We heard Melbourne is more like San Francisco out of all Australian cities so we cannot deny it a visit. As we walk around downtown, it feels much more mellow than the super active city of Sydney. I enjoy the extreme contrast between the old and new buildings. Even more, I admire the bold risks taken in the modern buildings like SBS Studios and RMIT.
As we leave downtown, the area around the Olympic Park seems newer and there is more open space. We have a pleasant stroll in the botanical garden, admiring the various trees and plants. As we make our way out of the park, there is mob of runners who just got out of work and are going for their daily run. Once we escape the mass, we then make way for the bicyclers who keep on coming.
With a high reputation for wonderful food, we expand our budget for fine eats. However with so many choices, we consult a food guide at the bookstore for some help. We want to try Yu-U for Japanese food but after spending some time finding the place (an unmarked black door), we are turned away as they were fully booked for two days. As we are still determined to have Japanese food, we run into a cute place called Hako. The dishes are very tiny, but very tasty. With a little lemon juice, avocado, and shiso leaf added to the crabmeat, it makes a big difference in taste.
On our second night, we head to MoVida for tapas. Around this area are many cool alleyways filled graffiti art that help brighten up the rather dull alleys. At first glance, I wouldn’t think to find so many fine eateries and bars here. We even find ACDC Lane. The location of MoVida is great and the atmosphere reminds us a little of SF, but as much as we want to like this place, none of the dishes we try agree with our palette.
We even find time to squeeze in a little holiday shopping. Just as impressive as the modern architecture in the city is the inside of the shopping malls. At one mall, we are served a glass of free bubbly white wine. Then we find an adorable indoor lawn to relax on.
Overall, we find Melbourne to be a young hip city that is best explored when not on a budget.
|What We Paid:||AUD||USD||Euro|
|– Flight On Jetstar From Sydney To Melbourne||92/pp one-way||92.50||67.75|
|– Skybus From Melbourne Airport To City||16/pp||16||11.80|
|– Room At Formule 1 Hotel [clean and great location; book online for discount]||69/room||69||51|
|– Dinner at Hako||42/pp||42||31|
|– Dinner at MoVida||35/pp||35||25.75|
|– Pho Lunch||12/pp||12||9|
|– Coffee at Gridlock||3.20/pp||3.20||2.40|
|– Firefly Express Bus From City To Avalon Airport||20/pp||20||14.75|