Melbourne, Part II: Do, See, Stay

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:

To Do/See

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

Have a reliable recommendation or sweet spot to share? Go crazy in the comments section.

 
ELSPETH VELTEN, 26, LONDON Elspeth recently finished up a year in Melbourne, Australia and headed home to NY, by way of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India. She's currently hanging out in London, doing her travel writing thing. Keep up with her at ElspethVelten.com.

ELSPETH VELTEN, 26, LONDON

Elspeth recently finished up a year in Melbourne, Australia and headed home to NY, by way of Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and India. She's currently hanging out in London, doing her travel writing thing. Keep up with her at ElspethVelten.com.