Explodingbelly’s Melbourne Itinerary 2018

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Hello guys, it’s been a 2 weeks (I know this post took too long) since I’m back from the best place I’ve been to in my life – Melbourne. The chill vibes, beautiful skies and cafe culture (minus the high expenses) held my heart in captive within this beautiful city.

I know I’ve been harping on coming up with this itinerary since 5 days  2 weeks ago, but I just have TOO MANY photos to edit and well.. too much adult responsibilities. Ya take so long to write, writing a novel meh? Haha! Also, if some of you were wondering why I can’t just forward my raw itinerary, it’s because I didn’t write anything down and I kept it in my head la, and there are quite a few impromptu additions. Ya, my memory is also very good.

The full travelogue with more details on the happenings on each day would be out by the end of March, so please stay tuned to my entertaining monologue ok! For those who can’t wait long enough for that , this post is for you guys and I’ll also be inserting individual review links + menu and prices to the cafes I’ve been to in the coming month!

Day 1

If there’s a hotel that you’re looking to stay at for the best convenience, Holiday Inn On Flinders makes a darn good one.

Located right in the heart of the CBD area of Melbourne, we walked to almost all of our destinations from our hotel and it’s also just a 10 mins walk away from one of the BIGGEST FACTORY OUTLETS in Melbourne – DFO South Wharf. If there’s another advice from my trip to Melbourne, GOOGLE MAPS is a darn good help to get to ANYWHERE.

First stop – 10 minutes walk from Holiday Inn On Flinders

Higher Ground

By the same team behind Melbourne’s popular cafes – Top Paddock and The Kettle Black.

650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Monday to Wed – 7am to 4pm, Thursday & Friday – 7am to 11pm
Saturday – 8am to 11pm, Sunday – 8am to 4pm

They’ve got an AMAZING, AMAZING looking place and great looking food. This place really raises the bar for the design of the cafes in Melbourne.

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I could stay here forever.

Their famous Ricotta Hotcakes!

Their famous Ricotta Hotcakes!

Well.. Quality and taste of food + coffee wise, I have had a lot better. Disappointing but still worth a visit BECAUSE of how good the place looks.

2. Spencer Outlet Store

201 Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
Opening hours: Everyday 10am to 6pm, Friday till 8pm

Located just across the road from Higher Ground.

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201 Spencer St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia

Pretty decent store with factory outlets from brands like Cotton On, Forever New, Crumpler etc.

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Crumpler with prices ranging from S$20+ to S$120

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3. Manchester Press for a Coffee Break

8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Weekdays 7am to 5pm, Weekends 9am to 5pm

Hidden within a narrow alley and known for their coffee and BAGELS, they are a perfect hangout for most Gen Y Hipsters.

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Turn into the alley once you see this Cat.

You won’t be able to quite spot the cafe from the entrance of the alley, PLUS there were many alleys over there with a myriad of restaurants, cafes and irrelevant stores.

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Inconspicuous exterior

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The interior

Their mocha was pretty good with balanced notes, but it made me wonder if the coffee in Melbourne were only just it. Visited them at 4.30pm and were denied from sitting in the cafe to have our coffee since they end their operations at 4pm. Hmm.

Once you’re here, you’re within the vicinity of the shopping precinct in the CBD area. There’s Bourke Street Mall, Emporium Melbourne (Houses all the luxury brands) and a very architecturally savvy H&M.

4. Shopping in the vicinity – Bourke Street Mall + Emporium Melbourne

287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Shopping in Melbourne is well known for its short operating hours, the malls in this area closes at 6pm from Sunday to Thursday and at 9pm on Friday and Saturday

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I’m sorry this pic makes you feel uncomfortable cause it’s slanted AF.

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The architecturally savvy H&M

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Pro tip – Most of the shopping done in Melbourne can get a little expensive, but they’ve got clearance sales and end of season sales usually at the basement of their departmental stores!

5. Dex2rose Nitrogen Gelato & Desserts

377-379 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Sunday to Thursday – 1pm to 10pm, Friday and Saturday – 1pm to 11pm

We were initially here for their cute Nutella soft serve dessert but they just had a menu change and removed that from the menu. Sigh.

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They’ve got pretty decent looking plated desserts and soft serves, but the place was way too dark for me to shoot, and we weren’t quite hungry.

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Decent items on the menu, rather underrated in my opinion.

6. Little Ramen Bar for Dinner

5/346 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 11.30am to 3.30pm, 5.30pm to 9.30pm, closed on Sundays

Because we were darn tired and cold and were craving for something soupy.

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EH.. It’s just ramen lor, nothing fancy but was comforting AF.

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End of Day 1 (Friday)!

Day 2

1) South Melbourne Market

Coventry St & Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday closed,
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 4pm

WOW I never knew about the opening hours actually so we were really lucky! This was an unplanned trip but was super highly recommended to me on Instagram!

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You can get to South Melbourne market via the tram but I honestly don’t know how the tram works because nobody seems to be tapping the card upon boarding, so technically we got here for free! Just a 15 min tram ride from my hotel!

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But the transport fares there are crazy expensive! Apparently my friends told me there was a cap to the transport fares at AUD 6 per day, BUT NOT FOR ME LEH.

To get a card for your tram, bus, train rides, you can purchase this card from any 7-11 stores!

South Melbourne Market is amazing and it has EVERYTHING you can think of – fresh pastries, coffee, $1 OYSTERS (!!!!!), fresh meats and fruits + MORE.

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Here’s the start of our experience in South Melbourne Market!

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LOOK AT THEM DONUTS AND CRONUTS AND EVERYTHING

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$1.50 for OYSTERS?! NOOOOO! I ordered one of everything, and it just cost me AUD 9 for 5 of them!

My donuts made in front of MAH OWN EYES.

My donuts made in front of MAH OWN EYES.

HUGE ASS WATERMELON

HUGE ASS WATERMELON

HUGE ASS CHILLI

HUGE ASS CHILLI

Okay think I’m done gushing about the food over at South Melbourne Market, there will be a lot more on the travelogue! P.S. don’t bother trying to find a mall or a shopping place around South Melbourne Market because, we tried for 2 hours and nope.

2) DFO South Wharf

20 Convention Centre Pl, South Wharf VIC 3006
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 6pm, only Friday to 9pm

Here’s one of the biggest outlet shopping malls you can find in the whole of Melbourne and they are definitely NOT KIDDING when they say one of the biggest. Housing over 180 stores in the mall, you can find ALL TYPES of shops there from Timberland to Superdry (!!!) to Adidas, Cotton On, Kate Spade, Victoria Secret to Marc Jacobs, Burberry, Coach, and much more, with CRAZY DISCOUNTS at all stores!

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It’s a pretty long walk from the nearest tram station, probably about a 10mins walk. There’s a straight tram number 75 from South Melbourne Market!

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Long walk but them views are SICK!

They’ve got numerous restaurants and bistros lined up along the bay and that would fuel you guys for your shopping spree in the mall. We spent 4-5h there and did not finish shopping!

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Nike – storewide 30% off ON TOP OF THE DISCOUNTS shown on the label. I got my tights at SGD $22, when it’s usually $55. Hehh

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Adidas – I bought the most here because the discounts reflected on the tags are already 40% off and my jaw dropped when they took another 40% off the amount at the counter.

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This pair of good looking shoes/legs, cost me just SGD $70?

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Typo. Has crazy amount of stuffs, I can imagine buying things for my hall room if I were still a student

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50% off at Coach!

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Here you can find your mid range brands on crazy 30-50% discount!

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Ok enough said.

You could definitely spend an entire day in here, the options are endless. I barely entered 20% of the shops and had to lug the shopping bags back to the hotel before heading out for dinner!

It’s 6pm again and time for dinner! But first, tea break at 6pm.

3. Perk Up Burgers (5 minutes away from Holiday Inn on Flinders)

6/610 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Sunday and Monday – 6.30 am to 8.30pm, Tuesday to Friday – 5.30am to 8.30pm, Saturday: 6am to 8.30pm

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Iced Mocha is on point. They also serve up pretty affordable and good looking burgers. By affordable, I mean within the AUD 10 budget.

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BEST sweet potato fries I’ve ever had and it’s the cheapest I’ve had for such generous portions. This was AUD 3. WHAT.

Much to my surprise, I really liked Perk Up burgers- super underrated place to be at and partly because they do not have a fancy schmancy design, but they definitely serve up decent and wayyy affordable food.

One thing I hate about Melbourne is how early the shops close. We walked all the way to Bourke Street (Day 1’s shopping area), just to find all of the shops closed.

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DIdn’t know where to go, here’s my desperate attempt to think of where else we could go next!

4. Aqua S

16 Red Cape Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10pm

The best thing you can do aside from shopping, is to eat and chill. That’s what we did, and we arrived at my dream ice cream parlour! I’ve always wanted to be at Aqua S and this was just a 10minutes walk away from Bourke Street – located just opposite Chinatown. Nearest landmark: Queen Victoria State Library

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Omg yay – flavours of the month were mint and sea salt caramel! Their flavours change every fortnight!

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Ooh, the soft serve was actually pretty darn decent. Don’t go for the candy floss unless you’re there for the ‘gram, like me.

5. Chinatown in Melbourne CBD

To walk off everything we’ve just eaten, we decided to visit their rendition of Chinatown in the heart of CBD.

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The start and the end of the stretch of shops they name Chinatown are marked by these thingy

They’ve got their definition of “night market” which was only about 30% occupied

And sell relatively expensive food. This would set you back about AUD10?!

This is how the streets of Chinatown look like and they have stores that you can find in the other Chinese dominated regions, like Maxim from Hong Kong + all the other Chinese restaurants!

You also can find our very own TGD salted egg chips! #SINGAPOREREPRESENT

 

6. Dinner at Tina’s Noodle Kitchen

237 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 10pm

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You could expect quite a line outside during the lunch and dinner hours! We had to wait for a good 20 minutes before we were seated when we reached at 830pm!

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Multi-tasking at its finest.

This is probably the best Mian Xian I’ve ever had. The prices were albeit on the higher side at about AUD15 per bowl, it could actually be shared amongst 2 with that generous amounts of protein and noodles!

Finally coming to an end of my very, very hectic Day 2.

Day 3

If you ever run out of ideas to do in Melbourne, be sure to check out their day tours at Gray Line! They’ve got organised tours to the Great Ocean Road, or visit to the Puffing Billy, best if you’re not driving on the trip!  This is not sponsored ah, Explodingbelly not that famous to get international exposure.

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They’ve even got free shuttle from your hotels, which would bring you to the meeting point!

I’ll just be posting snippets of my selected package to Mornington Peninsula ($167 per adult!) – I chose this because I wanted to visit the smaller towns around Melbourne and of course, the highlight was to pick my own strawberries!

Here’s the rundown of the Mornington Tour!

1st Stop – Mornington Cafe:

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The view of this seaside cafe at Mornington was AMAZING. Look at the blue skies and this place just screams SERENITY. I could actually live here forever.

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Can you imagine being here right now? That calming breeze and the sound of the waves splashing upon the rocks. PURE BLISS!

2nd Stop – The Cups Estate for wine tasting:

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The Cups Estate that has their very own vine yard and over here, we’re doing wine sampling and the tasting of their very own grown warm olives.

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I’ve never had olives before but these warm olives made my eyes pop in amazement and the slices of bread were toasted TO PERFECTION. We’re off to a start of a perfect day!

3rd Stop: Mornington Peninsula Chocolate Factory 

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Freshly made chocolates. It’s about AUD23 for a box of 8-10 pieces of these.

4th Stop: Flinders Bakehouse Cafe

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Looks pretty homely and rustic right?

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This was the complimentary lunch (we prolly paid for it), and the food here was… not good.

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This is pretty much a time filler but best ciders I’ve had here. If you’re down to experience a little of everything, this is just great!

6th & most awaited stop: SunnyRidge Strawberry Farm!

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Australia’s BIGGEST strawberry producer is here! A separate post will be made for this experience!

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Strawberry bushes. Hehe, everyone’s busy grabbing all the nice, huge strawberries in sight!

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Here’s a mtxx-isque picture of me and my strawberries. There’s no time limit here, just fill up the box!

Surprise stop: Arthurs Seat

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That amazing panoramic view! I finally understood the definition of having a BREATHTAKING view.

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But the breeze was out of control. How bad was it? My phone nearly flew out of my hand while I was trying to take a picture.

End of the Grayline Tour and we got sent back directly to our hotel!

Dinner Spot – Arbory Bar and Eatery

1 Flinders Walk, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily, 7.30am to 1am

Personally very proud of myself for discovering this gem – Amazing vibes, ambience and FOOD. They are opened from 7am for your breakfast/brunch fix, and all the way till late night!

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This was the view we were presented with while we strolled towards Arbory. Bliss, pure bliss.

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They are located just beside the train station as well!

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This is the seating area of Arbory, we were lucky the weather was chilly then, except that our serviettes and menu flew everywhere halfway through the meal.

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Lobster roll, Duck breast, Broccolini

Take a stroll around this beautiful place before heading for dinner!

Dessert Stop: Brunetti

250 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday until 12am

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I expected myself to spend a bomb here cause I always had the impression that Brunetti is pretty pricey, and what more in Melbourne.

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I WAS SO WRONG. There was almost nothing that was over AUD 10 or even 9, and the desserts were all DAMN on point.

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Not forgetting that the place looks really really really amazing. They’ve got pastries to coffees, pizzas to pastas and ciders. MUST VISIT.

Supermarket Runs 

The rule of thumb is, if you run out of things to do at night, visit the supermarket. It’s FUN! And you can also find some unique items to buy for your own consumption or for your friends back at home. #budgetbelly

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In all honesty, the selection of nuts here, damn legit.

 Finally finishing the night off at the hotel with our freshly plucked strawberries. SUPER HUGE AND SWEET!

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This is the funny shaped strawberry my mum specially left for me cause I forced her to stuff it into her box of strawberries. Hehe!

Day FOUR

 Well.. We are almost there, today, it’s SHOPPING TIME! Heading off to the BIGGEST SHOPPING CENTRE IN THE WHOLE OF AUSTRALIA – Chadstone Shopping Centre!

Coffee Run @ Rex Tremendae 

One of the 10 cafes that’s within the vicinity of my hotel – 547 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, AustraliaIMG_20180220_093030-01

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I have ran out of vocabulary to describe my coffee in Melbourne, but well.. This was good. Yum.


Breakfast @ Hardware 
Societe 

118 to 120 and 123 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 3pm

This was probably THE most highly recommended cafe to go to in Melbourne on the internet. Worth the hype?

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Head on unto Hardware St for the hipster stretch of cafes!

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The cafe was PACKED. I just so happen to like the wall paper of the cafe so I took this picture. Haha!

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The first item to be served to us – my Matcha Latte. BAM! I’m sold.

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Looking at their rendition of a Scrambled Eggs with Smoked Salmon dish, ok, I get it. They’re indeed 10/10 MUST GO.

Also, please please please try out their signature baked eggs. Doesn’t sound or look like much but it was highly recommended by every one around the world, only after I posted this. GOOD JOB, GUYS. 

If there’s one cafe you MUST go, this would be it.

MASSIVE SHOPPING @ Chadstone Shopping Centre

1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148, Australia
Opening Hours: Monday 10am to 6pm, Tues and Wed – 9am to 5pm
Thursday – Saturday – 9am to 9pm, Sunday – 10am to 7pm

This place would take a while for you to get to + some expert navigation on Google Maps if you’re staying in the CBD area, but overall, still manageable. About a 45 minutes trip from CBD to Dandenong. A 30 minutes train ride + 15 minutes public bus ride (yeah it was pretty scary)

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We took a train to Carnegie station. When in doubt, just open up your google maps, it would direct you to the right station and transfers!

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Here’s the station front, from here we had to walk to the bus stop!

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Don’t expect their bus stops to be like what we see in Singapore. This is just a random pole erected randomly on the street – that’s the bus stop.

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You can settle your 3 meals here. Aside from the boutique stores, they even have a 7 storey high department store – Myers (all damn ex one don’t need go), and Target within the mall.

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The mall is split into sections such as lux brands on one end of the mall, to mid tier, to what we see here, they even have an entire level below to cater to all the sports fans with various brands. There’s definitely something for everyone.

We were unlucky cause we visited them on a Tuesday – all stores close at 5pm, no exceptions. So we headed for dessert at San Churro Chocolateria just outside the mall!

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Red Velvet Churros with red velvet ice cream + chunks of white chocolate and red velvet cake within this cup of goodness! Unless you’re a churro snob, you’d enjoy this sinful treat very thoroughly! ;)

We made our way back to Flinders. One tip, do not rush to board the bus, get your direction right before boarding. We lost our way and had a series of unfortunate events, before reaching Flinders close to 2 hours later.

Dinner Stop: SUPERNORMAL

It was a close fight between Chin Chin and Supernormal – 2 powerhouses along the same stretch of the road, both serving up albeit way different foods but had an underlying element of being “Asian-inspired”. I didn’t quite like the ambience at Chin Chin – loud, dark and messy, + there was a 45 minutes wait. It was so noisy there, the guy can’t even get our contact numbers right.

Supernormal is just a stone’s throw down from Chin Chin. Crowded as well, but a much relaxed and chill vibes. PLUS it was my first choice of visit before I set foot into Melbourne. Took so long to visit them because, HONESTLY, their food doesn’t look mindblowingly good, everything just looks… well… Normal.

80 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening 
Hours: 11am to 11pm daily, till 12am on Friday and Saturday

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They definitely do pride themselves in their Bao.

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A little bit upscale + I heard the items were mostly small plates and cost at least AUD 15 onwards.

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But we ate, and DID NOT REGRET a single bit. I’ll do a separate post on this place with its menu, and how to order your food there! The food, while it looked normal, the entire experience was aptly described as, Supernormal. Heh heh.

Day 5

Last full day for us in Melbourne and we’ve decided to venture just a little further to St Kilda’s. If you guys have the chance, please make a trip to St Kilda’s after sunset to watch the penguins! Day 5 is more of an experimental day for myself because I couldn’t really get any good itinerary online, which is why I’m here to share my experiences with you guys.

Also, please help me to visit Lafayette Cafe for their colourful latte art creations! They were unfortunately closed for CNY celebrations when we were there.

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Whilst heading there, there were amazing views at Port Melbourne.

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We took a tram from our hotel to Port Melbourne! A 15 minutes journey tops!

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The entire place was a vast difference from what we were so used to for the past 4 days. This place was just serene – I’ve never felt so at ease before.

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On a usual day, I would not bring my mum to the beach, and on a usual day, I WOULD NOT STEP INTO THE SAND with my brand new pair of WHITE shoes.

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BUT there were birds! What kind of birds, I don’t know la, I think they are seagulls? IDK.

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MANY BIRDS. We stood there for a good half an hour, just enjoying the breeze in our hair, and our hair slapping our own faces and being stuck in our mouths and just… Bird watching.

After which was then we found out that where we initially planned to go, was closed. A quick google suggested that we should go to “The Most Instagrammable Cafe in the Region”, which was a 35-40minutes walk from where we were.

So, we walked.

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There was nothing noteworthy on our stroll there. Mostly just local stores, pretty much catered to people living in the neighbourhood. I also met a dog friend.

BRUNCH STOP: Long Story Short Cafe 

40 Crockford St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207, Australia
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 3pm

I’ve never seen them before on any travelogues, and I’m really proud of myself for discovering so many different cafes that aren’t quite the usual ones we’re so used to seeing on most local blogs.

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I would’ve probably walked right past this place if I’m not intending to head there. The interior of this place is amazing, with the natural light filtering in through the glass panes and being situated in such a peaceful area of Melbourne, it was a good change from what we were so used to experiencing.

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The food here was 10/10 visually and 20/10 on flavours too.

South Melbourne Market (mentioned earlier in Day 2) is located just a 15 minutes walk away. You guys should add this into your itinerary if you’re intending to visit the market!

Shopping Stop: St Kilda’s

St Kilda is generally known for their bars and beaches. Since it was our first time in Melbourne, I guess we still had to pay them a visit, just experience sake. If you’re looking for shopping, here’s probably not it, even though it kept us occupied for about 3 hours or so. It’s more of a place for you guys to chill and grab a beer.

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Luna Park – one of the most iconic amusement parks in Melbourne. Only opens on Monday, Thursday to Sunday. They are opened only from 7pm to 11pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Here’s what you can expect from the tiny shopping belt on St Kilda.

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They’ve got local brands like Cotton On, Sportsgirl (OMG, last time in SG have), and many other bars and cafes + random stores here and there

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This was my favourite store at St Kilda – Urban Attitude with all the quirky items and the most amazing note books. It was the only fun store in the area.

In all seriousness, if you guys are looking to do more shopping, St Kilda’s not the place to go.

Fitzroy Street – The Shopping Haven (Gertude Street, Smith Street and Brunswick Street) 

Take tram number 112 from the CBD area

The BEST SHOPPING STREET I’ve encountered so far is definitely at Fitzroy. RIGHT AT THE OTHER END from St Kilda, we took the risk to take the hour long journey to the other end of the tram station, at 3.30pm. Take note that all the shops close at 5pm – 6pm everyday. Haha!

Fitzroy is also where you can find their FAMED CROISSANTS at Lune Croissanterie. In all honesty, I thought Fitzroy was just a stone’s throw away from St Kilda, thats why I planned them all in a day. Boy, I was so wrong. This place was littered with locally produced goods, clothes, stationery, cutlery, fashion, books and more.

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Seriously in love with the Graffiti within the alleys and streets of Melbourne.

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This place was filled with quirky stores, standalone designer (but affordable) stores, quaint cafes and a hell lot of discount stores.

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It’s crazy, you can find every thing here at all kinds of price range. Here’s one of the discount stores with prices ranging from AUD 10 to 100.

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Quaint, antique fashion can also be found here

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I know you all don’t know whats this, but they have all types of Kanken and nice Adidas originals apparels here

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And they have a large number of local designers having stores along the entire shopping street there. You’ll definitely be able to find something unique for yourselves or as a gift!

 

Dinner @ Queen Victoria Night Market (Limited time only)

This opens only on every Wednesday, from now till 11th April 2018.

Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Wednesdays only 5pm to 10pm

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We were very lucky to catch the very first day of the QVM night market on our last night in Melbourne!

Okay lah, if you guys have been to BKK, or even Artbox in Singapore, you’ll find that this is just an atas/overpriced version of it in Melbourne. They have got random stalls that sell crazily expensive singlets, food and coffee. The highlight of the entire market has got to be their food as it’s a showcase of most of the different cuisines ranging from French, Italian, German, Chinese, Japanese to Korean.

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These would probably set you back at least AUD 15.

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They’ve got the quirky stuff for you to play around with as well

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Hats

More overpriced cloth.

And then they’ve got tons and tons of food for you to try, but please be prepared for the crazy queues, smoky atmosphere and average food.

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The queues are really gross. But if you don’t mind crowds, it’d be quite an experience!

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Unique Mr Bean’s pancakes concoction. I’m beginning to think I might strike rich if I were to bring our local favourites there.

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Chicken? Thai food?

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Turkey leg

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Shrimp Roll!

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Very happy to get our cheesy baked scallop at AUD 12 after a 15minute wait.

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The best experience is probably have the opportunity to have kangaroo meat. Well.. It tastes almost like beef, but drier. They also have Alligator and Moose meat too!

Overall a really expensive trip to the market. Whether it’s a MUST visit or not, I would say you have to experience it yourself just once. It’s that kind place where you’d feel like you’d be missing out if you don’t go, but regret thereafter. Hahaha! Anyway, there isn’t much to do in the evenings in Melbourne, so why not?

LAST DAY!

LAST BRUNCH: Grain Store

517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opening hours: Monday to Friday – 7am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday – 8am to 4pm

This cafe is packed with patrons every single morning of the 6 days we’ve been here so we decided to pay them a visit on our very last day for brunch!

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Coffee was great, as usual

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Food was pretty much not quite photogenic and the menu was quite limited. This plate of mushrooms with scrambled eggs + polenta mash was on point though.

I wasn’t quite blown away by the food, probably because I’m kinda tired of the usual cafe fare after being in Melbourne for almost a week. Nonetheless, still a great place to have brunch at if you’re in the vicinity, not some where you should travel miles to for your brunch fix.

We spent our very last hours back at South Wharf DFO, and guess who bought another pair of sneakers?

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They’ve got 40% storewide, PLUS 50% off the second purchase. I got this pair at just S$30.  You’re welcome.

I really loved the location of where we stayed at Holiday Inn, it was so, so, so convenient, it’s crazy!

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Thanks for making it through the entire itinerary, friends!

I’ve finally came to an end to this long arsed itinerary. I thought it was more value adding if I were to elaborate more about what I did at each place everyday so you guys can see and decide if it’s something you’d want to do during your trip! Most of the itinerary I got were mostly just places they’ve went, without knowing whether it was some where that I should go or whether my mum would like or not.

Thanks for reading to the end of the post (that is if you did), and thank you for your patience. It’s been 2 weeks just drafting this post on its own. I haven’t had the time to read through nor vet the grammar and English in this one. SO please pardon me if I have weird expressions here and there. Then again, I rarely vet my posts, so if you can tolerate the rest, means this would be fine too.

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Thank you Melbourne for being such an amazing city to live in, and it was truly one of the best places I’ve ever been to. The coffee + cafe scene  and that amazingly blue skies – such an Explodingbelly kinda thing. Enjoy the post, guys!

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