The second half to our Victorian holiday was to spend the week in Melbourne. Having never visited before, but being such a short plane trip from home, it was a great place for us to visit. Hoping for the chance to eat some super tasty food and to check out cool places, we booked a hotel at Southbank for 5 nights, where we could walk everywhere or make use of the great tram network that is just around the corner. Melbourne’s inner city has a free tram ride zone, that is perfect for tourists and locals to get around, along with reducing unnecessary traffic in the city centre.
Pleasingly, the vibe of Melbourne was as I’d expected, a cosmopolitan city with lots of diverse culture, great atmosphere and tasty food on every corner, well, more accurately, even in-between!
What to do: We loved catching the tram and spending the afternoon at St Kilda, eating some delicious food, relaxing in the park, browsing the shopping street, followed by watching the sunset with penguins and water rats coming home after the day at sea.
The Shrine of Remembrance was great to visit, a place we could easily go again and spend time learning more about those who have served our country.
The Queen Victoria Markets were an interesting place to have a look around, shop for a bargain and to eat some tasty, market fresh food.
What you’ve got to eat: Our favourite meals, of many, were at Din Tai Fung, dumplings to die for, not from :), Manchester Press Bagels, Stalactites Greek Gyros, great coffee, Gozlemes and Boreks at the Queen Victoria Markets, and the many tasty treats at Monarch Cake Shop, St Kilda… divine.
Overall, we had a wonderful time in Melbourne, eating, drinking, exploring, relaxing and wandering, even navigating with a 5 month old. We will certainly go back again in the future!