Sunny, cooler days in Melbourne call for a day trip to the city. Earlier on in January, when I was lucky enough to revisit my previous stomping ground in Australia for a few weeks, a visit through the suburbs and into the CBD felt a necessary pilgrimage to make and as we woke up to a welcome break from the stifling heat, Cam and I made the most of it and hopped on a train into the city.
We jumped off at Windsor, and meandered down chapel street, admiring all the colourful artwork and unique shops and cafe/ bars along the way.
From there we turned down a side street towards Prahran, another quirky area boasting more street art and colourful exteriors.
We then hopped back on the train into the city and got out at the final stop, Flinders Street. Passing through, I admired the nine clocks at the front of the station which was always a pleasant sight back when I was working in the city as a Melbourne resident two years ago.
We turned left out of the station and made our way towards the famous alleyway, Degraves Street.
Degraves street is a cute and compact area which has many restaurants, cafes and bars to to feast your eyes upon. Price range does vary, there are quite a few sophisticated eateries and some less so which do cheaper deals so you can really take your pick, but being a famous spot in the city it is very busy so bear that in mind if you’re after a more relaxed scenario.
Soon we were discovering more colour splashed walls and stopped to admire the bold imagery bombarding our vision.
The 1000 £ Bend on Little Lonsdale Street was where we headed next, an innovative space serving as a cafe, bar, gallery and event space and generally an all round cool as f*** place to be. Funnily enough, they used to be the venue for St Jerome’s Laneway festival for five years, a popular alternative music festival which has since outgrown this quirky venue and I can vouch for the festival’s popularity having been to both the one in Melbourne and this year in Sydney.
As you can see Cam was thoroughly pleased with his flat white.
Coffee done and dusted, Cam set his sights on the veggie burger but annoyingly my appetite had momentarily disappeared at the time of ordering so I was there to take the photos and annoy him instead.
The food is rated very well and is priced fairly, drawing many students in from nearby universities and they hold various themed nights with cheap deals worth checking out.
Wouldn’t ya know, soon enough I got my appetite back and after watching Cam I felt I needed a burger so we made a pit stop on our way back home through Degraves street to a little burger shop called Metro Burgers. I had the delicious grilled chicken burger with extras of cheese and bacon and boy was that good. Cam got another burger as he qualified it was dinner time. All washed down with a super yummy chocolate milkshake- my favourite.
Burgers scoffed, we wandered towards the station and having a little time to wait for our train, chilled at Federation square in the warm evening sun amongst the crowd watching the live Australian Open screening.
Soon we were back home in Sandringham and back by the sea where I always find myself gravitating towards. The sea breeze was fierce and chilling our skin so we stayed just long enough to watch the sun dip below the horizon, bidding us goodnight and signalling a sweet farewell to the contrast of fast pace city life.