Last week I spent a few days in Melbourne to discover new areas of the city and visit a couple of friends. Travelling on a budget, I had decided to find a room via Airbnb and chose a place in Brunswick. I could not have dreamed of a better place to stay as Emma was a wonderful host and made me feel at home straight away. Not only she is an easy going person but she is also very creative: she makes fun “crazy” head pieces for carnavals/festivals. Each evening we ended up spending time together and I got to meet most of her close friends including the launch of a new art exhibition on Tinning Street. Her place is a beautiful cottage style house decorated with style and close to public transports. Last but not least her very expressive cat Molly loved me! I definitely recommend staying with Emma: check her place here!
Brunswick, Northcote, Fitzroy and Colligwood are great areas for coffee places and design showrooms and workshops. We enjoyed a lovely breakfast with Paola (her blog Italy on my mind) at Pope Joan, the place is amazing inside and quite vast plus their deli shop offers a nice fine selection. Then I kept wandering in Gertrude and smith streets, had lunch at De Clieu and could not resist a raspberry sorbet (really good!!) at Messina. Pop and scott, Spacecraft and Modern Times showrooms are worth a visit if you are looking to redecorate your home with quality pieces of furniture and accessories made by local artists. And if you are into ceramics head to Northcote Pottery Supplies or my favourite shop (and Paola’s) Mud Australia.
I also very much enjoyed strolling in the Greek quarter in Oakleigh, where I felt I was back in Greece again (I did not go this European summer as I usually do and I do miss it, but I will make sure I will go next year…). So I took the opportunity to do some shopping for my pantry and enjoyed the sun seating outside on Eaton Mall whilst sipping a chilled cafe freddo with a yummy orange cake (Portokalopita) at Vanilla Lounge. I did take away some biscuits with me, as I could not eat them all at once, although I was very tempted to taste more!!!
Then I went on a day trip to Geelong (it is just an hour train ride from Melbourne city centre), where I spent some time with Rosie (check her beautiful instagram here) and her son and sister. They took me on a road trip to see the beach town of Barwon Heads, where we had a lovely lunch at Annie’s after checking out all the lovely shops on the main street. Then we headed down to Torquay where two famous surfing companies Quicksilver and Rip Curl where founded. Another day chilling and chatting by the beach…
I left Melbourne with great memories and new friends. Thank you to you all Emma, Paola, Rosie and your crews, you made my stay! I look forward to seeing you soon again xx
Hope you enjoyed this first city list for Melbourne. Have a nice weekend everyone!