Melbourne, Australia
Jaz, 28
Textile Designer & Wanderlust Seeker
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Do’s and don’ts in Melbourne (Ex: Tipping: yes/no, touching strangers: yes/no, safety tips etc.):

No need to tip in Melbourne. The CBD is Safe to walk around during the day and at night as a female solo traveler. The East side of the city is referred to as the 'Paris End' and the west end of the city, the 'New York' end. Average meal prices in restaurants vary from $12-35 for lunch and $18-40 for dinner.

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

National Gallery of Victoria, South Melbourne Market, Flinders St Station, Federation Square, A ride on the Melbourne Trams

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

Milligram, Kikki K, Forever New, Emporium

Your all-time favorite musicians:

Ed Sheeren, Penatonix, Red Hot Chili Peppers

What do you do and why do you do it?

My passions are Textile Design, Art Journaling and Traveling. I love these activities because they allow me to be my most creative self and have adventures as much as possible.

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

Noble Park

Heartbreak playlist - top 3 songs:

Taylor Swift: Breathe / Backstreet Boys: I Want It That Way / Ed Sheeren: Photograph

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

Docklands

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

Hardware Lane - Many Italian style restaurants to choose from, with the cute Melbourne lane way atmosphere, but quiet enough to talk. Plenty of area to sit inside or outside by candle light.

If you had unlimited resources and one weekend in Melbourne, what would you do?

Hire a penthouse in Crown Casino, take a helicopter flight over the city and then indulge in Lobster at the Atlantic Restaurant. I would spend the day exploring the Galleries, take a horse and carriage around the city streets and stop off at the Emporium for some fashion shopping.

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Melbourne?

Grilled Burger Restaurant

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

Go Ice skating! In winter there is a rink beside Federation square set-up, but also in Docklands there is a permanent large ice skating rink in the O'Brien Centre. Afterwards, warm up with a cup of delicious coffee at a Melbourne cafe.

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

To eat, we go to Gradi Italian Pizzeria on South Bank, after spending the day exploring the Botanical Gardens, Fed Square and the National Gallery of Victoria.

You’ve been working hard and wanna treat yourself to something nice in Melbourne - what do you do?

Have dinner in one of the lane ways, either Hardware Lane or Degraves street.

Your go-to brunch spots:

The Grain Store, High Ground and South Melbourne Market

Your perfect night out in Melbourne includes:

Horse and Carriage ride through the city at night, Dinner at The Atlantic on south bank, strolling along the river and stopping for Gelato. Then going bowling or playing laser tag with friends and family at Strike in Melbourne Central.

Which local creators do you admire?

Emily Green Jewellery , Laura and Jess from Home Work Textile Studio, Lara and Caitlin from Ink & Spindle Textiles, Pip from Squeak Fashion Accessories, Emma Kate Co Stationery Products

Special views that mainstream tourists don't know about:

The best view of the city skyline at night and during the day can be seen walking around Albert Park Lake.

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

8-Bit Burgers on Elizabeth St

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

Have brunch and coffee down at South Melbourne Market, shop the local boutique stores there then head down to Albert Park Lake for a walk. In the evening, I would walk along South Bank and stop by Pure South Dining for dinner and drinks.

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