Melbourne, Australia City Guide

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today’s city guide comes courtesy of d*s reader lucy sharbanee and is just in time for the last week of anne’s regional roundup focusing on the australian city of melbourne. lucy is taking us through the city’s best shops, sites of interest and some great places to eat and drink so click here for the full guide or just click “read more” below. thanks, lucy! if you missed any of anne’s melbourne artist roundups click here for the final post and links to the previous three.

Melbourne City Guide

Welcome to Melbourne—the unofficial design capital of the Southern Hemisphere! Way down where the wild things are is this stylish and super creative meeting place that blends classic, cool design, with an irreverent spirit and technical nous. There’s world-class art, fashion, music and architecture, and a whole whack of independent, free-spirited designers dishing it upside down. In the 19th century, this area which once harbored convicts, was rushed by gold and glamour; today the “world”s most liveable city” is a practical playground of good design. Catch a tram or stroll around, with your brand new best mate, Melbourne.

If you’re really serious about design and Melbourne, get your mits on ‘The Melbourne Design Guide‘. It’s got a thorough listing of galleries, furniture stores and design spaces that we haven’t even dabbled in. For a regular Melbourne dose subscribe to:
www.threethousand.com.au and www.lostateminor.com.au.

Bayside
“Oh I do like to be beside the seaside…” Don’t we all? In iconic St Kilda you’ll find bohemians by the bay, great pubs and shopping strips, and a kitsch-ass theme park. Princely Albert Park – home of the Melbourne Grand Prix – boasts stylish ‘Vic Av’ and some stunning period homes. And the revamped Port Melbourne, once filled with dockworkers and fishermen, is now a trendy beach suburb of high-rise apartments, six-figure tans and the Gasworks art precinct.

Main drags:
Victoria Avenue Albert Park, Carlisle and Acland Streets St Kilda, Clarendon Street South Melbourne, Bay Street Port Melbourne.

Spotlight on St Kilda:
-THE BITCH IS BACK – Great name, great warehouse for late 20th century design furniture (Barkly/Inkerman Street).
-THIRD DRAWER DOWN – Textiles, decal art and frameable tea towels too good to wring out (52 Robe Street, moving to 93 George Street, Fitzroy in September).
-URBAN ATTITUDE – Funky and cultish gift shop (152 Acland street).
-LULU –Super cute. Check out the stationery and handwriting sets by beautiful people like Poppies for Grace (322A Carlisle Street).
-CHALK N CHEESE – Why don’t they make clothes like this for grown-ups?! Locally designed and made free-spirited retro children’s wear in great prints (27 Blessington Street).
-KLEINS PERFUMERY – A haven of bottles, lotions, potions, soaps and all things that smell divine; gorgeous packaging (72 Acland Street).
-AESOP – Internationally famous apothecary for skincare; simple in design and philosophy (Acland Street, near bakeries). Also in Gertrude Street (North).

Refresh:
Coffee and cake at IL FORNAIO (2 Acland Street), book shopping at READINGS books and music (112 Acland), pizza at I CARUSI II. Drink at CICCIOLINA BACK BAR while you wait for a table at their restaurant.

Other:
-St Kilda Esplanade Art and Craft Market, every Sunday 10am to 5pm
-GASWORKS Port Melbourne www.gasworks.org.au Former government utility building converted to community gallery, theatre and workshop space. Great kids bookshop! (21 Graham Street, Albert Park). Farmers market on third Saturday of every month.

CBD
Calling all next-big-thing trawlers, inner city crawlers and underground style maulers – the CBD is strictly for play! With more possibilities than a chessboard, this ten by ten-square grid is constantly surprising. Amidst the graffiti and garbage of back lanes and alleyways are some of the hottest boutiques, bars and galleries in the land.

-CRAFT VICTORIA – The first place to find local artists’ crafts in gallery and ‘Counter’ retail space (31 Flinders Lane).
-IL PAPIRO – Florentine papers and stationery (10 Degraves Street).
-KIMONO HOUSE – Situated in the iconic Nicholas building and home to vintage Japanese textiles, craft kits and patterns; runs classes (37 Swanston Street).
-ECKERSLEYS – It’s impossible to leave here empty-handed. The best art supply store, also stocked with great books and gifts (97 Franklin Street).
-LOUISE MACDONALD MILLINER – Millinery studio; runs classes for visitors and locals (37 Swanston Street).
-NGV INTERNATIONAL SHOP – Design and art books and merchandise based on collections and exhibitions (2 Swanston Street).
-SPELLBOX THE WORLD – Witchipoo! Spells, magic herbs, incense, books and treasures, psychic readings and workshops (387 Little Bourke Street).
-THE GPO – Historic post office building now houses some must-visit Australian designers, including Akira, Zimmerman, Gorman and Mimco. This visit won’t be cheap. (Bourke Street Mall).
-WUNDERKAMMER – ‘Chamber of curiosities’ indeed. Your one stop shop if you’re in the market for pressed butterflies, fossils, skulls, botanical prints or a stuffed owl. Fabulous. Still curious? Head to E.G.ETAL (185 Little Collins Street) for the delightfully macabre, jeweled and wearable taxidermy of Julia Deville.
-GALLERY FUNAKI – Exhibiting contemporary jewelery such as unusual paper jewellery by Nel Linssen.
-THE CATS MEOW – Australian designed and manufactured fashion originals made in real people sizes, great fabrics and small production runs (Campbell Arcade, Degraves St Subway).
-ALICE EUPHEMIA – Fashion, jewellery and original Australian style (also on Gertrude Street, see North) (Cathedral Arcade, 27 Swanston Street). Alice Euphemia also collaborates with illustrators, artists and designers on ‘One Trick Pony’.
-CATHERINE MANUELL DESIGN –Fun prints in matchy-matchy luggage sets, bags and accessories. (273 Little Lonsdale Street).
-LITTLE SALON –Adorable local crafts and fashion (also on Gertrude Street, see North) (353 Little Collins Street).
-GENKI – Opened in 1998, and now in Prahran (see East), Melbourne loves Genki’s Japanese-inspired playfulness and shopping (Cathedral Arcade, 27 Swanston Street).
-STICKY – Zines! Zines! Zines! in an underground tunnel (enter via Degraves Street). HILL OF CONTENT -BOOKSTORE — 84 years of “books with distinction”; classics within a classic (80 Bourke Street).

Street art:
For insane Melbourne graffiti and stencil art check out Croft Alley/Paynes Place, Heffernan Lane, AC/DC Lane and Duckboard Place, Hosier and Rutledge lanes and Centre Place for the best of the best.

Refresh:
Stop by JOURNAL for Portuguese tarts (253 Flinders Lane); great coffee draws a crowd AT BROTHER BABA BUDAN (359 Little Bourke Street) Tapas at BAR LOURINHA (37 Little Collins Street).

If you’re in town as the sun sets, consider a CBD bar crawl, starting at MOVIDA (Hosier Lane) for wine and tapas and check out the street art down the lane. Then get serious starting with a Melbourne Iced Tea at the GIN PALACE (Little Collins St, off Russell Pl). Continue to top up at1860 for a cocktail, the CROFT INSTITUTE (Croft Alley) for a beaker of liquid, DOUBLE HAPPINESS (Liverpool Street) for cosy good karma, ST JEROME’S for the locals, DING DONG LOUNGE (Market Lane) for the rocking tunes, late-night jazz at BENNETTS LANE and finish off with a post-midnight snack upstairs at the SUPPER CLUB (Spring Street).

Also:
-ACMI – Australian Centre for the Moving Image is a city-run film archive and exhibition space for reel lovers and video artistes. Friday nights see classic cult films in a state-of-the-art sound theatre, and the games lab is a must-see for Generations X, Y & Z (Federation Square).
-STATE LIBRARY – A great place to hang out, borrow kids stuff and cds (253 Flinders Lane).
-NGV Australia – The National Gallery of Victoria (180 St Kilda Road) and The Ian Potter Centre (Federation Square). Both current and touring exhibitions.
-ACCA – The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (www.accaonline.org.au) is housed in a “sculpture in which to show art” designed in 2002 by architect Wood Marsh (111 Sturt Street Southbank). Don’t miss it for the space alone.

Other:
-The Melbourne Writers Festival kicks off this week and UNESCO has just announced Melbourne as the second World City of Literature (after Edinburgh).
-International Design Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival in August and the Comedy Festival in April.
Try to catch the Melbourne Fringe Festival (April) or The Famous Spiegeltent (Spring).

North
Hang tough in Melbourne’s very cool inner north. Close to many universities, these are the most prominent postcodes for the city’s design crowd; poster-on-brick, prima galleria, hipsters with headaches on High.
Fitzroy and Collingwood are once-famously gritty football suburbs that lifted their loft apartments and funked up the flats; Northcote, above it all on the hill, is filled with artists who make a decent living (and many who don’t!); while Brunswick is the Godfather of cafe culture, imported from Europe with dirty white sleeves rolled up.

Main drags: High Street, Northcote; Rathdowne Street, Carlton; Brunswick and Gertrude Streets, Fitzroy; Sydney Road, Brunswick; Victoria Street (near the Vic Market) North Melbourne; Smith Street, Collingwood.

Spotlight on Fitzroy
-DOUGLAS AND HOPE – A treasure trove of original scarves, textiles, hats, gloves and jewellery. A Melbourne classic – also a store in the Block Arcade CBD (181. Brunswick Street).
-FAT – The original FAT design store (209 Brunswick St) focussed on Australian avant-garde and contemporary fashion and design. Now four stores citywide.
-KLEINS PERFUMERY – The original and the best, smaller than the St Kilda store (313 Brunswick Street).
-POLYESTER – Totally weird books and stuff (Brunswick St).
-PG PRINTMAKER GALLERY – Truly beautiful, original and affordable art (277 Brunswick Street).
-KAMI – Paper and book arts concept store, Japanese and Nepalese papers, bookbinding and stationery (217 Brunswick Street).
-ZETTA FLORENCE – Now also in High Street Armadale, this store is magic. Papers, archival photography albums and storage, stationery, Italian and nostalgic accessories (197 Brunswick Street).
-WILKINS AND KENT – Furniture and design from kooky to practical. Love their make your own rag doll sets (230 Brunswick Street).
-STUDIO INGOT – Original crafted precious jewellery, next to Wilkins and Kent (234 Brunswick Street).
-MEET ME AT MIKES – A self described “happy place for craft types”. What else is there to say? (63 Brunswick Street)
-SPACECRAFT – Recently moved from the GPO in Melbourne and temporarily located on Gertrude Street, Spacecraft is not to be missed. Stewart’s screen-printed homewares and fashions are original and divine (255 Gertrude Street).
-INDUSTRIA – Vintage clothing, Altered, industrial, medical and commercial furniture fittings objects and lightings. Stainless steel fabulous (202 Gertrude Street).
-ROBIO – funky Japanese gifts and objects (73 Gertrude Street).
-AMOR Y LOCURA – Custom made furniture and imports made from antique Argentinean balconies. Also make custom mirrors, dining tables, coffee tables, bedrooms (77 Gertrude Street).
-COTTAGE INDUSTRY – Locally designed and made Penelope Dunston fashion, tea towels, bags and cushions made from vintage fabrics, and gorgeous clocks made from Boys and Girls Annuals (67 Gertrude Street).
-SHOP SUI – Original fashion for small and big people, children’s t-shirts printed with ‘Tired and Emotional’ (227 Gertrude Street).
-LITTLE SALON – Also in the CBD, a showcase of local design talent — gorgeous ‘Nancy Bird’ soft leather bags by Melbourne designer Emily Wright, ‘Love’ acrylic brooches and necklaces, ‘Luce’ handmade patchwork scarves and ‘Kitty Come Home’ metal jewellery (71 Gertrude Street).
-DEANS ART – 1 of 4 stores across Melbourne; fine and graphic art, school supplies and framing since 1854 (188 Gertrude Street).

Refresh:
While on Brunswick Street visit BABKA to indulge in cake or pies with fabulous home made kasundi, grab a coffee at the BLACK CAT, or for something more substantial stop by MARIO’S for breakfast or pasta.
Start your night with a shot of absinthe at POLLY and move onto BAR OPEN, a Brunswick Street institution. From there you’re spoilt for choice.

Spotlight on North Melbourne:
BAMAKKO (358 Victoria St) Absolutely everything at Bamakko is handmade by local designers and artisans.
KIDS IN BERLIN: His and hers gear all made by Australian designers (472 Victoria Street).

Other:
-BURROUGHS – Cute 50s-styled goodness specialising in hand made with a focus on Australian design, and a dash of our wandering eye for overseas and vintage (345 Lygon St, Brunswick East).
-BBOLD – Art deco and Scandinavian effects, typophiles won’t be able to resist digging into drawers of letterpress characters (187 Elgin Street, Carlton)
-SAVERS (Sydney Road) and BROTHERHOOD OF ST LAWRENCE (Barkley Street) – two Brunswick op-shop institutions that will have you scoping racks for super cheap vintage fashion and priming your D*S d.i.y. projects with verve.
-Check out the Northcote High Street too, don’t miss I DREAM A HIGHWAY (259 High Street) for lovable locally crafted jewellery and other bits.
-ABBOTSFORD CONVENT – Artists studios and creative spaces for writers and designers on the banks of the -Yarra (1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford) near the COLLINGWOOD CHILDREN’S FARM.
-The Rose Street Artists’ Market, Saturdays 11am to 5pm

East
Melbourne has this whole south/north of the river thing going on, but in truth it’s more like east versus the rest. The pretty, leafy inner-east combines big money/big fashion with more superlative design raconteurs. Toorak, Prahran and South Yarra have been street-savvy since black-and-white was a photographic certainty. Come hither for a history of style.

Main drags:
Greville Street, Prahran; Chapel Street, Windsor; Toorak Road, South Yarra; High Street, Armadale; Bridge Road and Church Streets, Richmond;

Spotlight on Prahran:
-CHAPEL STREET BAZAAR – Dive into Melbourne’s brickety brackest emporium and find your treasure — old movie posters, collectables, kitchen canisters, vintage clothes, piano accordions, you’ll lose time (217 Chapel Street).
-LE CONTRASTE – 20th Century antiques from northern Europe and collectible must buy lamps (83 Chapel Street).
-FAT – As in the GPO Melbourne and on Brusnwick Street (see North) (272 Chapel Street).
-GORMAN – An Australian fashion darling, adorable design with a conscience (248 Chapel Street).
-T.L WOOD – Upmarket stylish Melbourne designs perfect for day to evening wear (216 Chapel Street).
GENKI – Local fave since 1998; Japanese cult and other international labels, in a playful shopping environment (167 Chapel street).
-SHAG – A vintage fashion time warp (130 Chapel Street).
-ECKERLSEYS – see CBD (120 Commercial Road).
-GEOFFREY HATTY APPLIED ARTS – rare and eclectic 20th century collectibles (296 Malvern Road).
-RHYTHM AND SOUL RECORDS – Vinyl and vinyl paraphernalia. Are we the only people that think vinyl is design related?!) (128 Greville Street).
-GREVILLE RECORDS – Just like the 80s; a real record store with old school posters and gross carpet (152 Greville Street).
-GREVILLE STREET BOOKSTORE – A great selection of design books and international mags (145 Greville Street).
-DINOSAUR DESIGNS – Addictive and uniquely Australian art, Dinosaur Designs have been creating tactile jewellery and homewares in distinctive textures and colours since the 80s. For those unable to visit, they have an online store (562 Chapel Street).

Refresh:
While up the edgier Windsor-end of Chapel Street, don’t miss out on cheap pizza at the LUCKY COQ, beers at the WINDSOR CASTLE, and coffee or cocktails at ORANGE.

Spotlight on Armadale/Malvern
-ROOST – Café and imported homewares on Glenferrie Road, Armadale – beautiful French cade burners, horned cutlery, linens and chandeliers, more chic than shabby.
-MARKET IMPORT – Mexican imports, ceramics, and a great selection of marmimekko – slightly out of the way but worth the effort (19 Morey Street, Armadale)
-KINDERPLAY – Wonderful traditional toys for children (1032 High Street, Armadale), bound to inspire stories that start with ‘when I was small…’. The rest of your time on High Street, Armadale will be antiques and interiors focussed.
-HUSK – Now also in the CBD, Husk is a great Melbourne imports story. Moroccan inspired candles and tea glasses complementing fine Australian fashion like Easton and Pearson, as well as local artists. Check out the birdcage prints by Tuesday designs (557 Malvern Road) and enjoy a cup of chai.

Refresh:
When you’re working the High Street Armadale antique and interiors Mecca, make sure you stop for cake at SPOONFUL (543 High Street).

Other:
-Bridge Road, Richmond is notorious for fashion outlets and great sales, but remember that Richmond is also great for furniture. Check out the KAZARI WAREHOUSE (William Street, off Church Street) – it’s Japanese furniture heaven. And if you can afford it, SPACE (Church Street) is a designer’s impossible dream.
-Camberwell Market, Station Street, every Sunday since 1976
-The Prahran market (probably the most expensive food in Melbourne, but a foodie experience)

Out and About

Melbourne surrounds:
-HEIDE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART – anyone who wanted to name their daughter after Sunday Reed before Nicole Kidman did will have once visited Heide. Set among lush Australian natives, Heide has been home to Australia’s great artists, and continues to showcase local art. Pack a picnic or lunch at the café, and don’t miss walking in the footsteps of Tucker, Nolan, Blackman and Boyd for a slice of Australia’s bohemian past (7 Templestowe Road, Bulleen).

Tamara

Thank you Lucy, you’ve just made planning my trip to Melbourne later this year sooooo much easier.

Ali

Great post Lucy – I’m sure you’ve definitely convinced many that Melbourne is (at least unofficially) the design capital of the southern hemisphere.
I do feel that a mention of some of the suburbs in the inner West is needed – multicultural Footscray with great second-hand furniture shops like Margaret’s Bazaar and fantastic African restaurants, Yarraville with the beautiful art deco Sun cinema and the cute little cafes in Flemington for example. There really is so much to do and see – best place to live in the world!

Sonja

I am moving to Melbourne early next year and this will help in getting connected with the design scene. Thanks!

keith stephenson

melbourne is also the home of The Selvedge Group – who stock select designer wallpaper from Erika wakerly, the Art of wallpaper and us – its worth checking them out.

keith at absolute zero degrees

Ria

Just a quick correction on the Melbourne City Guide, under CBD, Also:
The State Library is on Swanston Street. This should read the “City Library”. Small but signficant error as it effects access/ opening hours, borrowing rights and so on.

Leslie

Wow I live in Melb and thought I new most if the ‘secrets’ but it seems I have missed a few! Thanks ;-)

Emily

wow lucy, complete and comprehensive guide to some of the coolest places in a home town that i thought would get forgotten in a line up with other cool world cities… no, Melbourne definately holds its own

Lara

Fantastic round up of basically all of my favourite shops – nice work!!

Is ‘burroughs’ in lygon street supposed to be ‘5 burroughs’ though?

Lauren

I also recommend grabbing a refreshing gelato at the best place in Melbourne: Fritz Gelato. They have a few locations around town but if you’re on Fitzroy St. in St Kilda, Bridge Rd in Richmond, or at the Prahran Market, you can’t miss them.

Nicole

I don’t think Genki exists on Chapel St. in Prahran anymore.. it’s been gone for quite some time.

Suzy

You are making me miss my home town!! Make sure you drop into Madame Sou Sou’s, Retro on Brunswick Street, or Gluttony on Smith Street for a great feed!

Mel

Hi,
You mentioned Brotherhood of St Laurence on Barkley St, but there is none on Barkley St??

Alan

City Library is well worth a visit, stunning building, great art/design collection and really GREAT food at the Journal Cafe. I would recommend their website to you as it was not your normal library website but it seems to have been replaced. O well. Great guide anyways.

Ame

GREAT BLog.
Re: Mel
Brotherhood is on Barkly st brunswick east. Back door. Near Lygon St end. Can also enter through Brunswick Rd.

Holly

Hello, we are keen readers of yours and always enjoy the places you find, just a heads up in one of your ‘OTHERS’ lists above you’ll find that the store you have called BURROUGHS is actually ‘Five Boroughs’.
http://www.345boroughs.blogspot.com
Cheers,
Holly

Steph

Thanks for the list Lucy – makes me want to book a trip down there asap. I also highly recommend the Balaclava area, just up the road from St Kilda. You could walk into any store on the main street and find something cool to eat, drink or clothe yourself in. And you’ll find the best bagels in town.

Kelsey

love. this. have printed it out as a tour guide for my melbourne trip after exams. you are awesome.

Marilyn

Melbourne was not a convict colony.
It was acknowledged as one of the great cities of the British Empire in Victorian Times.

Gabrielle

I live near Melbourne and haven’t explored it nearly as well as I thought I had. Thanks!

Andrea Kobayashi

When I was growing up in Melbourne, it was the most boring place on earth, seriously. It is so strange for me that it has become popular, though it has changed *enormously* in the last 20 years.

The recent bushfires are taking a toll. I hope that doesn’t put off potential travellers. These days there is a lot to see and do.

Helen

I’m going to Melb on Tuesday for a week and I going to use this guide as one of my bibles, thanks so much :D

Richard Tidman

Reading this has made me wish I never left. I have a friend heading over in a month and I’ll be making them memorise this guide before they are allowed anywhere near the plane…

jes

oh … i miss living in melbourne!!! your post reminds me of all the fantastic places – especially coming into the summer ….

don’t forget jungle juice on centre place (extension of degraves st in the city), the whole of curtain house on swanston (metropolis, the best design bookshop in melbourne, order and progress for cool clothing, cookie for a drink, and rooftop for a movie or a drink!!!), gorman, fat4 (both have locations on chapel st, GPO and brunswick st), veggie bar on brunswick st for the best vego food ever, or the moroccan soup kitchen on st groges road, or lentil as anything on sydney road (where you pay what you think the meal is worth) … oh … and for brunch when you are in the hawthorn area – liar liar (off glenferrie rd on kinkora rd) or replete (opposite MLC school).

jes

sorry – one more thing, while you are visiting sticky in the CBD (underground tunnel – entrance via degraves st) check out corgy st james – this FANTASTIC jewelry shop full of local treasures (i never thought i would say this, but better than little salon and cheaper too)

i don’t know if they are doing it again this year, but the design market at rooftop bar (curtain house, swanston st) is always good. i think that it runs every friday during the summer – but check out the website before going: http://www.rooftopmarket.com/

and every six months or so, there is an amazing design fair in the car park at federation square. great to pick up local design without the massive praice tag

Tabris Chen

I’ve been living in Melbourne for 2 years and has rarely ventured out of the CBD. This list is my guide to go forth and explore!

Barbara

Think it is a pity that H&H were not on the list – 20 years in Richmond selling a stunning collection of handmade, designer pieces from the Philippines including the talented Kenneth Cobonpue, Luisa de los Santo, Tes Pasola to name but a few.

Jen

I haven’t read this entire post, but I’m saving it as my favorite so I can chew it down later. :) I was planning at study abroad to Australia but I don’t know if it’s going to happen now. So in the mean time, im just looking around any glimpse of australia. :)

Curly

Melbourne is fantastic! And if you want to head up the Calder freeway, further north/west of the city. Feel free to stop off at a small town called Kyneton. It has the cutest shopping strip, Piper st. I highly reccommend No. 2 Sweetheart for all things eco-friendly and also Lauriston Press for brilliant artwork.

Fifi

Yes, Melbourne is super lovely and very friendly – an definitely not a former penal colony! (Please amend, designsponge!)
Just be warned – there is so much shopping and cool things to see and do, it will take a while to get around. Invest in a tram networks and don’t be frightened to ask the locals for tips in where to go next. And don’t freak out at the amount of black worn by everyone – we are the Gotham City of the south!

grace

fifi

i know the penal colony reference is usually used in reference to australia as a whole, so i did a little googling this morning and saw that convicts were transferred to colonies in melbourne as well, but you’re right- melbourne was never established as a formal penal colony.

http://members.iinet.net.au/~perthdps/convicts/res-03.html

wikipedia says: “Victoria and Western Australia were also founded “free”, but later accepted transported convicts.[35][36] ” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Convicts_in_Australia

so i’ll try to change the wording to find a better way to accurately reflect the housing of convicts without being a formal “colony”.

grace

Kristina

mud australia inaugurated a FABULOUS shop at 181 Gertrude in Fitzroy in September. It is FIERCE beyond belief. I’m trying to figure out a way to live inside the store it’s so nice. They show their entire range of colors there. It’s mesmerizing and tear-inducing! I’ve only seen pictures but can’t wait to go next year!

It was done with Universal Design Studio (they do lots of nice stores!).

Charlotte

Thanks for the article – I’ve been researching Melbourne for a project of my own and this has given me a heap of great ideas.

A couple of other resources I’ve found really useful are “The Melbourne Book: A History of Now” (http://melbournestyle.com.au), which has loads
of beautiful photos and background stories, and Hipside Guides’ Melbourne guide map (http://www.hipsideguides.com), which is sort of like a guidebook compressed onto a hand-drawn map.

Maree

Hi Grace – I love your Melbourne review, you have covered North, East West and the CBD, but you have not covered SOUTH.
We are in South Melbourne, on the fringe of the city, and would love to invite your readers to pop in or click in anytime and see what we do.
Since 1994, we have been creating beautiful, Original, Meaningful Melburniana.
We create and publish “The Melbourne Book – A History of Now”; we make The Melbourne Scarves, The Melbourne Cups, and loads more gorgeous craft and art made in and inspirehttp://www.designspongeonline.com/img/submit.jpgd by Melbourne. Our gallery is full of local art and design….
Come and check us out”
http://www.melbournestyle.com.au
Maree and Lex

Maree

….And thanks To Charlotte ( above) for mentioning our Melbourne Book. So glad you like it! :)
If you are in the area, pop in so we can meet you and have a cuppa!

Samantha

Campbell Arcade should get a mention for both shopping and graffiti art.
=]

Jo

You guys should mention Melbourne Artist’s Supplies in the CBD as it is one of the few family owned Art Shops in Melbourne. Eckersly’s is a large chain that can be found in many states.

Gina

If anyone is walking around the Collingwood/Fitzroy precinct, you should check out CIBI. It is a wonderful cafe run by Zenta and Meg and has the best macha muffins, raspberry tartlets, and so on. It also exhibits many items from Japanese homeware design icons.

Dacey

Melbourne is a beautiful city and now i got it that why Melbourne is famous for art and paintings.

Jane

Melbourne is a beautiful city. It has been my beloved home for 25 years.
I would also like to add:
-DINOSAUR DESIGNS, Chapel Street South Yarra. Already mentioned, but you have to visit this store.
-DER RAUM, Church Street Richmond. Famous Melbourne cocktail bar, voted best bar in the world I believe…incredible, it is a MUST do. Promise me you will go.
-COLONEL TANS, Chapel Street Prahran. Upstairs at Revolver. The dirty club turns into an incredibly cosy Thai restaurant with a gorgeous interior (60s chandeliers, retro tables) Book a table or sit on the sofas.
-DUKES, Chapel Street. Best coffee and breakfast in Melbourne. I recommend the dukkah and eggs. Expect to wait on the weekend for a table.
-THE WOODS OF WINDSOR, Chapel Street Windsor. Treat yourself to a beautiful meal. Familiar tastes of a home cooked meal, presented beautifully. Great drink selection too.
-CHAPEL CELLARS, Chapel Street Windsor. Bottle shop that you can bring your own food too. Great place to enjoy a drink on a hot summer night. Or grab a table inside for a cosy drink in Winter. The best selection of wine, beer, spirits you name it. Very knowledgeable staff to assist with a selection.
-SALONA, Swan Street Richmond. Best Greek food in town. A must.
-MAMASITA, Collins Street Melbourne. Mexican food. Gorgeous interior and the BEST corn you will ever eat.
I could go on and on forever.
I hope you love Melbourne x

Ketan

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