For those who have always wanted to visit Melbourne and do it trendy, hipster style, we show you where to go and what to do.
Melbourne may not be the capital of Australia but it sure is a city that knows how to stay trendy and party. Home of the hipsters, as New York Post calls it, this is one town that regular folks like to visit for a weekend getaway or when there is a discounted deal package.
Here, we show you four places to go if you want to do Melbourne like a true blue hipster.
Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Perhaps the hipster centre, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy is home to high-end boutiques next to vintage stores where alternative, tattoo-filled guys mingle with trendy, suited guys. This bohemian hub stretches between Victoria Street to Alexandria Parade and you can easily spend a full day here, sipping three-quarter almond milk lattes or buying a rare Bob Dylan biography.
To get the full hipster experience, we recommend dining at Vegie Bar, a restaurant that will satisfy every taste buds (unless you’re a meat-eater only, sorry!) and checking out the latest indie records at Polyester.
Rooftop Bar, Curtin House
One of the best ways to see the Melbourne skylines is to have a drink at a rooftop bar. There are many to choose from but we can’t go pass Rooftop Bar, located at Curtin House. The bar comes alive in the evening, becoming a recreation hub where drinks, dancing, views and burgers flow.If you want to do it like a true trendy local, visit anytime between December to April when Rooftop Bar gets turned into a pop-up cinema. Enjoy an art film against the city sunset while sipping a cocktail and tick this off your bucket list.
National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)
We know that an appreciation for the arts is synonymous with being a hipster so this recommendation is a no-brainer.
One of the oldest public art galleries in Australia, the NGV plays host to some of the world’s most exquisite art pieces, as well as staging contemporary exhibitions such as the Jean Paul Gaultier and Salvador Dali retrospectives previously.
Remember to drop into the design store for NGV editions and collectibles – they’ll be great conversation starters and elevate your coolness.
Supper Inn, Chinatown
Melbourne is known for its vibrant nightlife (sorry, Sydney) but what do you do after you have been drinking and dancing all night? You get some Asian food!
While the choice for late-night dining is vast in the city, nothing beats yummy Chinese cuisine. Supper Inn opens till 2:30 a.m. every night and everyone from bartenders and DJs fill themselves with congee, noodles and crisp-skinned chicken. When a publication like Concrete Playground, the go-to guide for many hipsters, includes this restaurant in their top ten list of late night restaurants, you can be sure it is worth checking out.
So, put on your skinny jeans and chambray shirt, and find those Melbourne holiday deals and live it up like a hipster.