Melbourne is gorgeous ! We only spent a few days in the CBD, and the atmosphere was great. Melbourne has a delightful CBD, with nice streets and side walks with trees, plenty of nice shops, delicatessen, coffee places, bars, great food and restaurants, which make this city really pleasant and easy going. There is a big mix of super new and quite old buildings: it creates a mosaic of textures, a visual confusion, sometimes nice, sometimes odd, but definitely lively: and I think that’s why people love Melbourne so much.
And no small thing: Melbourne has the best Croissants and Brioches I have ever eaten in the southern hemisphere. And really cheap too. Everyone should queue to go to BRIOCHE by Philip and gorge themselves with his amazing viennoiseries !!!!
My camera was not working, so all the pictures have been taken with a very old (like ancient) mobile … Not sure how the quality will look like… but enjoy !
Colour me baby:
The Jean-Paul Gore exhibition was on:
There were many churches around, like St Paul, St Michael, St Etc.
… and plenty of cheap and good restaurants in Chinatown, many nice pubs, great markets, etc. Here is the Mitre Tavern (great hamburgers and fries):
The Block Arcade has great shops in it, like chocolate, bakeries etc.
There were many shopping centres… of course… but hey! at least they kept the original buildings !
We had a great tour of Parliament House (free):
We saw Cook’s Cottage… Australia’s oldest (imported) house:
The Shrine of Remembrance was imposing (the phone couldn’t do it justice… sorry): In the end, Melbourne has plenty of fun and frisky things to do.
Haigh’s Chocolates in Block Arcade… yum !!! Click here.
We went to many bars, some with roof tops, some with this and some with that, bla bla bla: but our 2 favourites were:
The Saint and Rogue: here (great pub!).
Cabinet (great wine bar in the middle of the CBD): here.
City of Melbourne: Click here.
There is so much more to list ! I cannot be asked. Just go to Melbourne and find out for yourself !