Created by Lynn May Gosselin.
The top stars of tennis all meet in the land down under for a roaring round of tennis.
Melbourne in the state of Victoria is home to an exhilarating few weeks of tennis every January as the Australia Open takes over the city with sports lovers toasting copious amounts of bubbly. Hopefully you’ve already booked your tickets to one of the hottest sporting events of the year because the seats at Rod Laver Area are always jam-packed. Looking for a break for the stands and all the balls flying back and forth?
Melbourne is a fast, culturally rich, urban city offering a hip restaurant scene. For a little break from stadium food, we’ve got a few wonderful spots to dine in the city that will leave any foodie wishing they lived in Melbourne full time or at least at endless weeks to eat their way through the city.
Melbourne with a New York State of mind is what you will find at Bowery to Williamsburg, a tiny, tucked away coffee and bagel joint down a tiny alley off of famous Flinders Lane. If you can find this homage to a NYC Subway station on Oliver Lane then you will be treated to some of the best coffee in town, which is a tall order considering that Melbourne boasts many of the best coffee houses in the country. Beautifully boiled bagels with house made cream cheese that would do any New Yorker proud along with a small selection of breakfast items are always on offer.
Tucked down one of Melbourne’s famous alleys, Hardware Street, find the hip and trendy Hardware Societe, serving the most amazing breakfasts in the Southern Hemisphere. Rustic and chic meets at this compact local favorite. The warm vibe pairs well with the delicious baked eggs and French toast, both long time staples on the menu. Diners have a choice of small tables, a large harvest table at the back of the space or a few bar seats over looking the fast paced kitchen. Order a coffee and devour the mini donut coated in lovely sugar that comes with every cup of brew. It’s an extra sweet treat at an extra special place.
When exploring the hip neighborhood of Fitzroy, a quick tram ride from the CBD, be sure to park yourself at the Little Creatures Dining Hall for a flight of refreshing hops. Australian made, Little Creatures has been crafting beer for many years and always comes up with new and interesting creations. Reminiscent of the tents raised for Oktoberfest, the Little Creatures Hall is bright, airy and pulsing from a packed room of conversation. Make sure you choose a beer flight to sample all the gems on tap along which is the perfect pairing to one of the many fresh appetizers on the menu. The hummus with dukkah dip served with wood fired fresh flat bread is not to be missed.
Repeatedly honored with the distinction of being one of the top restaurants in Melbourne, Cummulus is all about bright, fresh, up market Australian cuisine. Located on famous Flinders Lane and always packed, reservations are recommended to ensure a spot at one of the coveted tables. Or take your chances and find a spot perched at the bar overlooking the chefs working in the kitchen. An ever-changing menu that serves the best seafood, beautiful meats and incredible produce all from local producers never disappoints. The wine menu is busting with fruity Australian Shiraz to try to select a bottle that peeks your interest.