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.
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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