28 9 / 2009
love the nat geo intelligent travel blog’s “i heart my city” features. so much so that i’ve decided to do my own, for my beloved melbourne.
Melbourne is My City
The first place I take a visitor from out of town is to the footy.
When I crave a big breakfast I always go Brunswick St.
To escape suburbia, I head down to the coast, especially love wandering down quiet Mentone beach.
If I want to go to a cheap but great live gig I go to any of the multitude of small pubs and bars on the fringe of the city.
For complete quiet, I can hide away with an early morning walk on a beach in summer.
If you come to my city, get your picture taken with the MCG.
If you have to order one thing off the menu from Squire’s Loft it has to be 400 g (or 800 g if you’re feeling greedy) of baby back ribs.
Local op shops are my one-stop shop for great accessories, especially neck scarves and beanies/hats.
Locals know to skip the tourist shuttle and check out the historic and completely* unreliable tram network instead. * i am known to exaggerate from time to time.
When I’m feeling cash-strapped I go for a drive - Melbourne’s hilly layout makes mindless transportation fun.
For a huge splurge I go shopping at Chadstone or in the city.
Photo ops in my city include anywhere in and around the sporting precinct and the best vantage points are from inside the stadium, naturally.
The most random thing about my city is our intense pride in Melbourne-based sporting teams, even if we don’t give a rats about the sport itself - case in point: Melbourne Storm/rugby league.
In my city, an active day outdoors involves a run around the Tan and an impromptu game of kick-to-kick or marks up.
My city’s best museum is Scienceworks.
My favorite jogging/walking route is the Tan, Albert Park, and the 1000 Steps in Ferntree Gully.
For live music, check out the Palais, the Corner, or pretty much any pub/bar in Fitzroy/Collingwood..
You can tell a lot about my city from a Sunday afternoon barbie.
You can tell if someone is from my city if they hate Sydney :D.
In the spring you should not visit the pollen belt in the SE suburbs if you suffer from hayfever!
In the summer you should camp by the coast, avoid St Kilda and Sorrento beaches, try your luck with a late night dip on a stretch of coastline further south/south-east..
In the fall you should drive through affluent suburbs such as Mont Albert/North Balwyn/Kew, where every second street seems to be lined with trees with branches that meet in the middle, and leaves that decorate the pavement.
In the winter you should invest in a scarf.
For a great breakfast joint try Yellow Bird Cafe, on Chapel St.
Just outside my city, you can visit most anything - beaches, the Goldfields, the high country, and a little further north are the Victorian Alps.
The best way to see my city is by foot in the city grid, and by car so you can partake in a few road trips here and there.
When I think about my city, the song that comes to mind is “Four Seasons In One Day” by Crowded House.