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24hrs in Melbourne

There’s a reason Melbourne’s been voted the most liveable city in the world for the 5th year running, hundreds of reasons in fact. Why else do you think we moved here from London? 24 hours is never going to be long enough but here are some of our favorite things for you to check out in Eight Hours does 24hours in Melbourne with Eventbrite: COFFEE: Lawson Grove Cafe You can’t start a day in Melbourne without a coffee, it’s pretty much the law here. One of my favorite places is a bit of a hidden secret, Lawson Grove Café is a local treasure, places this good don’t come about often so definitely worth checking out. ACTIVITY: Walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens Coffee in hand take a stroll along the river towards the Botanical Gardens, the most beautiful place around, just wander through or sit and relax by the lake. In Summer they even hold a Moonlight Cinema in front of the water with the city as the backdrop. Think of the Instragram potential. BREAKFAST: Uncommon I’m not ashamed …

Where to eat in New York: GF & Vegetarian

Did you know that this month is National Celiac Awareness Month? No? I’ll be honest I didn’t either until the other week. Ooops – And it’s something I really should get behind more – I mean jesus we need all the extra help we can get if we plan on ever eating a meal in a restaurant that isn’t a salad. It’s like being continuously punished for your health issues because apparently missing out on pizza just isn’t quite punishment enough. Thank fully times they are a changing and everyone is slowly cottoning on to allergy issues and providing more options to cover everyone, thank god. Before I moved here from Melbourne I think I googled top restaurants before I even researched tourist attractions, I mean a girl needs to have her priorities in order right? So in honour of Celiac month here is a roundup of my favourite GF/vegetarian restaurants I have found in New York so far: Fig and Olive Helen and I went here one night solely because it was the name of the restaurant we …

Tall Timber

Nothing makes a good Sunday without a decent Brunch date included, it should become a obligatory rule for every weekend without question. Seriously I literally love nothing more than waking up nice and early, throwing on some workout clothes and skipping breezily past someone doing the walk of shame and then just walking around the Botanical Gardens or along the beach until my stomachs growling like a feral animal and it’s time to feast. Sounds pretty perfect right? If anythings going to put you in a good mood for the day I think this has to be it and just think by the time you’ve exercised and eaten most people haven’t even managed to crawl out of bed. So you can feel nice and smug as you consider making Tall Timber you’re next Melbourne breakfast spot… This little cafe kept popping up all over the place until we finally decided it was a sign and since we’d only heard good things it would be silly not to see what it had to offer. It’s pretty small …

Little Big Sugar Salt

7 weeks away from our self challenged Melbourne Brunch mission simply means we have 7 weeks of breakfasts to make up for and after almost 2months of suspicious omelettes and banana pancakes I think a Smashed Avo is more than deserved. A quick Instagram stalk later and Sunday morning a tired and hangry Jonny was being dragged up Chapel Street to Little Big Sugar Salt. The night before the girls and I had one of our dinner dates, the first since I’d returned and somehow that one drink we all promised shockingly somehow turned into a few bottles, being the last table in the restaurant and finally being asked to leave. Ooops. And I don’t drink, one drink hits me the equivalent of a full on bender and I had TWO glasses…so lets just say when we arrived at LBSS and had a not unexpected 15 minute wait there was no way I was loitering anywhere without a large coffee firmly glued to my hand, don’t quite agree with my latte on this one though, …

Feast of Merit

As much as I love brunch and trust me I really do, it does get a little bit samey. I mean lets be honest, you’re guaranteed the same breakfast favourites in some shape and form no matter where you go. And that industrial look and vibe is becoming so over used it’s almost losing it’s value and that’s a shame because when a cafe does it right it’s golden. However our little breakfast outing this weekend to Feast of Merit was a refreshing change. For starters it offers a Middle Eastern inspired twist on breakfast. Intriguing right. And we loved the decor, lots of distressed wood, plants, window seats and big windows flooding the place with light. And it didn’t look overdone. Keep talking… Unusually for a Sunday around 9ish it was eerily empty. Embarrassingly we were the first and only ones there but no need to worry they all started trickling in soon after we received our coffees and Virgin Mary’s. It’s become a breakfast staple. I enjoyed my soy latte so much I …

Lucky Penny

It’s creeping scarily quickly into winter here in Melbourne. Something I never thought we’d have to face after escaping the tropical climates of England, definitely not what we signed up for on the big Aus adventure… I’ve decided I’m one of those people who has that seasonal mood thing. It gets cold. I get miserable. I’d literally avoid any evening activity if it meant staying in the warmth of my bed. Wild I know. The other night Jonny dragged me kicking and screaming out of the flat for dinner. I hadn’t been feeling too good and we were both in one of those annoying moods where we couldn’t decide what we fancied or make a decision to save our lives but it was way to cold to walk up and down looking for somewhere, not if Jonny wanted an enjoyable evening anyway. Thankfully Lucky Penny is close enough to endure the frostbite and they opened up last week in the evenings with little share plates and more importantly a cheeseboard. We’ve popped in here a …

Journeyman Cafe

Journeyman is another cafe that has been on our hit list for way too long but always seemed to slip through the net. We walk past it, kept seeing it from a tram window and occasionally on Instagram and yet still ignored it. Until Sunday. When I finally got my way and forced Jonny to take me for breakfast before that little boxing fight you may have heard about. I already knew what I wanted before we even walked through the door. Yep I know it’s boring but I have been dreaming about a Smashed Avocado literally all week (simple pleasures) And these guys do their smashed avo with hummus. Yes please. I did almost cheat on my decision because there were so many other things I wanted, this is a strong menu, more of an excuse to return I suppose. Jonny on the other hand decided on the Pulled pork Benedict in under 60 seconds. I’ve grabbed a takeaway coffee here a few times and my soy latte again did not disappoint. Mr coffee …

Manchester Press

I think we owe Manchester Press an apology, this place has been on our hit list for over a year now yet every time we are deciding on somewhere to go for Brunch it always got overlooked until today we finally ended up giving it a go and we loved it. Shame on us for not trying it out sooner, the guys do a great bagel and I found a new favourite dish. Do you do what we do and keep a running list of places to try out on your phone? Every time I hear someone talking about a decent meal or see a picture on Instagram that makes my mouth water it goes straight on the list. Can’t risk forgetting and missing out on a good meal right? And Manchester Press has been a solid member of this list for way too long and I don’t really have a good reason for why it took us so long. Blame all those other brunch places for luring us in with all those fancy options …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Transformer

Being gluten free and vegetarian with more food intolerances that I can shake a celery stick at, lets just say eating out isn’t always a dream. So when you find a restaurant that offers you more than just the one choice on the menu, you hold onto that restaurant and you never let it go. If this sounds like you then let me introduce you to Transformer… If you’re in Melbourne and you haven’t heard of Vegie Bar then shame on you. Without doubt a veggie dream, the menu is mouth watering with options for GF, vegan, raw, you name it, it’s got it. In fact scrap that, forget it’s a vegetarian aimed establishment, I challenge any meat eater to go and not be satisfied, Jonny get’s ‘dragged’ there willingly, and that’s one guy who loves his meat. But now the genius’ behind VB have opened another restaurant to add to their collection with Transformer. As soon as you walk in you know somebody knew their stuff. The building itself is gorgeous, exposed brick, high ceilings and trellises thick …