Melbourne, Australia
Sophie, 31
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a lawyer (it's not as glamorous as it sounds... and it's nothing like Suits). Law lets me use negotiation and critical thinking to fix peoples problems.

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

Adele, is there even anyone else for a heartache?

What are the best TV shows of all time?

I'm a sucker for British comedy, give me Black Books or Miranda over the Bachelor any day.

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

I'm a big fan of pubs for Tinder/blind dates. Not the most romantic but lots of hustle and bustle and conversation starters. I would pick Pixel Alley or Bartronica so if your date is boring you can at least play Pac-Man.

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

Anyone who can give me a good belly laugh wins my vote as a hero, so a fun 'adventure' in Melbourne with a hilarious companion would be amazing!

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I'm in corporate gear 9 to 5 for work and activewear makes an appearance most evenings if I'm of to the gym. On weekends I like to add some colour and fun. I'm a big fan of the vintage look both genuine (from Savers, RetroStar or Yesteryear) or the Newer takes (Dangerfield, Princess Highway or Atomic Cherry)

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

The restaurant tram. I really don't see the point, if you want to ride a tram just for fun try the city circle or better yet go for a ride to a suburb with quirky shops and cafes.

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

Oh there is so much, it seems we have a festival or event every other week and I always wish I could see and do more!

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

I love ordering banquet meals and eating whatever the chef recommends, I would say the meal that stays in my mind recently was at Panama in Fitzroy, such a treat!

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

Gin Palace is worth looking for like all good Melbournian establishments finding it means winding around an alleyway but the atmosphere behind the closed doors and the exemplary cocktail list make it worth looking out.

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?

I'm all about luxury on a budget, so I look out bargains wherever I can a delicious meal doesn't have to cost a month's wages... that said if anyone wants to shout me dinner at Vue de Monde I won't say no!

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

Camy Shanghai Dumpling and Noodle Restaurant - it is THE place for dumplings in Chinatown. I Love Pho is another cheap but delicious eat where the dodgy decor adds to the atmosphere and experience.

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

A current favourite is Boilermakers House where they do a Negroni which 'magically' changes colour... bringing together a love of Harry Potter style magic and gin this place is a new obsession.

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

I think for luxury you should always aim for the Chuan Spa at the Langham, if you're looking for

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

Tim Tams, Cheesymite Scrolls and Fairy Bread are all Aussie classics but if you wan't to try something that truly sums up Melbourne grab a flat white and a delicious treat from almost any cafe and you won't go wrong.

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

Chin Chin. Don't get me wrong the food is great and the ambiance is fine but you can find plenty of delicious options in Melbourne without having to queue up at 5pm on the dot.

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

Southern Cross Station, not because of the station itself but because from there its just a Myki pass and train ride to get out of the big smoke and within an hour or two you could be in Geelong or Bendigo exploring some of our Regional Centres.

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

Hmm probably Flinders Street Station, yes because of the classic architecture and famous clocks, but more so because from there you can get a train or tram or walk to anywhere in the city!

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

Hopefully not doing last minute packing! I would start with a delicious long brunch (Grain Store perhaps), a walk through the botanic gardens and then a lovely glass of something delicious at a roof top bar with a view and perhaps some delicious tapas (Naked in the Sky springs to mind). I would have to end my night looking for an exciting new night spot!

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

London is my second home and a visit to England is always wonderful. But I would say the best holiday is the one to a new place full of adventures just waiting to happen.

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Steph Jones