About Milan S
Lives in Sydney, Australia
Since Sep 2014
50-64 year old male
I like to travel light and adapt to local ways. On the road, patience and goodwill conquers all. I was born and raised in the heart of inner Sydney, playing on the streets as a kid and as an adult working on them too. It's my fascination. I once took a job as a street sweeper just for the experience of seeing life on the streets from that perspective. So I can say quite literally, I've covered every inch of the inner city! For the rest I drove a while as a cab driver. But the place never ceases to amaze me with something new and quirky.
CERES is a permaculture farm, education center and farmers market all rolled into one. Situated on four hectares of rejuvenated landfill, it is a unique urban organic experience. There are workshops, short courses and free tours. The cafe is excellent and child-friendly.
Right in the middle of the CBD, atop Curtin House on Swanston Street, is this very cool open air cinema with adjoining bar. It is a real local icon with great bars and restaurants on the floors below, as well as boutique shops. There is an elevator, but I suggest climbing the stairs and checking out each floor. Makes me feel as if I'm in Berlin!
Trendy yet authentic, this is as good as any Izakaya I've experienced in Tokyo - if not better. Izakaya is basically Japanese style tapas with drinks. A popular but not easy place to find, you will be highly rewarded if you make the effort!
With brilliant views of the city and a superb range of Basque tapas specialties, this is my favorite rooftop dining experience. Cleverly placed perspex shields on the outside terrace help to protect you from the wind, creating a very cozy outdoor eating and drinking experience. Have a drink at the ground floor bar before catching the elevator up.
This is Melbourne, 'old school' style. Nothing much has changed here over the years and I hope it never does. Simple, authentic and full of character, there is no other place like it.
A1 Bakery, located at 643-645 Sydney Road, is a local favorite with the middle eastern community in the Brunswick area. Everything is great-value, freshly made, and highly authentic.
Along Victoria Street in Richmond, you'll find Melbourne's 'Little Saigon' area, a great place to experience authentic Vietnamese food and eat with the locals. Many Vietnamese and locals do their shopping here too, so the place is a hive of activity. Foodies will enjoy getting their elbows wet on the laminate tables!
If you can find your way down the two alleyways, this old abandoned mental institution in the heart of Chinatown is a real gem. One of the first of Melbourne's laneway bars, it still has that asylum look, but today you can self medicate here with a custom mixed cocktail. It hosts international DJ's, the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and the street art in Croft Alley is of world standard.
Everything a Jazz club should be: intimate, atmospheric, underground, and supportive of the best new talent around. The acoustics here are excellent, and everyone is friendly. (Though patrons here really do like to listen to the music so keep chatter to a whisper during shows!)