Melbourne, Australia
Angie, 30
Consultant, law student & hobby photographer
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in consulting and I'm training to be a lawyer. I love working with different people, learning about different companies and industries and coming up with innovative solutions to help them.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Friends and Gossip Girl!

Name some spots in Melbourne that are good for a Tinder date.

Madame Brussells, Siglo or the QT hotel - all rooftop bars with a great vibe and awesome views to help you keep the conversation flowing.

Who’s your hero and where in Melbourne would you take them out for a serious hang?

Amal Clooney, the international human rights law barrister! I would take her to Rice Paper Scissors for the Share The Love menu which is perfect for 2 people dining together and getting to know each other.

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Forever New! Headquartered in Melbourne, it is one of the best high-street brands in the world.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

Visit the Shrine of Remembrance. It is so beautiful, open and peaceful there.

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Melbourne and where did you get it?

Recently I tried rosemary caramelia cigars coated in chocolate as a dessert at Om Nom Kitchen (dessert bar that is part of the Adelphi Hotel). They were shaped like real cigars and came in a smoke-infused cigar box!

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Melbourne that you particularly like?

Manchuria - great cocktails and right in the middle of Chinatown in case you feel a bit peckish afterwards.

What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Melbourne? How much did it cost and what did you get there?

Nobu, a Japanese restaurant inside Crown. We had their degustation menu (the Omakase) which was about $150 per person.

What restaurant in Melbourne looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Pacific BBQ on Lonsdale Street - it's a Hong Kong style cafe and has the best roast duck in town!

Where can you get the best cocktail in Melbourne? Which one do you like?

Gin Palace has some very skilled baristas who can make anything to your fancy - I like the Elderflower Sour (which is not on the menu).

Where would you take your partner in Melbourne if you wanted to really pamper them?

Mornington Peninsula for a stay at the Flinders Hotel and some time at the hot springs.

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Tim Tams - go with the original or the double coat.

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Melbourne?

Chin Chin - you can find much better Asian fusion food in Cookie, Hochi Mama or Longsong!

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Melbourne?

Cafe e Cucina - a tiny Italian place in South Yarra and one of the only places in the city that makes paper bag pasta!

What are the Melbourne spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

For restaurants, I'd say Rice Paper Scissors, Hardware Lane (Hardware Societe or any of the brunch places near there), Mamak, Fomo Thai and the Arbory which runs along the Yarra River. For coffee, definitely Plantation at QV, Standing Room at Melbourne Central and Market Lane at the Queen Vic Markets.

Tomorrow’s your last day in Melbourne. How do you spend it?

I'd start the day with some breakfast at the Mess Hall (near Parliament House), then wander down Bourke Street towards Bourke Street Mall. From there I'll walk through Myer/David Jones to Emporium and Melbourne Central for some shopping, then stop off for lunch at one of my favourite Korean restaurants - Oriental Spoon on La Trobe Street. Then I might catch a tram along Swanston Street down to the National Gallery of Victoria to check out an exhibition or two. From there I'll walk along the Yarra and finish the day with dinner at La Camera on Southbank.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

New York! There is so much to do there, the Met, Broadway and 5th Avenue shopping and a great variety of restaurants and bars.

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