The Melbourne Girl blog is a go-to guide for where to eat, shop and stay in Melbourne.
Everyday I’m asked for my top picks on the best accomodation, what to do and where the best foodie hangouts are located, so I thought I’d round up some of my favourites from each category into this one handy post.
> Kitty Burns
It would be hard to find a prettier coffee shop in Melbourne than Kitty Burns. Tucked in the internal courtyard of Acacia Place, Abbotsford – Kitty knows how to make a cracking coffee, and breakfast, and juices, and serve you up a great pastry… They have it all!
> Capital Kitchen
If you like a good shopping session at Chadstone like us, do yourself a favour and fuel-up with a delicious brekkie at Capital Kitchen. It’s positioned next door to Tiffany & Co at the David Jones end of the centre.
Also check out our list for the 21 best Melbourne Breakfast Spots
> Collins Kitchen
Get set for the ultimate High Tea at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. Beginning with a glass of Chandon sparkling wine and a traditional tiered platter, you’re lunch-time tummy will be completely satisfied with their savoury cooking station, filled with delights including freshly baked mini lamb pies, crab profiteroles and pork belly buns.
> New Shanghai
Serving up authentic Shanghai-style food that you’ll keep coming back for. Out top picks of their signature dishes are their pan-fried pork buns and prawn dumplings.
> Degraves Street and Centre Place
Degraves Street and Centre Place run off Flinders Lane, between Swanston and Elizabeth Streets in the heart of the CDB. Home to an endless selection of great restaurants and cafes, we recommend you grab a spare seat wherever you can and order yourself a latte, then kick back and enjoy the atmosphere of the the bustling street vibes.
Also check out our list for the Top 18 Lunch Spots in Melbourne
> Eureka 89
Set on the top floor of Melbourne’s tallest building. The 360-degree panorama views are spectacular and the food exemplary at Eureka 89. If you haven’t dined at the restaurant before, be sure to put it at the top of your Melbourne foodie bucket list.
> 10 Greek Plates
Situated on Martin Street Brighton, this traditional Greek restaurant pride themselves on authentic recipes, fresh produce and flavours that create memorable dishes in a modern era.
Also check out our Melbourne Restaurant category
At this cafe in North Melbourne you’ll be greeted with friendly staff providing and a quick service. If you are looking to grab a healthy meal on the run, then this is your place.
> Collective Espresso
This gorgeous little cafe is perfectly positioned near Camberwell Station. The white and bright trendy space has an array of very loyal customers who keep coming back for their great food (mostly healthy and some a little bit naughty) and the super friendly atmosphere.
Also check out our Healthy Foodie’s guide to the Top 6 places to eat Brunch in Melbourne
> QV Melbourne
QV Melbourne is one of the coolest precincts in Melbourne. As well as being home to an underground food court, residential apartment buildings and the city’s first full-size supermarket, it is also where you’ll find some of the best local and International street labels in Australia.
Eastland is currently undergoing a massive redevelopment, with most of the shopping floors complete and ready for you to shop til you drop. The centre is an evolving urban community, which brings together the finest in contemporary gastronomy, fashion, style and design and is the only suburban shopping hub accessible by train from the city (about a 20 minute ride).
> High Street, Armadale
The High Street business precinct boasts not only an expansive range of designer clothing and homeware stores, but also bridal boutiques and the largest number of galleries and antique shops situated in any one place in Australia. It’s the perfect place to spend the day with the girls, relishing in the wonderful shopping, eats, drinks and design destinations which the beautiful suburb has on offer.
> The City
The city is famous for it’s elegant boutiques, secret laneways and arcades and buzzing shopping centres, that’s why it’s known as Australia’s best shopping destination. We recommend Flinders Lane, Emporium Melbourne and The Strand Melbourne as go-to destinations.
Also check out our Shopping category
> Hilton Melbourne South Wharf
Hilton Melbourne South Wharf is located in the bubbly South Wharf precinct, perfectly situated on the edge of the city, ensuring the ultimate panoramic views of the CBD, Port Phillip Bay or the Yarra River.
> Yarra Valley
Round up your girls and get set to head East (approximately one hour from Melbourne’s CBD), to indulge in everything the Yarra Valley has to offer. I’m talking seriously fresh and delicious local produce, an inspiring art scene and one of Australia’s most scenic regions. Check out the B&B scene or if you are friends with an RACV member, book into the Healesville Country Club. While you are out there, be sure to experience a Global Ballooning adventure.
> Sofitel Melbourne
The Sofitel Melbourne on Collins is the perfect city hotel to stay at if you’re visiting Melbourne or if you’re a local and just wanting to treat yourself. Their luxury suites are always in high demand at this iconic five star hotel, with an influx of A-listers and celebrities regularly calling it home for a staycation – so be sure to book your stay early.
> The Blackman
Part of the Art Series Hotel Group, The Blackman is situated on St Kilda Road on the City’s edge, only a short stroll away from many of Melbourne’s iconic tourist spots including the Royal Botanic Gardens, National Gallery of Victoria and Albert Park. Their rooms are packed with not only artistic style, but also lots of great amenities including kitchenettes, wifi, complimentary in-room T2 Tea and coffee, as well as Bugaboo pram hire (great for anyone visiting with a baby).
Also check out our Where to Stay category
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