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It is ALL about the FOOD in Australia! ¬†I mean I pretty much think they invented avocado toast and acai bowls ūüėČ ¬†I didn’t know what to expect as the trip was a surprise for my bday from my husband. ¬†I arrived home on a Sunday evening from a bachelorette trip and on Monday I was on a plane to Melbourne… ya this actually happened! ¬†It was such a fun trip. ¬†Check out my video above for a BTS look and below for links to all my favorite spots to stay, eat, drink and things to do! ¬†Enjoy!

 

MELBOURNE

STAY
The Langham Hotel¬†– This hotel had THE perfect location in Melbourne. ¬†It was right on the river across from CBD and literally in walking distance from just bout anything. ¬†We stayed in Melbourne for 5 nights and were happy campers in our standard room. ¬†The concierge service was incredible, recommending things to do and places to eat as we planned our spontaneous Australian trip in 1 day! ¬†Let’s not forget the hotel taxi was an old-school BLUSH car… I mean, it had my name ALL over it!
EAT РBrunch
Darling Cafe – What to order? Acia’ bowls, smoothies, avocado toast
EAT РDinner
Minamishima – What to order? Well… you don’t get to pick ’cause at this high end sushi joint, it’s¬†omakase all the way! ¬†This was hand down THE best sushi meal of my life. ¬†It’s a must-go!
Chin Chin РAsian food in Melbourne? YES!  What to order?  EVERYTHING!  Always busy, always delicious and a super cool vibe. You can wait for 3 hours to get a table sometimes but worth SO it! Go before 6 to put your name down and then grab a drink in the bar downstairs while you wait.
DRINK РCoffee
Proud Mary¬†– What to order? ¬†Their coffee flights and avocado toast are on point! ¬†Have you ever head of such a thing? ¬†You could say we were ready to rock after the coffee flight, walking about 10 miles that day! ūüôā ¬†This was a gem we stumbled upon when exploring the Fitzroy and Collingwood neighborhood.
Brother Baba Budan – What to order? ¬†A classic cappuccino. ¬† They sure know how to make coffee in Australia… like every place was unreal! ¬†The best part about a cap down under is the chocolate sprinkled on top! ¬†Yum! ¬†Another neat tid bit about BBB, is the interiors. ¬†Don’t be surprise when you see chairs hanging from the ceiling!!
DRINK РCocktails
Eau De Vie -What to order? ¬†Any cocktail! ¬†This speakeasy is a gem and their mixologist are the best in all of the land. ¬†You can NOT go wrong with any drink at Eau De Vie. ¬†Remember it is a speakeasy so the door may be hard to find. ¬†Hint, hint… it’s in an alley and the door is not marked ūüėČ
Section 8 – What to order? Literally any cocktail. ¬†They are not only gorg but delicious! ¬†It is located in the graffiti-lined alleyways of downtown Melbourne. ¬†It’s a super cool and relaxed vibe for a mid-day or evening drink.
Naked for Satan – What to order? Anything vodka… they have 20+ infused vodka flavors. ¬†This bar is located in a very cool neighborhood, Fitzroy, and has an epic rooftop deck. ¬†On a nice day, this is the spot to go!
Leonard’s House of Love – What to order? A pickle shot… yes, it’s an Aussie thing and my husband Luke felt like he really needed one… but I opted out! ha! They ambiance alone is worth a trip to this bar. ¬†You feel like you’ve been transported back to the 60’s with
DO
1. Queen Victoria Market 
2. Street Art 
3. Explore Neighborhoods – Fitzroy, Yarra Precint, Collins Street
4. Eat, eat and eat some more – see above for recommendations!

 

HAYMAN ISLAND

STAY
One and Only – unfortunately a week after departing Hayman Island in the Great Barrier Reef, a Cyclone ripped through the islands destroying much f the One and Only resort. ¬†There is now a new owner of the property, which good news, is renovating it! ¬†Here’s the link for information – Hayman Island. ¬†It is a beyond gorgeous island nestled in the reef. ¬† I mean did you watch my video… BEAUTIFUL!
EAT
The only place on the island is the resort… no, like really. ¬†There is not a town so if you’re looking for a secluded island to relax, this is the place for you! ¬†The food at the resort is top quality, including all of the seafood of your dreams! ¬†I mean, you are literally on the ocean.
DO
1. Relax
2. Diving / Scuba
3. Swimming
4. Yoga
5. Hike
6. Helicopter РWhitehaven Beach: this is the beach in your dreams.  A-must if you are staying at one of the nearby islands.

 

SYDNEY

STAY
Four Seasons
EAT – Breakfast / Lunch
Bills – What to order? ¬†Well, pretty much the entire menu! hehe ūüôā ¬†Located in a cute lil’ house in the quaint neighborhood of Darlinghurst, you will find many locals chewing away on avo toast and sipping on yummy coffee. ¬†The interior has an open kitchen, one large family style table in the middle of the room and small two and four tops along the windows. ¬†They are know for their Ricotta Hotcakes, which in my opinion, are OUT OF THIS WORLD. ¬†We also tried the Fresh Aussie – egg, kale, avocado, tomato on sourdough toast… yup, this was my FOOD heaven!! You really can’t go wrong here.
The Little Kitchen – What to order? The avocado toast. ¬†We hit up this breakfast joint before heading out on our walk from Coogee to Bondi. ¬†We were not disapointed. ¬†This by far was one of my most favorite meals of the trip and we happened to stubble upon it! ¬†It’s name “The Little Kitchen” says it all. ¬†The lil’ spot is located a few block from the beach with limited seating inside and a few tables outside. ¬†We ordered the Avo Toast and added smoked salmon and an egg. ¬†It sounds so simple but I’m telling you, there was something magical in it!! ¬†The flavors were exploding in my mouth! ¬†It was THE BEST AVOCADO TOAST I’ve ever had! ¬†Now that our bellies were full it was time to walk it off! ¬†Bondi here we come!
EAT – DINNER
Mr. Wong¬†– What to order? Dumplings! ¬†We waited… and waited some more BUT it was worth it! ¬†The yummy modern asian spot was delicious. ¬†I would recommend going early (before 6) to put your name in and head around the corner and downstairs to Palmer & Co. ¬†Literally everything we had was SO good but I would definitely try the dumplings!! Yum in my tum ūüôā
Uccello – What to order? Anything from the wood fired oven – super delish! ¬†It’s all about the location and ambiance at this restaurant. ¬†It’s located on a hidden ivy rooftop surrounded by a pool¬†– half inside and half outside. ¬†Later in the evening it turns into an ultra chic lounge.
DRINK – COCKTAILS
Palmer & Co. Prohibition Speakeasy – What to order – any of their crafty cocktails made by the men behind the bar! ¬†This was my favorite bar in Sydney. ¬†You walk through an alley to an unmarked door, turn the corner and walk down a sketchy set of steps to the basement. ¬†Once down undaaaa you walk through a lobby and viola, you are transported back to the 1920’s! ¬†The ambiance is on point! ¬†The cocktails are unique and ultra delishhhh. ¬†I ordered the Mexican 2 Steps and was on the dance floor in no time! ūüėČ ha!
Establishment Bar – A great happening spot in the CBD to grab a drink and mingle.
DO
1. Coogee to Bondi walk¬†– This is, hands down, the best coastal walk in Australia. ¬†Some start in Bondi and walk the other direction but we did the opposite. ¬†Bondi was a great ending point with numerous restaurants, bars and a great beach. ¬†I would suggest eating at The Little Kitchen in Coogee and then walking to Bondi. ¬†It takes about 2-3 hours depending on your pace. ¬†I would recommend stoping at Bondi Icebergs Club for a drink or just to see the massive swimming pool that dumps directly into the ocean… it’s an amazing site!
2. Sydney Opera House РThe iconic architecture is a must-see!   My hubs and I only had a few days in Sydney so we opted out of a tour or performance.  We walked around the beautiful buildings and took it all in Рso worth it!  There are a lot of tourist around this sport (surprise, surprise) so if you are staying in the CBD, I would walk.

 

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OUTFITS:

If you missed my four outfit posts from Australia check them out here…

1. Onsie Down Under

2. Melbourne Alley

3. Rompin’ Around Australia¬†

4. Blushing in Melbourne

 

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