Melbourne is foodie heaven & it’s definitely the art & creative Capital of Australia. It could be the closest we’ll ever get to New York.
I always like to walk around & familiarise myself with a new destination. But when in Melbourne, save your feet & hop on the free city circle tram. It’s all pretty old school glam & takes around 40 mins to do the loop. Ditch the car & use the tram to get around for the duration of your stay.
Get amongst the city’s laneway culture & visit the many cafes & restaurants tucked within. Flinders, Hosier & ACDC lanes are especially amazing.
The neighbourhoods are all pretty diverse & offer something different, but I had a few favs. The CBD area around Flinders Lane is like falling down the rabbit hole, with buttons that transport you to hidden restaurants & bars. China town in Melbourne has the densest selection of Asian cuisine in the Southern Hemisphere, so you know it’s good. Fitzroy is like a mini Brooklyn NY with a good vibe, art & bar scene. Everyone who’s in the know would tell you it’s the place to be in Melbourne.
You’ll find boutique labels in Flinders Lane, boho & vintage stores in Fitzroy, Australian labels in Chapel Street & the bigger stores in Bourke Street Mall. I’d also highly recommend getting amongst some comedy & my pick would be The Comics Lounge. It’s an intimate venue showcasing local comedians & the more famous faces.
Top Paddock– Everyone’s loves a good edible flower & so do these guys at Richmond’s trendy breakfast hotspot. You can’t go past the blueberry & ricotta pancakes
Bowery to Williamsburg– Literally channeling New York in all the best ways. Descend into the basement space for top notch coffees & the best bagels in Melbourne. Yep I went there!
Chin Chin– Thai tapas at 1am? No problem! Check out this buzzy little restaurant for great cocktails & share plates. It doesn’t take reservations so have a drink in the bar downstairs while you wait.
Union Electric – You’ll have to locate a neon lightning bolt down an alley in Chinatown to access this bar. It mixes crazy cool cocktails & even serves up dumplings fresh from their neighbours.
Bar Exuberante– Ok this ones kind of a secret. It’s a bar within a bar & it feels like a game.. but just go with it. You’ll be greeted by a fake hotel concierge who will escort you in. Thank me later!
Travel beyond the city to visit the Yarra, Melbourne’s wine country & you’ll find some of the best vineyards around. I recommend hiring a car & moving around to your own agenda. There are so many gorgeous small family run wineries that you’ll need to include on your list, some of our favourites include Dominique Portet, Yering Station, Napoleone Brewery & Oakridge. Be sure to visit the Yarra Valley Dairy too. You can enjoy a combined wine & cheese tasting (heaven) & thank the cows on the way out for their hospitality. Check out Matts Bar for a casual lunch on the deck, think tacos & cheese plates or Oakridge for an upscale dining experience.
oooooh! & don’t forget to check out the AFL (even if you aren’t into sport!)