Your Guide to Downtown Melbourne

Planning on traveling to the Space Coast, but searching for some different spots to spend your day (or night) that doesn’t include the beach, yet would still like something that allows you to relax and unwind? Although the Space Coast’s beaches are perfect for a little R & R, there are other areas that are becoming more popular to visit for a day of fun, relaxation, and entertainment and one of those spots is Historic Downtown Melbourne.

Historic Downtown Melbourne, a little-known pleasantry to beach visitors, is becoming one of the Space Coast’s top places for shopping and entertainment. It is a great little escape from the beach without having to go too far. An easy drive from the beaches along the south part of the coast, Historic Downtown Melbourne is worth spending the whole day enjoying great food, great shopping, and a great nightlife. So we’ve created a list of places to check out and things to do to help you plan out your day.

Place to Eat

Sue Ann’s Bakery
817 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 952-5256

This small, locally owned bakery with creative, energetic, fun bakers are always up for trying new flavors, new baked goods or just something fun! They have a variety of items on their menu for both lunch and dinner. Locals and visitors will tell you that this place is worth stopping by.

La Crepe de France
707 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 837-3760

Le Crepe de France offers a unique French culinary experience for breakfast, brunch, or lunch.  Using fresh, local ingredients and sustainable growers, just glossing over their menu will make your mouth water.

Meg O’Malley’s
812 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 952-5510

This Irish pub offers authentic Irish food and beverages. Stop in for a pint, grab a bite, and stay for the friends you make.

Matt’s Casbah
801 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 574-1099

Matt's Casbah is a casual, fine dining restaurant with an eclectic global menu, full bar and sushi bar, art-filled dining rooms, private catering venues, and an outdoor patio with live music. Their menu includes a variety of diverse, flavorful, and distinct dishes from countries around the world. Your culinary journey begins with your first bite!
 

Shopping

There is a wide array of shops to peruse located all throughout Downtown:

  • Antiques & Collectibles
  • Arts & Gifts
  • Fashion & Accessories
  • Health & Beauty
  • Home Décor & Hardware
  • Specialty Shops

Here are a couple of shops new to the area that you’ll not want to miss:

Time Past Vintage Cottage
614 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 557-5152

A small, yet cozy cottage in the heart of Historic Downtown Melbourne is the fulfillment of the owner’s dream. Just walking through the doors will transport you back to a time when life was simpler. Their shop prides itself on offering its customers quality, vintage furniture and decor in many different styles. They specialize in taking vintage furniture, decor and eclectic pieces from blah and boring to popular modern styles including: Shabby Elegance, Coastal Flair, Rustic Farmhouse, French Countryside.

House of Pastel
921 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 735-2013

House of Pastel is an Artisan French macaron boutique shop offering signature & custom macarons for special events or everyday. Petit fours chocolates & tea also offered.

Fun & Play

Downtown Melbourne Eco-Tour
914 E. Melbourne Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 609-0289

This guided walking tour will take you through Melbourne’s parks, along Crane Creek and through the older section of town discussing Melbourne history. Find out who worked in these old buildings? What did the #29 & #30 trains bring to town? Who were the bootleggers? What did the Indians do to the piano player? 

Painting with a Twist
702 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 698-7928

This is an easy way to enjoy being Picasso for a few hours and is for anyone of any age. Take home your own masterpiece as one of the local artists takes you step by step through the creation of your work of art. 

 

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The Gathering Table
318 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 345-1965

The Gathering Table is downtown Melbourne's first intimate interactive dining experience. The recreational cooking classes are designed for anyone who enjoys cooking, eating, entertaining or just has a passion for food. Whether you are hoping to learn some new skills, pick up some fresh ideas or just have a fun night out together, you are bound to find something you love from their list of innovative cooking classes.

Downtown Melbourne Wall Murals
Various Buildings along Downtown’s Main Street
(321) 724-1741

Downtown Melbourne is using murals as a catalyst for redesigning their community and redefining the area as a destination for arts and culture. Public art is an essential component to community revitalization and fosters an environment of creativity and innovation. Be a part of history as you walk the streets and admire these works of art.
 

Night Life

Henegar Center
625 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 723-8698

The Henegar Center presents full scale, high-quality plays and musicals to the community, and is becoming a nationally known artistic institution.

Hell n Blazes Brewing Company
1002 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 821-4052

Hell 'n Blazes Brewing Company operates out of a fully renovated, 120 year-old former hardware and farm supply store. The family-and-friends microbrewery is known for traditional brews, as well as the adventurous spirit that defines craft beer! Consistently pouring 12-18 unique house beers, with a 25-bottle wine list, the taproom pairs the old Florida lifestyle with the comfort of your own living room!

Mainstreet Pub
750 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 723-7811

With a whiskey bar downstairs, a black-lit lava bar upstairs, and a tiki bar outside, if you are looking for a place where you can bar hop without even leaving the building, then this is place for you. Mainstreet Pub prides itself on quality with drinks made with fresh fruit, so no mixers, and a wide array of beer and wine choices, not to mention a modern take on pub food. Check out their menu.

Crush XI
923 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 312-6067

Crush Eleven is a casually hip gathering place serving up rustic-urban food, unique specialty wines, craft beers, and quality hand-crafted cocktails. The menu was designed to foster a social dining atmosphere by encouraging guests to sample a variety of dishes and share among friends.

 

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Hurricane Creek Saloon
829 E. New Haven Avenue
Melbourne | (321) 802-3205

Set up as an upscale country venue, Hurricane Creek Saloon will have you doing the “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” faster than hot knife through butter with their Friday night line dance lessons. Take what you learn and work it the whole night long as you throw back the drink of your choice. Not one for dancing, pull up a chair, have a beer, eat some food, and put on that poker face for their Monday poker night. 

This is just a short list of places and things to check out in Historic Downtown Melbourne. There is so much more to discover. Want a full listing of all the business in the area, check out the directory here. You may just want to skip the beach all together and have an adventure inland.