June 21, 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 worth 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 every single day.
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. 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.
The HUNT Melbourne Photographer: With a love for intimate and honest storytelling, Sayher Heffernan is found most weekends at a wedding, camera in hand. However, his eye for detail and love for light extends beyond nuptials. He’s also worked with established companies such as kikki.K, Food & Desire, Studio Brave and Sonelo Design Studio, shooting everything from architectural interiors to portraits and food.
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