The best day to do this is on a Sunday and when the sun is shining. There are often bands, buskers and entertainment close by. There is plenty of green grass outside of the state library that slopes down slightly allowing a good view of the world passing by on Swanston street.
And just outside the State Library entrance is a large outdoor chess board for you and your friends to have a little fun with.
This is a popular spot for many on a sunny Sunday.
You can go on your own and soak up some rays and perhaps enjoy reading a book or go along with friends and family.
Make a day of it and take a picnic blankets and some snacks.