The chicest Australian lady
The 1850 Gold Rush made her beautiful. The melting pot of cultures that came after the Gold Rush turned her into the most livable city in the world.
Architecture, design, art, fashion, and the finest food in the southern hemisphere gather today around the Yarra River. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the chicest Australian lady: Melbourne.
Saint Kilda Kiosk
Nibbles with the best view in Melbourne: the Saint Kilda Kiosk is the perfect Victorian-style cottage that delivers the quintessential Melbourne lunch experience. After a scenic walk down the pier, treat yourself to its signature fish and chips and a slice of their creamy cheesecake.
If you sit outside, sharpen your senses looking for the local inhabitants: fairy penguins, the smallest in the world.
Jacka Boulevard and Pier Road,
St. Kilda 3182
Tel. +61 (03) 9525 5545
One of the most genuine—yet innovative—Italian restaurants in Melbourne belongs to a Sicilian lady, Rosa Mitchell. Rosa's Canteen is the favorite place for beautiful, South Italian dishes with a local twist: the recipes are all from Rosa's cookbook and the chef uses exclusively locally grown products. Rosa also is the face of Melbourne Farmers' market.
1 Thomson Street, Melbourne 3000
Ph. +61 (03) 9602 5491
in the Sky
Naked in the Sky is the only rooftop bar in Melbourne with a 360-degree open view of the city skyline, from Brunswick to Clifton Hill. Regulars love the vodka-infused cocktails and the cider list, with over 50 labels. If you’re in the mood for a city view and something to chew, order some Basque-inspired tapas from its sister restaurant downstairs, Naked for Satana.
285 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Tel. +61 (03) 9416 2238
The Larwill Studio
Australia’s Art Series Hotel celebrates the life of the expressionist painter, David Larwill, in The Larwill Studio.
Each of the structure's 96 guest rooms and communal areas is enlivened by the artist's bold and bright vision, with a range of his prints featured throughout the property. For the active guests, there are Lekker bicycles at hand, and don't miss out on the daily running group led by the hotel manager!
48 Flemington Rd, Parkville, Victoria 3052
Tel. + 61 03 9032 9111
Melbourne's talents are on display at Craft, one of Victoria’s largest and oldest arts organisations dedicated to aspirational making. Through exhibitions and retail, this underground space in the heart of the city represents more contemporary craftspeople than any other organisation in Australia.
31 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tel. +61 (03) 9650 7775
Very few know that Melbourne is considered to be the world's capital of street art: the downtown Hosier Lane is only one little example of how important this form of young artists’ expression is here. The heart of the street art community lives and works in the former industrial buildings around Fitzroy and Collingwood, where incredibly-sized graffiti bear tags from stars like Keith Haring and Banksy, as well as local artists. Melbourne-born Rone runs Everfresh, a collective studio where you can shop for limited edition, signed prints by local street artists.
1-5 Perry Street, Collingwood, Victoria
The Art of Being Melbourne
by Maree Coote
Maree Coote monitors the Melbourne zeitgeist through twenty decades of art to uncover a truly unique portrait of a city, revealing much about it and indeed, about the cradle of Australian art itself.