In the second instalment of of S-kin Studio's guide to Melbourne we follow Marketing Assistant, Nicole, on her favourite spots to wine and dine and just have a good time!
Nicole's guide takes you through some of her most frequented cafes and restaurants & where to find stellar hiking locations for you and your friends.
I love to brunch! Ask anyone I know and you'll soon learn that food is a major component of my life. As a Melbournian, I feel it my responsibility to be able to suggest some top-notch cafes that will be able to offer you mouth-watering meals and superior coffees.
Looking for a classic brunch spot? Check out the understated El Mirage. Imbedded in the heart of Brunswick East, El Mirage has an industrial vibe and a diverse menu. I'm a sucker for the potato rosti or the classic breakfast burger.
For the minimalist in your life, check our 279 Victoria Street. This Japanese inspired café will leave your mouth drooling with their delectable Musubi (rice sandwich) options and baked goods. I can confidently say they have the best soy lattes and Mochinuts I've ever had.
And for my fellow carb lovers, I present bagel heaven: Migrant Coffee. Half café, half bar, you'll be sure to fall in love with their New York style bagels and friendly staff. Great coffee and great vibes, what more could you ask for?
To help counter my love of food I often find myself outdoors and exploring our local landscape. There is nothing more rewarding than finishing a lengthy hike and feeling a sense of achievement!
Situated just under an hour outside of Melbourne, you can try out the You Yangs Regional Park. If you're wanting to challenge yourself a little or really draw out a walk with a friend, you can take on the 450 steps to make it to the scenic Flinders Peak.
A oldie but a goodie, you can always head to Werribee Gorge State Park for a wonderful afternoon. If you've ever wanted to try bouldering or rock climbing this state park will most definitely give you a taste! Offering a beautiful landscape and definitive route, conquer the Werribee Gorge Circuit Walk (10km) and feel like your own superhero.
For those of you wanting to take on a slightly more intensive challenge, I would recommend checking out the Mortimer Circuit in Bunyip State Park in Gembrook. If you're really feeling yourself, you can add on the steep incline to the Four Brothers Rocks. I promise that you will feel one with nature after this one!
If you've been fortunate enough to wine and dine in Melbourne I'm sure you are already aware of the huge range of restaurants our city boasts. From every cuisine to very level of dining, Melbourne has it all and here are some of my favourites.
For the test tacos I've ever had in town, you must visit La Tortilleria! Originally known for producing authentic corn tortillas, this Mexican restaurant is truly one of Melbourne's most hidden gems. Tucked away in the streets of Kensington, you must accompany your meal with one of their delicious Margaritas and end your night with one of their iconic flans.
If you're up for something more unique, you must try out the Peruvian restaurant: Pastuso. Specialising in mind-blowingly good ceviche's and Pisco Sours, Pastuso takes you on a a colourful journey through Peru's culture and food. If you're not so much into seafood you can check our their sister restaurant: San Telmo which offers a divine range of Argentinean grill options.
I am a huge fan of Japanese food so it comes as no surprise that one of my favourite restaurants is cult favourite: Kisume. Offering a wide range of dining options, I would recommend coming here for special occasions and trying the Chef's Tasting Menu for something truly mind-blowing and exceptional.
I hope you enjoyed learning about some of my favourite spots in Melbourne and stay tuned for Eloise's top picks in Melbourne next week!