[AUSTRALIA] MELBOURNE TRAVEL GUIDE – Things to do, Places to Eat and Visit (Part 2, end)

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Let’s continue on the second part of Melbourne Travel Guide about fun and most recommended things to do, places to eat and places to visit in Melbourne. If you haven’t read the first part, please check the following link https://anakjajan.com/2016/03/12/australia-melbourne-travel-guide-things-to-do-places-to-eat-and-visit-part-1/.

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TRANSPORTATION
I haven’t talk about the public transportation in Melbourne didn’t I?
In Melbourne, trains, trams, bicycle and buses are available conveniently for tourist to explore the city’s attraction.

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During our trip, AnakJajan used trams the most since it is very convenient and it is available for FREE! You can easily hop on and hop off from the tram to explore the town.

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CITY TOUR
One thing that I love from Australia is the city tour, there are lots of city tours available for tourist with specific and fun itinerary to explore the interesting part of the city based on interest from art, history until food!! AnakJajan had two walking city tour, first is Queenies Tram to Market Tour and the second is Chocoholic Walking Tour, it is one of the recommended fun things to do in Melbourne.


Queenies Tram to Market Tour
Three words for this tour, food, tram and market. The tour took 3 hours of walking hopping on and off the tram visiting some of the best spots for foodies, discovering the city’s best cafes, restaurants, produce stories, chocolatiers, foodie laneways and also including tasting session. The tour is available every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday for AUD 95/ person. The tour started from our meeting point at Visitors’ Centre at Federation Square and then had a visit to Troy Browns Coffee, Flinders Lane and Queen Victoria Market, you can check the places below for your reference.

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T-Roy Browns Coffee
T-Roy Browns is a coffee shop located in a historical building called Banana Alley Vaults that was built on 1890 as a vaults used by produce agents and fruiterers to store their wares before market and usually bananas are being stored and ripened there before being sold that’s why it’s called Banana Alley.

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To accompany the coffee, you should try their iconic Jaffles, it is some kind of pressed toast with various savory ingredients such as cheese, beef patty, etc.

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jaffles
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Address:
T-Roy Browns Coffee
365 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 421 489 588
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Flinders Lane
Flinders Lane is arguably Melbourne’s tastiest and hottest street for foodie. Located in the CBD area, the gourmet alley is one of the best street to eat in Melbourne as it is filled with so many recommended restaurants there.

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Address:
Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC, Australia
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Queen Victoria Market
It is one of the historical landmark of Melbourne, the market is still running until now where you can find various fresh produces until imported gourmet food, fashion and merchandise.

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meat hall
meat hall

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The market is made up of several sections such as Meat Hall, Fruit and Vegetables, Deli Hall, etc, it is such an interesting experience exploring the historical building and watching the locals shopping for their daily needs.

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American Doughnut Kitchen
Still in Queen Victoria Market, you may spot an eye-catching old-school van with long queue, yup it is the American Doughnut Kitchen.
Known as one of the best doughnuts in Melbourne, American Doughnut Kitcen is very famous and often being featured on television or travel shows. They serve classic old-school doughnut with strawberry jam filling inside, it tastes the best while it’s hot with warm soft fluffy texture, pretty good!

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Address:
Queen Victoria Market
513 Elizabeth St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Map:

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Mr. Burger
Near the Queens Victoria Market, the guide from Queenies Tour recommended Mr. Burger as one of the most delicious burger in town, we didn’t manage to try it since we were still very full, but you can check it out if you’re in the city.

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Address:
Mr. Burger
93 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Map:


Chocoholic Walking Tour
Another city walking tour AnakJajan had focusing on one and only CHOCOLATE! The tour costs AUD 99 per person, we had a fun and exciting afternoon walk exploring and tasting best chocolate in the city for 2 hours at Koko Black, Haigh, Lindt, Ganache Chocolate wine pairing and afternoon tea at Brunetti. It was a sweet and interesting experience, we totally got chocolate high after the tour.

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Koko Black
We started the tour at Kokoblack, a Melbourne based chocolatiers that is famous for their premium handmade chocolate and gourmet desserts. We visited the outlet in Royal Arcade, the second floor is just soo homey we could sit there for hours.

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Address:
Royal Arcade
335 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9670 7777
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Haigh’s Chocolate
Another recommended place for chocolate, Haigh’s Chocolate the oldest family-owned chocolate maker in Australia. The outlet of Haigh’s Chocolate we visited is located inside the magnificent historic Victorian building the Block Arcade. AnakJajan tasted several of their products and the quality of chocolate is undoubtedly good!

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block arcade
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Address:
Hiagh’s Chocolate
The Block Arcade, 7-8/282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9654 7673
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Lindt Chocolate
During the tour, we also visited Lindt Chocolate Cafe at Melbourne, the famous Swiss chocolatier and confectionery for a tasting session.

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Address:
Lindt Chocolate Cafe
271 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9667 0900
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Ganache Chocolate
We had Ganache Chocolate’s chocolate truffle during wine pairing and it was one of the best chocolate we had during the tour. It could be a thoughful and great souvenir for chocolate lover friends.

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Address:
Ganache Chocolate
245 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9650 8388
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Brunetti
Our chocolate tour ended with afternoon tea at Brunetti, an Italian cafe famous for its sweet and Italian dishes in modern indoor and outdoor space near Federation Square.

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lovely area near brunetti
lovely area near brunetti

Address:
Brunetti City Square & Spritz Bar
214 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9663 8085

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Patricia Coffee Brewers
I might call this place a hidden GEM! Small little coffee shop tucked in the middle of Bourke and Little Willian streets. The small coffee shop has a modern and trendy design, but since the spot is very small, it is more suitable for grab and go.

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We received lots of recommendations on best coffee shops in Melbourne and Patricia is one of it, AnakJajan went there after lunch hour and this place was packed with customers, mostly office workers. The coffee was very nice and smooth, but the winner was their cold drip coffee, so soooo good! We couldn’t agree more that Patricia is one of the best places for coffee in Melbourne.

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Address:
Patricia Coffee Brewers
Little Bourke St & Little William St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

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Shopping at Bourke Street & Elisabeth Street
Near the intersection of Bourke Street and Elisabeth Street the central business district of Melboune, you may spot a bustling crowd there, this area is surrounded with so many shops and shopping mall along with cafe and restaurant too, a great destination for shopaholic.

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Address:
Bourke St/Elizabeth St
Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Royal Arcade
A great shopping destination for tourist, Royal Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade famous for its fashion stores as well as specialty stores and cafes/ restaurants. Just look at the classic and beautiful architecture of the building, I’m amazed by how well they preserve the design and architecture of the old shopping arcade in our modern times.

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Address:
Royal Arcade
335 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9670 7777
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Gazi
Most of you Master Chef Australia fans must be familiar with the name George Calombaris, one of the famous celebrity chefs that happens to be the judge of Master Chef Australia.
George Calombaris owns a Greek street food restaurant called Gazi in Melbourne, it is one of a must eat places in Melbourne.

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Grains AUD 14.50
Major love for this salad dish consists of barley, lentils, quinoa, pomegranate, cumin yoghurt, cauliflower and puffed grains. All ingredients were complementing each other with different texture, I enjoyed the refreshing seasoning with a lil bit of tangy taste.

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Tiganites Patates AUD 11
Soft fluffy fries infused with oregano, garlic oil and feta cheese.

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Pork Belly Wood Fire Spit AUD 20
Served with white beans, apple skordalia and walnut dressing, the pork belly was very nice, tender, moist and juicy with crunchy crackling on top, and the seasoning was pretty balanced with refreshing and light apple puree sauce.

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Chicken Wood Fire Spit AUD 20
Pretty similar with the dish above but with chicken and savory hot pepper tyrokafteri sauce. It tasted pretty good but a bit too oily.

Souvlakakia Crab AUD 14
Homemade pita bread with soft shell crab, mint coriander, honey, mayo. It was pretty good, the pita bread was soft and fluffy, soft shell crab was crunchy with the perfect amount of mayo dressing for extra moisture and flavor.

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Souvlakakia Beef AUD 12.50
This one was my favorite, pita bread with tender and fully marinated beef, parsley, onion, mustard mayo and CHIPSSS!! Such a genius combo.

Smoked Salmon AUD 16.50
Salmon smoked with black tea served with dashi yoghurt, salmon caviar, tsoureki

Overall, our dining experience at Gazi was pretty satisfying, the Greek street dishes were unique, flavorful and delicious. If you are interested in visiting Gazi, we suggest you to make a reservation in advance since the restaurant is very popular and often fully booked.

Address:
Gazi
2 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9207 7444
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Federation square + Flinders Street Station
For sightseeing, Federation Square is one of the mandatory touristy places to visit. This place is surrounded by historical buildings, museums, arts venues, cafes and restaurants.

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The unique cultural space is located at intersection between Flinders Street and Swanston Street/St Kilda Road in Melbourne’s Central Business District, that’s why many Melbournians often use this place as a meeting point. There is a Melbourne Visitor Center for tourists who need more information.

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Address:
Federation Square
Corner Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Hosier Lane Street Art
For instagenic spot, you cannot miss Hosier Lane Street Art, the whole lane of street is filled with artsy colorful street art making it a perfect spot for taking picture.

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Address:
Hosier Lane Street Art
5 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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Well, that’s all of my super long list of recommended places to visit in Melbourne, hopefully it could be your reference or guide for your trip to Melbourne. We must say that Melbourne has its own unique charm, we just love the living and food scene there, and we couldn’t agree more that Melbourne is one of world’s most liveable cities. Will continue our Australia story about Gold Coast and Sydney, stay tuned! Let’s Travel!

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If you guys are interested in visiting these places but you prefer a hassle free trip, you can check Avia Tour website http://www.avia.travel/ for more offer since Avia Tour is collaborating with Tourism Australia for special trip/tour offer to Australia.

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