This guest post comes from UK contributor Julia of Stylonylon.
You know you when you arrive somewhere and you’re immediately hit by a sense of ‘this is the place for me’? Well, that’s what it felt like being in Melbourne. We had just 24 hours in the city (an hour’s flight south of Sydney) and, the sun blazing, I set off with my camera to get a feel for the place.
We stayed in a boutique hotel south of the Yarra river in the suburb of Prahran (colloquially ‘Pran’) which, once home to Melbourne’s hippie community, is now jam packed with more than 980 cafés, al fresco restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.
The main shopping street is the iconic Chapel Street where we had an amazing sunlit breakfast at Speakeasy before taking a wander. Several blocks long, I loved seeing how the street changed – aesthetically pleasing run-down shop fronts side by side with glass-fronted cafes streamed with light, to lots of great shopping boutiques, antique shops, and second hand stores.
Later on, we headed north to the Central Business District for a walk by the river. Towering office blocks were set off by colourful sculptures, interesting spaces and pianos scattered around for anyone to play. Finishing off with cooling chocolate ice-cream, I was genuinely sad as the day came to end. A beautiful city with so much more to explore, I can’t wait to go back!
Have you been to Melbourne? What are some of your favorite spots there?
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