It’s hardly possible to have just one passion. I have two and enjoy the most when it’s possible to combine them. As an enthusiastic traveler and fashion aficionado the best travel for me is in some city where I can explore the sights and shop some clothes. Melbourne is a city rich with everything you need for a fulfilled day and great memories. The vibrant culture, stunning architecture and oh-my-good-awesometastic boutiques will leave this city forever in the heart of every true travel and fashion lover. Let me be your guide through the wonders of Melbourne, and hopefully one day, you’ll follow my footsteps.
Where to Sleep?
Though you won’t get a lot of sleep due to all of the excitements in exploring Melbourne, it’s important to get quality sleep. I could wholeheartedly recommend to anyone to visit some of the Art Series hotels (The Cullen, The Olsen and The Blackman) named after extraordinary Australian artists. If you are less of an artist soul and more of an adventurer, consider short trip to the Yarra Valley wine region where you can stay at charming and chic private cabins. Have your camera set for some snaps if you see some kangaroos hopping by.
Food and Drinks
You can’t visit some city and head to McDonalds first. Get to know local dishes and drinks and, trust me, in Melbourne you’ll have plenty of delicious treats for your taste buds. If you are staying in some of the private cabins in Yarra Valley, eat at the marvelous restaurants there where you can try seasonal food made in local manner. For a more exotic taste, visit the urban hit Combi where you can try breathtaking authentic smoothies. This is a city of coffee lovers, so if you, as myself, belong to this special kind of people, every bar in Melbourne is the right one for you. Wine lovers won’t be neglected too.
Favourite Part: Shopping
I consider visiting Melbourne without going to shopping, a mortal sin. You simply cannot skip all of the amazing boutiques in Bourke Street. When in Melbourne you have to shop some authentic Australian brands such as Green with Envy, Josh Goot and Sass & Bide and Dion Lee. I adore wondering off from these high-style stores and head to some vintage shops this city is rich with. Though I adore shopping, I also love having money in my wallet and vintage style is always a plus. Out of all boutiques and retail stores, Melbourne warehouse sale is my favourite way of shopping, because of all of the excitement that goes with digging through bunch of clothes and find amazing unique pieces.
What to See and Do?
Melbourne is one of the greatest street art cities in the world with amazing art expressions throughout the town. If you, besides fashion and travel, love history too, be sure to visit local museums and historic landmark of Cooks’ Cottage. Melbourne Star Observation Wheel is the only such construction in Australia, so one spin on it is a must. I always try to put on my finest outfit I bought in this fashion centre and head to some of the theatres in the city. And for whole different experience, try hot air ballooning. For the end, I would recommend , a tour through Queen of all markets, The Queen Victoria Market, a fine mixture of all the cultures and ethnicities in Melbourne.
If you ever wonder in this lovely city, try to experience it with all of your senses, and take with you nice memories... and a pile of clothes.
Guest Post by: Peter Minkoff
Peter is a fashion stylist and a writer located in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked from many local fashion companies as a trend forecaster. Beside fashion, he loves traveling and roaming through vintage stores. He’s future plans are in creating his own styling business.