Melbourne, Australia
Chanel, 35
Consultant & Travel Junkie
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Do’s and don’ts in Melbourne: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

If you're taking public transport, you'll need a Myki card as you can't buy tickets on trains/trams/buses - but you can get it in Google Pay if you're on Android. Melbourne is a safe city for the most part, but use common sense and avoid alleyways (other than in entertainment precincts) and parks after dark. Tipping is appreciated (round up or tip 10-15% for great service) but not mandatory. Don't expect the weather to stay the same all day - we're not kidding when we say we get 4 seasons in a day. Go to a cafe and order a magic (even if it's not on the menu) - double ristretto with steamed milk, supposedly the magic coffee to milk ratio

What do you do and why do you do it?

I work in market research specialising in the travel and tourism industry. Travel is one of my greatest passions so I love working with clients in the industry to solve their problems, improve their offering, and attract more visitors to our beautiful destinations.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

Totally depends where I go, whether there's dinner involved, etc. Generally somewhere from $40 to $150

Which Melbourne shops do you hit up when you’re itching for something new?

I'm a reformed shopaholic and trying to cut down my wardrobe, not add to it... don't tempt me!

Your all-time favorite musicians:

The Smashing Pumpkins

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

I love the Fitzroy/Collingwood area both by day and night - great cafes, brunch spots and quirky shopping by day, and some of Melbourne's best bars and nightlife after dark.

What’s the area in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Docklands.

Where would you take a date for a romantic night out?

An Underground Cinema or Sofar Sounds event paired with dinner at Maha or Spice Temple and maybe a nightcap at Eau de Vie.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Melbourne?

Shujinko 24 hour ramen.

It's freeeeezing out - what should a visitor do?

Head to the National Gallery of Victoria and check out the exhibitions there. It's Melbourne, so by the time you're done, the weather will probably have changed completely and you can cross the road to explore the Botanical Gardens.

Where do you take your guest when you want to impress?

Lui Bar for sweeping views of the city.

Your go-to brunch spots:

Proud Mary, St Ali, Friends of Mine... but I love to mix it up. There's always something new opening faster than I can try them all so I love checking out new places whenever I get the chance.

Your perfect night out in Melbourne includes:

Bar-hopping at speakeasies and cocktail bars, probably in the inner north (Collingwood and Fitzroy).

Which local creators do you admire?

Memobottle - stylish and sustainable solution to one-time-use bottles.

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The loo with a view on level 35 of the Sofitel.

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Food trucks! I'm rather partial to Mr Burger or Toasta.

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

Crying? Crying into my wine and cheese flight at Milk the Cow.

You’re meeting the mayor of Melbourne - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Please can we have a train to the airport?

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