July 31, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Discovering Melbourne’s finest facets requires a little hide-and-seek. Though it doesn’t have the sweeping harbor views of some Australian cities, it is the country’s coffee capital, and there’s a quiet charm that lies in its undercurrent of cool.
Brunch is a religion here and the gems in this storied town are often found down nondescript laneways. It’s certainly not a destination where checkboxes are ticked off, but a place that requires years to truly get to know. There’s a story behind each piece of street art, unique one-of-a-kind wares in retail shops and a fiery pursuit of innovation in every famed kitchen.
It’s that independent spirit, coupled with scenic drives and cultural and sporting events, that makes Melbourne a worthy visit. Soak up the stunning vistas at the Great Ocean Road one afternoon, and cheer at a tennis or AFL final the next. Wander into hole-in-the-walls and embrace the experience. Melbourne still surprises residents every single day.
9am: No matter the weather, a Melbourne morning begins with a cup of coffee. Start at Industry Beans in Fitzroy – grab your poison of choice and a shanklish cheese omelet, then settle in and enjoy.
10:30am: Walk down the road to The Rose St Artists’ Market to get your crafty fix, and spend time chatting up the designers.
12:30pm: Food is always the order of the day in Melbourne, which sometimes means traveling for the best bites. Jump on a tram down to Fourth Chapter in Prahran for brunch. The stars of the lush, light-filled café are their lip-smacking açaí bowls and juicy fried chicken baos.
2pm: Stroll to busy Chapel Street and walk off your huge meal by checking out the stretch of Australian fashion boutiques
such as Alice McCall, Scanlan Theodore, and Zimmermann.
4pm: Hop back on the tram and make your way down to High Street in Armadale. Once there, waltz into Ivy Muse Botanical Emporium and be blown away by the chick artwork and pretty display of planters.
6pm: By now, your hunger pangs will have returned. Hail a cab and head over to Cutler & Co. for one of the finest meals you’ll ever have without burning a hole in your pocket. The moreish O’Connor rib-eye is beautifully charred and served alongside a refreshing side of cabbage and fennel salad.
8pm: It’s jazz time! Walk two blocks to Uptown Jazz Café for soulful tunes and top-notch drinks.
11pm: Time to round off the night with one of Melbourne’s best cocktails. Just a ten-minute walk away, The Everleigh will have you sorted in its swanky speakeasy – to order like a pro, get The Penicillin, infused with a single-malt scotch, Johnnie Walker Black, ginger, honey and lemon.
9am: Wake up and refresh your soul with a walk along the palm tree-lined St Kilda Beach.
10am: Take the 16 bus from Stop 136 to Stop 21, and then treat yourself to a cracking coffee and ricotta hotcake at The Kettle Black. This marble-and-gold institution plates up delectable food and is lovely, to boot.
12pm: Slowly stroll down Park and Cecil Streets to the vibrant South Melbourne Market. From fresh flowers to fruit to handmade gifts for your friends, this place has it all. Afterwards, satisfy your sweet tooth at Bibelot. Their smooth gelato and chocolate fountain are heavenly.
2pm: Pop around the corner to Coventry Bookstore, purveyor of all sorts of reading material. Take your time browsing and let your mind rest.
4pm: Get on tram number 12 to Flinders Lane – it’s time to shop up a storm. The majestic Alpha60 store is a dream and it’ll be hard to walk out of there empty-handed. When you do finally head out, walk over to Lucy Folk on Crossley Lane for all your fine jewelry needs.
6pm: Dinner time! Head to Chin Chin for incredible Asian fusion eats. Our advice? Indulge in the ambitious “Feed Me” menu, which allows you to try the tastiest dishes in the house.
9pm: If it’s summer, waltz up Swanston Street to Rooftop Cinema,
where you can settle in to watch a movie under the stars. During winter, make your way to Eau De Vie, an opulent speakeasy tucked behind wooden, sign-free doors that boasts a killer single malt menu.
11pm: To continue your night out, head to QT Melbourne‘s stunning rooftop bar for tasty cocktails and chilled-out vibes.
About The HUNT Melbourne Writer: Amelia Chia is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in international publications including Harper’s BAZAAR, Elle, Buro 24/7 Singapore and The Collective. Born in Singapore, she got hitched to a hipster Melburnian. When not burying her nose behind a laptop or keeping up with social media trends, she can be found indulging in one of her four main interests – fashion, beauty, food and travel.
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