Places to Stay
Best Western Hotel have self-contained apartments in a convenient location, close to a tram station and walking distance to the CBD.
Upon arrival, noticed a bar conveniently situated across the lane with Happy Hour just started, this was not pre-planned I promise. Highlander Bar is a cosy little bar, dimly lit, which I believe is perfect lighting for taking a selfie (my type of selfie).
Places to Eat
Along Collins street is Little Bean Flinders, a small café with a window seat allowing you to watch the world go by while enjoying breakfast and coffee. If I see Smashed Avocado on a menu I'm sold, so for anyone else that loves it as much as I do, this is the place to stop by.
Betty's Burgers & Concrete Co. with the neon sign, delivers amazing, mouth-watering burgers. The 1950s style burger shack, makes you want to order seconds, even though it's probably not the best idea to eat that much. They don't only specialise in Burgers, but also dessert. The word is they are opening one in Sydney soon, and I CAN'T WAIT! I'll let the photos speak for themselves.
Degraves Street, where the aroma of Italian food convinced us that this was where we were meant to be. Il Tempo Pizza, ladies and gentlemen, is the place to you need to try for dinner next time you are in Melbourne, because not only is the food 10/10 but so is the service.
The restaurant gives you the option to sit both inside or outside. However, I love sitting outside and watching the world go by as I enjoy my pizza and wine. For dessert, of course was going to be a no-brainer - Nutella pizza and strawberries. Melbourne had won me over there and then. That night I left Il Tempo satisfied and with a Food Baby ( I regret nothing!).
Nestled away on Collins Street is Mamasita, a Mexican restaurant known for their food and tequila It's a cosy, dimly lit spot with music playing in the background setting the atmosphere. You can't make a reservation (unless in a big group of 10 or more), so when you arrive you may be asked to wait. I know how much it sucks to wait to be seated, and you're watching everyone else enjoy their food, but it's well worth the wait. The menu is designed for sharing. The food is fantastic, probably the best Mexican I have tried. They also have a long list of tequila available. Of course I couldn't say no to trying, so they have a tequila connoisseur come around to your table and filter out what you like to drink usually, which allows them to bring out a tequila specialised for you. They definitely hit the nail on the head for me!
Things to Do
Morning Run/Walk - I don't think there is a better way to see a city than early in the morning while it's still asleep. We took off for a run and headed towards the docklands, over Webb Bridge and back on South Wharf Promenade, where we stopped for a much needed coffee. I was so glad we had finally stopped for a coffee, because that meant I could go back to walking and not struggle to breathe.
Visit Sovereign Hill - This is about an hour and half drive outside of Melbourne CBD. Sovereign Hill is better known for being an outdoor museum which allows you to immerse yourself during the Gold rush in the 1850s. Once you walk through the entrance you are transported (in a less damaging way then 'Back to the Future') to the small town which was affected by the Gold Rush. The details of this place is amazing, from the way the town looks, to the set-up of bars, hotels and houses. The costumes and characters of the staff is on point, including Police Officers who are regularly arresting the drunk guy. During the day you can see numerous shows, on what life was like for soldiers and women during the Gold Rush. As well as take part in activities such as bowling, which was far more manual than what we have to do now. Sovereign Hill also has a little creek which allows you to pan for real Gold and take it home in a little jar, you may find yourself spending way more time there than originally planned, because you're not ok with only taking a little bit of Gold home. You can also do a tour, which takes you underground to where the miner's used to work, finding Gold and spending majority of their days. This is quite an amazing experience, which I would recommend if you get the chance.
Photos with street art - Melbourne is renowned for their street art, so if you're looking to update your DP, this is the place to do it. We stopped by Croft lane, where we were met with an abundance of colour and abstract art.
Docklands Sunday Market - These markets are on every Sunday. Along the wharf you'll find stalls set up finding second hand books for sale, as well as jewellery and candles. It's a nice, relaxing way to spend your Sunday Morning.
Until next time Melbourne..
J E S S I C A x