Melbourne has been home to me my whole life and whilst the majority of my time has been spent on the windswept suburbs of the Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne is the city that you can’t keep away from for very long. After almost 30 years of calling Melbourne my home a chance meeting through Collabosaurus with duo that is You’re Melbourne showed me that the reason Melbourne is so alluring is because she has so many secrets. But if you press your ear up a little closer You’re Melbourne will share her secrets with you.
You’re Melbourne isn’t a business, it’s an experience. With a wealth of knowledge about their favourite city the You’re Melbourne team now want you to experience all that Melbourne has to offer and they’ll capture the moment for you to take away. The experience is what it is because of the dynamic duo that makes up You’re Melbourne. Sandy, the sun kissed photographer who has a contagious smile and knack for making you feel at ease even when she’s snapping away as you talk. She seamlessly sits behind her lens and without you even realising it one minute you’re deep in conversation and the next she’s capturing you, being all you, with all those little nuances and quirks that make you who you are. Sandy’s talent lies in not only capturing a moment, but in capturing the emotion of that moment and turning it into a memory. Penny, from coffee to floristry to interiors and it seems like almost everything in between Penny is the quintessential modern woman – a multi tasker. She’s a walking encyclopaedia of places and spaces and she has a knack for smoothly navigating you from one nook of Melbourne to another with an air of excitement, less tourist guide and more friend who wants to take you to their favourite local (she seems to have a lot of favourite locals though!) This dynamic duo compliment each other so well and it’s impossible to be around them without settling into their world, which feels like you’re exploring a new place with friends as your tour guides.
I got to spend the day with Sandy & Penny at one of my favourite spots in Melbourne, the Queen Victoria Market. Despite heading into the market about once per month or so, I’m a total creature of habit who follows a pretty standard routine of coffee, deli, fruit & veg each from the same string of stalls, so being guided through the market by this pair was like the first time I’d ever been. I thought we’d take a look inside my You’re Melbourne experience…
In my books not much happens without a coffee to start the day, so first stop was Market Lane Coffee. Market Lane is born and based at 4 signature Melbourne locations and with their cups and walls printed with “we love to make coffee for the city that loves to drink it” you instantly feel connected to this coffee loving city.
It’s a quick step across the road to join the queue along Queen Street and watch the dough makers in the original 1950’s van kneading hundreds of hot jam doughnuts whilst you wait for your own bag of sweet jam filled delights (because let’s be honest who could only buy one?).
The drum beat from a man on a milk crate with some fashioned home made drum kit and a good voice and a guitar make the buskers corner the perfect spot to dive into that sugary bag of jam filled doughnuts and fall in love with some local Melbourne talent (I’m listening to Lemons by Woodlock the same trio that we tapped our feet to that day as I type).
The Deli Hall is one of my favourite places at Queen Vic Market, with its art deco features and original marble bench tops I’ve heard countless stories of my mum visiting the deli hall on a weekend when she was young, the excitement of the weekend outing, the hub of multicultural Melbourne and the grandeur of the building holds so much nostalgia.
And after the hustle and bustle of the market stalls cross back to Therry Street and slip in to a book lovers paradise. Books for Cooks aims to stock every good cook book new, old and antiquarian and is said to home over 40 000 books. I wouldn’t have believed there were so many books on culinary delights until I walked in the doors here, but my paper loving heart was sucked straight to the back of the store to run my fingers along rows and rows of time stained pages full of stories that make up our long rich history with food. And it seem’s we still have common threads with the women of the 1950’s after picking up A Woman’s Work Is Never Done and educating myself on how to use olive oil to remove crayon off painted walls (who knew?!)
Of course no Melbourne experience is complete without a sneaky wine or two and if it’s one thing the You’re Melbourne team can assure you of, if there’s a spot for a quick drink worth trying then they’ve tried it! And so the day ends hanging out on a rooftop at Fancy Hanks BBQ Joint with the most delicious skyline behind you.
You’re Melbourne is an experience like no other. Whether you’re visiting Melbourne for the first time or the fiftieth time or like me even if you’ve lived here your whole life, let You’re Melbourne show you some of this cities best kept secrets, enjoy the best cups of coffee she has to offer and leave with not only the memories but the photos to match. I learnt from this amazing duo that Melbourne is like a first love, there’s something about her that captures your heart and makes is impossible to leave. This rekindled love for my home has made me want to make you a part of those woven threads that make up this magical city and for those afar to draw you in and add it to your must visit list. I’ve teamed up with Sandy & Penny to share with you You’re Melbourne Finds , a collection of Melbourne and its surrounding suburbs best bits, the secrets, the hidden gems and the spots you can’t forget about. You can download the very first You’re Melbourne finds guide below, which will become your go to guide to your favourite city. A pocket guide of where to eat, what to drink, where to shop and what to do when you keep coming back to this place we call home.
You’re Melbourne also want to see Melbourne from your eyes. Share your favourite finds, eats and hang outs around Melbourne on instagram using the hashtag #showusyouremelbourne . I can’t wait to share the next edition of You’re Melbourne Finds and bring you another piece of this loveable city.
Photography : Sandy Rogulic of You’re Melbourne