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Australia Melbourne

Guide to Melbourne

By on June 28, 2016
    I am a passionate Melbournian, and whilst life sees me mostly away from home, I love to share it with others. This guide encompasses my favorite spots in Melbourne. I’ve broken it down into sub-sections so you can pick and choose what appeals to you. Please feel free to share it with others.

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      Melbournians to follow (Instagram & Net)
    Broadsheet Melbourne - will give you some awesome places to eat , drink and activities for the weekend
    Melbourne Girl - drink, food and fashion
    Urbanspoon – Definitive food and drink guide
    Urban List – The hottest places in town guide
     

    Popular Melbourne hashtags
    #melbournetouristguides
    #melbourneeats
    #melbmoment
    #visitmelbourne
     

    Where to take photos
    • Block Arcade (Melbourne City)
    • Melbourne GPO
    • St Kilda Beach and Pier
    • State Library
    • Brunswick Street
    • Bourke Street and Collins Street great for pictures of architecture
    • ACDC Laneway
    • Degraves St
    • Centre Place
    • Hardware Laneway
    • Hoiser Laneway
    • Cathedral Arcade

    Make sure to have a look on my Instagram page to get some more inspiration

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    Drink Coffee
    Melbourne is home of the coffee snobs! It really is a must in Melbourne...even if you hate it!  Jump on Beanhunter it’s a great page and app which acts as a guide for the best of the best coffee in your current location.

    St Ali - In South Melbourne they are serious about coffee. My opinion the best in Melbourne.
    Dukes Coffee Roasters - Located on Flinders Lane Melbourne CBD
    Patricia Coffee Brewers - Located on Cnr Little Bourke St & William St
    Little Rouge - Located on Drewery Ln
     

    Eat Brunch
    Brunch is typically Melbournian, and you don’t have to enjoy it on a Sunday either. A really popular brunch dish is egg and avocado on toast (add some fetta delish!) and you can’t beat classic eggs benedict. Make sure to jump on Broadsheet  and Melbourne Girl to get more brunch spots.

    Isit Cafe (11 Izett St, Prahran): My favorite meal is the Chorizo Eggs!
    The Kettle Black (50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne) - Instagrammable food and stunning interior design
    Two Birds One Stone (12 Claremont St, South Yarra) - While you are here go next door to Adriano Zumbo Patisserie to enjoy a sweet treat.
    Archies all Day (189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy)
    Chez Dre (285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne) - Known for delicious French desserts
    Long Story Short (10/53 Coppin St, Richmond): Tim Tam Buttermilk Pancakes anyone?
    Tall Timber (60 Commercial Rd, Prahran) – Timber Benedict with slow cooked pork and apple cider hollandaise. How could you say no?
    Top Paddock (658 Church St, Richmond) - Two words....Ricotta Hotcakes
     

    Bars and Restaurants
    Lots of great restaurants and bars, I have listed a few of my favorites, make sure you look at Broadsheet, Urbanspoon, Urban List and Melbourne Girl.

    Mr Miyagi (99 Chapel St, Windsor) Must have the salmon taco and the espresso martini!
    Saigon Sally (2 Duke St, Windsor ) Vietnamese Food
    Hochi Mama (11 Liverpool st, Melbourne)- Vietnamese, bar, tapas and cocktails
    Sushi Monger (Causeway Inn On The Mall, 327 Bourke ) for a cheap sushi lunch in the CBD . However, be aware that from 12pm there will be a line, however it moves fast and it’s worth the wait.
    FOB Rolls (235-251 Bourke St,Tivoli Arcade)s great for a cheap Bánh Mi Lunch in the CBD
    Less than Zero (153 Commercial Rd, South Yarra) Drink and Bar food
    Glamarama (393 Brunswick St, Fitzroy ) Drink and Bar food
    Boston Sub (96 Chapel St, Windsor ): speak easy bar! Great Cocktail!
    Cookie (252 Swanston St, Melbourne) This place is a Melbourne Must!
    State of Grace (477 Collins St, Melbourne) A bar hiden behind a bookshelf. Oh so Melbourne.
    The Smith (213 High St, Prahran) Great place on a Sunday
    • Pilgrim Bar (Vaults 15-19 Wharf Federation, Federation Dr) – Food and Drink great on a warm summers day or night!
    The Mill House (277-279 Flinders Ln) - Basement bar great drinks and great vibes
    Chuckle Park (322 Little Collins St, Melbourne) - A fun little laneway bar

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    Shop till you Drop
    Melbourne is full of wonderful fashion. It is worth taking some time to have a look what is on offer.
     

    CBD Shopping
    • Emporium (287 Lonsdale St) - you will find all of Melbourne top leading retailers here along with a very chic food court
    • Melbourne Central (La Trobe St & Swanston Street)- A famous shopping centre right in the heart
    • Melbourne GPO ( 2/350 Bourke St)- The GPO has changed from a postal hall to a fashion hub. It’s a beautiful building to explore.
     

     Arcades and Laneways
    I personally love to explore and shop in the arcades and hidden laneways. They are all full of little boutiques and stores, always a treasure to find.

    • Campbell Arcade (Flinders Street) - little quirky stores and you can create many Instagram worthy photos
    • Block Arcade ( 282 Collins St) - Beautiful boutique stores
    • Little Collins Street - lots of great little stores! Take a peek in at Zomp and Wanted Shoes, and if you are a tea lover T2 is your place.
     

    Shopping Centres
    • Chadstone - a huge shopping centre worth paying a visit to if you are a serious shopper
    • Westfield Doncaster - They recently had a renovation, really modern center to have your shopping adventure
    • Westfield Eastland: Another great centre to get your shop on
     

    I hope you enjoyed my post on Melbourne. If you have any questions, queries, thoughts or enhancements please comment bellow!

     

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Beach Vietnam

Travelling Vietnam

By on November 15, 2015

Vietnam is a friendly country that is generally safe to travel to and full of wonders like Hanoi, the Mekong Delta and let’s not forget the always scrumptious roasted sparrow entrees!

The Vietnamese are very appreciative if they see you trying to abide by their customs, and very forgiving when you get it wrong, but just in case here is a quick list of Do’s and Don’ts for traveling in Vietnam.

Don’t:

  • Wear shorts or old T-shirts to visit a Pagoda, they won’t let you in. Be sure to dress conservatively and dress for the occasion, you are after all visiting a piece of history
  • Sit with your feet pointing towards a family altar if you are staying in someone’s house.
  • Take pictures of anything to do with the military, this can be considered a breach of national security and trust us, you don’t want to see the inside of a Vietnamese jail.
  • Take video cameras into the small villages, it is considered very intrusive and they’ll be too polite to ask you to stop filming.
  • Display any personal displays of affection! Just don’t do it. Find a hostel, hotel, whatever suits – but anything beyond holding hands is seriously frowned upon.
  • Expect to sleep late as Vietnam starts moving at 6am and the noise can be overwhelming.

Do:

  • Dress conservatively, especially you ladies out there. The dress code is more relaxed in major cities but do yourself (and the Vietnamese) a favor - don’t wear booty shorts to the fish market.
  • Drink loads of water as you’re wandering around checking out the sights. The heat can be oppressive and heat stroke can be a real killjoy, so take our advice and drink up (water that is)!
  • Hold your bag in front of you and wrap it around a limb when riding in a Cyclo – bag snatching is a big problem and if you are looking at a Pagoda there’s a good chance someone’s looking at your bag.
  • If you’re invited into a local’s home (which is really the only way to travel), be sure to take your shoes off at the entrance.
  • Travel by train, it’s one of the best ways to see the country through the eyes of the locals (prepare for the trains to be late and smelly – but that’s part of the charm, right?)
  • Carry a bit of toilet paper with you at all times – we won’t go into detail – just trust us.
  • Make sure that you have a hotel/hostel business card from the reception desk. This will make your return to the hotel in a taxi or cyclo much easier.
  • Do expect to pay less for a beer than a bottle of water – but remember our hydration tip above!

Our top tip at the moment?

Do make a difference when you travel.

There is no greater way to experience a culture and participate in a local community, than to become involved in a volunteer project during your travels. Vietnam offers ample opportunities to aid in developmental, environmental and educational projects throughout the country.  Our friends at Buffalo Tours can help you find out more about travelling responsibly while visiting Vietnam.

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How To Guide Vietnam

Travelling to Vietnam

By on November 15, 2015

This is where you write a teaser piece of information about travelling to Vietnam and how exciting it will be.  Hope you like it baby.

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Bali Beach

Travel Tips in Bali

By on November 14, 2015

Bali is an amazing place with lots of fun to be had...