There’s a reason that Melbourne has been ranked as the world’s most liveable city nearly 10 years in a row. Australia’s second most populous city is renowned for its friendly locals, incredible coffee and food, arty alleyways, and creative culture. Without a doubt it has plenty to offer, whether you live there or not. In a bid to showcase some of the spots we love in Melbourne, we took a MINI Clubman for a drive around the city…
Eat & Drink
30 Sackville Street, Collingwood
Acoffee is all about simplicity. Its decor, its menu, and its coffee. When you step into the small converted garage, your attention is first drawn to the gleaming silver roasting machine in the back corner, and then the single oak bench that runs the length of the space. There are a small selection of pastries available if you want a bite, but coffee is the number 1 priority here. It’s roasted fresh and made by skilled baristas, so you know every cup is going to hit the spot.
100 Gipps Street, Collingwood
Collingwood’s Stomping Ground is a must-visit if you’re even a little bit into beer. The brewery produces a varied array, from lagers and kolschs to milk stouts and saisons, and nearly everything in between. Their giant beer hall offers a welcoming and communal atmosphere, aided by its warm decor and, of course, the 30 tap bar and classic pub food menu.
33 Peel Street, Collingwood
Found in a light and open warehouse in Collingwood, Minanoie is an eatery that embraces minimalism in both its design and menu. The Japanese inspired menu is full of fresh, organic, and nourishing dishes, which can be enjoyed in the green-filled space. Minanoie is part of a collective called CIBI, which is a hub of Japanese food and design. The CIBI space is also found in Collingwood, just up the road from the cafe.
175 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Step up your sushi game at Kisumé, a modern Japanese restaurant in the heart of the city. Spread across three floors, the restaurant offers two fine dining experiences across the bottom two, while the top is occupied by a sleek and refined bar. Both the food and drinks menus have been crafted by a skilled team, who have been recruited from some of the top restaurants around the world. The interior is dark and atmospheric, and makes for the ideal place to enjoy the local, fresh seafood and well-crafted cocktails.
650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
In their own words, Higher Ground is “not quite a cafe, not quite a restaurant”. Toeing the line between the two, the eatery serves up stellar coffee during the day, and takes some of our favourite breakfast and lunch staples to a whole new level. Think scrambled eggs, but with the addition of spiced cauliflower, curry leaf, roasted chilli, and housemade flat bread. Hot cakes, plus seeds and grains, cream, fresh fruit, and flowers. The dinner menu is just as elaborate and well thought out, and it’s all served within an industrial yet sophisticated space.
119 Rose Street, Fitzroy
Though they certainly don’t take long to consume, a well-made croissant can take a veritable age to create. At Lune, this is what they specialise in. In their large warehouse space in Fitzroy, the croissant experts craft perfect pastries, some taking three days to prepare. The menu here features a small range of savoury and sweet croissants, so there’s something to satisfy all cravings. It’s the ideal spot to head to when you want to treat yourself to a well-made pastry and coffee, and some really cool raw, but modern, interior design.
Hunting For George
31 Wangaratta Street, Richmond
Stocking a huge range of some of our favourite local and international furniture and homewares designers, Hunting For George is a must-visit. Brands like Menu, Armadillo & Co, Normann Copenhagen, and In Bed have all found a home here. Whether you’re looking to add something new to your place, or you’re just after inspiration, the Hunting For George Richmond showroom is bound to give you some ideas for your home.
9 Johnston Street, Collingwood
Spacebound is a men’s fashion store that stocks their own line of clothing, as well as a select few other brands, like TID Watches and Garrett Leight, that have a focus on quality design. The brand’s own pieces range from simple t-shirts and jumpers to socks, wallets, and caps too. The store itself is beautifully designed, with products displayed against crisp white walls, and a healthy dose of indoor plants. There’s also a well-stocked magazine shelf, so it’s a great spot to head to for the latest in style and print.
Shop 6A, 274 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Their Flinders Lane location is Incu’s dedicated menswear space in Melbourne. The design of the store features dark timbers contrasted with grey brick and cement floors. It all gives the store a very distinct atmosphere. Friendly staff are always on-hand here to help you decide between buying a pair of Common Projects or some new Nikes, choosing an A.P.C jumper or an Acne Studios one, or to simply chat about their new season arrivals.
Shop 1, 230 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Swensk is the ideal place to check out if you’re looking for premium, timeless clothing. The store stocks brands that abide by a slow fashion ethos, so the pieces on offer are high-quality and quite simple in design. This allows them to transcend seasons and trends. The large space has a super clean design; predominantly white, letting the clothing take centre stage.
243 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy
Assembly Label was launched in 2011 with the aim of creating minimalist and utilitarian clothing for coastal dwellers. Their range includes an array of well-made basics for both men and women. The brand’s take on something as simple as a t-shirt or a pair of swim shorts is artful. Their Fitzroy store reflects their clean aesthetic; the space is awash with white walls, timber furniture, and beautiful coastal prints.
Somewhere between hotel, apartment, and design store sits Microluxe. The unique accommodation concept is a single apartment in Fitzroy that can be booked through Airbnb. The interesting thing is, all the products found in the apartment are available to purchase. Loved the hand soap in the bathroom? It’s yours to buy! Never slept on such a comfortable mattress before? Pick up your very own! Shopping aside, the space itself is beautifully designed, decked out in marble and concrete.
435 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne
A boutique hotel in the city, Coppersmith is a great option if you don’t want to be too far from everything that Melbourne has to offer. Though there are food and drink options aplenty around it, the hotel also has an in-house bar and restaurant if you’d prefer to stay in. The rooms are elegantly put together with designer furniture nicely styled throughout. Premium amenities, an in-room Nespresso machine, and a comfortable bed all come together to make it a stellar accommodation choice in Melbourne.
This guide was produced by Hey Gents in partnership with MINI Australia.