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  • Intro Blah Blah LUXE Insider LUXE Loves LUXE Loathes Drab vs. Fab LUXE Itineraries1 LUXE MELBOURNE



    Australia’s style capital, Melbourne is the birthplace of many of the country’s hippest fashion labels, not to mention home to some of the best dining and

    coffee you’re likely to find Down Under.

    Demure and sophisticated, Melbourne coyly hides many of its best attributes out of sight in lanes and

    arcades, which makes discovering the town’s treasures all the more enjoyable. be warned that getting

    around can be somewhat challenging beyond the city centre, and the unpredictable weather will

    undoubtedly try to upset your plans at some stage, but never mind that. Slip on a few layers, pack your

    umbrella, and dive into the fascinating cultural hub that is Melbourne.

    The cult pocket city guides and mobile apps for the busy, sophisticated traveler

    Citi presents LUXE City Guides

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    blah blah

    Weather: Melbourne has Spring,

    Summer, Autumn and Winter

    almost every day. Three words:

    learn to layer

    Melbourne International Airport

    to CbD by cab: 30-40 mins

    / AuD$50, take the Citylink

    freeway (toll applies)

    At times it can seem as if there

    are only three taxis in the whole

    of this vast city, so you’ll need to

    book well ahead at peak times

    If you are lucky enough to hail

    a taxi, make sure you know the

    area and street you are heading

    for, unless you want to end up in

    Fiji via Sydney

    The tram system is convenient

    in the CbD, but can be slow

    elsewhere, where cabs/driving is

    more efficient

    events: What a busy, busy town.

    Jan: Australian open;

    Mar: Melbourne Grand Prix;

    Mar: Melbourne Fashion Week;

    Mar-Sep: AFl (Football)

    Premiership season;

    oct: Melbourne

    International Arts Festival;

    1st Tue in nov: Melbourne Cup;

    26-30 Dec: Cricket

    International Test

    In peak summer season (Dec-

    Jan) and during many of

    the aforementioned events,

    it is essential to book way

    ahead for everything

    Smoking is not permitted at

    indoor restaurants and bars

    Goods and services tax (GST) is

    10%, tip an extra 10%

    beer. If you are keen on a

    tankard, remember: a glass is

    200ml, a ‘pot’ is 285ml, and pints

    are for Guinness

    Coffee: discussed more heatedly

    than politics, sports or religion.

    Any person proclaiming the

    city’s best coffee risks public

    humiliation and being garroted

    Coffee etiquette: strong means

    two shots; skinny is skim. Don’t

    be surprised if a café doesn’t

    serve skinny/soy

    International code for Australia is

    +61 and 3 for Melbourne, neither

    need to be dialed locally

    emergency number is 000 for

    fire, ambulance and police

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    MATT WIlkInSon

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    originally from england, Matt trained in Michelin-starred

    chef Martin Wishart’s kitchen before arriving in Melbourne

    in 2000. He was sous chef to Shannon bennett at acclaimed

    Vue de Monde, before moving into his first head chef role at

    Alevansi in 2004. After a subsequent successful stint as head

    chef at Circa the Prince, Matt left to open Pope Joan in east

    brunswick with business partner ben Foster in 2010, followed

    by sibling bar bishop of ostia in 2012. His cookbook ‘Mr.

    Wilkinson’s Favourite Vegetables’ was released in 2012.

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    MATT WIlkInSon

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    1) Where would you go for a cocktail and what would you order?

    Get into the Melbourne way of life by heading for a cocktail or cheeky beer at Madame

    brussels. What to order? leave yourself in the hands of the proprietress Miss Pearls. You won’t

    leave disappointed – I never do! (see luXe loves)

    2) What are 3 of your favourite restaurants in Melbourne and why? What dishes do you order at these places?

    Circa the Prince, newly fitted out and with new food direction, a must-have being the clam and

    shrimp ma pu. Then try Cutler and Co. in Fitzroy, and make sure you try the five or so snacks

    on the menu before ordering your entrée and main. A must if you like Vietnamese pho is Pho

    Dzung. I order the beef and chicken medium with fresh rolled prawn cakes, mint and iceberg.

    Pho Dzung / 234 Russell St / +61 3 9663 8885 •

    3) What is your favourite patisserie/cake shop or bakery in Melbourne,

    and what do you order?

    Head to Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio in South Yarra. Darren the owner makes the best

    chocolates and cakes in town and if you manage not to eat them all before you go, he has great

    little packaged treats to take home for gifts. everybody needs a sweet treat on holiday.

    4)What restaurant offers the best breakfast or brunch in Melbourne, and what do you order?

    To enjoy the delights of early morning eating and sipping a coffee, head to The European

    for breakfast. It’s got the feel of a euro setting, with delicious food and views across

    to Parliament House.

    5) What is your favourite neighborhood to visit for a day of shopping?

    Most people will tell to you Chapel Street, but I’m a north-sider, so I say head to the corner

    of Gertrude and Smith streets. Within 20 minutes of walking you have three awesome record

    shops, six cracking galleries showcasing the best of Australia’s art (including everything from

    modern to street art), a great cookbook shop, and amazing vintage, second-hand and clothing

    stores. Add to all that some great restaurants, cafes and an organic bakery and you’ve got the

    best corner in Melbourne, trust me.

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    ThE OlSEn

    named for the renowned Australian artist

    whose works line the hotel walls,

    The olsen is a fittingly stylish tribute to

    the 2005 Archibald Prize-winner, with

    its effortlessly chic suites, cool icy-white,

    silver and charcoal color palette, glass-

    bottomed pool, norbu day spa, Spoonbill

    and Steer restaurants, plus fabulous retail-

    central position.

    637-641 Chapel St / South Yarra /

    +61 3 9040 1222


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    ThE PrinCE

    The sweet, boutique Prince is just minutes

    from the seaside, as well as all that vibrant

    St. kilda has to offer. It packs a lot of punch

    behind its Art Deco exterior, including 40

    uniquely laid-out rooms featuring natural

    timbers and neutral tones, renowned foodie-

    haven Circa, and excellent Aurora Spa.

    2 Acland St / St. Kilda / +61 3 9536 1111


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    GramErCy BiSTrO

    An homage to the big Apple, slick

    shop-house Gramercy bistro offers

    a Melbournian take on what the uS

    does best – classic hearty breakfasts,

    chopped salads and deli sandwiches

    for lunch, and a robust Americana

    dinner menu featuring steaks, ribs and

    cheesecake, plus martinis to wash it all

    down with.

    The Cullen / 162-164 Commercial Rd /

    Prahran / +61 3 9098 1155


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    POPE JOan

    In a town where coffee is a religion,

    it takes more than a catchy name to

    stand out. luckily, Pope Joan has both

    the interesting moniker and the right

    stuff in the cup, as well as refined

    breakfasts, tasty sandwiches, and a hip

    northern location with offshoot bishop

    of ostia next door.

    77-79 Nicholson St / Brunswick East / +61 3 9388 8858



    Don’t be fooled by the suburban

    location or the pared-back interior,

    ben Shewry’s visionary Australian-

    fusion fine-diner has hit its stride in

    recent years, garnering recognition in

    prestigious culinary circles the world

    over, including consistent rankings in

    S. Pellegrino’s annual World’s 50 best

    restaurants awards.

    74 Glen Eira Rd / Ripponlea /