AUSTRALIA: MELBOURNE

March 20, 2016

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WHERE TO STAY: THE OLSEN

After three flights and 32 hours of traveling, I arrived in Melbourne with a warm welcome from the Olsen Hotel. My Australian friends recommended it as the best hotel in the city, and it didn’t disappoint—From the glass-bottomed rooftop pool to the insanely comfortable beds. Located in South Yarra on the famous Chapel Street, we were steps away from all the best shops and restaurants. Which is always essential for me, because us spoiled New Yorkers are accustomed to having everything at our fingertips.

The Olsen Hotel is part of the Art Series Hotels. And each hotel has a different vibe and décor based on the artist who adorns the walls. John Olsen’s abstract and funky landscapes definitely gave this luxurious hotel a bit of downtown edge. Which is always a good combination in my book.

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WHERE TO EAT

Most of my time in Melbourne was spent in a jetlag haze. With three days and probably a total of 7 hours of sleep. But what I do remember is the food. Obviously.

Our first night was at Chin Chin. Don’t be intimidated by the line out the door. This new-wave Thai restaurant is worth the wait. And while you’re waiting for your table, head to the swanky downstairs bar and curl up in a leather booth with a crafty cocktail.

We brunched at The Kettle Black, which is any bloggers dream. It’s a health conscious, bright white café with a killer menu. I opted for the chia seed pudding, a colorful bowl covered in grains, fresh fruits and edible flowers.

Tucked away in a graffiti-ridden alley on the backstreets of Melbourne, MoVida serves up tiny yet technical tapas. Don’t let the laid-back ambience fool you. This is some serious food. Dishes like smoked mackarel crudo in pine nut sorbet and duck liver brioche are sure to impress.

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FOOD

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23 Comments

  • Reply lifestyleandso June 13, 2016 at 1:20 PM

    these photos are great,x
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  • Reply Zorica Miteva March 29, 2016 at 3:31 PM

    Amazing photos
    The food looks delicious
    xx
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  • Reply Amber Shannon March 27, 2016 at 8:44 PM

    Phenomenal photos!!


    Amber
    All the Cute

  • Reply Mr Essentialist March 27, 2016 at 10:59 AM

    The Olsen looks incredible – Melbourne is definitely on my travel list :)

  • Reply Adam Jerk March 24, 2016 at 11:03 PM

    Es lo más!

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  • Reply Alanda March 23, 2016 at 7:52 AM

    I love Melbourne! How good is the kettle black its amazing! Monochrome heaven

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    xxxx

  • Reply Valerie Price March 22, 2016 at 9:26 PM

    Melbourne sounds wonderful! I’m loving all those beautiful dishes!

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  • Reply Carina March 22, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    Gorgeous pictures! I need to visit soon!

    xo
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  • Reply Siffat Haider March 22, 2016 at 8:00 AM

    I’ve been dying to visit Melbourne, I need to go!
    xo
    Siffat
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  • Reply Antonia Ortega March 21, 2016 at 6:37 PM

    This is amazing!! Love it

    xx

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  • Reply sanssouci March 21, 2016 at 5:47 PM

    Looks amazing dear! Hope you had a wonderful time!
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  • Reply Lea March 21, 2016 at 2:37 PM

    amazing pictures ! love it ! xx

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  • Reply pippi hepburn March 21, 2016 at 2:24 PM

    Wow, these photos are excellent! I want to go~
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  • Reply Ev March 21, 2016 at 1:12 PM

    Love it!

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  • Reply Rachel March 21, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Beautiful place! nice photos!

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  • Reply Kayla March 21, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    Looks spectacular! The Olsen hotel looks magnificent and the food :) Glad you enjoyed your stay hun.

    Have an amazing week!
    Lots of love,
    Kayla xo // Kayla’s Vibration

  • Reply Cindy March 21, 2016 at 10:51 AM

    OMG the food! Everything looks so amazing! I’ve got to visit Melbourne again – haven’t been back since I was a kid!

    xx Cindy
    http://www.whenindoubtblog.com

  • Reply Keri March 21, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Serious food porn. Need it right now!! Haha :)

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  • Reply emily March 21, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    This makes me want to visit Melbourne again ASAP! Some great recommendations!

    x Emily

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  • Reply Agnes March 21, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Would love to visit there one day!

    Agnes x

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  • Reply Melisa March 21, 2016 at 1:42 AM

    been dying to visit Melbourne for so long and your photos made me just want to hop on the plane asap! amazing photos and love the top you’re wearing<3
    http://www.rebelrebel.co x

  • Reply Raysa Garcia March 20, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    How awesome. The food Look YUMMMM! :)
    Xox, Raysa

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