Why do you love living in Melbourne?
Melbourne is the best city in Australia! I actually like the weather – I don’t mind that it’s a bit up and down; it makes for a nice mix and I think it just adds to the culture of Melbourne. In comparison, Sydney has beautiful weather but as a result everyone just goes to the beach! Whereas in Melbourne, most of the year the water’s too cold to go the beach so you have to find something else to do. Sport is huge in Melbourne, with music, theatre, events – it’s a really active city but with this laidback, cool, fun and active vibe. It’s got everything you need. In summer, you’ve got the beautiful bay and the beaches down the coast. Melbourne is a really easy city to get around and have a good time – great bars, great restaurants, excellent food. The people are friendly too.
How would you describe Melbourne to someone who has never visited?
It depends where they’re from. If they’re visiting from say, America, I would say that you could liken it to San Francisco. It’s laid back but still a big city, with lots of cool stuff to see and do – without the attitude of say, Los Angeles. Then, if someone is visiting from Europe, I’d say Melbourne is a mixture of cities.
It has some of the romantic streets and boulevards like Paris has, for example. Melbourne has some parts that are a bit like London – Fitzroy in particular with its bars and old terraces. Some parts are also a bit like Barcelona, where you have all these cobbled streets and laneways and different things going that are a bit hidden. It really is a mix of different places, and as a result it’s a very multicultural city. You can almost find anything and everything in Melbourne.
What is your ideal day out in Melbourne?
My ideal day out would be to go out for breakfast and if the weather is good – very conditional – maybe take a drive out of town, have lunch outside of Melbourne. Somewhere down on the Mornington Peninsula or the Bellarine Peninsula, either of them has some great spots. I’d love to go for a surf if the conditions permit and then come back to the city and go out for dinner and drinks with friends.
What is your favourite restaurant in Melbourne and why?
My favourite restaurant in Melbourne would have to be Arcadia on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy. They do the best scrambled eggs for breakfast – possibly the best breakfast in Melbourne. I may or may not have been there about 100 times! It’s a pretty laid back place with a cool vibe and good quality food – all in a great part of town.
What is your favourite daytrip out of Melbourne?
In the winter months, I’d say Daylesford. If it’s cold in Melbourne then it’s likely even colder in Daylesford but that’s the beauty of it. There are lots of natural springs that you can go to – the Hepburn Springs Spa Centre to get a massage and have a hot spa. Then you can have a nice dinner at one of the local restaurants looking out over the valley. Then retire to one of the great cottages available, with a blazing fire and a nice bottle of red wine. That’s a great weekend right there!