This post might seem strange coming from the girl who put a whole hemisphere between her and her hometown, but I really do love Melbourne.
|Koko Black - chocolate lover's heaven!|
Many Aussie romance authors will be heading there this week for the Romance Writers of Australia conference, and I am so very sad that I won’t be there this year. But, I thought this would be a good opportunity to highlight a few of my favourite things to do in Melbourne.
Tram Car Restaurant
I’ve done this twice now and it’s a real treat. You get ride all around Melbourne on a restored tram, taking in the sights and having a wonderful lunch or dinner. Personally, I love the night tour because of all the city lights – but be warned, the food is great so you might want to wear a stretchy skirt or dress!
Get a hot chocolate at Koko Black
I might be a coffee gal through and through, but Koko Black could totally tempt me to the dark chocolate side. They do amazing hot chocolates and it’s also the perfect place if you want a nice, small gift for a family member back home. My favourite drink is the cinnamon hot chocolate and why not treat yourself to a little desert while you’re there?
|Morning is the perfect time to catch the hot air balloons|
A necessity after all the chocolate! The Yarra is a beautiful place to wander at any time of day. Keep an eye out for the enormous geese who often frequent the area, chill out on a park bench and just breathe in the peacefulness admist the city.
Get a coffee
Seriously, Melbourne has the most amazing coffee of any of the places I’ve been. Anywhere in the world. There are so many great cafes to try depending on what area of Melbourne you’re in. If you want to grab a bagel with your coffee try Manchester Press in Rankin Lane, Mr. Tulk is a personal favourite and is right next to the State Library of Victoria, or try Sensory Lab coffee which is the in the back of David Jones building accessible from Little Collins street so you can indulge in a little shopping as well.
See an exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria
Easily one of my favourite spots in Melbourne. The gallery is a great place to wander and soak in some culture, they change exhibitions frequently so check of their website to see what’s on before you go. As a bonus, it’s right near the botanical gardens so you can go for a lovely walk or have a picnic afterwards.
After writing this post I feel suitably homesick! Who’s heading to RWA in Melbourne this year and what else are you planning to do while you’re there? If you’re not going now, have you ever been to Melbourne before?