|Oranges from Queen Victoria Market|
Continuing from my first post about the short trip, the frosty land has not stopped to amaze me. It may not have Sydney's Opera House and Harbour Bridge, but the museums, Flinders Street Station, unique Degraves Street, and arrays of vintage and op-shop wonders are really enjoyable to browse.
This post will cover the third and last days of this trip.
Queen Victoria Market
I don't think you could go to Melbourne without visiting Queen Victoria Market (QVM), especially because the boy & I love going to markets and explore. The historic landmark of the city does not only have amazing ranges of food items, but also souvenirs, fashion, and many more spread through blocks of the area. Google says it has 600 retailers, but it just seems to be a never-ending wonderland.
In short, it's quite thrilling.
|Queen Victoria Market, Melbourne|
|Myriads of shops|
|Fruit & veggies section|
|Handmade stuffed animals|
Coffee shops are always within reach, and there is also the food court. Thanks to the boy's brilliant idea, we grab some brioche, jamon, chorizo, salmon wraps, cheddar cheese, and assorted olives and made our own deli spread. It was one of the best brunch I've had in my life.
I also couldn't find the American Doughnut Kitchen so I settled with Greek donuts which were cinnamon-y and fluffy.
|Dried sausages and meat|
|Cold meat and cheese|
|Olives and dips|
|Deli brunch spread|
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
Corner of Victoria St & Elizabeth St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
Web: Queen Victoria Market
Lunch was at one of the most recommended Thai restaurants in town: Jinda Thai. It is such a spacious restaurant with lots of natural light and lovely traditional decorations.
I should've ordered som tam with soft shell crab, but that day we sat down with the company of beef pad thai and gra pow gai grob (stir fried crispy chicken with chilli paste and basil). Both were satisfying and fulfilling dishes, although I prefer the latter as it packed more punches and heat.
Can't say the same to our appetizer of pork spring rolls though.
Next time I'm trying the salad and noodles!
|Pork spring rolls - $7.9|
|Beef pad thai - $13.9|
|Gra pow gai grob (stir fried crispy chicken with chilli paste served with basil leaves) - $17.9|
7 Ferguson St
Richmond, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 9419 5899
This one needs a special post. Coming soon.
This little, humble cafe is within walking distance of our accommodation, and since we had to go to airport early on our last day, we stopped by and sipped coffee at Pepper instead of rushing to the CBD.
It was such a great day with shining sunshine, and we had our last cups of coffee and hot chocolate in Melbourne which were both excellent.
My plate of shakshuka with chickpea, chorizo, tomato, poached eggs and crusty ciabatta was warm and beautiful both in appearance and flavour departments. The eggs benedict would satisfy every fan of yolk porn, and plus, they didn't skimp on the ham too.
The cafe provides breakfast all day, along with extensive lunch and burger menus. Winning.
|Shakshuka - chickpea, tomato, chorizo and poached eggs with ciabatta ($15.5)|
|Eggs benedict - $14.5|
44 Pine Oak Crescent
Flemington, Melbourne, VIC
Phone: (03) 9372 2726
Web: Pepper Cafe
My only regret is that I didn't get to finish my itinerary list due to time constraint. Being hungover for two days in a row also didn't help to wake up early and chase up brunches. Oh well. More reasons to visit Melbourne again soon!
Also, if anybody is keen for pub/bar, I recommend The Croft Institute, which has science laboratory theme, completed with syringes in your cocktails. A bit of novelty wouldn't hurt.
I heart Melbourne.