This time last week I was high above the clouds on my way to Melbourne, looking forward to a weekend of relaxation and taking my mind off busy life distractions. I feel there’s no better time than now to reflect back on the weekend, and share with you my adventures.
We arrived in to Melbourne late on the Friday night, and the typical Melbourne weather was not so welcoming with a gusty sideways rain (plus we chose to fly cheap Tiger who lands a mile from the other airlines and has no undercover bridges to shelter the walk from the plane to terminal!). It must have been around midnight when we actually arrived at the apartment. We chose to stay in St Kilda, in hopes it would be beautiful sunny weather and we could bath at the beach, but once again, typical Melbourne weather was cold and wet. But lucky for us, St Kilda has much more to offer than just a pretty beach. Our apartment (this little gem from AirBNB) was at the end of Acland Street, so we had the best restaurants, bars, shopping and the best cakes in Melbourne, right at our doorstop. Each morning we would wonder down for the biggest and best breakfast on offer – my favourite being the French Toast at La Roche.
We spent our first day in Fitzroy, with a quick stop on the way at a $5 vintage warehouse sale in Brunswick (soooo many bargains!). I love exploring Fitzroy. The bustle of Brunswick Street, and the amazing foreign feeling I get when I am there – knowing there’s nothing like it at home. After a full day wondering the streets, spending too much money, we drove ourselves home to get ready for our night out. Our night out in Fitzroy. Back where we were before. Ha, it seems like a lot of travelling back and fourth, which it was, but it was worth it. We met up with a few friends who are currently living in Melbourne, for dinner at the Little Creatures Dining Hall. Afterwards we headed off in search of cheap drinks (all of us on a budget or having spent too much money during the day) and good music. We stumbled across a great little pub called the Rochester, and danced the night away!
Our second day was entirely dedicated to St Kilda (mainly because we didn’t have the energy to explore too far away from home). We threw ourselves amongst the atmosphere of Acland Street, and happily wasted our hours shopping, admiring the infamous cake shops, and chatting to the locals. By late Sunday afternoon, the bars and restaurants quickly turned up the Sunday atmosphere, and we joined in. A few too many Pinot Noirs later, and we made our way home.
We sadly learnt from St Kilda shop owners that beautiful Acland Street is at risk from a new government project for a bigger tram system. With a bigger tram will come a complete transformation of the street & it’s atmosphere, barricading both sides of the street, banning cars, and ultimately stripping the street of it’s character (and the shops of their patrons!). It would be such a shame to see this happen, let’s hope the petitions have power to stop it. Find out more here.