AUSTRALIA’S SECOND LARGEST CITY HAS A EUROPEAN FEEL THAT MAKES IT SO CHARMING. WITH ROOFTOP BARS, CONCEPT STORES, ART GALLERIES, HISTORIC BUILDINGS, AND A LONG LIST OF COFFEE SHOPS AND RESTAURANTS, MELBOURNE HAS EVERYTHING TO GET YOU INSPIRED.
1. Adelphi Hotel
Initially built in 1938, the Adelphi building operated as a warehouse before being transformed into a boutique hotel in the late ’80s by architecture practice Denton Corker Marshall. The change of ownership in 2013 created the opportunity to redesign the interior spaces and the rooftop heated pool and deck. Remodelled by Melbournebased design practice Hachem, the 34 rooms, lobby, restaurant Om Nom and private dining/ boardroom space are bold and provocative, with touches of sensuality. www.adelphi.com.au
Featuring an intimate and very elegant atmosphere, this 16-seat Japanese restaurant invites diners to discover kaiseki, a celebrated culinary art form that dates back 600 years and derives from the ceremonial cooking practices of Zen monasteries. With a menu of up to 11 beautifully presented courses prepared with fresh ingredients, Ishizuka is an ode to taste, texture and colour. https://ishizuka.com.au
3. National Gallery of Victoria
Founded in 1861, the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is the oldest and most visited museum in Australia. It occupies two buildings (NGV international and NGV Australia) and has a collection of over 70,000 artworks that span thousands of years and a wide range of disciplines including painting, sculpture, fashion, design and architecture. www.ngv.vic.gov.au