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MELBOURNE CITY GUIDE

Kate Bonnett

THERE'S NOTHING NOT TO LOVE about Melbourne.  

It’s your quick duck out of your city for the weekend, a business day trip, your home away from home or a ‘staycation’ (if you are, in fact, from Melbourne).

For any of the reasons that see you fit to frequent Melbourne, it’s a city to celebrate when it comes to eating, shopping, playing and sleeping.

Laneways filled with street art, streets filled with the hustle and bustle of city life, and amongst it all - a city adorned with culture, wonderment and warmth.

Fashion, food and events are all more than adequate reasons to take the trip. Especially in Autumn when the weather is prime for whipping out your favourite layering pieces and taking your wintery tastebuds for a test run.

You can’t quite describe Melbourne unless you have physically and mentally felt the effects. So read on and let us not have to convince you…

STAY //

Notel
A hotel on top of a carpark. Please repeat? A hotel on top of a carpark. Yes, we give you, NOTEL. A hotel that’s not a hotel. On the roof of a carpark situated on Flinders Lane, owned by James Fry and his father, you will find six Airstream Caravans from the 70’s nestled along pink and white paint splattered walls and on blood red carpeted floors. Inside, they're surprisingly spacious with smooth white and grey interiors with soft pink touches. You’ll sleep with bamboo sheets, drink Paul Louis Champagne and eat gourmet chocolates and chips from the free mini bar (yes… free), all the while enjoying them on your private deck. Later cleanse off with premium bathroom products and resign to your queen size bed. P.S. There’s free parking too (after all you are on top of a car park).
388 Flinders Ln, Melbourne Vic, 3000 | Ph: 0428 952 559

Park Hyatt Melbourne
The ever luxurious and exclusive accommodation at the Park Hyatt has so much to offer if you are up for an indulgent stay. The Hyatt is renowned for its contemporary fit out, combined with elegance and flare. Guests can enjoy an award winning dining experience at the radii restaurant & bar, relax in the decedent lounge and of course devote yourself to Melbourne’s favourite day spa - Be graced with the ‘home away from home’ feeling as the Spa is fragranced by Lumira candles, which you can purchase in their shop as well. Located 23km from the airport and in walking distance from Melbourne Museum, hotshot shopping spots, delectable cafes and bars, it’s in the perfect area for an all-round Melbourne experience.
1 Parliament Square, off Parliament Place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 3002 | Ph: 03 9224 123

SHOP //

Green With Envy
As one of the most cultivated fashion stores in Australia, Green with Envy will definitely have that specific piece you’re after – you know the one. Whether it’s the perfect Alexander Wang tee or a beautifully structured Dion Lee dress for a date night, it’s here. Most of the beauty within this store (besides the breathtaking fabrics and silhouetted pieces), comes from the relationship GWE has with the designers they stock and how they endeavour to find up and coming designers within Australia. They combine the rest of the worlds’ style with ours, which is what makes this store so unique and eye opening to be in.
268 Flinders Ln, Melbourne Vic, 300 Ph: 03 9663 8043 | 517 Chapel St, South Yarra Vic, 314Ph: 03 9006 9056

Home By Tribal
Built from a passion for collecting one of a kind pieces from around the world, Home By Tribal is a carefully curated selection of bespoke and one off homewares and furnishings. Marble cheese boards, feathered wall hangings, Moroccan brass pots and our Lumira candles are just a few of the beautiful products to be found in this eclectic store. 
54 Church Street, Hawthorn Vic, Ph: 03 9855 0447

Avoca2
Avoca2 is your must stop-off spot in South Yarra for beautiful fashion - for him and her - as well as lifestyle products that will make you want to consider restyling your home or taking a trip somewhere exotic!
2 Avoca Street, South Yarra, VIC.

The Cool Hunter
Inspired by art and culture, The Cool Hunter in Prahran is your destination for all things... cool. Whether it be beautiful fragrance, artworks or homewares, The Cool Hunter is a manifestation of all things cool and creative that have served to inspire founder, Bill Tikos. 
142 Commercial Road, Prahran, VIC.

Tiger & Peacock
Located in Fitzroy North, we can't help but vie enviably for everything you will find inside the Tiger & Peacock store. Whether it be a beautiful trinket, homeware or piece of clothing, everything here is about incredible craftsmanship, sprinkled with an air of uniqueness!
187 St Georges Road Fitzroy North

EAT //

Lune Croissant
“It is not a shop. It is not a factory. It is a space for the baker…” A visionary croissanterie, Lune Croissant is a place where bakers strive to make nothing but perfect croissants. First starting out as a ‘hole in the wall’ joint, Lune soon realised the gushing responses from the public and evolved into something bigger but also something of perfection and love. Sourcing the highest quality ingredients, they are treated with respect and dignified with the utmost attention to detail to consistently make a delicious croissant. Their croissants are like a relationship - so deep in love, with so many layers. Requiring attention, time and commitment with bursts of excitement and new discoveries that are visionary flavours and pushed boundaries.
119 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC, 3065

The Crux & Co
At Crux & Co, the team and what they create is all about balance and choices. Depending on what your eyes or taste buds seek out first - you have buttery pastries on one side and Korean inspired savoury dishes on the other. Croissants, tarts and eclairs are the culprits (house made), that’ll have your knees weak for more. Roti wraps, Green papaya salads, roasted vegetables with rib eye steak and toasted bread are but to name a few on the lunch menu. We won’t even get into the French toast with edible flowers and fairy floss. Looking delightfully Swedish, the interiors are bright and minimal making it a fresh experience, without the feeling of being cramped.
27 Little Collins St, Melbourne Vic, 3000  

PLAY //

National Gallery of Victoria
In its glory and stature, the NGV is the oldest and most visited art gallery in Australia. Situated in two buildings – International and Australia – the gallery houses exhibitions from overseas and from local artists nation wide. In the past it has held incredible exhibitions from celebrated artists and fashion visionaries Degas and Viktor & Rolf, David Hockney and John Olsen. Each of these attracting audiences from all around the world to see the works, but also how the Australian art community displays such history within its walls. This year visit Melbourne, stay a night or two and see exhibits for Van Gogh, Hokusai and The House of Dior. Enjoy the gallery and shop on your way out – there’s everything from fashion to stationery to kids’ books and treasures. Immerse yourself in another world whilst still in our own.
180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne Vic, Ph: 03 8662 1555

The Malthouse Theatre
At Malthouse Theatre you will find local and international artists showcasing talent that is sought out to shake our cores and to reach further into the depth of the human experience. A vividly curated season for 2017 has everything from comedy acts (some that are a little cheeky) and performances to push the boundaries and really make you think. These are the theatrical works that leave you questioning your own thoughts. Monash being one of the theatres biggest partners, audience goers will be informed with real, experienced talk from people in the business about the Season of 2017; the season in search of ‘radical compassion’.
113 Sturt St, Southbank, Vic 3006 Ph: 03 9685 5111

YOU HAD US AT MONTECITO

Ali Fleming

THERE'S A REASON CELEBRITIES flock to Montecito in Santa Barbara County. It exudes a certain luxury, but without the flashing lights of Los Angeles. The coast, the architecture and the five star dining - really, who could ask for a more formidable mix? No wonder Oprah just dropped a cool $28 mill on a farm homestead in Montecito!

 Image of Lotusland via Pinterest.

Image of Lotusland via Pinterest.

LOTUSLAND BOTANICAL GARDENS
Founded by Polish opera singer, garden enthusiast and Montecito local, Madame Ganna Walska, Lotusland is now a public garden and plays home to over 3,000 species of plants from around the world (yes, there is an Australian garden). Horticultural enthusiasts and nature lovers will undoubtedly wander through this incredible garden in awe of what Madame Walska curated over the 40 years she lived on site at Lotusland.

CASA DEL HERRERO
Casa Del Herrero is Spanish Colonial Revival architecture at its finest. Take a tour of this lavish 1930s setting and be awed, not only by the architectural finesse, but the garden surrounds. This is definitely a tourist hotspot, so be prepared that your #InstaPic may not be completely devoid of people meandering senselessly in front of your lens. However, rest assured - the perfect capture of this astoundingly beautiful, heritage site is well worth the wait. 

 Image via Tre Lune

Image via Tre Lune

TRE LUNE
There is something wonderfully classic about Tre Lune. Perhaps it's the white table cloths or the many photo frames that line the walls? More than anything, the flavours of the the simple, yet authentically Italian menu has us hooked! If there is one restaurant to visit while in Montecito, Tre Lune is it. 

 Image via Jenni Kayne.

Image via Jenni Kayne.

JENNI KAYNE
A word to the wise prior to entering Jenni Kayne's Montecito boutique - prepare to divest oneself of both your current wardrobe and... savings. Jenni Kayne's boutique is the epitome of cool girl shopping and will have you positively salivating over the impeccable collections instore. But wait, there's more! Pop across the parking lot and indulge in something for the home too. Thank us later!

IT'S ROADTRIP TIME | SANTA BARBARA

Ali Fleming

WHEN AN OPPORTUNITY to take a road trip (even a mini one) presents itself, you seize that opportunity. So, when a work trip to Los Angeles came up, we promptly checked over our itinerary, found a couple of days and made some plans. However, first things first - post landing at LAX, it's time to reacquaint ourselves with this incredible city - it's a sensory overload! 

Our first stop is to say hello to our lovely new Lumira stockist, Shoppe By Amber Interiors (a must-visit if you are in town). While the online store will have you reaching for your credit card, why not take it for a spin to Calabasas - the very heart of Shoppe By Amber Interiors.

 Image via Shoppe By Amber Interiors

Image via Shoppe By Amber Interiors

For the health conscious Angeleno, Gracias Madre is the place to go for lunch or dinner. It's vegan... and astonishingly delicious. The guacamole and house made chips are enough to quell any complaints from a meat-eating dinner companion and while we certainly came for the Mexican food (and knockout interiors), we stayed for the tequila. 

 Image via Sound Decision AV

Image via Sound Decision AV

But enough about L.A. We're heading 95 miles north to Santa Barbara. While the coastline certainly isn't unfamiliar, there is nothing quite so Californian dreaming as the Pacific Coast Highway (we're taking the scenic route).

If you've come all this way, it would be rude not to make a pitstop at The Jolly Oyster at Ventura Beach. BYO Californian rosé and find a picnic bench to eat the freshest of fresh oysters and clams. If the neo-hippies parked at the bench beside you - Moët in one hand, oysters in the other - are anything to go by, we'd be right in saying that this, right here, is living. 

Lumira_The Jolly Oyster

Back on the road and with Santa Barbara in our sights, we're ticking off some of our must-do's is this classic Californian beach town!

EAT //

The Lark
If you are only going to eat one meal while in Santa Barbara, let it be at The Lark - it has carved a name for itself as a Santa Barbara 5-star dining institution and it's no surprise why. Locally sourced and responsibly grown produce is the order of the day when it comes to the menu at The Lark. Equally as impressive is the interiors of The Lark - did someone say mahogany and exposed light fittings?

La Super Rica Taqueria
Expect a line - sometimes for an hour - if La Super Rica Taqueria is on your Santa Barbara bucket list (which, it should be). When Julia Child - the queen of French gastronomy in America - announced La Super Rica Taqueria was the Mexican joint to visit upon any trip to Santa Barbara, fans flocked and word spread. La Super Rica Taqueria is one of the best spots for delicious, fresh Mexican fare and equally delicious prices. 

Olio Pizzeria
We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't give special mention to Olio Pizzeria - who doesn't want to know where the most delicious local pizza spot is when visiting a new city? The more casual dining experience to sister venue, Olio e Limone, Olio Pizzeria is the perfect spot to round out a busy day. Settle in with a glass of vino and let the incredible staff serve you up an artisanal Italian meal. 

DRINK //

Les Merchands Wine Bar & Merchants

Located in the Funk Zone, Les Merchands Wine Bar & Merchants is where you will find serious wine aficionados... and seriously good wine. However, forget about pretension - this place is all about good times and good friends. If you're feeling peckish, order some small share plates to accompany a delicious local drop!

The Imperial
Located in Goleta, a city located in Southern Santa Barbara district, The Imperial is located in an unassuming parking lot. At this point you are wondering why we've a) taken you out of central Santa Barbara and b) taken you to a dark parking lot. Step through the nondescript doorway, into the dimly lit bar and order a cocktail. Now you know why. Wanting to make like a local? Order a cucumber margarita, sit back and enjoy your surrounds. It's not everyday you find a gem of a place like The Imperial.

Outpost
While Outpost should certainly be on the list for brunch, the libations here are imaginative and perfect post ocean swim. Book a table outdoors and enjoy a Tommy's Margarita. The setting, not unlike the hotel in which it is situated, epitomises Cali-cool!

 Image via Goodland

Image via Goodland

STAY //

Bacara Resort & Spa
The Santa Barbara lifestyle very much revolves around the incredible coastline. So when Bacara Resort says "vista views of the sea and sky" they mean it. Bacara is all about the experience - daily yoga and pilates classes (overlooking the sea), poolside cabanas (at all three pools... that overlook the sea) and wine tours that undoubtedly finish... by the sea. While you may well want to reserve Bacara for a romantic getaway, rest assured the resort is both child and pet friendly. 

The Wayfarer
The Wayfarer is where the cool kids stay. Part hotel, part hostel, this new accomodation is located only moments away from Santa Barbara's Funk Zone and Urban Wine Trail. Don't let the thought of loud, unkempt backpackers put you off a stay here. The Wayfarer is casual, but not flakey on the luxurious amenities - your choice of a queen or king bed in the private rooms, free Wifi, complimentary continental breakfast and if you're feeling a little rambunctious, communal Ping Pong and Jenga to your hearts content. 

Goodland - A Kimpton Hotel
Located outside central Santa Barbara, Goodland can be found in the suburb of Goleta. This is So-Cal at its finest - think coastal cuisine, standup paddle boarding and cocktails at sundown. The beautiful rooms make for luxurious break from all the outdoor activity you will enjoying under the Cali sun. Not only that, Goodland plays home to restaurant and cocktail bar, Outpost (as above). We don't blame you if your Santa Barbara vacation ends up being a Goleta getaway!

 Image via Conde Nast Traveller

Image via Conde Nast Traveller

PLAY //

Santa Barbara is unrivalled when it comes to Californian coastal beauty - some say it's the American Riviera. So with that in mind, make a dip in the ocean the first order of the day. Now it's time to hit Santa Barbara's Funk Zone. The Funk Zone district lays claim to the area between the ocean and Highway 101 and sits adjacent to the Amtrak Station. Not sure what to expect from the Funk Zone? Wine tasting rooms, cafes, galleries and beautiful boutiques.