Melbourne stands out as one of the places we most felt connected to on our whole trip. We instantly felt right at home here. Perhaps it was the victorian red brick architecture, and the trams, reminding us of home in Manchester? Not to mention the cooler weather, which we actually enjoyed after a sweltering six weeks in Asia (?!).
It was a flying visit of just three days, but we managed to do everything on our list, and some. Below I’ve put together a little guide of the highlights for anybody visiting Melbourne.
United Backpackers – Probably our favourite hostel from the entire trip to Australia, this hostel ticks a lot of boxes. The private room we had was perfect for our short stay, and this hostel is ideally located opposite Flinders Street Station.
Base Backpackers in St Kilda – We spent a lovely morning exploring the cool, beachside suburb of St Kilda, and came across a Base Backpackers hostel there. We didn’t stay there, but we had a look around and decided that next time we visited, we would.
You cannot visit Melbourne without paying a visit to Lune Croissanterie. It’s the law. The birthplace of Cronuts, you have to try at least two of the varieties on offer. We had the chocolate & hazelnut, and peaches & cream. I even kept the bag they were served in as I’m that obsessed with this place.
We devoured a really memorable brunch at Grub in Fitzroy. We’re still talking about the whipped tofu, smashed peas and pickles on sourdough, months later. The coffees were incredible too, although that’s to be expected in Melbourne 🙂
We had delicious cocktails on the rooftop terrace at Naked For Satan, in the trendy Fitzroy neighbourhood.
We enjoyed a beautiful bottle of wine one evening, sat outside City Wine Shop, which is more like a casual French Bistro than a wine shop.
There’s a wonderful gelato place called Pidapipo Gelateria on Degraves Street, which was next to our hostel.
Degraves Street has a few, mainly Italian restaurants that do good deals. We didn’t eat there, but our friends did and said it was reasonable.
There’s free comedy on every night of the week somewhere in the city, but we went to Spleen Bar on a Monday evening, which we highly recommend. Get there early though!
We did the Great Ocean Road Trip with Bunyip Tours who I highly recommend (full blog post coming up on this). They do the 12 Apostles route in reverse to avoid being stuck behind the big coaches.
I loved my morning exploring St. Kilda. I had brunch, strolled along the boardwalk, and went on a few rides at the Victorian Themepark.
Queen Victoria Market – this sprawling market serves up some of the best street food, amongst homewares, children’s clothes, handmade jewellery, kid’s toys and the latest eco trends like beeswax wraps. It’s well worth a visit, but get there early before the crowds.
Fitzroy is our favourite area of Melbourne and kind of the birthplace of the flat white coffee culture that’s spread across the world. It’s definitely got an edge, but there are so many cool cafes, bars and restaurants here. The trends we see in Manchester are most definitely inspired by the goings on in cool Fitzroy.
And now for some house porn…