Melbourne Tourist, Part III
After a recent trip back home decided to list a few of the cool spots.
Note: Asterisk denotes I’ve yet to visit properly
Possibly the highest density of world-class coffee and breakfast spots in the world.
Mr. Tulk, Sensory Lab, Dukes (my fav), Cup of Truth, Hortus, Manchester Press, Hardware Societe, Milking Station, Hey Zeus, De Clieu, Touchwood, Brother Baba Budan, Toby’s Estate, Patricia*, League of Honest Coffee, Market Lane, Switch Board (hidden), Captains of Industry (barber and cobbler), Everyday Midtown, Traveller*, Padre, 65 Degrees*, tom thumb, Operator25*, Hash*, Common Galaxia, Corner Shop, Wee Jeanie, Cobb Lane, Rudimentary*, Proud Mary ($10 shake), Coffee Supreme, Westerly, Slater St. Bench, Seven Seeds, Auction Rooms, Twenty & Six, Beatrix, Code Black, A Thousand Blessings, Gypsey & Musquito, Chez Dre*
Afternoon spots that focus more on food than coffee.
The Creators Lounge (every NBA game), Shunjinko (ramen), Huxtaburger (burgers), EARL Canteen (sandwiches), Bowery to Williamsburg (American), Mister Close, Up in Smoke* (BBQ), Archie’s All Day (comfort food), Arcadia, Sushi Monger (cheap sushi)
Window shopping or interesting stores.
Sure Store (streetwear), Culture Kings (streetwear, barber), Sneakerboy (expensive shoes), Aesop, Incu (expensive stuff), Signed & Numbered (affordable art), Outre (mid-price art), GPO (mall), Emporium (fancy mall), Kickz101 (bball), Minotaur (overpriced comics), Assin (super expensive clothing), Footscray Market (dodgy mall), Rose Chong (costumes), Happy Valley (books), Sticky Institute (zines), Melbourne Central (mall), QV (mall), Plug Seven Records*, QV Market, South Melbourne Market, Myer (department store), Bloc Arcade, Royal Arcade
Fancier places with some of the best food from around the globe.
Pellegrini’s (Italian diner), Grossi Florentino* (fancy Italian, mural room), Mamasita (fancy Mexican), Chin Chin (fancy Chinese), Izakaya Den (fancy Japanese), Cookie (fancy Thai), Cumulis Inc. (modern Australian), San Telmo (fancy Argentinian), Gingerboy (fancy Asian street), Longrain (fancy Southeast Asian), Mugen Ramen (fancy ramen), +39 (fancy traditional pizza), Camy Dumplings (cheap questionable dumplings), Cafe Lalibela (cheap Ethiopian), Lazerpig (fancy pizza), Rockwell and Sons (fancy burgers), Easey’s (hipster burgers), Royston (craft beer pub), Vegie Bar (vegetarian), Vue de Monde* (fancy French), MoVida (fancy Spanish)
Really good chocolate, cakes and ice-cream.
Koko Black (chocolate), Ben & Jerry’s (only scoop store), Haigh’s (chocolate), T. Cavallaro & Sons (cannoli), Messina (the best gelato), Girls & Boys (vegan), Fatto e Mano (bakery), Hopetoun Tea Rooms (must be over 80)
Check to see what’s on!
Butterfly Club (show and bar), Athenaeum Theatre*, Regent Theatre (musicals), Hamer Hall (orchestra and contemporary music), Arts Center (complex), NGV (Australia and International galleries), Southbank Theatre* (performing arts), Melbourne Recital* (orchestra), Forum (music venue), MCG (cricket, AFL), AAMI* (soccer), Capitol Theatre (cinema), Melbourne Town Hall (events), Festival Hall (music), Rooftop Cinema, Sun Theatre (cinema), Pixel Alley (video game bar), Astor Theatre (cinema), State Theatre (ballet), Fed Square (events), Convention Center, State Library (exhibitions), Royal Exhibition Center, Melbourne Museum*, IMAX, Shrine of Remembrance, Queen of Spades* (board games), Malthouse Theatre (performing arts), ACMI (cinema), Espy (music), Myer Music Bowl (outdoor events)
Lots of great places hidden across the city.
Beer DeLuxe (reliable), 1000 £ Bend (cocktails upstairs), Madame Brussels (garden cocktails), House of Correction (cocktails), Section 8 (containers), Ferdydurke, Carlton Club (bit shit), Gin Palace (cocktails), Lily Blacks (cocktails), LOOP, Robot Bar, Sister Bella (hidden), Boilermaker House (cocktails and beer), Hop Nation (brewery), Back Alley Sally’s*, Littlefoot*, Everleigh (cocktails), Kent St (cool kids), Beermash. (beer), Mountain Goat (brewery), Moon Dog (beer), Slowbeer Fitzroy (beer), Local Taphouse (beer, food), Beach Burrito* (skating pool), Prudence (locals), Mornington Peninsula Brewery (shed), Bar Americano (cocktails)
The dirtier the place, the better the music.
New Guernica (dirty), Boney (dirtier), Cherry (dirtiest), Lounge (wait, this is dirtiest), Toff in Town (starts clean), Yah Yah’s (ends dirty)
Non-clubs open until at least 5am.
Supper Club (mistress hotspot), Stalactites (kebab), Le Bon Ton (hospitality bar)
Go if you know someone that can get you in.
Kelvin Club (occasional public events), Melbourne Club* (exclusive), Australian Club* (exclusive), RACV Club (occasional events), Inspire9 (co-working), York Butter Factory (co-working), Royal Melbourne Tennis Club (exclusive), The Arcade* (co-working indie games)