Arrive in Melbourne and stop in at DeGraves Lane (off Flinders Lane) lined with cafés, one of the city’s favourite spots for caffeine. The Block Arcade is a fine example of 19th-century Melbourne, renowned for its etched glass canopy, mosaic tiled floor and intricate wrought iron.
Since 1878 Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market has been the place to buy fresh fruit and vegetables, small goods and treats. Wander through the old fashioned Deli Hall, rich in international imported spices, mounds of olives and piles of cheeses, and artisan local varieties made nearby. There are butchers selling native meats: kangaroo and crocodile among them, while outside the fruit and vegetable growers are selling organic potatoes, carrots, herbs and salad leaves. A great place to pick up items for a picnic, there are ready made foods including rotisserie cooked chickens and meat pies. The market also offers foodie, heritage, and ‘market insider’ shopping walking tours for a fee.
This evening, eat at one of Melbourne’s fine dining restaurants with a view, Vue de Monde, or head to Attica, which regularly appears on the prestigious S.Pellegrino World’s 100 Best Restaurant list.
Vue de Monde is located on the 55th floor of Melbourne’s iconic Rialto Tower, chef and owner Shannon Bennett’s restaurant, boasts sparkling skyline views which extend to the ranges far on the horizon. Bennett produces a la carte and degustation wonders - piped, pressed, brewed and blow-torched, that surprise and delight.
Alternatively head to Attica located in Ripponlea where head Chef Ben Shewry is perhaps Australia’s best-known chef abroad. The restaurant’s strong integration of native ingredients really sets Attica apart including Lilly Pilly and Illawarra plum pine to native saltbush leaves, marron, native peppers and nuts.