Melbourne, Australia
Hollie, 35
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I’m work in HR at an awesome SaaS company. I love what I do because I support our team and business growth and engagement and work with a bunch of absolute rockstars!

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

You Outta Know - Alanis Morrissette, Don’t think Twice by Bob Dylan, Blandford Avenue by Morningfence, Can't Do Without You by Caribou, Another Love by Tom Odell and Touch by Shura

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Gavin & Stacey

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

I would always suggest Le Bon Ton – cute outdoor section for warm nights or fires in the winter, great atmosphere and open late if you hit it off and want to carry on chatting into the wee hours!

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

Amy Schumer - from all reports she loves a good bottle of wine like the rest of us so I would hit up Red Hill for some wine with a view

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Melbourne is the style capital of Australia! My go-to is Emporium in the City where you can find all the Australian designers like Sass & Bide, Manning Cartel, Zimmerman. Best places to get real Melbourne fashion is Gertrude St, Brunswick St and Chapel St.

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

King St.... unless you're on a bucks/bachelor weekend.

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

Outdoor gigs - summer in Melbourne is too much fun but it's always so busy and full that I never get to see as many outdoor gigs, or moonlight cinemas, or summer markets as I wish I could!

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

Head to Charcoal Lane in Fitzroy - a social enterprise that provides Indigenous and disengaged youth with hospitality training and work. It also has dishes you will only find in Australia like emu, crocodile, wallaby and 'roo. It's super tasty and spot on service.

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

I recently found Paradise Alley in Collingwood which is typical Collingwood style - in a side street but absolutely pumping on Saturday night.

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?

Crowne, the Langham and St Jerome's Hotel are probably the the most expensive hotel I've stay in in Melbourne and St Jermone's is by far my favourite! Not like an experience I've had outside of Melbourne whereas the others are.

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

Lazer Pig - don't let the name fool you! It's delish pizza and fun times with a DJ and disco ball over the dancefloor.

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

Eau de Vie off Flinders Lane - try the Kitty at Cocobongo or liquid nitrogen espresso martini... mmmm

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

My partner is a foodie so if I want to spoil him I'd take him to some of Melbourne's incredible food spots like Attica, Minamishima, Vue de Monde. The next one on the list is Brae.

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

Without a doubt a Bunnings sausage in bread. Not matter how full I am, if I smell a sausage sizzle I'm eating it!

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

Anywhere on Southbank really, there are so many other places that have a beautiful view of Melbourne

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

St Kilda - head to Blairegowrie or Sorrento instead, well worth the drive.

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

Hosier Lane, an AFL game at the 'G, day trip to the wine regions and dinner on Flinders Lane.

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

Good food, great wine and better company. Grabbing my best mates and heading to brunch at Marion on Gertrude St, then a wine tour to the Yarra Valley or Red Hill without a doubt. I would stumble back into town for a bar crawl in Collingwood and finish with a late mac and cheese from the Beaufort!

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

Old Town in Havana, Cuba. It’s like no other place I have ever been - please go now before tourism ruins it!

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