MELBOURNE is rated as one of the world’s most livable cities: A city of cosmopolitan culture, arts, entertainment, sports mecca, and shopper’s paradise, beautiful women and an abundance of public facilities including bay beaches and barbecues. For me, though, what makes this city extra special is the fact that I can wake up any morning of the year, shuffle into my flip-flops/boots and do brunch at any one of the hundreds of cafes serving coffee equal to what you would get in Rome.
Melbourne is for the person with a great appetite for any type of food. Let your taste buds pick a neighborhood: feeling like Vietnamese? Tram over to East Richmond for some mouthwatering pho. Craving Italian? Lygon Street it is. Little Bourke Street in the heart of the central business district has every Chinese delicacy you have the courage to try, and the entire length of Sydney Road is crammed with Middle Eastern cafes that stay open till dawn, making sure your Saturday night alcohol diet is well-supplemented with pide, falafel and stuffed pita bread.
After two years, I’m beginning to think I’m getting a handle on Melbourne’s foodie scene. You want to make the most of the atmosphere too: in that brief but perfect span of weather between winter and summer in other words, spring-you want to make the most of the mild sunshine.
There is something about the Melbourne sunshine. This is a feeling I can’t get enough of, which means that most spring days have me sprinting toward a large patch of sun in a park or garden, and then lying facedown for a few hours. All these facilities are easily reached by my car rental in Melbourne.
I recently made it to Abbottsford Convent, at the edge of one of the city’s most beautiful parks- Yarra Bend. In addition to the art gallery, the glass blowing studio, the gorgeous grounds, and trees that look exactly the way trees should-mighty and un-pruned- there are a few cafes scattered around that are perfect for a sunny brunch. Find the bench at the Convent Bakery, and fill up on the five-dollar pizza and a strong flat white, while a three-piece orchestra floats music around you. On Friday and Saturday evenings, the place is transformed into a lively beer garden, complete with a swinging Cuban Band. After breakfast, stroll downs to the river, on the path that winds into the heart of park, and you can stick to it or find your own. If you’re lucky, you will end up at Studley Park Boathouse, at the easternmost end.
Studley Park Boathouse is Melbourne’s oldest boathouse, and the Boathouse Restaurant is an ode to old-fashioned the dining, with its white linen tablecloths, straight-backed chairs, glassed in verandah and long wine list. By car hire in Australia, this place is just 25 min away from Port Melbourne. Enjoy a traditional Aged Eye Fillet with Mash, Spinach and Cabernet Jus, or a rose –pink Beef Carpaccio under a bed of Sprouts, Roasted Peanuts and Coriander. For a quick snack, there’s the Boathouse Cafe, with wrought iron tables parked at the very edge of the river, and under the overhanging greenery. The view of tress almost Still River and well-fed ducks has to be one of the most stoning around.
Myself Kathy Green, a passionate traveller offers you detailed information to take necessary remedies before you travel to your vacation. Give preference to book accommodation early as possible and car hire in Melbourne service to make your trip more enjoyable.