In November we finally made it down to Melbourne. I couldn’t believe we had been in Australia for just over a year and hadn’t been to Melbourne, one of my most favourite Australian places. Finally, under the guise of a baby-moon I booked some flights and we were going.
I have to admit that I was very excited about capturing some of the lost ‘London-style’ adventures that I knew Melbourne could help me to re-create. In my view, Melbourne is a mini London with a bit of something for everyone, it’s edgy and cool and whether it’s a Monday or a Friday, you are never left wondering what to do.
Now, I know I mentioned in a previous post that Brisbane was recently voted the hippest place in Australia, but really do we have what it takes to beat Melbourne at its own game? While I do have a soft spot for my home town, I’d have to say that it’s more “up and coming” than possibly the “hippest” place in Australia. Although this video on Brisbane did make me think twice .
Here are some of the things I loved about our trip to Melbourne:
Yes, here in Melbourne, we had to line up to get into restaurants. And I don’t mean the-waiting-the-5-minutes-for-the-waiter-to-wipe-down-the-table and seat you kind of waiting. I mean the inquiring-at-6.30pm-and-being-given-the-possibility-of-being-seated-at-10pm (if we were lucky) kind of waiting.
We first tried Chin Chin, on Flinders Lane, without any luck (what were we thinking trying this on a Friday night)…
We had a short interlude (3 hours) at Madame Brussels for cocktails/mocktails. With the astro turf and tennis club design, where even the waiters are decked out in their finest tennis kit. You couldn’t help but feel like you were at some kind of 60s garden party.
And then at 9.45pm, we finally got ourselves a table at Mamasita, the have-to-know-it’s-there-to-find-it Mexican place just around the corner on Collins Street.
The all seasons weather
I have to say that on the first two days, I was pretty excited about donning my most favourite pair of boots, with jeans and my thickest jumper available, to hit the Melbourne streets. Sam raised his eyebrow at me for even packing them in the first place (it is summer in Australia!) so the fact that they were out and I was wearing them, gave me even more delight. But after day two, the sun came back out and my boots and jeans were quickly replaced by thongs and singlet top with skirt. In Brisbane, my bag was big enough as it was, there is no room for a jumper, thongs and umbrella, depending on which way the weather turned. I had never seen Sam so happy though, wearing jeans and a jumper for perhaps the fifth time ever (!) since he had been in Australia (including throughout the latest Brisbane winter).
Ok, not quite, it was just the name of a drink. But still the menu at Gypsey and Musquito boasted items like crocodile sausages and made for some interesting ordering. The good thing here is that you can book (surely not, in Melbourne!?), but it was a nice relief to come off the well-known shopping street, Bridge Street, and straight into the cozy surroundings of this cafe (and straight into a seat).
Via the Home Journal
There’s always a festival
There’s always something to celebrate here in Melbourne whether it’s comedy, culture, fashion, music or in this case, food. The Night Noodle Market, reminded me a bit of the food section of Glastonbury, with a much more famous line up of food venues. There were beer tents and there was also live music so you could chill out happily with your beef curry from Chin Chin (finally we got to eat there) and cider in hand.
Via Good Food
Although it took me a week or two to recover from the excitement and 2am bed times, it was amazing to rediscover these simple joys of Melbourne.
What do you love about Melbourne?