Wandering around some of the lanes of Melbourne CBD is just a way of positively loose and recharge yourself. It’s an inspiring place! You suddenly think you are not in Melbourne, but in some busy little Asian lane or a Georgian/ Victorian elegant Arcade or a busy street full of cafes somewhere in Europe, with one of the greatest choice you could have. From Italian Style cafes to Sushi bars, Asian places, Fusion or International Flavour spots. Some are just beautiful to look at, some have a more ‘worn-out’ look, and you think that maybe a lot people have stopped by, a container for lots of stories. I don’t know whether this ‘stream of consciousness’ is actually the result of a meditation class I just tried out for the first time. If it is the enormous amount of oxygen that pervades my body, in a state of enhanced alert or what. But do check out these streets:
– Hosier Lane, where you’ll find great murales to look at and also 2 of the Movida restaurant. Just try not to see the prices, forget the Spanish ones, and you’ll be fine as the food is pretty good and pretty close to the real Spanish one. After 2 years and a half of living in Madrid, I’m entitled to say that!
The Journal cafe is a good choice, an ample and cozy space, with an Italian influence, where people come to have a bite, a chat, a coffee or read the newspapers, work or write, as I’m doing. You get to share one of the 2 big tables or have a nice little spot just for you🙂 and the coffee is pretty good! Just enjoying a nice cappuccino, which in Australia is always with chocolate powder on top, otherwise you’d want a flat white. Learning coffee coming from Italy makes me laugh, but it’s essential to really get what you want!
In general there are plenty of places to have something to drink or eat, especially to have coffee in Melbourne. And not only in these couple of streets I described today. Check out also the elegant Block Arcade, a completely different style. You’ll never die of hunger or thirst or coffee deprivation here! The only thing that is going to be difficult will be choosing where to go! That’s a difficulty I personally like! Do you?
For more on Melbourne City Lanes, have a look at these links: . http://www.thatsmelbourne.com.au/Gettingaroundthecity/walks/Pages/ArcadesandLanes.aspx
There is also a tour if you’d like to explore them with someone who knows it better for 28$ including a photo as a souvenir. Have a look here: http://bit.ly/10I09XR I was lucky enough to have a personalized tour with delicious stops at cafès and the marvellous Library by a friend of a friend, Morgan, who is also a writer. Read also my previous post: https://lavaleandherworld.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/hot-chocolate-melbourne-milan/
What’s your favourite spot, cafe or restaurant in Melbourne CBD?
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