STOPOVER SIGHTS

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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

2. Ishizuka

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

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