Travel Guide: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne has grown on me, alot. I have been plenty of times in the past - for work, to celebrate my twenty-something birthday, to just explore, my work travels for the #WanderAustralia campaign with STA Travel & Tourism Australia, and now I'm living in this wonderful city (I officially made the move in November 2014).
Trams and trains make it super easy to get around Melbourne by public transport. It’s best to purchase a Myki card that can simply be topped up and touched on/off when travelling on trams, trains and buses.
They don’t exaggerate when they say to pack for four seasons in one day! It’s not unusual to experience cloudy cold days, glimpses of the sun and showers constantly in between - all in one day. Probably the only thing that I dislike about this city because you never know what to expect!
Studio Suite at The Cullen Hotel
Where to Stay
$$$$$The Como, right next to Channel 10, and often accommodating celebrities, on the famous Chapel Street in South Yarra. Close-by is the stylish Olsen Hotel - part of Art Series also who have The Cullen Hotel in Prahran.$$$Causeway 353 is in the heart of Melbourne CBD. They have a range of simple, affordable and clean rooms with cafes and shopping right at your doorstep.To experience the city more like a local rent an apartment on Air Bnb (that’s what I usually do!) I was living in Richmond for a little while and really liked the location - it has its own cafe’s and bars nearby and is only a 10 minute tram ride into the city. Here’s a cool warehouse and lovely 60’s style apartment.
The prettiest pastel bathing box at Brighton Beach
The Great Ocean Road and Yarra Valley winery region are great day trips out of Melbourne, along with spending a day at Brighton Beach when the sun decides to stay out. To get to know the city a little better, book in the Melbourne by Foot walking tour. Also, drinks and watching a film at Rooftop Cinema (7/252 Swanston St.) is a must-do, they always have a great selection!
Toby's Estate coffee on Chapel St.
Brunch at Touchwood Cafe
Start your day with breakfast or brunch at Top Paddock (658 Church St. Richmond) or Cumulus Inc (45 Flinders Lane) in the city. Actually Cumulus Inc suits any time of the day!If you’re a bagel lover like me, try the savoury and sweet open bagels at Manchester Press (8 Rankins Lane) along with great coffee.Speaking of coffee, Self Preservation (70 Bourke St.) is quite the perfect spot to sit down with a treat.Be part of the Melbourne postcard scene along the blue cobblestone Degraves St. and Hardware Lane that’s lined with restaurants serving Australian, Spanish, Mexican, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.Try and buy lots of different and fresh produce at Queen Victoria Market aka 'Vic Market' or 'Queen Vic, a historic landmark in Melbourne.Related: A locals guide to Melbourne’s Addiction - 11 cafes to find a good cup of coffee
Charcuterie, wine and olives at Cumulus Inc
Head to Dead Man Espresso (35 Market St.) in South Melbourne on a sunny day for lunch and balcony hangs, or Chez Dre (285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne) for coffee and sweets at this lovely patisserie.Spend a warm, intimate Italian dinner at Ombra Salumi Bar (76 Bourke St.) with perfectly paired wine and great company. Enjoy Spanish tapas at Movida Aqui (500 Bourke St.) - make sure to sit at the bar!, or Bomba Bar and Rooftop (103 Lonsdale St.). There’s also Mexican at Mamasita (11 Collins St.) or a modern take on casual, street-inspired Asian food at the popular Chin Chin (125 Flinders Lane.), be sure to get in early for dinner - or a little later - as it always gets busy!For great views overlooking the city head to Taxi Kitchen in Federation Square for a fun and rustic dinner and sip on delicious cocktails at Vue De Monde’s Lui Bar (Level 55, Rialto 525 Collins St.).Related: 6 mouth watering desserts you need to try in Melbourne
Acne Studios and Mansur Gabriel at Incu
Melbourne is the first city in Australia to welcome the biggest international stores down under. There’s also a wide range of great markets and boutiques for retail therapy success no matter what your budget is!Bourke Street: There’s the high street stores like Zara and H&M at Bourke St. Mall and the luxury boutique - Marais, stocking Celine, Givenchy, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga and more.Emporium Melbourne: Housing international labels like Uniqlo, Muji, and Australian designers with the likes of Gorman, Sass & Bide, Bianca Spender and Zimmermann.Camberwell Sunday Market: A great second hand market where you’ll find vintage and pre-loved clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac and furniture.QV Building: A.P.C, Incu, Mango, Fat and Aesop all under one roof.Related: Melbourne Travel Finds
What to pack
1. A wool blend coat to be prepared and beat the chill - Navy coat from Topshop.2. Brushed rose gold and leather watch by The Horse.3. A versatile dress to wear with knee high boots when it's cold, or sandals when the sun's out.4. A lightweight scarf - this powder pink one is by Acne Studios.5. Comfortable yet stylish flats - Dieppa Restrepo cream oxfords are a top pick!6. Benah leopard print pouch, in medium or large to hold the essentials.Happy Travels!Want to experience Melbourne The Love Assembly way? From eateries to gardens and the much needed pamper time, here are our favourites.
Have I missed anything in our Travel Guide to Melbourne, or do you have any additional tips or things to do? Feel free to leave a comment below!
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