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    What to do in Melbourne?!

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    Hey guys,
    So Im heading to Melbourne in a few days for the Palate Training at the Coffee Academy on the weekend, then staying for a week longer to just hang out. Besides the places mentioned in the "Good coffee" threads, are there any other places I should hit up, while Im down there; cuppings, cafes, coffee shops, roasteries, restaurants, food etc

    If anyone is keen to catch up over a coffee, let me know too!

    Im staying in the CBD area, but happy to travel for the goods.

    YeeZa/Dan

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Well if you are in the mood to spoil yourself then I recommend Ezard restaurant. 5 star award winning. I was there exactly one year ago and it was absolutely the best dining experience Ive had in Oz.

    187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus link=1222833341/0#1 date=1222834275
    Well if you are in the mood to spoil yourself then I recommend Ezard restaurant. 5 star *award winning. I was there exactly one year ago and it was absolutely the best dining experience Ive had in Oz.

    187 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
    have to second that - excellent if you are a vegetarian - but helluva expensive and you need to book. Long grain is also a favourite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben_S link=1222833341/0#2 date=1222835050
    have to second that - excellent if you are a vegetarian - but helluva expensive and you need to book. B
    Not just vegetarian food but, yes, expensive. The 8 course menu tasting is the go - it was around $120 pp then iirc.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    - Take a tram ride to St Kilda (just for the ride).

    - Queen Victoria Markets.


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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Thundergod link=1222833341/0#4 date=1222842823
    - Queen Victoria Markets.
    FYI - Queen Vic Market is not open on Mondays and Wednesdays.
    I used to work nearby and saw a fair number of disappointed tourists who didnt know the days it was closed.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Depending on whos playing Bennets Lane Jazz club http://www.bennettslane.com/ is a good hangout if that takes your fancy. Fairly close to Lygon St or Fitzroy St.

    If you finish up in St Kilda Corriander Thai or The Street Cafe were a couple of my favourite huants then just around the corner to the Espy for some music.

    Have fun.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Enjoy. CBD is full of interesting shops.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Hi Yeeza,

    The markets can be fun, but I mainly enjoy that for veg/fruit/fish/meat shopping - there is a lot of junk in the stalls.

    Not sure what you are intrested in, but I enjoy the museum. I often go there with my 2yo daughter mainly because she loves running around like crazy in the big open spaces. There is some interesting stuff there, and they also have lots of black mazzers that would look just right on my kitchen bench.

    Damian.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Hi Dan, while its not a modern cafe by any means Pellegrinis is a Melbourne institution. Also have a beer at Young and Jacksons. Once you have done these two things you can say you have been to Melbourne

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Fitzroy Gardens at the Paris end of the city behind the Parmament Buildings are well worth a look, you can see the oldest building in Australia & what is left of the delightful Fairies Tree.

    Cooks Cottage is the answer to a trick quiz question about Australias oldest building as it was built in Yorkshire, England, in 1755 by the parents of Captain James Cook, Cooks Cottage was transported to Melbourne in crates and barrels, re-assembled and officially opened in the Fitzroy Gardens in 1934.

    The Faries Tree often has notes, letters & presents for the faries left by children, it is quite enchanting.
    THE FAIRIES TREE
    CARVED BY OLA COHN, M.B.E., A.R.C.A.
    FROM 1931-34
    "A GIFT TO THE CHILDREN OF MELBOURNE"
    Foreward from her book, "The Fairies Tree"

    "I have carved a tree in the Fitzroy Gardens for you and the fairies, but mostly for the fairies, and those who believe in them, for they will understand how necessary it is to have a fairy sanctuary - a place that is sacred and safe as a home should be to all living creatures.

    "Australias most famous pub" Young & Jacksons opposite Flinders St Station is the home of Chloe, a Melbourne icon, mascot for the HMAS Melbourne, an extremely fine work of art, she is an ingenue, a nymph, a celebrity. She is Chloe, the famous nude portait which has graced the walls of the Young and Jackson Hotel since 1909. She is free to visit ( up the stairs) & a mighty fine place for a pot of Melbourne Bitter.
    The War Memorial on the St Kilda Rd just out of the city is also a good place to visit, great sculptures & a wonderful place to reflect on our past history.

    All accessable by tram, good luck if you can work out how to pay the fare!


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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Quote Originally Posted by Man in Black link=1222833341/0#10 date=1222865144
    Fitzroy Gardens at the Paris end of the city behind the Parmament Buildings are well worth a look, you can see the oldest building in Australia & what is left of the delightful Fairies Tree.
    It must be pretty high up with a very powerful telescope as you would need to see all the way to Parramatta in Sydney to see Australias oldest building (Old Governmnet House in Rosehill) :P
    That would be Melbournes oldest building I imagine.

    But I second the Fitzroy Gardens suggestion. Theres often things going on in Federation Square across from Flinders St Station and there (Still is?) a mini-market in Southbank on and under the St Kilda Rd bridge on Sundays.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    act - go kite surfing on st kilda beach (mind the jellyfish *>:()
    * * *- half day fishing trip http://www.melbourne.com.au/things-to-do.htm
    drink - belgian beer gardens *http://www.belgianbeercafemelbourne.com/index.php
    * * * * - yarra valley wineries
    * * * * - cub tour (then stumble down the road to the first pour... :D)
    gig - northcote social club; Beat mag http://www.beat.com.au/home.php
    watch - NGV; http://melbourne.citysearch.com.au/arts/displayRoundUpDetail/1119945820089/1137541083231

    and the no. 1 attraction as voted by you, the australian people......

    McCafe for a large vanilla latte

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    ok im bored...

    Things to do and see for the melbourne espresso enthusiast:
    1. watch Andy roast for Brown Bay
    2. check out Chris’ (of TC fame) “bench”
    3. puckology at the Big V
    4. have a laugh at the local kebab shop’s coffee
    5. meet like minded souls at the beanbay pickup
    6. taking happy snaps of real live McCafe drive thru customers
    7.
    8.
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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    When you go to St Ali, go to South Melbourne market and get some Dim Sims.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus link=1222833341/0#11 date=1222901387
    Quote Originally Posted by Man in Black link=1222833341/0#10 date=1222865144
    (snip) you can see the oldest building in Australia (snip)
    (snip) Australias oldest building (snip)

    The oldest building in Australia as opposed to the oldest building built in Australia...

    Captain James Cooks cottage!

    8-)

    yeah, tis worth a look too even if only to feel guilty for the obscene sized houses we "need" now.

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    go to airport and fly to Perth! *;D ::)

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    Re: What to do in Melbourne?!

    After visiting Fitzroy Gardens & Cooks Cottage, the only 18th Century building in Melbourne, you could have an Indulgent Afternoon Tea, at the magnificent HOTEL WINDSOR, 111 Spring Street, often voted Australias favorite hotel.



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