Melbourne

If you want to get away from the world, Melbourne is a perfect city for you. The expansive Australian metropolis spreads across Port Phillip Bay on the continent’s southern coastline. This means that, with the exception of Tasmania, there is nothing south of its gleaming lights but Antarctica. While it is not the southernmost city in the world, this quality adds a sense of excitement to Melbourne for faraway travelers. In a way, it is the metropolis at the edge of the world, just like Adelaide. It is a city that offers everything a bustling urban landscape should, but that also has a quality of an escapade. If you ever get a chance to “get lost” in Port Phillip Bay area, you simply have to savor its irresistible homemade wines. So if you haven’t made any plans, here’s where to wine and dine in Melbourne.

Melbourne
Melbourne

Settle into the heart of the city

To kick things off, you can head to the very heart of Melbourne and visit its lauded Chinese restaurant Chin Chin. While this is not typically a place where you go to have wine, you simply cannot afford to miss the sublime assortment of meals this “food joint” offers. While Melbourne is renowned for its Chinese and Vietnamese kitchen, this spot of Finders Lane really takes the cake. Before you order one (or two, or three) of Chin Chin’s perfectly arranged meals, you can hang out in GoGo bar behind the restaurant and slowly take in the cityscape on street level.

Chin Chin, Melbourne
Chin Chin, Melbourne

A taste of Italian Mediterranean on Pacific

If you want something a bit more traditional and casual, with a scent of Italian kitchen, head to DOC Pizza & Mozzarella Bar Delicatessen in Mornington – a suburb that is located almost 60 kilometers south of Melbourne’s heart. Why? Because the pizzas, pastas and Italian salad plates are absolutely scrumptious and because heading there gives you a good excuse to take a tour of wider Port Phillip Bay Area. Mornington is a popular tourist area due to its quaint “small town” quality and incredible beachside vistas.

DOC, Melbourne
DOC, Melbourne

Head to the sumptuous Yarra Valley

Once you gaze upon the tranquil bucolic scenery of Yarra Valley and Warrandyte State Park, you will be flabbergasted that such sumptuous landscapes are located only ten kilometers away from Melbourne’s bustling downtown. If you want to wine and dine, this is the premier “backdrop” for your decadent adventuring. Head to the beautiful Olivigna winery for an irresistible tour of wine tasting that will open your appetite and then head to the restaurant that is a part of the establishment for a sublime meal which you can wash down with Yarra Valley’s signature Chardonnay.

Olivigna, Melbourne
Olivigna, Melbourne

Do a bit of (sub)urban exploration

While you are exploring the vibrant outskirts of Melbourne, make sure to stop by its bustling suburb of Springvale. As it has been mentioned before, Vietnamese kitchen in Melbourne is just as popular as Chinese, so you should head to the Hoa Tran Restaurant. This dining locale looks quite unassuming on the hectic Springvale Road, but don’t let the looks fool you – it’s a treasure trove of juicy Vietnamese meals prepared with broccoli and cashew seeds. After you’ve merely tasted some of their more gourmet recipes along with a glass of wine, you’ll surely consider Hoa Tran Restaurant well worth a trip.

Hoa Tran, Melbourne
Hoa Tran, Melbourne

Find the “Higher Ground”

Every big city around the world has its “it” locale. In Melbourne’s lively urban center, one of the most chic and drop-dead gorgeous wine and dine establishments you can find is definitely Higher Ground – an ultra modern, bright and spacious hybrid of restaurant, cafe and cocktail bar. The meals prepared and served in this exquisitely designed environment are quite innovative and refreshing, but it’s the wine menu that really sells this place. While you go to most restaurants to eat and have wine on the side, Higher Ground is the place where you have wine and eat on the side.

Higher Ground, Melbourne
Higher Ground, Melbourne

We all go on vacations to get some “time out” from our daily obligations and work. If you need to escape from everyday life and enjoy a relaxing escapade, Melbourne is one of the most “qualified” cities in the world for making you happy. A city on the coast of vast Pacific, it is geographically far away from any worldly unrest, while it also has everything a spoiled tourist requires. Above all else, it has a decadent cobweb of vineyards and restaurants which are tailor-made for a keen hedonist.

 

About the author

Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and surf the Internet. Her favourite writer is Tracy Chevalier and she always carries one of her books in her bag. She spends most of her free time at home walking her Labrador Retriever named Max. She is an avid lover of photography and a regular author at High Style Life. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.



Travel Guide

When to go: The best times to visit Sydney are September through November and from March to May.

Documents: Everyone travelling to Australia must present a valid and approved travel document as evidence of their identity and nationality. The most common and preferred travel document is a passport, but other types of travel documents could also be accepted.

The vast majority of travelers need to present the following documents to officers in immigration clearance:

  • a valid passport or other acceptable travel document
  • a valid visa or authority (including electronic visas)
  • a completed and signed Incoming Passenger card, including health and character declaration.

See here for more information: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav

Currency: The local currency is the australian dollar.

Time zone of Sydney: UTC/GMT +10 hours

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