LO­CAL KNOWL­EDGE

Where to go and what to do in Mel­bourne

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Of­ten rated as one of the world’s most live­able cities, Mel­bourne is the per­fect mix of so­phis­ti­ca­tion and edge. An or­dered grid of city cen­tral streets play host to a thriv­ing me­trop­o­lis full of street art, cof­fee cul­ture, restau­rants and bou­tiques. It’s a city known for in­ter­na­tional events, such as the Aus­tralian Open, the Aus­tralian F1 Grand Prix and the Spring Rac­ing Car­ni­val, But in our eyes, wan­der­ing the labyrinth of hid­den laneways and ar­cades reigns as the supreme

Mel­bourne ex­pe­ri­ence. Fash­ion Quar­terly shares our pick of the ul­ti­mate Vic­to­rian must-do’s:

Break­fast at Higher Ground,

650 Lit­tle Bourke St.

www.high­er­ground­mel­bourne.com.au Claim­ing to be “Not re­ally a café, not re­ally a restau­rant”, Higher Ground in­vites you to come for break­fast and stay for din­ner”. Opt for the buf­falo yo­gurt chia with mud­dled straw­ber­ries, mint and pis­ta­chio for a fresh and light start to the day. Top Tip: You’ll likely have to queue for a ta­ble, but what bet­ter ex­cuse to peo­ple watch the stylish clien­tele while you wait.

Take a load off at Miss Fox,

285 Collins St.

www.mis­fox.com.au Im­merse your­self in this one-stop beauty shop to re­vive af­ter hours wan­der­ing the streets. With of­fer­ings that cover cos­metic, ther­a­peu­tic and groom­ing, whether you’re there for a massage, man­i­cure or mar­tini, a sense of vin­tage glam­our and bliss­ful state of bal­ance de­fines the Miss Fox ex­pe­ri­ence. Try the 90 minute Divine Rose Balm Massage, which in­cludes a pic­colo of Moët to en­joy post-massage in a re­lax­ation room.

Re­boot with lunch at Sero­tonin Eatery,

52 Mad­den Grove, Burn­ley.

www.sero­tonin­dealer.com Just a short Uber away, sit­u­ated in an old bar, you’ll find Sero­tonin Eatery which spe­cialises in cui­sine that en­hances your mood. The de­li­cious plant-based fare reg­u­lates neu­ro­trans­mit­ters and hor­mone ac­tiv­ity, keep­ing your mood and gut happy and giv­ing you more en­ergy for ac­tiv­i­ties you love. Like shop­ping! Try the de­con­structed sushi bowl and the golden smi­ley-faced latte, made from turmeric, gin­ger, cin­na­mon, pep­per and spun al­mond milk.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the great things you can see, do and eat in Mel­bourne – vis­it­mel­bourne.com is the of­fi­cial in­ter­net home of the city’s tourism; Ex­pe­ri­enceoz. com.au has a great shop­ping guide; and thatsmelbourne. com.au is your culinary go-to re­source.

Taste Victoria with din­ner at Taxi Kitchen,

Fed­eral Square, Swanston St.

www.trans­portho­tel.com.au Look back at Flin­ders Street sta­tion and the river as you en­joy a de­gus­ta­tion of Asian-in­flu­enced Aus­tralian dishes made with lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents. Try wine-matched, ex­pertly paired and Vic­to­rian-sourced wines.

Sleep over at Crown Metropol,

8 White­man Street, South­bank.

www.crown­metropol.com.au Stay overnight at the Crown Metropol. Not only is it light, bright and lux­u­ri­ous, with great views and a 27th floor swim­ming pool, but it is also con­ve­niently sit­u­ated next to the Crown en­ter­tain­ment com­plex. Hello to din­ner at Nobu and the high-end shop­ping dis­trict on South­bank.

For a change of pace, take a drive to the Yarra Val­ley

Ap­prox 50 min­utes from Mel­bourne CBD.

For some­where so close to an ur­ban me­trop­o­lis, the Yarra Val­ley feels like it’s a mil­lion miles away. Jam-packed full of vine­yards, with more than 50 cel­lar doors and ar­guably home to some of the best cold cli­mate wines Aus­tralia has to of­fer, as well as moun­tain ash forests full of wild life, his­tor­i­cally im­por­tant Abo­rig­i­nal art and a thriv­ing foodie com­mu­nity.

For an af­ter­noon tip­ple, we say head to Four Pil­lars Dis­tillery,

2a Li­ly­dale Road, Healesville.

Launched in late 2013, Four Pil­lars gin has quickly gained in­ter­na­tional ac­co­lades. Brewed in small batches and flavoured with na­tive Aus­tralian botan­i­cals, this craft spirit has a cult fol­low­ing (in­clud­ing the Fash­ion Quar­terly team). Try the ex­tremely lim­ited and only avail­able at the cel­lar door Bloody Shi­raz gin; steeped in Yarra Val­ley Shi­raz grapes from the 2016 vin­tage, this gin has a clear pep­pery and dense rasp­berry flavour. En­joy with soda or tonic for a per­fect blush-hued sum­mer quencher.

Roll on to din­ner at Mele­tos

12 St Hu­berts Rd, Cold­stream.

www.mele­tos.com Nes­tled amongst an or­chard of crab-ap­ple trees, in a col­lec­tion of re­pur­posed, aban­doned farm build­ings, you’ll find re­gional café and gourmet pizze­ria Mele­tos, some­thing of a lo­cal in­sti­tu­tion. If you visit on a clear night, you can take ad­van­tage of the low light pol­lu­tion and en­joy a lit­tle star gazing with your main course. Also, don’t miss the mar­gar­i­tas.

Stay overnight at the Yer­ing Gorge Cot­tages 215 Victoria Road, Yer­ing.

www.yer­ing­cot­tages.com.au

Cute, mod­ern self-con­tained cot­tages sta­tioned on the banks of the Yarra River in 44 hectares of na­ture re­serve filled with gum and eu­ca­lyp­tus trees and plenty of kan­ga­roos and Aus­tralian na­tive birds.

View the Yarra from an aerial prospec­tive with Global Bal­loon­ing

www.glob­al­baloon­ing.com.au

It is to­tally worth the 4:30am alarm call. Victoria’s largest hot air bal­loon­ing com­pany of­fers flights over Mel­bourne and the Yarra Val­ley. Ex­pe­ri­ence the ro­mance of a hot air bal­loon flight fol­lowed by a cham­pagne break­fast. Our advice is to pack a warm coat, and be pre­pared to roll your sleeves up as help­ing the pi­lot set up is part of the fun.

SERO­TONIN EATERY

HOT AIR BAL­LOON­ING IN THE YARRA VAL­LEY

PIL­LARS DIS­TILLERY

FOUR PIL­LARS GIN

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