We recently spilled on my favorite Melbourne food and drink addresses, as well as some must-reads and must-listens. Here are my top spots to see, things to do, and places to stay:
Rather than having lots of touristy attractions to tick off, Melbourne is a city that’s best savoured through its streets. Exploring different areas on foot is way to go, and the city’s easy-to-ride tram system can get you almost anywhere. Here are a couple of the best places to wander around.
- CBD Laneways: the skinny streets of Melbourne’s CBD are full of street art and hidden bars.
- National Gallery Victoria and the Royal Botanic Gardens: the only traditional tourist attractions I’d recommend dedicating time to.
- Suburbs worth exploring: walk on Sydney Road in Brunswick, Smith Street in Collingwood, Gertrude Street in Fitzroy, High Street in Northcote and Acland Street in St. Kilda.
- Best markets to see and shop: South Melbourne Market is great for lunch, Camberwell Market is open on Sunday mornings for clothes and antiques and the Rose St. Artists Market has great handmade pieces.
- Cool off: head to the beach at Brighton, the busy St. Kilda strip or the hip Fitzroy Pool when Outback-originating winds become too hot to handle (we’re talking temps of over 105F).
- Abbotsford Convent: a creative space in Collingwood with food markets, outdoor films and gardens.
- Buy Dejour Jeans: if you only buy one thing in Melbourne, make it a pair of Dejour Jeans. Show up at opening time and try on a few pairs, the girls here will mark up your jeans and have them altered to fit you like a glove within 30 minutes for just $50 per pair. The denim is made in Australia. These are the jeans to be seen wearing in Melbourne.
Where to Stay
- The eccentric Brooklyn Arts Hotel in cool Fitzroy
- This friendly AirBnb with a cat in Brunswick
- Or this one in Collingwood
Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.