We caught up with Rachael (@rachyknap), who after graduating from university in the UK has been living in Australia for the past year, splitting her time between Sydney and Melbourne. Rachael has kindly shared all her top tips for the amazing city of Melbourne, so stay tuned for her favourite parks, brunch spots and rooftop bars.
What is a typical breakfast and where would you go?
Aussies love their breakfast, it’s like a national delicacy out here so it’s quite hard to go wrong! However, a few of my favourites are Hash in the CBD (Central Business District), which has speciality coffees to accompany your brunch, such as fairy floss on top of the mug which you melt into your coffee- perfect for an aesthetic Instagram picture! St. Moritz in St. Kilda is also a great place to start your day right as you can sit and have your brunch whilst people watching on Melbourne’s beautiful St. Kilda beach.
What is your favourite place to grab lunch?
My favourite lunch spot if I am working is Soul Origin which is a Australian chain. They always have the best salads and fresh wraps, and for that afternoon pick-me-up, great coffee too. Lentil as Anything is definitely worth a visit too; located in Abbotsford Convent it’s a niche vegan restaurant where you pay how much you think you should for your lunch and all profits go towards helping the local community. The food is also really good- think lentil Shepard’s pie, Sri Lankan dhal and falafel sharing plates. Their menu changes daily depending on their produce, so check out their Instagram for daily menu updates!
What is an ideal afternoon activity in a city like Melbourne?
Melbourne has got some fantastic breweries on offer to go and visit. One of my favourites is Stomping Ground in Collingwood, where you can watch the process of the beer being made through a big glass window whilst enjoying each drink. Some of their beverages also have a millennial twist, such as the ‘Pina Colada’ themed beer with a tangy tropical flavour. Also if beer wasn’t enough to entice people, the standard of food at Stomping Ground is amazing… so make sure you are hungry when you go!
Where is the best place to have dinner?
It’s really hard to choose an absolute favourite here because the food scene in Melbourne is one of the best I have ever seen, it’s actually hard to find bad food! However one of the lesser-known things about Melbourne is its high standard of Greek food (Melbourne has the highest population of Greeks outside of Greece!). So, tucked away in Fitzroy, one of my favourites is Triakosia, which has fantastic Souvlaki with an even better price tag and service.
In the evening what is the city like and where do you usually find yourself?
ROOFTOP BARS. The Melbourne skyline is stunning so usually you would find me sipping a drink or two on a rooftop bar. One of my favourites is Naked for Satan for a hipster vibe, or Madame Brussels which is a novelty rooftop speakeasy, with not only jugs of cocktails, but also lined with flower walls that create a unique garden party atmosphere- perfect for Melbourne’s summer evenings!
In a busy city like Melbourne, is there anywhere to chill?
Melbourne is a very diverse city, so along with all its beautiful beaches, as you go further out of the city you will also come across some beautiful green spaces. One of my favourites is Abbotsford Convent, which is an old nunnery turned into stunning gardens with a
livestock farm on it and surrounded by a lake. It’s about a twenty minute tram from Southern Cross station and is the perfect green oasis to escape from busy city life.
What is there to do for something fun and different?
Melbourne has some amazing street art all over the city, so you could spent hours wandering around looking for it. One of the best places to see ever-changing art is Hosier Lane, which has lots of different types of art, ranging from satirical pieces to classic 2k20 art. Also the Eureka Sky Deck has incredible views of the city, so head there for an early evening cocktail to soak up the skyline- the best time to go is sunset for sure!
Where is the best area to stay/sleep for young travellers?
The best areas for young travellers would be St. Kilda area, it is mostly populated by 20-30 year olds anyway and it is close to the centre but also has some fantastic pubs, restaurants and beaches.
What season would you recommend visiting?
Anyone who lives in Melbourne will tell you it has ‘four seasons in a day’, which I can definitely vouch for- you could wake up in the morning and it be a beautiful sunny day and by 10.30am it’s raining, its bizarre! I would say the best season to come and visit is summer going into autumn, so February-March time.
Is Melbourne best for family holiday/friends holiday/ couple holiday?
Melbourne caters for all needs in my opinion, it’s a huge city with a population of five million and has places for weekend escapes, a fab food culture and also a rich architectural history in its surrounding suburbs such as Richmond and Prahran. I’ve had visits from friends, family and my partner and everyone has loved it here, so I would say Melbourne is the perfect destination for everybody!