the many large umbrellas, which are more than satisfactory to keep the rain off you, and they lit an outdoor heater as soon as we were seated so we were warm enough (I think there is one heater per table, so no need to worry about being cold if you visit on a wintery day!)
Coffee was served straight away and warmed us up!
I would like to return to Arbory on a warm night as I think it would be the perfect place to enjoy a meal and a few drinks whilst watching the Yarra at night. But as the warm weather is a few months away I don't think I can wait that long so I might just have to make a return visit before then to try their lunch and dinner menus!
Arbory is open from 7:30am - late - every day of the year
I highly recommend this place and after all transport is just a few metres away if you happen to have a few drinks! Definitely go check it out for yourselves!
Let me know what you think if you go there. Have a lovely week!