Melbourne, my home during my studying days

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Melbourne, Australia (Feb 2000 - Jan 2002, Feb 2005)

Lived here for 2 years from 2000 - 2002


Sights & Attractions

 

Much of Melbourne's appeal comes from enjoying the atmosphere on a walk around the city. The gateway to the city is the Flinders Street Station flanked by the Federation Square precinct. The modern skyline of the financial district contrasts with well-preserved Victorian architecture gives it all charm and character.

 

·         Swanston St

Melbourne Central

Melbourne library, City Hall

 

·         Southbank

chic Southgate shopping and dining area, with views of the city skyline and Yarra River

 

·         The glitzy Crown Entertainment Complex

Entertainment, luxury stores, nightclubs, eateries and gaming facilities.

The Fire fountain burns every hour at night time

 

·         Parks and Gardens

My fave lunch spot by fountain at a charismatic small park at corner of Collins & Spring St, opposite the Prince’s Theater

 

·         Rialto Towers

Tallest building in Melbourne (at the time), with spectacular views of the city

 

Shopping

 

·         Bourke St.

a pedestrian-only shopping promenade where major department stores, David Jones and Myer, are located.

 

·         Collins St.

a more exclusive shopping strip. home to luxury boutiques, prestige offices and hotels.

The Block Arcade at Collins St is a 19th-century plaza housing lots of small shops

 

·         Chapel St. South Yarra / Prahan,

This posh part of town abounds with boutiques, cafes, nightclubs and galleries.

 

·         Fave boutiques :

§         Alannah Hill, Little Collins St and Chapel St

§         Satch

§         Kookai

§         Nine West

 

·         Bridge Road and Swan St. Richmond

discount fashion area with factory outlets, an attraction to those seeking bargain buys.

 

·         Markets - Arts & Craft, Souvenirs 

Victoria Market, of course; Southbank, The Esplanade St Kilda Beach (Sundays only)

 

Restaurants & Cafés

 

·         Les Croissant Des Halles, Victoria Market

The Croissants are bliss - soft, buttery and flaky and the Cherry Danish is divine too..

 

·         Victoria Market • jam donuts and Spanish donuts,

served fresh with melting strawberry jam and icing sugar on the hot donuts..

 

·         Cafés at Little Collins St.

This hidden place has its charm and allure

 

·         Laurent at Little Bourke St.

If the French pastries don’t impress, the shop does..

 

·         L’Incontro, Swanston St

 

·         Lygon Street, Carlton

famous for the Italian restaurants with al-fresco dining, gelato

 

·         Chapel Street • Chapelli’s, Café Sienna

 

·         Acland St, St Kilda Beach

Have fish and chips by the sea,

or satisfy sweet cravings with tempting cakes and desserts, displayed from top to bottom of the shop’s glass windows

 

·         Ala Turko in Melbourne Central; Alasya in Sydney Rd, Brunswick

Turkish chicken kebab with garlic sauce

 

 

Nightlife and Entertainment

 

·         Salt, Chapel St

·         Siren, Colonial Stadium

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