The buzzing Australian city is a cultural destination, with an array of specialty restaurants, homegrown cafés, top-notch fashion designers and a vibrant theatre scene
Step outside Fraser Place Melbourne into the aptly named Exploration Lane and begin your journey of discovery through this city, where buzzing cafes, cutting-edge restaurants, fashion boutiques and suave bars are yours to find. Also renowned for its thriving art and culture scene, Melbourne’s theatres and galleries host impressive shows that you must take time to see. Here we reveal some of the most special places in the city – which the locals wish they could keep to themselves.
Melbourne has a world class café scene, which cities such as London and New York are doing their best to emulate. Supreme coffee, innovative food and stylish décor ensure these are the perfect places to watch city dwellers rush by. A short walk from Fraser Place
Melbourne is Self Preservation (70 Bourke Street), which offers seasonal breakfast and lunch, along with beautiful contemporary Australian art and interesting jewellery. Nearby is The Moat Bar and Café (176 Little Lonsdale Street) – part of the Wheeler Centre – which is Melbourne’s cultural hub for literature. After lunch, you might want to catch a talk with a local or visiting author. For stylish dining, visit Threefold Foodstore & Eatery (381 Flinders Lane), where you can indulge in slow cooked lamb, or perhaps, duck leg confit,
gourmet salads and sweets over a fine glass of wine. A relaxed alternative is Hoboken Café
(3 Hosier Lane), which serves perfect lattes and chunky toasted sandwiches in an eclectic setting. For coffee on the run, Market Lane Coffee (109-111 Therry Street) has one of the best selections of internationally sourced beans.
With its variety of international cuisines, impeccable style and atmosphere, Melbourne restaurants stand proud. From cutting-edge Thai options such as Chin Chin (125 Flinders Lane) to sophisticated modern Australian dining at Cumulus Inc. (45 Flinders Lane), choice is abundant. Embrace Argentinean flair at San Telmo (14 Meyers Place), where the char-grilled meats and the dulce de leche are irresistible. For a fun, spirited Mexican option, Touche Hombre (233 Lonsdale Street) is new on the block, with its lively interiors and an innovative take on share-food and tequila drinks. Mamasita (1/11 Collins Street) is also famed for its Mexican tapas and delicious corn cobs – but make sure you arrive early for a table as its popularity means long queues!
Chic, hidden bars are Melbourne’s forte, with bartenders constantly creating new cocktails that are sure to impress. Dimly lit jazz-era venue Eau de Vie (1 Malthouse Lane) is a great place for a high-quality beverage, while Bar Ampere (16 Russell Place) delivers a touch of magic with its back room of sparkling lights. To catch Melbourne’s skyline, the rooftop bar at The Aylesbury (103 Lonsdale Street) is the place to go. If you are looking for something more intimate, a long-standing favourite is Bar Lourinha (37 Little Collins Street), which also serves delectable tapas. Feel like dancing? Hit The Toff, upstairs of Cookie bar (2/252 Swanston Street), where jazz bands and DJs ensure you’ll be up all night.
It’s a crime to visit Melbourne and not explore the vibrant fashion and design options. Wander the laneways and visit Australian womenswear designers such as Arabella Ramsay (241 Flinders Lane) and Anna Thomas (146 Little Collins Street) to pick up a beautiful piece of clothing you won’t find elsewhere. For some innovative labels, visit Alice Euphemia (Shop 6, 37 Swanston Street), where brands such as Ellery, Arnsdorf, Romance Was Born and Lover are on the racks. Chiodo (The Basement, 114 Russell Street) has a great mix of brands for men. Perfect for finding a special gift, e.g. etal, (167 Flinders Lane) is a treasure trove of jewellery by local designers. Similarly, visit Craft Victoria (31 Flinders Lane) for limited edition, Australia-made ceramics; it also hosts regular art exhibitions.
On show Fraser Place Melbourne is close to some of the city’s best theatres, where you’ll find musicals, ballets, plays and operas starring the best performers in the country. At Her Majesty’s Theatre (219 Exhibition Street), a 125-year-old venue seeped in history, numerous shows such as Ghost (the musical) are scheduled to run. A nearby gem for a pre or post-show bite is Trunk Bar & Restaurant (275 Exhibition Street). The Princess Theatre (163 Spring Street) also has back-to-back shows, and next door, the Supper Club (161 Spring Street) is perfect for a wine and postshow conversation. At the Regent Theatre
(191 Collins Street), long-running musicals such as Annie should not be missed.
if you are planning a trip to Melbourne, make us your choice of accommodation. Fraser Place Melbourne is a chic and stylish all suite Melbourne apartment hotel situated in the hub of Melbourne’s entertainment quarter, surrounded by trendy cafes, jazz clubs and a short walk from the heart of the CBD. A quick stroll from Fraser Place Melbourne apartments down to Collins Street will take you to fine Victorian era grand heritage buildings and designer boutiques, while nearby little Collins Street and Howey Place showcase less mainstream haute couture and hip fashion. Chic cafes and bars in the area are perfect for a little break before scouting out the rich arts scene at the Regent, Princess and Her Majesty’s theatres close by. And if that isn’t enough reason, here are some additional incentives!
Spring Racing Package
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Shopping in Melbourne Package
Everyone knows Melbourne is the shopping hub of Australia. This package is from $160.00, includes overnight accommodation in a Studio Deluxe Suite with complimentary internet and Continential Breakfast for 2 the following morning. Valid until December 30, 2012, conditions apply.
Football Fever Package
This package is from $160.00, includes overnight accommodation in a Studio Deluxe Suite with complimentary internet and Continental Breakfast for 2 the following morning. Valid until September 27, 2012, conditions apply.