Two years ago my best friend and I were sitting in a coffee shop in London dreaming our lives away, I had just decided that I was going off travelling and was desperate for her to join me. We always talked about going on a big trip together (usually when we were drunk and loving life!) and last week it finally happened – we would finally be travelling Australia together! I was due to fly to Melbourne and meet Lucy, who had been travelling around Japan, on the 2nd of April but Cyclone Debbie had other ideas and left me flooded in Lismore (you can read about that here!).
After switching my flights around (thanks Jetstar!) it was finally time to meet Lucy in Melbourne, which was super exciting because I hadn’t visited Melbourne before and it was Lucy’s first time in Oz! Lucy came to meet me in the city and there were lots of tears and hugs and we couldn’t believe we were finally reunited after 7 months apart – the longest separation to date! Now the fun could begin, lets explore Melbourne!
Spoiler alert – we’re both pretty shit at organising stuff so neither of us had done any research into what to do in Melbourne but luckily, like any city, there is always something going on! Our first day was spent walking around in the sunshine checking out the street art around Hosier Lane.
Visiting the lanes of street art in Melbourne is high up in all the guide books as something to see and I have to say I really enjoyed walking around and seeing it all. I’d heard mixed reviews about it but I really liked it, it’s colourful, you can take great photos there and best of all it’s free!
The following day was freezing and wet so we decided to take the tram to Fitzroy – the hipster part of town. We looked around the shops, grabbed a coffee whilst planning the rest of our stay and had dinner at Smith and Daughter, a great vegan restaurant. Being a Sunday alot of places were shut…! (see told you we’re shit at organising!)
Fitzroy is great and we both really liked it there, lots of trendy coffee shops and cafes, vintage shops, unique bars and now home to the biggest vegan shop in the WORLD! We were freezing cold and it was raining so we took shelter in a really nice bar where we drank cider and made friends with a huge dog that looked like a bear!
We loved Fitzroy and were sad that so many places were shut because it was a Sunday so we got up the next day and went back there, this time the sun was shining and it was great to walk around. We looked around the op shops (charity shops to you english folk) had lunch in a vegan cafe and just enjoyed walking around without being freezing! (Seriously Melbourne, your weather is crazy!)
One thing that I instantly love about Melbourne is the colour of the city, there is street art around every corner and it gives the city such character. Fitzroy has a real charm about it, lots of little quirky shops and it reminded us of the more hipster parts of London which we both think is a good thing!
I’d heard mixed reviews about Melbourne, I know people who absolutely love it there and people who have visited and come away unimpressed. I for one really like this city, I will admit there isn’t loads to do and it doesn’t have huge ‘tourist attractions’ but it does have huge charm and character. I love the artsy feel of the city and the colour and vibrancy that is here.
It reminds me alot of London, especially Fitzroy, I also love that fact that even though you’re in a big city it’s very green, the city is lined with trees and there are lots of parks and open spaces to chill in, plus it has beautiful botanical gardens. So far Melbourne gets a thumbs up from me!
Any suggestions of where to visit in Melbourne? Any must have sights to see?!