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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 …

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 …

Lately (In July & August)

What’s that saying ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’? Couldn’t agree more especially when they come courtesy of Jonny, he got embarrased when he saw I wrote this but I don’t care, the guys really good. So if you’re sat here with a cuppa watching endless youtube videos then hit pause and check out some of his latest work on his personal website ‘None-Other’ here. Here’s a little look at some of his recent photographs… But wait, just before you go and do that here’s a little recap on some of the stuff we have been up to since we got back from Indonesia if you’re interested, and yeah so most of it’s food related but since that’s pretty much what we do with the majority of our time then what can you do. Do you recognise any of these places in Melbourne? 

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, …

Dandenong Ranges

There’s something refreshing about driving out of a city, away from the high buildings, the chaos and towards the country, like a sense of calm. This is exactly what we did on Sunday, escaped Melbourne and headed towards the Dandenong Ranges. Before you could even whisper the word hike we got distracted. No surprise there. But can you blame us, look what we found in the forest… How surreal is this? Wild parrots and lots of them. It may have had something to do with the family armed with a bag of bird feed but let’s not spoil the story. That would be all down to Jonny and I slinking creepily close to the poor people until we managed to trick some naïve birds that we had food too. Queue our best Ace Ventura impressions. So sadly Jonny managed to finally drag me away, apparently trees are more exciting than wildlife. Your call? But we did go for a long hike through the forest trying to find the waterfall. Let’s just say what we ended …

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 …

Mornington Peninsula

Sometimes we get so caught up in our own little bubble we get too comfortable and forget that there is so much out there we haven’t yet experienced or tried. I think this is exactly what has happened to us recently, I don’t want to say ‘we are stuck in a rut’ because that sounds so depressing and Melbourne is definitely not a rut. I love it, I just think I forget that there’s so much more to be seen than just what’s directly in my comfort zone. So on Sunday we decided to actually do something about this and took a little road trip down to the Mornington Peninsula. It may only be less than an hour from the city but sometimes that’s all it takes. That and views like this… Mornington is full of rolling green hills, a winery every mile, gorgeous coastlines and the guarantee you’ll see at least 5 wild kangaroos on your trip. Pretty perfect, especially on a Sunday. Drive down, fuel up with breakfast and a coffee in a …

Smith & Daughters

I haven’t been very well recently, but don’t worry that’s a whole other story I won’t bore you with, annoyingly what it does mean though is that I have to be even more careful with what I eat, making dinner dating slightly hard. Trying to find a restaurant that will be a safe choice is a bit of a mission, Jonny being stubborn (*sweet) refuses to pick somewhere he’d like to go because apparently that’s not sensible, bless him. Queue a hasty last minute google to find somewhere we hadn’t yet been and there it was, I’m annoyed I hadn’t thought of it immediately, Smith & Daughters. This incredible looking vegan eatery that I have been wanting to try for weeks. So we wrapped ourselves up in more layers than style because now the lovely Melbourne is creeping so quickly into winter you’d be mistaken in thinking we were back in the tropics of London. That wind is brutal. But Smith&Daughters definitely eased my winter mood. As soon as you walk in the vibe here …