From old school Italian pasta at Pellegrini’s on Bourke St, to hatted restaurants like Cumulus Inc, there is no end to the dining options near Metro Apartments on Bank Place. Melbourne is a walking city so pop on your comfy shoes and go exploring for everything from espresso and ricotta cannoli, to cosy pubs serving pies and mash.
Melbourne is widely acknowledged as having Australia’s most cosmopolitan food scene. Regardless of budget or tastes, there is something within walking distance of the hotel that will satisfy every dining and drinking whim.
Bourke St is a short walk away and is home to a number of famous dining establishments. Pop into Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar for a speedy breakfast with an Italian twist, a quick coffee or tuck into a traditional pasta from the specials board. This unassuming corner bar has achieved legendary status locally so find out what all the fuss is about.
A few doors up you will find Grossi Florentino, Melbourne-based Chef Guy Grossi’s fine dining establishment. Critics rave about Grossi’s menu and you can too – just make sure you make a reservation as this place is popular.
If you prefer rice and spice to pasta and sauce, you’re in luck as Chinatown is not far from the hotel. In typical Melbourne fashion, there’s are laneways full of hidden tea houses and tiny dumpling shops, but there’s also the super cool restaurant and bar, Seamstress, named thus due to the building’s former incarnation as a textile factory. For special occasion dining, check out Flower Drum, an elegant Chinese restaurant that has won piles of awards for its innovative menu.
If the bustle of a working fruit and vegetable market fills you with glee, head to Queen Victoria Market. Grab a drink from one of the many cafes on the outer edges and head into the fray for all the bargaining and bartering you can handle. Many of the stall holders have samples that you are welcome to try and in amongst all the fruit and veg, there are shops selling everything from cheese and charcuterie, to antipasto and Italian-style roast pork rolls.
For sundowners with a water view, head south to the Yarra River where a leisurely stroll with lead you to any number of waterfront bars and restaurants. There’s You can even hop on a dinner cruise if you want to see the city from a different vantage point.
The next day, get up and take a walk over to Centre Place, otherwise known as the Melbourne Laneway. Cafes crowd together with lane-facing glass counters selling takeaway baguettes to eat in a nearby park or jostle for pole position and snag a table to enjoy a leisurely brekkie with every hipster menu item known to humankind.
For your convenience you can prebook your breakfast at nearby cafe, Terrace Deli. Enjoy a hot deli breakfast from Mon – Sat, and save up to $4.50 per order when you prebook. The Terrace Deli Cafe will be closed from 20 December – 6 January 2020.
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18 Bank Place, Melbourne VIC 3000