Anyone that knows me is fully aware that Melbourne is one of my favourite cities in Australia. So much so, that Michael and I try to head down to Melbourne at least 3 times per year.
1 – 2 nights is enough to give you a bit of a teaser of what Melbourne has to offer. On weekends, our favourite things to do is to eat, travel and walk walk walk (even within Sydney itself). We are avid walkers and can get up to 30,000 steps per day! We find that It’s the best way to explore new areas and work off all of those scrumptious calories 🙂
I would say that our best experiences in Melbourne is when we visit the neighbourhoods. This weekend we decided to pick 2 neighbourhoods to explore. We headed north to Brunswick and north-east to Collingwood.
Our foodie adventure began at one of my favourite cafes in the CBD on Hardware Street, Hardware Societe. I visited this café for the first time last year and was very impressed with the intense flavours of the dishes. This time, I got to enjoy the café with my husband. He was equally impressed and even made the statement “this is the BEST COFFEE I have EVER had!” This is a huge statement coming from the hubby who is a bit of a “coffee snob” 🙂
After our breakfast in the CBD, we decided to head out on our first neighbourhood adventure.
Brunswick is roughly 6km’s from the city and is easy to access either by train or by tram. We decided to take the tram from the city and got off at the beginning of Sydney Road. Our plan was to casually make our way up Sydney Road while casually stopping at any cafés and shops which tickled our fancy. What we thought would be a few hours ended up taking 4! The area is sprawling with hip and trendy shops and eateries and is a huge improvement since our last visit nearly 1 year ago. I would say that Brunswick resembles a mixture of Portland, Oregon with that Melbourne artsy charm. The streets are full of all walks of life and that’s what makes this place so exciting!
After a full day of exploring Brunswick we decided to head back to the city for a short rest and dinner. I had this immense craving for Italian and decided to try +39 Pizzeria On Little Bourke Street as their pizza was highly rated. Though it was hard to get a table, we managed to be seated at a table in the far back corner. We ordered their signature +39 pizza and what they claim to be the “best Lasagne in Melbourne”. They were both delicious dishes which satisfied my craving for Italian cuisine.
We decide to walk off our dinner and stumbled across an alleyway with a small sign which enticed us. It simply said “gelataria”. We decided to respond to our curiosity and headed down the alleyway and found ourselves in a Nitrogen gelato shop. I am infatuated with anything lemon meringue and Michael anything Nutella. Luckily this shop had both flavours of gelato. It was evident that pride was taken to make them picture perfect!
The next day, we had to visit Brother Baba Budan café as I heard great things about Seven Seeds specialty coffee. This small café only serves coffee and a handful of baked goods so we knew that they must have perfected their coffee to be incredibly busy. We were right! This was our second favourite coffee we had on the weekend.
From the city we decided to head to our 2nd neighbourhood of the weekend
Collingwood is roughly 3km’s north-east from the city. We got off at the bottom of Smith street and made our way to the foodie area of Gertrude street. We have been to a few cafes on this street previously and wanted to try something new. With a bit of research we found Archie’s All Day Café. Next to the tried and trusted café De Clieu, we decided to give it a go. Immediately we felt a great vibe with a lot of buzz. The service was friendly and we were seated very quickly. Michael tried their cold drip coffee (which looked like it came out of a medicine bottle) and I tried their iced latte. Their coffees did not disappoint and provided our 2nd hit of caffeine for the day. We were impressed with the breakfast selection and decided to try something new. I had their Huevos Sucios, otherwise known as the Dirty Eggs and Michael had the Ora King cold smoked salmon. The meals were beautifully presented and looked like it came out of a garden! After strolling through both Smith street and Gertrude street we also walked through the residential areas. It’s a gorgeous location with quiet suburban streets hardly noticing that you are so close to the action!
With only 32 hours in Melbourne, we managed to visit 6 Café’s/Restaurants, explored 2 neighbourhoods and also walked 32,000 steps in total. This is one of my favourite cities in Australia and would highly recommend the weekend escape! If you are interested in the café’s we visited check out the below!
- Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Wide Open Road
274 Barkly St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
- Code Black Coffee
15-17 Weston St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
- +39 Pizzeria
362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
- Archie’s All Day
189 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia