Home' A Plus Magazine : Feb 2013 Contents Where to eat
• Albert Street Food and Wine Foodie
heaven on a foodie strip. 382 Sydney
Road, Brunswick. 8354-6600 .
• Cumulus Inc Avant-garde dining.
45 Flinders Lane, City. 9650-1445.
• Flower Drum Highly rated Cantonese
with local twists. 7 Market Lane, City.
• Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar An Italian
coffee institution. 66 Bourke Street,
• VuedeMondeModern takes on
classic dishes. 55th floor, Rialto,
525 Collins Street, City. 9691-3888 .
Where to stay
• Adelphi Hotel Trendy boutique in old
warehouse. 187 Flinders Lane, City.
• Crown Promenade Stylish hotel
in casino complex. 8 Whiteman
Street, Southbank. 9292-6688 .
• InterContinental Melbourne The
Rialto Five-star central chic.
495 Collins Street, City.
• TheComo Melbourne Luxury digs
amid shoppers’ paradise. 630 Chapel
Street, South Yarra. 9825-2222 .
• The Hotel Windsor Colonial-era
glamour. 111 Spring Street, City.
What to see
• Federation Square The city’s cultural
and social hub. Swanston Street, City.
• Melbourne Cricket Ground Site of
winter AFL football matches.
Brunton Avenue, East Melbourne.
• Melbourne River Cruises Scenic
views of city and suburbs. Vault 11,
Banana Alley, City. 9654-9599.
• Shrine of Remembrance Stately
war memorial in the King’s Domain.
Birdwood Avenue, City. 9661-8100.
• Sir Colin MacKenzie Fauna Park
Native animals in visitor-friendly
setting. Badger Creek Road, Healesville.
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its high-end designer brands, and slightly more
down-to-earth Bourke Street. Swanston Street
and the smaller streets running off it include
many bargain stores.
Melbourne is the birthplace of Australian
Rules football, a unique code combining elements
of rugby and association football. The 2013 Aus-
tralian Football League season kicks off next
month and top teams Carlton and Richmond
meet at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on
Most visitors tend to concentrate their time
on the grid-patterned central business district,
but the layout hides myriad alleys, including
Hardware Street, Mitre Lane and Bank Place,
that are worthy of exploration for their eateries,
clubs and obscure boutiques.
In addition, the vibrant inner suburbs, such
as Brunswick, Carlton, Colling wood, Fitzroy and
Richmond should not be ignored. Chapel Street
in South Yarra possesses many of the city’s trend-
ier and more unusual fashion boutiques.
Williamstown is a picturesque seaside suburb
that stands out from the rest of the mostly poorer
western suburbs, although long-ignored neigh-
bourhoods such as Footscray, Yarraville and
Moonee Ponds have been brought to life in part
by waves of immigration f rom Asia and, more re-
cently, Africa and South America.
Lygon Street in Carlton – close to the Univer-
sity of Melbourne’s main campus – boasts dozens
of street dining options, especially for Italian
and other Mediterranean food, while Bridge
Road in Richmond offers every imaginable Asia-
Indeed, the city is known for its culinary qual-
ity and diversity: Its British colonial origins have
been subsumed by continental European, then
Asian immigration. Melbourne, like the rest of
Australia, prides itself on its fresh, locally caught
seafood while fruit and vegetables arrive daily
from the market gardens of its hinterland.
Victoria is a leading producer of lamb and
beef, and world-class wine is grown in the Yarra
Valley as well as the nearby Grampian and Goul-
burn Valley districts. Real ale pubs include the
Baden Powell Hotel in Colling wood.
Unique Australian foods have emerged. Mel-
bourne culinary specialties include fish-and-chip
shop delicacies such as egg roll inspired Chiko
rolls and the dim sim – a fried or steamed cabbage
dumpling largely unrecognizable to most Chinese
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