I had the chance to join my hubby on a business trip to Melbourne. I visited the city for the first time 3 years ago and truly look forward to our trips down under. Unlike Sydney, I find Melbourne to have a more European vibe, and my most enjoyable pastime is to walk aimlessly around the city and discover boutiques, artsy streets, galleries, furniture stores and cafes.
The Ozzies make a mean cappuccino, and I unfortunately couldn't partake in the caffeine kick because of my acid-inducing pregnancy -- I did enjoy the fresh produce and food during my week long stay there, savouring a 5-course dégustation at Cutler and Co and the most delicious tomato avocado on toast. Since I couldn't enjoy shopping for clothes with my 6 month belly in tow, I spent more time exploring the city streets, window shopping and looking for special home finds, which was funnily enough just as enjoyable as the thrill of purchasing fashion pieces.
The highlight of my trip was being able to walk over 10 kilometers daily at a leisure pace, which got my preggy endorphins pumping. The sun was shining, the weather was divine and the parks were picturesque. Architecture, home and design finds were everywhere, in the most unexpected places -- from street art along a cobbled stone street to the classical portraiture collection at the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) public art museum.
Sharing my highlights below for your viewing pleasure... do check out these spots on your next trip to this european city down under!
A quaint flower shop in the city centre.
The beautiful architecture of the Old Treasury Building.
Fresh! The best tomato avo on toast I have ever had!
Sunny day with the view of Melbourne's city center... I love the contrasting architecture, old on new.
Blue sky, going on for miles.
Contrasts: modern art installation with The gothic revival style St Patrick's cathedral in the backdrop... more blue sky!
Hosier lane street art with trendy Movida tapas and wine bar.
I loved Bruce Armstrong's robust sculptures displayed in NGV: an anthology of strange creatures.
Aboriginal shields in the NGV (National Gallery of Victoria).
My favorite collage of classic portraits at the NGV.
Furniture and pottery at the NGV.
Melbourne city at night... the perfect weather for a stroll.
Vintage finds on alternative Gertrude street before dinner at Cutler and Co.
Cutler and Co interiors - a must try in Melbourne!
My Cutler and Co culinary highlights.
The romantic conservatory in Fitzroy Gardens.