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A Melbourne girl at heart…

By on Apr 3, 2011 in Victoria | 0 comments

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City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne


It’s nearly two years since  Peter and I made the big move from one side of Australia to the other. We up and left Melbourne and drove about 3500km’s to Perth where Peter had spent much of his childhood. We found ourselves again in Melbourne a couple of weeks back visiting family and it reminded me just how much I love that city…

Perth certainly has it’s advantages over Melbourne. It’s gorgeous weather for one, and it’s close proximity to South East Asia another – which I might add is very beneficial for us being two helplessly addicted travellers. However I must admit, from time to time I do suffer the odd heart pang when people mention Melbourne.

There’s just so much to love about the place. Melbourne is not only the nation’s sporting capital, but has a thriving arts and cultural scene, fantastic restaurants and cafes, amazing shopping, great markets and a diverse multicultural population. Sure the weather is unpredictable and the recent string of underworld assassinations head the spotlights, but there’s alot to love about Melbourne.

Let me share some of my favourite places and secret finds from my home town of Melbourne:

Shopping for Loot:

GPO in the CBD

Chadstone Shopping Centre

Chapel Street Bazaar in Prahran

Essendon or CBD


Block arcade in CBD

Royal Arcade in CBD

Degraves Lane in CBD

Centre Place in CBD


Favourite Loot Suppliers

Body in CBD

Genki in CBD

Metalicus in CBD

Zetta Florence in Fitzroy

Readings in Carlton

Dinosaur Design in South Yarra

Husk in CBD

Fat in Prahran

Kinki Gerlinki in Prahran

Aesop in CBD

Mecca Cosmetica in Chadstone



One of Melbourne's many arcades
One of Melbourne’s many arcades


Coffee Stops and Secret Food Stashes

Babka in Brunswick Street Fitzroy

Moroccan Soup bar in North Fitzroy

KoKo Black in CBD

St Ali in South Melbourne

Ray in Brunswick

Atomica in Fitzroy

Brunetti’s in Carlton

Dondons in CBD

Bimbo’s in Fitzroy


Fancy a tipple?

Mountain Goat Brewery in Richmond,

Cookie in CBD,



Rose Street Artist Market in Fitzroy

Camberwell Market in Camberwell

Queen Victoria Market in CBD


A Melbourne Laneway
The Unique Melbourne Laneways




Federation Square in CBD

Royal Botanical Gardens in South Yarra

NGV in City

Melbourne Zoo in Parkville

MCG in Richmond

Rooftop Cinema in CBD


Funky Melbourne Outdoor Cinema
Funky Melbourne Outdoor Cinema

Is it any wonder Melbourne has been rated amongst the top 3 Most Livable Cities in the World since 2002…