I’m so excited to bring you the first edition of You’re Melbourne finds for 2016. I spent a good part of the summer exploring Melbourne with Penny & Sandy of You’re Melbourne (and yes that’s the same Penny & Sandy that I introduced to you in our Home Edit earlier in the week – dynamic duo? Much!) and we have bulging notebooks full of our favourite finds and some hidden gems from in an around Melbourne to bring you this year. Today I’m sharing our favourite finds for a ‘arts inspired’ day in Melbourne with so many great places within a stones throw or a free tram ride away. And because we’re kicking off the year in the best way possible we also have a giveaway for an amazing night out in Melbourne – but you’ll have to be quick – grab all the details at the bottom of the post.
Fuel up for a day out in Melbourne on an ‘island’ that could be plucked straight from a fiction story. Ponyfish Island is located underneath the pedestrian bridge at Southbank and gets is name from the illusive Ponyfish, a mysterious creature apparently seen swimming in the Yarra River. Whether the Ponyfish actually exists or is a Melbourne myth remains to be determined, but Ponyfish Island is certainly a reality that you need to check out. Whilst on the pedestrian bridge above you’re connected to the hustle and bustle of Melbourne, once you step down those stairs you could be on a mysterious island getaway anywhere in the mythical world. Brunch recommendations; the Smashed Avocado bagel, the side of lemon and dukkah make all the difference.
An art inspired day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria. The NGV is the oldest gallery in Australia and with it’s famous water wall entrance both the young and young at heart are entertained before you even enter. Regardless of what exhibition is on, leave time to enjoy a bite to eat under the beautiful lights in the Gallery Kitchen and a meander through the NGV design store which I’m sure contains every book ever written on art and culture. The NGV has an amazing kids program too with exhibitions, art programs and an amazing collection of books in their design store.
One of the best bits about Melbourne is all the ‘pop ups’ and changing features. Until the 7th Feb, cross the road into the Queen Victoria Gardens and you’ll find MPavillion, a creative hub showcasing how architecture, music, the arts and conversations can all gather in this temporary landmark. Stop by for a daily music recital, a discussion or the ‘evening ritual’ light and sound show, or just pass through to enjoy a coffee from The Kiosk and take in the spectacular architecture.
Melbourne is known for it’s hidden cafe’s and laneway secrets, but when Penny joked that we were going to a hole in the wall cafe, I didn’t think she actually meant a cafe that was cut into the side of a wall and only big enough to be a broom closet. Switchboard cafe is the quintessential Melbourne hideaway coffee spot, lined with Japanese wallpaper, enjoy your coffee from the bench seat whilst you muse over a haiku poem or two.
If you’re a fabric, sewing or craft enthusiast (is ‘addict’ too strong a word here?) then the final stop of the day equates to creative heaven. To be honest, even if you don’t know which end of the needle to sew with this place is still a visual delight that I think most people will appreciate. On the second floor of the famous Nicholas Building, behind the fabric covered door is L’uccello, well known for it’s range of vintage haberdashery and “fancy goods” as they like to say themselves. My colour loving heart was overflowing with so much colour and texture. Floor to ceiling shelves full of ribbon, fabric and trim that you just don’t find in the modern craft store. Shopping at L’uccello is much less about need and more about what you can’t leave without. Velvet ribbon, doublet crepe paper and of course a few fat quarters of fabric may have left with me!
And to wrap up an arts inspired day in Melbourne, what a better way than with a night at the theatre? If you’re in Melbourne this Friday night (yes tomorrow- Friday 5th February) then we might be able to send you! I’ve got 2 double passes to see GHOST The Musical at The Regent Theatre. Simply leave a comment below for your chance to win, but be quick this one ends TONIGHT so that we can have your night out planned! See all the details at the bottom of the post.
I’ve teamed up with Sandy & Penny of You’re Melbourne to share with you You’re Melbourne Finds , a collection of Melbourne and surrounding suburbs best bits, the secrets, the hidden gems and the spots you can’t forget about. Pocket guides of where to eat and drink, where to shop and what to do when you keep coming back to this place we call home. You can download the You’re Melbourne finds guide to an arts inspired day below, and check out our other finds here
Leave a comment below for your chance to win one of two double passes to see GHOST The Musical at The Regent Theatre, Friday 5th February, 8pm performance. Tickets are A Reserve and valued at $236 per double pass.
Tickets are only valid for the Friday 5th 8pm performance and need to be collected from the box office just prior to the show. Winners will be notified via email at 8.30pm Thursday 4th February and will need to confirm by return email before midnight.
You’re Melbourne could be called a ‘tour’, but it’s truly an experience. Whether you’re in Melbourne for a day or you call this beauty your home, let You’re Melbourne show you their favourite finds and best kept secrets and you’ll walk away with not only the memories but with photos too.