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Melbourne Offf the Beaten Path

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Here is a list of some of my personal favorite places to go in Melbourne. Half the fun is finding them, and they all have something unique and different to offer. For a taste of authentic Melbourne, try some of these hidden gems. Good luck!

Good for
  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Nature Lover
  • Foodie
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Trendsetter
  • Like a Local

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9 Places

CERES Community Environment Park

Parks

Rooftop Cinema

Movie Theatres

izakaya den

Restaurants

Naked for Satan

Restaurants

Pellegrini's Espresso Bar

Restaurants

A1 Bakery

Restaurants

Richmond

Destinations

The Croft Institute

Restaurants

Paris Cat Jazz Club

Jazz Clubs & Bars

Milan S's City Tips

  • Tipping makes the world a happier place.
  • Pick up a Myki travel pass from any 7 Eleven store and top it up as you go.
  • Smart casual dress will get you into just about anywhere.
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    CERES Community Environment Park
    Parks
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    Milan S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Situated on the corner of Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East. Take tram 96, stopping on Nicholson St, and from there it's a five minute walk to the park.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Brunswick East
    • It's all relative 20/07/2016
    • farmers market, chooks, food- this place has it all 18/05/2016
    • CERES Community Environment Park
    Address:
    Corner Of Roberts Street And Stewart Street
    Brunswick East, Moreland, Victoria 3057
    Australia
    Phone:
    61393890100
    Hours:
    Sun - Mon
    8:30 - 13:30
    Tue - Sat
    8:30 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Rooftop Cinema
    Movie Theatres
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    Milan S Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • You can hire a blanket here.
    • Check the Rooftop cinema website for show details.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 59 Fun & Games in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quirky vibe 15/05/2016
    • Drinks & no movie 11/05/2016
    • Rooftop Cinema
    Address:
    252 Swanston Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 61 3 9654 5394
    Australia
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 1:00
    Other:
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    izakaya den
    Restaurants (Japanese, Asian)
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    Milan S Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try the Black Sesame Brulee and/or the Tuna Tataki.
    • Walk down the staircase at 114 Russell Street and keep walking until you hit this slim basement den.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #180 of 2,926 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious Meal 30/07/2016
    • Beautifully elegant food 13/07/2016
    • izakaya den
    Address:
    114 Russell St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    03 96542977
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    17:00 - 1:00
    Other:
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    Naked for Satan
    Restaurants (Bar, Mediterranean, Spanish)
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    Milan S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Cheap pinxtos are available in the ground floor bar.
    • It gets very busy here on weekends but I have always managed to squeeze in as there is plenty of seating.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 191 restaurants in Fitzroy
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • so great points and some average 28/07/2016
    • Funky Joint 27/07/2016
    • Naked for Satan
    Address:
    285 Brunswick Street
    Fitzroy, Yarra, Victoria 3065
    Australia
    Phone:
    94162238
    Other:
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    Pellegrini's Espresso Bar
    Restaurants (Italian, Cafe)
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    Milan S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Get in early before the lunch crowd and don't be afraid to speak up so they can hear your order!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #151 of 2,926 restaurants in Melbourne
    • Only place I know that seves hot chocolate that yo can sweeten yourself - if you want to 26/07/2016
    • Brilliant 25/07/2016
    • Pellegrini's Espresso Bar
    Address:
    66 Bourke St
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000
    Australia
    Phone:
    03 9662 1885
    Price range:
    US$1 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 23:30
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    A1 Bakery
    Restaurants (Lebanese, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern, Pizza, Turkish, Halal)
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    Milan S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Getting here: Take tram 19 to Stewart Street (Stop 25), and then keep walking north on the left hand side of the road for about 150 meters.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #305 of 2,926 restaurants in Melbourne
    • The most tasty manquosha (pie) ever 26/07/2016
    • Always good! 19/07/2016
    • A1 Bakery
    Address:
    643-645 Sydney Rd
    Brunswick
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    0393860440
    Other:
  • Richmond
    Destinations
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    Milan S Says:

    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!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Catching tram 109 from the city will get you into the thick of it. Just jump off when you see the signage changing from English to Vietnamese!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    • Richmond
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    The Croft Institute
    Restaurants (Australian)
    Milan S Says:

    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.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Getting here: Walk up Little Bourke St through Chinatown (between Russell and Exhibition) and turn into Payne Place. At the top of Payne Place turn left and Croft Alley is next.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #404 of 2,926 restaurants in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A creepy highlight 19/07/2016
    • Creepy yet intriguing! 15/06/2016
    • The Croft Institute
    Address:
    21 Croft Aly
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    17:00 - 1:00
    Fri
    17:00 - 3:00
    Sat
    20:00 - 3:00
    Other:
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    Paris Cat Jazz Club
    Jazz Clubs & Bars
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    Milan S Says:

    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!)

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • A decent and light bar menu is available.
    • Paris Cat is situated between Little Bourke Street and Lonsdale Street near Queen Street (behind Hardware Lane in Goldie Place).
    • Best to book online, as weekend shows usually sell out. Tickets are also sold at the door and there is standing room at the bar.
    • Don't worry - they do have an upstairs bar if you really need to talk!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 189 Nightlife in Melbourne
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • wonderful experience of live jazz 27/07/2016
    • intimate night out 23/07/2016
    • Paris Cat Jazz Club
    Address:
    6 Goldie Place
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Australia
    Phone:
    9642 4711
    Other:
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