A visit to the local cafe with your girlfriends is great but here’s a suggestion: a classic girly Melbourne getaway. Known for kangaroos, the arts and spectacular outdoors, Melbourne has also become a venue for spectacular fun and long weekends.
Shopping from vintage to high street
This year’s theme is vintage fashion and the Hidden Secrets Lanes and Arcades Tour helps you uncover some of the city’s most exclusive boutiques. If you’re after luxury brands, head for Collins Street, an elegant tree-lined boulevard with five-star hotels and majestic architecture. It is known as the Paris end of the street, home to brands such as Gucci, Georg Jensen, Louis Vuitton, Rolex and the brand new Tiffany and Co.
For more boutique, designer brands, Armadale’s High Street is the place to go. It’s a 30-minute tram ride from the city but well worth the while with an exclusive range of local designers you won’t find elsewhere. Look out for Kirrily Johnston, Arabella Ramsey and Megan Park.
Afternoon tea with a twist
Take a break from your shopping with afternoon tea at Melbourne’s historic Windsor Hotel where you can indulge in delicate finger sandwiches, chocolates and cakes, accompanied with fresh tea or champagne.
If you prefer something more quirky, head up three flights of stairs to Madame Brussels, and be transported into a world of 1940s fun and flirtation. Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea under parasols and trimmed hedges with waiters dressed in tennis whites.
Inner city pampering
Just around the corner on Little Collins Street is Miss Fox, Melbourne’s newest inner city spa and beauty secret of many a celebrity. It combines Hollywood glamour with vintage charm and offers complete salon and day spa facilities including hair removal, cosmetic injectibles, makeup and lashes.
City of dining
Now that you’re all set for a night out, take your pick of dining options. Chin Chin in Flinders Lane is one the city’s most popular restaurants with share plate options for grazing with the group. Dishes are a blend of Asian delights – great value share plates of roti breads, curries and highly aromatic pho soups. A great new venue in Carlton has just opened for business called the Town Mouse…owners Christian, Jay and Amber will ensure you have the night of your lives….!
Another new outlet making waves is The Atlantic. Located by the water in the Crown Entertainment Complex and inspired by the famous New York fish market, The Atlantic offers an extensive seafood menu in a smooth and polished environment.
After dinner, head over to one of Melbourne’s new speakeasy style bars such as The Everleigh on Gertrude Street, which specialises in classic cocktails and old-fashioned fizzes from the 1920s era. Rated five-stars by Time Out magazine.