Spending a short stopover at Melbourne? Let us guide you through some quick highlights of the capital of Victoria for you to pencil in your itinerary.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
The National Gallery of Victoria is a fantastic place to spend half a day (or full day if you’d like) browsing and admiring the various art pieces on display. The gallery’s exhibitions change every few months, showcasing the latest intriguing local and international artworks by various leading artists. Aboriginal artworks are also showcased, displaying the wealth of culture and history of the indigenous people. Did we mention that there is no entrance fee?
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
One of the most historic landmarks in Victoria, the Queen Victoria Market has remained in operations since it was first built in 1878. The open air sheds house various vendors selling everything from souvenirs (boomerangs, tshirts and the like), fruits, vegetables and organic produce while the indoor sections house the meat & fish hall and the daily product hall. Do pay the donut vans a visit and grab steaming hot American and Spanish donuts, perfect to go snack while you’re browsing the market.
A hidden gem tucked away in the Chinatown district of Melbourne CBD, Shoya is an elegant Japanese eatery open for lunch and dinner. Shoya uses only the finest local and air-flown produce to craft its exquisite traditional Japanese cuisine. We do recommend the lunch menu which is a great value for your buck. A full six course set menu includes Shoya’s lovely chawanmushi, sushi, sashimi, a main course, chahan (fried rice) and a choice of dessert.
Regarded as the finest makers of croissant in the Southern hemisphere (some say the world for that matter), Lune Croissanterie is a must-visit shop for lovers of the flaky pastry. Each croissant is lovingly handmade daily, with the perfect harmony of crunch and chew. Do come very very early; they tend to sell out in a blink, be forewarned that the queue will still be long (though totally worth it).
DUKES COFFEE ROASTER
In Melbourne, new cafes are popping up on a weekly basis and everyone is pushing the envelope. It’s almost impossible for a café to stand out in Melbourne’s cutthroat coffee scene. Yet Dukes Coffee Roaster is one of those places that everyone goes to. The queue is relentlessly long, come sunshine, rain or hail. Is it well worth the wait? We reckon it is, the coffee is fantastic.
One of our favourite places to chill is Koko Black. The Melbourne chocolatier is a powerhouse to be reckoned with, offering the finest, darkest and most decadent chocolates that will send most chocolate lovers into a tailspin. A chocolate shop and dessert parlour rolled into one, Koko Black serves chocolate and cakes tasting menus as well as unforgettably rich chocolate-based concoctions. Grab a box (or three) of chocolates for your loved ones and earn yourself some street cred.