Melbourne was such a cool city, and it actually reminded me a lot of San Francisco, given the restaurant and bar scene, hipster vibes, foodie culture, and the overcast weather! Joe and I were lucky enough to get to visit this trendy city with my best friend Andrea, who was visiting me from LA. We wandered through the entire city, rain or shine. This guide will walk you through everything from what to see, to where to eat, to which rooftop bars to drink at!
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Each suburb ("district" as we typically call them in big cities in the US) certainly had it's own vibe, look and feel. We stayed in St. Kilda, which was a cute little hippie beach community, right near the water. St. Kilda is known for it's trendy coffee spots, dive bars, brightly colored & beachy shops, and little penguins, which you can see about if you're lucky! St. Kilda is about a 20 minute transport ride, or 10 minute Uber, to CDB & is definitely a cute option to stay in! If you don't stay here, definitely spend at least a half day exploring it.
The State of Remembrance @ the Botanical Gardens
We spend most of our time walking through the city, exploring the famous Melbourne laneways (which are alleys painted with some AMAZING graffiti) that are scattered throughout CBD, and stumbling into bars and restaurants for food & drinks -- which is likely how you'll spend most of your time in Melbs! Don't miss out on trying all the coffee you can find! They're known for their hipster cafes and strong coffee!
The Meatball & Wine Bar
One of my favorite things we did (and definitely perfect for the Instagrams!), was visit the Brighton Bathing Boxes. It's about a 20 minute Uber ride/30 minute tram ride to get to Brighton, which is an expensive & upscale suburb of Melbourne that has some pretty awesome homes you'll certainly love to daydream about. In a nutshell, they're historic "shacks" essentially that were built and owned by the upper class back in the day as beach cabanas. They're over 100 years old, and painted with bright colors and unique designs (SO CUTE!) and sit right on Brighton Beach. These are still owned by private individuals and in 2014, one box (#54A) was sold for $215,000 – that is $44,791 per square meter. WOW, must be nice...
Brighton Bathing Boxes