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Melbourne city, weekend in Melbourne, Australia

I lately produced a weekend dash to Melbourne. These are the activities I prioritised more than spending time with my husband.

Jude and I celebrated our 4-year wedding anniversary a handful of weeks back, and decided we’d mark the occasion by taking a romantic trip to Melbourne. Certainly one particular of the worst concepts we’ve ever had.

The challenge when you reside in a city for an extended period of time, is it is no longer a vacation location but a spot complete of close friends you want to catch up with and points you miss performing. So as an alternative of becoming two buckets of like, we discovered ourselves splitting up*, so we could catch up with close friends and conquer our person to-do lists.

* Not divorce-finding, splitting up.

For me, these are the activities you can not come to Melbourne and not do:

1. Purchasing

Sorry Jude but Melbourne Emporium pulls rank.

I’ve decided there’s actual no point buying in Sydney (just like there’s no point owning shorts in Melbourne). Mainly because any style-horse knows that the finest buying in the land is completed in Melbourne. The retailers are beautifully-presented, and do not resemble a Chinese flea marketplace. There’s clothes stock beyond yoga pants and tees. And the retailers are basically open beyond five:01pm.

A go to to Melbourne with no a buying splurge would just be an abomination. If you are interested, these are my favourite locations to go buying in this effectively-clothed city.

Melbourne shopping

two. A go to to Milk the Cow

Ok I’ll admit, my obsession with Milk the Cow is on the intense finish of crazy. I just like their wine and cheese matchmaking soooooo a great deal. Clearly the MAFS specialists do not play a component mainly because it is perfection. And ahead of you say it, Sydney’s Stinking Bishops just is not the exact same.

Jude was below strict guidance that he could only attend my Milk the Cow visitation if he was going to 100% get into the expertise. I wanted him as excited as a six-year-old on Christmas Day. Otherwise, I was extra than satisfied to go on my personal. He did his finest. 

Milk the Cow has two areas: one particular in St Kilda, one particular in Carlton. You can study all about my like of the cheese bar right here.

cheese and wine flight, Milk the Cow, Carlton, Melbourne

4 boutique, funky, cutting-edge organic wines paired with 4 artisanal cheeses

three. Venture into Melbourne’s inner suburbs

Melbourne is just so effortlessly cool, is not it? It is gritty, sophisticated and a lot of exciting. And no exactly where else is this very on show like it is in the inner suburbs of Melbourne: Collingwood, Carlton, Fitzroy, Richmond, Prahran, Windsor – all wonderful locations to commit some time.

As a great deal as I like going to our old stomping ground of Chapel Street (gee-whiz that was a exciting life), on this trip I just occurred to commit a entire heap of time in Richmond – and I loved it. Issues kicked off with dinner at Future Future – ”a Japanese restaurant filtered via Melbourne eyes”, which implies you know it is going to be superior, and god it was. Melbourne just does meals seriously, seriously effectively.

It also does bars seriously, seriously effectively. I happily whiled away some hours in the courtyard of Richmond’s new gastro pub Harlow.

Melbourne restaurants, Future Future, Richmond, Melbourne

How Future Future does kingfish

four. Drink superior coffee

Going to Melbourne I realised I’d forgotten what superior coffee tastes like. Melbourne coffee is just from a different planet. Even coffee from locations that as a Melburnian I would by no means have slunk so low as to get coffee from now tastes like liquid velvet.

I guess that is why they say you are not a Melburnian till you argue with a stranger more than exactly where to come across the finest coffee. When I was that individual, these have been the locations I’d take into battle.

Melbourne coffee

Thanks a latte Melbourne

five. Brunch, Melbourne-style

Breakfast in Melbourne is also on a diverse galactic wave. Right here brunching is an Olympic sport a lesson in brunch art, interior style and how to navigate dangerously lengthy wait instances.

Larger Ground Melbourne is one particular of my favourite brunch destinations to go to in the city. A former powerstation with soaring ceilings, the space is jaw-dropping stunning, as are the breakfast dishes. Inventive, clever and colourful.

Not that this image is from there…

Avocodo Smash Brunch, Barry, Northcote, Melbourne

Crush avocado at Barry in Northcote – a cool cafe, filled with cool folks

six. Dinner at Supernormal

For our anniversary dinner, we headed back to one particular of our all-time fav restaurants whilst living in this cool city – Supernormal. This lunch-dinner restaurant on Flinders Lane serves pan-Asian share plates, and just personifies Melbourne: it is exciting and unpretentious, has a wonderful buzzy atmosphere and it is scrumptious. I pretty a great deal advocate finding right here early and performing the $69pp banquet menu, or at the pretty least attempting the lobster rolls and peanut butter parfait.

Dumplings, Supernormal, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Prawn and chicken dumplings, with chilli and vinegar sauce – oh my!

Regrettably, our Supernormal expertise also personified our romantic weekend away. We each had succumbed to plane sickness and sat at dinner in silence, suffering via our sore throats and runny noses. It was like a contemporary like story. I guess there’s constantly our fifth wedding anniversary.

But, romance aside, we nevertheless had a fandangly superior 4 days in Melbourne.


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