This was my first time to Melbourne, my second trip to Australia (this time purely for leisure) and I was ecstatic. Something about Australia makes me uber happy - maybe it’s the well marketed idea of the surfer girls of Roxy and Billabong girls that make me feel like I was born for that place. And about almost meeting my favourite surfers? Well we’ll leave that story for the road trip along Great Ocean Road. But for now we hit the Melbourne City pavements and get a good dose of city life aussie style.
Yes: Check out the alley ways, there’s a cool cafe called Manchester Press and the locals buzz around the alley way entrance like bees at their hives. But be warned, they close early!!
Stayed: We stayed at Oaks on Lonsdale which was about 10 minutes walk to the main city area and the place is nice and cosy. (check it out)
Quick Fix: Tower Sushi! I mean ya, it’s a chain store and it’s sushi. But Aussie sushi is so fresh and good…I don’t know. Not to be missed. And of course, their Boost juice has a much wider variety so…go crazy!!
Don’t Miss: Queen Victoria Market!! I have never and I mean never looked at raw veggies and fruits and felt so hungry before. They looked so appetising, it’s just not fair! Maybe we wouldn’t mind eating healthier in Singapore if our veggies looked half as good. The hotdogs and toasted things with cheese and meat inside are yummy.
Travel: Getting from the airport, you can hitch one of those Skybus which is like $30 aussie for a two way trip. This gets you to the city with different stops. So apparently it’s much cheaper then hailing a cab.
No: No to the Melbourne zoo. I was as bored as the animals there. Some of the animals didn’t even appear and we were left staring at an empty cave trying to figure out what a chimpwawa hamster (or something, can’t remember the name) looked like. Later on during our road trip we actually saw some wildlife, and that was pretty amazing!
Yes: May not sound like the best idea, but especially if you’re craving your asian food, then Mekong is the place to grab a hot bowl of pho. Especially after or during one of those Melbourne downpours. Perfect :)
Wish: I thoroughly wished we had more time at St. Kilda’s beach. There’s the Luna park (a theme park of sorts) and when we were walking down the streets, we saw this record store having an open mike session with beer and stuff. Pretty cool! Plus I heard there’s a good pasta seafood joint there but we didn’t have enough time.
Get Real: Aussies hate mondays & rush hours just like we do in Singapore. We were back in the city during the rush hour and…yup.
Quick Hack: I found that doing quick reviews on the web helped me to pick the right restaurants or cafes to eat and visit. It’s pretty accurate if the rating’s like almost 90% and above. When we visited even more smaller reclusive towns, this helped. Or ask the locals, Australians are generally very helpful!
Here are some add ons of what to do or eat at Melbourne by friends! I’ve never visited these places but maybe the next round. If you’ve got places to share too just leave a comment, would be fun :D
- Hammer and Tong restaurant at Brunswick St.
- Babka bakery on Brunswick St.
- South on Johnston (click)
- Melograno for gelato at High Street