Melbourne it’s one of the most liveable cities in the world! If you’re in town and don’t know what to see or where to go, Best Design Guides has a fabulous selection for you. From the Best Design Hotels to the best events to attend, we’ve got it all. Enjoy this awesome review from this Cosmopolitan City.
This entirely refurbished boutique hotel and dessert restaurant is set to be a hit with the supper crowd. Adelphi has been renovated and spruced up with a funky/retro/industrial bent. A lot of the furniture looks like it would be right at home in Mad Men and the colors and textures of the hotel are tastefully based on desserts.
A.187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 3000
T. 03 8080 8888
Hotel Lindrum Melbourne is a unique 59 room boutique hotel that combines modern design with the ultimate in contemporary facilities and personalised service. In every room you can find the best wood furnishings, polished floors and super-comfortable beds.
A.26 Flinders Street
Melbourne Victoria 3000
T. +61 3 9668 1111
F. +61 3 9668 1199
The Prince is a luxury boutique hotel in cosmopolitan
St Kilda, minutes away from the beach and many of Melbourne’s fine restaurants. But don’t be fooled by the tranquil facade with glimpses of the bay through tree-lined Fitzroy Street.
A. 2 Acland St, St Kilda 3182
T.03 9536 1111
4- The Como
The Como Melbourne is situated in the 630 Chapel Street, the city’s top destination for fashion and shopping. Many celebrities have passed through its doors, including famous international artists, musicians and actors. Each visit has added to the legend of The Como Melbourne, which features 107 modern rooms.
A.630 Chapel St, South Yarra 3141
T.03 9825 2222
5- The Olsen
Every room at The Como – Melbourne features luxury bedding and bathrooms. Some suites also feature a kitchen. The hotel has a brasserie which serves breakfast, and a popular bar with an extensive cocktail list.The hotel embodies contemporary minimalist design and elegant urban style.
A.637-641 Chapel St, South Yarra 3141
T.03 9040 1222
1- Vue De Monde
Vue de monde, at level 55 of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto building, is testament to the belief that restaurant dining can be a wondrous, unforgettable experience and pays homage to classical fine dining in a sophisticated, modern context.
A. L55, Rialto Tower, 525 Collins St, Melbourne, Australia.
T +61 3 9691 3888
Rosetta is the latest Melbourne venture from restaurateur and chef Neil Perry.Designed by Burley Katon Halliday, Rosetta has floor-to-ceiling windows ripple down one side partly enveloped by soft scalloped curtains. Chandeliers sprout out of ornate domed ceilings, the light twinkling off an embarrassment of marble: chequered floors; polished bar; tables surrounded by plush red velvet banquettes trimmed with gold brocade.
A.Crown Complex, Southbank, Melbourne, Australia.
T. +61 3 8648 1999.
Exotic, atmospheric and transformative of its Crown complex shell, Spice Temple exemplifies the best of high-end dining, where a sense of occasion bordering on fantasy is called for. The experience and finesse of Neil Perry’s Rockpool dynasty is evident in the accomplished match between food and place.
A Melbourne Crown Entertainment Complex
8 Whiteman Street
Southbank Vic 3006
T. +61 3 8679 1888
Working closely with renowned design studio, Hecker Guthrie and artisanal suppliers, Ruyi is a combination of premium food, wine and atmosphere. The interior palate is a very specific nod to traditional Chinese crimson and jade colours, in a modern context with its oxblood and sage tones.
A. 16 Liverpool Street Melbourne 3000
T. (03) 9090 7778
Fitted out by Hecker Guthrie, Zhou Zhou has a distinctly chilled vibe, where people can help themselves to cutlery and kick back at a table or a wicker lounge set, surrounded by mosaic murals.
A. 455 Chapel Street (upstairs), South Yarra
T (03) 9826 0168
Barro, an ex-buyer with Georges on Collins, is one of Melbourne’s true fashion aficionados. Her whimsical boutique, Christine, is the place to go to gorge on the most remarkable fashion accessories.
A. 181 Flinders Lane, city. Ph: 9654 2011
Hardy Brothers has built a reputation for service, quality and design by providing a unique shopping experience for anyone looking for the very best jewellery, timepieces and giftware in Australia.
A.338 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
T. +61 3 9624 5300
3.Bourke Street Mall
It’s not really a mall in the American sense of the word; rather it is a pedestrian only section of Bourke Street full of all the big name stores like Myer and David Jones. If you are looking for up-market clothing and trinkets, then this is one of the spots you want to spend a day wandering through.
4. Queen Victoria Market
Queen Victoria Market can be easily accessed by the 55 tram, or walk north up Elizabeth Street, is a must-do while in Melbourne. This gigantic market has everything from souvenirs to food. This is one of the largest markets of its kind in the world, and you just will not get through the entire thing in one day. Aside from the clothing and stuff, they have a huge area of fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats. Forget the grocery store; this is where you want to shop for food if you have a room with a kitchen.
5. Collins Street
Collins Street is where you take your limitless American Express. Seriously. There are wonders galore in the uppity rich shops here, but they come at a hefty price. Even if your bank account isn’t close to that of Bill Gates, you should at least go have a look. There are some very cool items here to drool over.
Art & Culture
Visit Melbourne’s inner-city oasis. More than 10,000 plant species from around the world are presented in a kaleidoscope of colour and texture. Sweeping lawns, tranquil lakes and majestic trees are home to an amazing range of wildlife.
Nationa Gallery of Vicoria features arts covering both Eastern and Western hemispheres, ancient and modern, the fine arts and the applied decorative ones.
A180 St. Kilda Road, Melbourne, Victoria 8004, Australia (Southbank)
T. 61 3 8620 2222
Melbourne Museum explores life in Victoria, from our natural environment to our culture and history.
Located in Carlton Gardens, opposite the historic Royal Exhibition Building, the award-winning Melbourne Museum houses a permanent collection in eight galleries, including one just for children.
A.11 Nicholson St | Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria 3001, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
T. +61 3 8341 7777
Gallery featuring innovative contemporary and historic Australian screen-based art through interactive exhibits, large-scale projections, computer animations and digital media
A.Flinders Street | Federation Square, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia (Melbourne CBD)
T. (03) 8663 2583
A. 8 Ballarat Street, Melbourne, Victoria VIC 3013, Australia
T. (03)9362 0999
1. Paris Cat
The Paris Cat is one of Melbourne’s Premier Jazz Clubs. Established in 2006, this intimate and unique venue hosts a vibrant underground Jazz scene and was voted one of the best World music venues in Australia.
A.6 Goldie Place, Melbourne, Victoria, Austrália (Melbourne CBD)
T. 9642 4711
They salute the USA with both fists, a boatload of bourbon and Buffalo hot wings at the Kodiak Club. This was one of Melbourne’s first odes to the great American dive bar, and it’s still one of the best. They take bourbon and rye whiskies pretty seriously here. Take it straight up with an American beer chaser like a proper honky, or get ‘em to mix you a cocktail – American whiskies were the first used for cocktails, and they often work the best.
270 Russell Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Austrália (Anteriormente Chez Regine Le Bar)
03 9654 1284
3.The Comic Lounge
Melbourne’s biggest and best comedy club featuring the stars of comedy from around Australia and the world!he Comics Lounge
26 Errol Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3051, Austrália
03 9348 9488
4. Mrs Parmas
Mrs. Parma’s is Melbourne’s first and only Bar/Bistro specializing in Parmagiana’s and Victorian micro brewery beers, right in the heart of the city.
Located in Melbourne’s C.B.D at “the top end” of town Mrs. Parma’s is close to theatres, shopping, accommodation and major sporting venues.
So what ever your reason to be in Melbourne Mrs. Parma’s is the perfect spot to meet, eat, relax and grab a drink or get ready for your special night out.
19-25 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Austrália
5- Bennet Lane Jazz Club
Take the journey from sketch to screen and see rarely seen drawings, models, original artworks and more from DreamWorks’ much-loved animated classics.
2. Les Misérables
4 Jul – 20 Dec 2014
See Valjean, Fantine and Cosette take to the stage in Victor Hugo’s classic story. It’s one of the world’s most popular musicals. Don’t miss out.
2013 Caulfield Cup Winner Fawkner
3. Spring Racing Carnival
20 Sep – 23 Nov 2014
Soak up the buzz on and off the track as glamourous punters and champion thoroughbreds descend on Melbourne for six weeks of Spring Carnival action.
26 Sep – 31 Dec 2014
Discover the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician and the singer who inspires him as Once makes its Australian debut.
5. Melbourne Festival
10 – 26 Oct 2014
Premier annual celebration of the arts in the fields of theatre, dance, visual arts, opera and music