Thanks to a few friends, had a chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of work life, and spend a weekend in Melbourne. Such a welcome break in such a beautiful city. :)
Yet to properly write up this post, but I'll let the pictures sit here for now. :)
It was our first time trying Airbnb as a service to find accomodation. And I have to admit we were quite plesantly surprised.
This was one of two places we got, where 4 of us stayed.
Stop one, Gazi! :D
An amazing Greek restaurant with a roof of clay pots! :)
Landed up at this really neat rooftop bar (10 grueling flight of stairs later..).
That's one thing noticed about Melbourne, there's a whole lot of these little neat and retro bars and places to hang out.
The view from the second accomodation we got.. That was quite something. Not to mention this place was just next door to the Crown Casino.
The Next Morning
Up early, and out exploring.
The others slept in a bit after our long night, so I decided to go exploring this interesting city.
Honestly, the coolest places are in random alley ways, all over town. A spot of breakfast at The League of Honest Coffee.
Hosier Lane, the graffiti face of Melbourne.
Some seriously amazing pieces of art can be found here. And they change everyday! I visited here twice that day, and there was new art! :)
Met up with the gang for brunch at Operator 25, this super cool brunch spot in town. Again, design, design and great design! :D
With the girls gone shopping, Keds, Ankit and I took the opportunity to see more of the city. First stop Victoria State Library.
On Ankit's recommendation, we went to The Lui Bar, just as the sun started getting ready to set.
All I can say is.. What a view. :D
Later that night, the whole gang regrouped and we went out for dinner. Unfortunately we weren't able to get seats at the restaurant we hoped to visit: Chinchin.
(Note to future-self: Go out early for dinner, especially if in groups. It's almost impossible to find seats after 7-8pm.)
The last morning
After another crazy night, and getting back home at 5am, I was once again up and out early. We did have to check out by noon.
This morning's adventure involved getting some coffee to help wake up the others, and also hunt down some legendary 'Cronuts'. After waking up the others, Brinda mentioned that it'd be really nice to try these 'cronuts' which Melbourne is meant to be famous for. And so I set out.
Long story short, I was unsuccessful in my quest to find these 'cronuts'. However a lot of people I met along the way kept mentioning that a donut truck at the Queen Victoria Markets was really worth a visit. And after a 30 minute walk, I reached.. And they weren't kidding that it's famous. There was a line of about 30 people when I got there!