Melbourne Safari Part 2.
When our Australia office opened in the city that brought us Kylie (the first one) we took to the streets to explore our new surroundings in search of some retail therapy and a perfectly pulled espresso. We got out again, taking in more of what the city has to offer.
From the best retail destinations to the hottest places to eat and the most impressive sites, Melbourne has it all. Take a look at what has been inspiring us on the banks of the Yarra.
This small store sells luxury sneakers within a cylindrical shaped space located on Little Bourke street between the Emporium and China Town. With seemingly endless lustworthy styles from Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Common Projects, Raf Simons and Valentino to rare Nike and Adidas releases, LED signage tells the Individual brands’ messages on mirrored walls.
1/265 Little Bourke Street www.sneakerboy.com
Brother Baba Budan
Another of Melbourne’s best coffee shops, owned by the Seven Seeds company who roast their own coffee and distribute to many other coffee houses. Located on Little Bourke Street, this is always a busy spot due to its great coffee and cool decor.
The walls are a combination of painted and raw plasterboard, with torn wallpaper giving a lived-in, “renovation underway” look. The striking feature is the ceiling, which is covered in multiple styles, shapes and sizes of chairs hanging in all directions with cables and trendy lighting trickled throughout.
359 Little Bourke Street www.sevenseeds.com.au
Next to Brother Baba Budan Rankins Lane where you can find Bassike, a Sydney-based brand that has just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Its Melbourne outpost is a beautiful white space in a heritage building that was originally equine stables. The range of Japanese denim is the only thing on offer that is made outside of Australia, the cotton range is 100% organic and sits alongside the designer men’s, women’s and children’s collections.
Upstairs, a stunning timber floor and an open fireplace invites you into a relaxed environment that enhances the brand and the experience.
1-3 Rankins Lane www.bassike.com
The Kettle Black
Be prepared to queue for brunch at this terraced house café, but also expect it to be worth the wait. The white walls are complemented by gold accents, tiled floors and a marble bar, with tonnes of light. Delicious coffee from Small Batch and Five Senses is on offer to wash down their menu of fresh and inventive menu, which includes eggs with cured wallaby and what is claimed to be the best ricotta hotcake in the world.
50 Albert Road www.thekettleblack.com.au
What else to see…
St Paul’s Cathedral
Opposite the iconic Flinders Street Station and Federation Square is the breathtaking St Paul’s Cathedral, it’s not to be missed.
Home to Melbourne’s renowned (and very impressive) street art and graffiti. Other locations around the city also show off this unlikely attraction, see them here.
Shrine of Remembrance
Located in Kings Domain on St Kilda Road, the stunning Shrine of Remembrance was initially to built to commemorate those who died in World War I, but now also acts as a tribute to all Australians who have lost their lives in other conflicts since then. Spend some time here for a moment of reflection and to take in the unrivalled views of the city.