Autumn in Melbourne
Warm nights and beautiful gardens.
Autumn is such a beautiful month! The trees are full of colour and the weather is still warm. Exploring Melbourne in Autumn is so great, although an overseas holiday cut my time short, I still made the most of this amazing season.
Little Red Pocket – Little Collins Street
If you’re planning your birthday and want to book a booth, go to Little Red Pocket! The booths range from $250 to $2,000 and are great value! The Japanese inspired RnB bar was my choice for my birthday celebrations and I was so happy with my choice that I went back again for a girls night!
The pack I chose was the Kamikaze and it was such great value for money, split between friends it only ended up around $40 each! We got food, drinks, a booth and great service. If you want to book a booth, Lizzie – the events planner – will help you out with everything you need! Recommendations if you need to pick food is the fried chicken and the pork belly it was so good and they served the perfect amount!
Also their cocktail jugs are amazing, the peach Mai Tai was my favourite. They always have Facebook competitions so look them up on Facebook and you could even win a booth for free! It is a great little venue that plays great music!
Garden State Hotel – Flinders Lane
Hidden in another iconic laneway, Garden State Hotel is a popular bar in Melbourne. A multi level bar that makes you feel like you are outdoor in ironically a garden! The atmosphere is great and it is always super busy, however it is so big that you will always find somewhere to stand or sit. Definitely worth checking out!
Miss Collins – Collins Street
A RnB two story club in the heart of the city, Miss Collins plays great music and is always really busy hosting a great atmosphere. With multiple bars, you will never struggle to be served a drink, which is a big plus for a Melbourne club. The only negative thing I have to say about Miss Collins is that they have no dance floor! You just dance where you are, which everyone does, but a designated dance floor is definitely better!
Shanklin Cafe – Hawthorn East
New in Hawthorn East, Shanklin is a cute and cosy cafe that serves great food! Their menu is extensive so they have a lot on offer. They also have an amazing range of pastries that I will definitely be going back for! My breakfast choice was the sweet corn fritters with guacamole salsa, coriander, yoghurt and salmon, yum! Very nicely presented and tasted even better. The breakfast burrito was also amazing, definitely worth a try as well. It is only a new cafe so the service was a little slow, but apart from that add this to your ‘brunch places to try’ list.
Saint Helen – Hawthorn East
Living in Hawthorn has many perks, but one of them is definitely the variety of places to go eat! Another place new to Hawthorn East is Saint Helen on Riversdale Road. Right by the tram stop, this cafe is a bright modern cafe serving one of the best smashed avos I have had! I know a big call, but it was really amazing! With a Turkish twist the dish featured some really different but yum ingredients. Also if you are just after a salad sandwich, they are super fresh and really tasty. For great service, delicious food and good coffee, check out Saint Helen!
Choi’s – Hawthorn East
This restaurant from the outside actually looks like a spa or salon, so elegant and fancy you wouldn’t even know it serves amazing Chinese food! I went here for my birthday with my family and house mates and wow!
The food was great, very tasty. We shared dishes between all of us, which was such a good idea so we could try a bit of everything. My favourite was the crab dumplings and the green tea ice cream! Such delicious food and the owner – who was our waiter – had the most amazing people skills!
So accommodating, he even wrote a happy birthday note in Chinese for me! Overall the food was great – a fancier Chinese cuisine – the inside was beautiful and the service was incredible! If you don’t mind spending a little more than your average Chinese restaurant, go to Choi’s!!
Newport Lake Reserve – Newport
Live in the West and want a new place to explore? Newport Lake Reserve is a beautiful bushland oasis with many different paths leading to different areas of the reserve. Right in the middle is a huge lake with a massive stepping stone path to get you over to the other side. The bushland is so peaceful and quiet with many different birds you forget how close you are to the city!
Going here reminds me of being back home in the quiet country. The Newport Lake Reserve is such a great place to go when you just want to enjoy the outdoors.
Cherry Lake – Altona
Another great spot in the West is Cherry Lake in Altona. The lake has a footpath right around so you can get on your bike or go for a run. All up it is about 3.5km to get around and offers a mixture of wetlands and picnic/playground areas, so you can enjoy a little bit of peace and quiet or have a BBQ with friends and family. If you work in the area, it is a great spot to get in some exercise during your lunch break.
St Cloud – Hawthorn
A Vietnamese eating house in Hawthorn, St Cloud has been on my list for a while now! They have a cute rooftop good for just drinks, but their food was what I was dying to try. So when Mother’s Day was approaching it only seemed fitting to take Mum there for a special lunch, and special was an understatement. We chose the Mother’s Day four course ‘feed me’ option – see menu below – and the food was actually incredible! My favorite was definitely the BBQ scallops, they were so good! For main we got pork belly, salad, rice and a beef cheek dish and wow there was so much food! But of course we had to fit in dessert, which was also amazing. Every dish we were served was so fresh, had loads of flavour and presentation was seriously great! Also if you want a drink with your meal, try the cocktail jugs! The sangria is so fruity and fresh! St Cloud was so bright and vibrant, the staff were young and so friendly. A great atmosphere and the interior is so lively, a great place for lunch or dinner.
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