Melbourne Guide - Where To Eat, Drink, Stay & Shop

Hi Lovelies,  Firstly, happy Friday :) Some of you will know I spent last weekend in Melbourne, which was awesome! It was a lovely ...


Hi Lovelies, 

Firstly, happy Friday :) Some of you will know I spent last weekend in Melbourne, which was awesome!

It was a lovely retreat with my partner Daragh. In fact I took him for his birthday, but it was also my birthday when we were there :) It was such a great few days that couldn't have came at a more perfect time for me after all the planning & excitement around our Beauty To A Tea Perth event that took place two weeks ago now. It was an amazing day and so worth all the hard work that was involved. You can catch a recap post here from fellow Perth blogger Jackie that attended (Blog: Lipstick, Lattes & Louboutins).

It was my first time in Melbourne so I wanted to share my experience for any fellow Perth girls heading over for the first time. I can only imagine it's going to be super busy this weekend with Melbourne cup too and I already have had messages from girls in Perth looking for restaurants and shopping tips that are heading over for the races looking (I swear I'm not jealous).

Flights & Accommodation

I booked the trip back in June to spend my birthday weekend here (flew with Jetstar and booked flights via www.skyscanner.com. I book all my travel through Skyscanner to be honest, they are by far the cheapest guaranteed). Jetstar aren't probably the best airline I've ever flew with, but they're one of the cheapest airlines to fly with around Australia.

We stayed at the Best Western Atlantis on Spencer St which was clean, standard and really cheap for Australia at $450 for 3 nights. We knew we would be out and about exploring the city so it's all we wanted to be honest.

 Food 


You will not go hungry in Melbourne! Where ever you turn there is a restaurant, cafe or fast food joint. We ate like royalty all weekend, it was great. 

Flinders Lane & Hardware Lane in the CBD have small strips of cafes door to door where you can sit outside or inside and enjoy a nice coffee/brekkie or even lunch and dinner, it was cool. We ate breakfast on Flinders Lane and also dinner another day on Hardware Lane. 

We had dinner at Cookie Restaurant on Swanston St (all CBD locations and walking distance from our hotel). We booked to eat here as it sounded really popular with lots of our friends all recommending it, so I was excited. We did however only book the Sat morning for dinner that evening but managed to get a table at 6pm (tables are only for 2hrs at weekends as they are always busy). The menu was Asian fusion - a mix of Thai/Indian/Malaysian think pad Thai, dumplings, rotti bread and Penang curry! Menu initially looks funky/fancy and I didn't understand what a lot of the dishes were, but the staff explained everything and it was all regular foods I'd ate before with a twist. It was absolutely gorgeous, in fact it was my favourite meal in Melbourne by far and I highly recommend it. 

We also headed to Lygon St aka little Italy 🇮🇹for dinner (Italian it my favourite cuisine). It was a short 5 minute uber ride from the CBD and was worth it. If you like proper Italian food I'd definitely recommend hitting Lygon St! There's honestly too many restaurants to choose from but what stood out for us and where we chose to eat was a small old fashioned Italian restaurant called Seasons, the Pasta chef (do you call them that?) makes all the homemade pasta in the window, it was very interesting to watch your pasta being made for you fresh! Tiamo was another restaurant right next door (we didn't eat in there but it was where we were headed as it was recommended to go to by some friends from Melbourne & it looked just as good as Seasons). 

Lygon St, Hardware Lane and Flinders Lane were nothing like Perth, it really reminded me of being on holiday as you have a waiter or restaurant/cafe owner outside each place showing you menus and offering you happy hour prices (I'm not sure if this will be the case this weekend for Melbourne cup, but it was awesome and highly recommend hitting them up).  

Nightlife & Sunday Session 

Definitely get yourself down to St Kilda beach, and to Republica bar (on the beach front and very Sunday sesh). They have live Music every Sunday I believe but check out their Facebook account to see what on the weekend you're there, it's very chilled out, and is mostly outdoors (make sure you bring a coat I was freezing even under a tent - Melbs is bloody cold). The bar food is yummy though 👌🏻! Then you have Baxter bar (above Republica bar) which I'm not sure if it's a part of Republica bar as you have to walk into Republica to actually access it. This is a little more upmarket and they have a neat dress code policy, luckily we looked half decent (we made an effort being my birthday and all that :-P) and could pop in as it starting to rain heavily. This bar/restaurant is really nice and overlooks the whole beach promenade. It was really spacious, yet cosy with lots of sofas and cushions. Typical Irish of us we then popped down the road to The Snug Public House for some live Irish music, the place was nothing special to rave about but was honestly great craic and rounded up an awesome Sunday sesh!

Swanston Street in the CBD and Chapel St are great Saturday night spots. Did you know most Melbourne bars and clubs actually open until like 5am, some 8am and I even heard of one that doesn't close until Monday morning! I'd literally die! We hit the Carlton Club on Swanston for a few after dinner at Cookie (on the same street) and it was very fancy, I liked the decor and velvet burlesque vibe it gave off, I would have liking to stay here longer as it was so nice. We headed to Chapel St and met with some Perth friends that had moved to Melbourne, and started at Imperial bar, then got a taxi to St Kilda to the White Bar and then onto Robarta Bar in St Kilda also (I know a lot of bars right :P, it was a FUN night to say the least). It was lovely to celebrate my birthday with some friends we knew from Perth.


Shopping 

The Crown casino is unreal but to be honest nothing too special if you've already been to Crown Perth, it is much bigger but has most of the same restaurants so I wouldn't be pushed on eating here as you can do that in Perth. It has all your designer brands like Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Armani etc and we had lots of time to kill so had a bit of a browse through them looking at lots of fab bits well out of our budgets, but hey if you love designer and can afford it, you'll be in your element visiting Crown Melbourne.

Spencer St Outlet was directly facing our hotel so au had to of course check it out. There was a few new stores that I never noticed in Perth, one being Trade Secrets (for my Irish readers this is equivalent to TK Max in my opinion). I'm. It normally a fan of rooting through SALE rails or racks of mixed clothes but I was intrigued to suss the place out, $250 and two bags later and I was a very happy camper! I did a haul over on Snapchat {@jenuineblogger} for those that follow, some fab gym apparel, bikinis, work clothes and cute office stationary.

We also hit Elizabeth St and Bourke St only 5-10mins walk from Spencer St (so we were very central). There is a HUGE H&M store, honestly never saw anything like it, and it's beautiful. Definitely worth checking out.

We also went to Chadstone shopping as this is where the new Sephora opened recently (I spent an hour in Sephora and almost $400 eeek) but it was my birthday present to myself. Please tell me I'm not the only person that buys themselves a birthday present :P? They also had the biggest SHEIKE (my favourite dress shop in Australia) I've even been in, like honestly the shopping in Melbourne is a million times better than Perth. I'd nearly fly back just for a girly weekend of shopping. Terrified to check my bank account!

 That pretty much sums up what we managed to fit into our weekend. Lots of eating, drinking, shopping and quality time together after Beauty To A Tea Perth. Feel free to add to this post by leaving your own recommendations below for fellow readers and myself for when I get to go back, as it's definitely a city I want to experience more :-)

Have an awesome weekend everyone, and for those lucky ones heading to Melbourne for Melbourne Cup day let me know if you get to check out any of the above mentioned spots

Lots of Love
Jen
Xoxo

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3 comments

  1. Hi! I found ya through Twitter! Sadly, I've never been to Australia! Heck, I've never been outside the us! Sounds like you had a fun time though! The food looked awesome!

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    1. Hi Stephanie, thank you for checking out the blog and following on Twitter <3 The US is such a big and beautiful place just like Australia, still plenty of time in your life to venture to this side of the world :) x

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  2. What a handy guide! I have a few other things I'd like to try out from this list. xo


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