About Ian A
Lives in Melbourne, Australia
Since Jul 2014
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Points of Interest & Landmarks
Arbory is well placed for those who want to watch the world go by, rest the feet and reflect on things - a bit like a bird hide. You can eat well while you do it!
Murrumbeena has a nice ring to it and being a little out of the way, Oasis Bakery is a good excuse to make the effort to go there and explore. Locals, of course, can expend less effort. Admire the food presentation: It's a work of art!
Invita is often packed to overflowing. If there aren't enough seats, diners can - and do - sit on the low wall running along the side. Or maybe they will make their purchases and wander off to snack while listening to some pan pipes,
It may not be possible to step into the same restaurant twice, but The Vegie Bar has been around for quite some time and hasn't found the need to change much - but there's plenty of variety on the menu.
KereKere Green café is part of the Fitzroy Gardens Visitors Centre and located close to Captain Cook's Cottage.
A fairly full house could be said to be a good sign when it comes to checking out an eatery. Breakfast at Addict, being a flavoursome affair, does come with its own dilemma, however: to indulge in a second coffee, thus washing away the lingering flavours, or feign stoicism and go without...
This is the place to please the palate with flavoursome vegan food offerings.
Brother Thomas is opposite Flagstaff Gardens and Station, fairly close to Victoria Market. If your wonderings bring you to this part of the CBD, you could well be in for an ah-ha moment here,
The Hardware Société is a crowd puller and for good reason. Check it out for yourself - if you can get in!
Salads and baked potatoes are the go for lunch at Famish'd. Expect a quartet of prepared salads - or choose your own selections from the large range of offerings.
Chocolate! Is there any need to spell it out? Chocolate drules! OK?
Krimper is hidden away in the CBD. Like Cinderella, it has much going for it.
Perhaps you've had a tiring walk around the nearby CBD, or trekked all the way round to Docklands from Southgate - or maybe you're going in the other direction? Why not gather your thoughts at Berth? Here you can feast your eyes on the busy goings on of Victoria Harbour, while you nourish your inner explorer.
Cargo is a good place to start your investigation of what makes Melbourne's Docklands tick. Have breakfast here, perhaps, while watching what's going on out there on and around the waters of Victoria Harbour.
The Zoo! Marvel at what the genome has been up to on Planet Earth! Be entertained and educated by the meerkats and sea horses. Ponder that burning bright tyger for a spell...
Can you time your visit to take in The Wind in the Willows, or A Midsummer Night's Dream, perhaps? The Children's Garden, The National Herbarium, The Temple of Wind, Guilfoyle's Volcano, Observatory Gate and its eateries, or, lakeside, The Terrace, the nearby Shrine - all have their charm and attraction, but don't forget it's a garden!
Consider starting or ending your train trips here. Can you resist a photo-shoot? Meeting someone? Under the clocks is a favourite place to do that even if you're not going places...
Fed Square is THE place to visit. Watch things going on elsewhere on the big screen, or pop into ACMI to see what's showing in their cinemas. Find yourself something to eat at one of the eateries. Visit the Ian Potter art gallery. Get caught up in what ever is being celebrated at the time of your visit.
Tram travel within the CBD is free. Get the feel for how things used to be by taking one of the vintage trams still in operation.
St Kilda and its beach are the places to see (and be seen). Visitors may wish to arrive hungry, because dining at the end of the pier is a possibility - as it is at nearby Fitzroy and Acland Streets. And then there are the Sea Baths... Luna Park is also here, so think of your stomach again before you get carried away on some of the rides. On Sundays, the Art Market is a must-see. Find it on the Upper Esplanade. Many locals get their exercise by making their way along Beaconsfield Parade to Station Pier and/or the other way, to Elwood Beach. Perhaps bring your bike, or skates and dress to be seen; exercising the eyes is all part of the program.
There's something fascinating about rivers. The Yarra is one of Melbourne's and flowing, as it does, so closely to some of Melbourne's must-see attractions, a stroll beside at least some part of it is almost bound to happen.
Play with the water window. Lay down on the floor and look up at the Leonard French ceiling. Adults can be kids here - then they can act their age and go and look at the art works on display.
Meeting a luxury liner, or wanting to see some tall ships? Or maybe you want to take The Spirit of Tasmania to The Apple Isle? You can access Station Pier by light rail from the city. A more fun way to get there would be to head from St Kilda along Beaconsfield Parade on your in-line skates, dressed to kill - particularly on a Sunday. You might meet a soul mate...
Melbourne has many old houses for the public to inspect and Rippon Lea is a popular favourite. Ripponlea Station, on the Sandringham line is not far away. Use your GPS for the remainder of the distance - or just ask the way.
Even when there's nothing going on, there's something fascinating about The Sidney Myer Music Bowl.
More than just a garden, Fitzroy Gardens prizes Captain Cook's Cottage, among other interesting constructions and installations. Check the website for some more information, but there's nothing like being there.
The Shrine of Remembrance and its eternal flame are located at a bend in St Kilda Road. The Shrine can be seen from Spencer Street. There's much to explore, both here and nearby, at the Observatory Gate entrance to the Botanical Gardens. Perhaps a combined visit is a possibility?
The name Melbourne Central says much, being very close to the centre of Melbourne. Down below you'll find Melbourne Central Station, a station on the city loop. Above it is a large shopping complex, housing all sorts of retail outlets, cafés and cinemas. You can find your way south as far as Bourke Street Mall by continuing on into The Emporium, another shopping complex - and then Myer and David Jones, two department stores, remaining under cover all the way. Then you really will be in the centre of Melbourne!
Check out the overriding Italian influence at many of the cafés and restaurants. But that's not all; Cinema Nova might be showing a film of interest and the bookshop opposite might excite your inner browser...