Before I plunge into posts about my Parisian life, I think it is important to pay a little tribute to my hometown Melbourne. Melbourne really does have so much going for it. From a European point of view it has a small town feel but it has an edgy vibe that makes it full of creativity, diversity and downright class.
NB: we do not hate Sydney, to make this clear. I find Sydney breathtakingly pretty but am biased for Melbourne as it is my home. Both serve a different purpose. If you’re not from Australia, visit both! That is the simple solution.
So without getting nostalgic while writing about Melbourne, to sum it up I am going to post some pictures that best depict Melbournes allure and a list of must-see destinations, restaurants, bars, shops, streets.
Melbourne is full of laneways which make exciting to walk around even for a Melbournian!
For the greatest tea boutique and homewares store and all things girly visit T2 tea (the initiative of two clever Melbournian sisters) Here, I can affirm, the custumer service is impeccable http://t2tea.com/
St Ali’s for wonderful wonderful coffee http://stali.com.au/
Gertrude Street for the real Melbourne vibe http://www.gertrudestreet.com.au/
Like great views? This place is really where you need to be for great sunsets, delish drinks and locally brewed beers…. They also do a rooftop cinema here in Summer (wear mosquito repellent! ): Rooftop bar, 6/252 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Another incredible coffee joint. This place makes me nostalgic. I used to get the house blended coffee beans here and sipped on their lattés on my way to work when I was a student in Melbourne. Please visit the friendly people at Sensory lab http://www.sensorylab.com.au/
There are no words to describe this ice cream and gelato ….. Trampoline Ice Cream http://www.trampolinegelato.com.au/
Pole Princess takes fittness to another level! Such a fun vibe and the best way to get rid of those little muffin tops before Summer… http://www.poleprincess.com.au/
Want music lessons from a school with more than 20 years of teaching experience? This is where the service is at! Family run business and very well known in it’s area: http://www.learnmusic.com.au/
Extensive skincare, fragrances and beauty products, Klein’s Parfumery is the perfect place to buy a memorable gift! http://www.kleinsperfumery.com.au/
Not only the French do a mean croissant! Au contraire, this place which was first opened by Russian migrants always has a long line, gorgeous flower arrangements and amazing breakfast to boot!
Bubka Bakery Café: 358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne
Feel like going vego? The Veggie Bar will feed you well and at small prices! http://www.vegiebar.com.au/
This is where I first got chased and bitten by a goose as a child, so it will always be in my heart. Great breakfasts and you can hire a boat to row! Studley Park Boathouse http://www.studleyparkboathouse.com.au/
If you are looking for a really good brewed chai, come here! Cosy in winter and a great list of wines.
The Journal, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Now also in London, Paris and Hong Kong, this Melbourne brand has made it far. All natural and fantastic custumer care. Aesop started as a small start-up but really hasn’t lost the quality of the product, despite now being a big international company. Still lives up to it’s name and Melbourne vibe! Visit online http://www.aesop.com/
Handcrafted treasures from all around the world. I bought a hand knitted Elephant toy here that is just divine. He was handmade in Africa by a group of women that are working in a fare trade agreement: Husk http://www.husk.com.au/