The Places Melburnians Don’t Want You to Know About
Melbourne is a treasure trove of laneways and suburbs bursting with some of the world’s best shopping, food and coffee. There are the usual spots that everyone visits e.g. Chapel St but where do the locals really go?
We’ve risked our local residency to provide you with some of the places you won’t find on TripAdvisor. Our suggestion is wear black and pretend to fit in as best you can.
The perfect pair of jeans does exist. Located in Sydney Road, Brunswick amongst a throng of bridal shops lies a discreet storefront that tailor-make jeans. And we mean tailor made. A seamstress will take your measurements and low and behold, a few days later you can collect the holy grail. Perfectly fitting jeans. For only $60. Run, don’t walk.
A bakery dedicated to croissants. Now how special can a croissant be? For the doubters, maybe try the twice baked Kouign Amann. A ‘traditional pastry from the Bretagne region of France, laminated with sugar and baked in a buttered, sugared mold until caramelised.’ Grown men have been known to cry if they miss out on the day’s batch. In typical Melbourne style, it is housed in a converted warehouse in the backstreets of Fitzroy.
Jocks Icecream & Sorbet
The locals queue for a hit of Hokey Pokey on any given sunny day. The secret to owner Jock Main’s irresistible ice cream is good quality ingredients such as double pasteurized full-cream milk. Buy a scoop or two on Victoria Avenue and wander down to the Albert Park foreshore. No doubt, you will soon be returning for a family-sized tub of liquid gold goodness.
Great name, even better coffee. Straight-up, black, white or filter coffee is on offer in this inner-city institution and don’t you dare ask for a non-fat caramel macchiato. The ‘standing room only’ sign really says it all, as the queue snakes out the door.
Third Drawer Down
This Collingwood shop is a curated collection of art you can actually put to practical use. It's a design studio, museum and shop all in one. Look for the graffiti-covered garage door and discover an eclectic mix of homewares and knick-knacks. We can’t think of a better place to purchase a Melbourne memento.
There is nothing better after a long day of shopping/sightseeing/swimming in the hotel pool than dumplings in Chinatown. Now there are good dumplings, and then there are dumplings you would sell your Grandma for. HuTong is where you go for the latter. The drunken chicken and the classic xiaolongbao are firm favourites.