Another month, another My Favourite City for you guys to read! All the bloggers and writers I adore tell me all about their favourite city: why they love it, special memories from their time there, and all the secrets they’re willing to spill. This month, writer and blogger Frances B tells me how to spend the perfect 48 hours in Melbourne, Australia. Take it away Frances…
Although it’s rather far away, Melbourne is the perfect city for a short break. I was lucky enough to spend a whole year here and it’s a place I’ll always feel is a part of me.
If you ever find yourself in the southern hemisphere and fancy a weekend break that involves lots of food, cocktails and culture, Melbourne should be your first choice. Here’s how to spend 48 hours in Melbourne.
DAY ONE: Breakfast and then brunch!
Pick a hotel close to the Central Business District (CBD), it’ll make getting around a lot easier. If you’re feeling plush you could go for the Adelphi Hotel – this is a dessert-themed hotel!
Get up bright and early and aim to leave your hotel before 6am. Grab a coffee and a breakfast snack from literally anywhere – you’re in Melbourne so the coffee is always good – and take the number 16 tram down to St Kilda beach.
This is so you can watch the hot air balloons that float gently across the Melbourne sky at this hour. I used to love watching them from my window whilst having my morning cuppa. You can see the from the city too, but it’s nicer to be at the beach!
By around 7am they’ll have disappeared, and you’ll be free to explore a little. If you start walking down the coast away from the city, you’ll end up at Elwood beach. If you’re feeling up to it, you could keep going for another half hour and you’ll end up at Brighton Beach. It’s worth it – the beaches get cleaner, quieter and more beautiful the further from the city you are.
Assuming you’ve made it to Brighton Beach and taken the obligatory photos of the beach huts there, you might feel a bit far from the city and wonder where you can get food. Fear not! A stone’s throw from Brighton Beach is the Brighton Beach metro station. Hop on a train from here and alight at Ripponlea.
From here, cross the station and directly in front of you you’ll see a cafe called Hawk & Hunter. I used to live around the corner and had breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner here many times. It’s a fantastic cafe and the staff are brilliant, plus it’s not somewhere you likely to find lots of tourists.
Once you’ve refuelled, there are a number of things you could spend the day doing:
By around 6pm, you’ll be hungry again and probably quite tired. If I were you, I’d book dinner for around 8pm and squeeze in a quick nap back at the hotel! Dinner wise, some great city centre options are:
I’m not going to list loads of options because in all honesty, most restaurants in Melbourne are excellent!
DAY TWO: Go slow
You’ll be exhausted from such an early start and busy day, so today treat yourself to a lie in! A great spot to get brunch and people watch for a while in the CBD is Brunetti’s, just across the road from Federation Square.
You could then spend your day doing the following:
What next? Well, in the name of going slow and of experiencing Melbourne in full, I think you should have a drink. Here are some really nice places to unwind with a cocktail or two:
You’ll only ever scratch the surface in a city like Melbourne, but spending two days in this way will give you a good overview of the city – and will probably leave you desperate to come back for more.
Thank you so much Frances for sharing your favourite things about Melbourne. I’ve not made it to that side of the world yet but those tips are making me really want to book a flight. You can see more of Frances’ adventures over at @Frances_M_B and her Instagram – give her a follow!
Want to take part and tell me all about your favourite city? Pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll whizz back the questions.