Ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities and labelled as the Australian ‘New York’, I had the chance to visit the reputable city of Melbourne for a short weekend trip with my boyfriend, who studies Medicine at the nearby university.
I arrived in Melbourne on Friday morning and spent the day on campus with my boyfriend as he introduced me to his roommates followed by a brief tour on and off campus. One thing I noticed was how spaced out and open everything is. If you looked into the distance, there was nothing really that prevented your line of sight and you could see miles and miles ahead of you.
The next day we woke up early to catch the express train to Melbourne CBD where we would be staying for the weekend.
It was my first time visiting Melbourne’s CBD so we had lots to see and explore as we walked up and down the shopping strips around Bourke street, Little Collins and near the Emporium. The first thing I did notice was that it was like an extended version of Sydney’s own CBD at Pitt street. Everything from the roads, to the stores (H&M was a dream and there were so many boutique stores including my ultimate fave high end brand, Rag&Bone) were bigger and more accessible to get around by. Little takeaway stalls and pop-up cafes were conveniently scattered around each shopping venture, making it easy to shop and eat and shop some more.
There was even a free tram line that went around Melbourne’s CBD which my boyfriend and I were grateful for after walking for hours on end in the shopping vicinity.
For lunch we went to a Chinese noodle place called Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express where we had chicken and lamb broth noodles. It was under $15 each and the service was super fast and filled us up so we were satisfied.
After that, we went to check in at our AirBnb located on William street that had such a spectacular view overlooking the park and all of the city.
It was my first time using AirBnb and I highly recommend it because the service is so easy to use and first time users get $50 off your first stay.
We shopped some more whilst drinking our Starbucks Frappuchinos, embodying the stereotypical tourist city-goers and finished the night dining on pizza in a cozy fire-lit alley.
After dinner, we walked some more, soaking in the hustle and bustle of Melbourne’s night life and caught a ‘Melbourne style’ yellow taxi back to our apartment. The night time views were absolutely spectacular. Because we were so high (23rd floor) our view included all the building lights, sky terraces and even the ocean so there was so much to take in. But at the same time, we felt distant because the sounds were distant since we were so high up so we felt far away even though we were looking down on everything.
The next day we rose pretty early due to Daylight savings (much to our advantage) and continued our little adventure with some from Starbucks to fuel our day ahead. We passed the Melbourne Museum and walked around Bourke street where we were greeted with buskers playing electric guitar and a group of silent disco dancers making their way across the street.
We went to watch ‘Ghost in a shell’ starring Scarlett Johansson which was set in the near future where scientists were able to transplant human brains inside a robotic body “ghost shell” for military and terrorist purposes.
The highlight of our trip was definitely exploring the city. Because we only had a weekend, we were limited to venturing further out, which is what we will do the next time we visit.
My next blog post will be top Sydney brunch places so lookout for that. If you have any recommendations of things to do or places to eat in either Sydney or Melbourne, be sure to leave them in the comments section down below 🙂
Thanks so much for reading and have a beautiful day lovelies xo