Sorry it took so long, I know you’ve all been hanging on to the edge of your seats for this…but Melbourne part two is finally here! (If you missed part one, no need to worry, you can read it right here 🙂 ).
The second day began with quite possibly the best breakfast I’ve ever had. I went to a restaurant called Hardware Societe after a friend’s recommendation and boy was I thankful. It had a charming atmosphere with a bar overlooking the kitchen (I love being able to watch people cook). I ordered a chai tea latte and the un baked eggs. I can’t remember the exact ingredients but lets just say it was a little slice of heaven: eggs, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds, brie…need I say more? Definitely a great start to this rainy day.
After breakfast I headed to the Queen Victoria Market. They are closed on Mondays and Wednesdays so you’ll have to plan accordingly! They had everything from Christmas decorations, to tourist trinkets, to fresh produce- it is definitely worth checking out. I started heading towards their large shopping center when I stumbled upon a massive crowd, gates blocking off the street, and a news team. There were 5 people standing on the roof of Meyers department store singing Christmas carols. A women got on the microphone and announced that the Meyer’s Christmas Window Unveiling would begin in 10 minutes. Apparently, this has been a big tradition for 60 years and I just happened to be at the right place at the right time…is that lucky or what!? There were confetti blasters and cheering crowds as the curtains were dropped. The theme this year was a cute little puppy running around the city during the holidays (insert hearts in eyes emoji)!
The shopping center was just a street away (I had to do something to get out of the rain 😉 ). It had twinkle lights stringing along the roof and really cool architecture throughout the middle! Definitely unlike any mall I have ever been to. As the rain started to ease up, I made my way to the Royal Botanic Gardens. I love how Melbourne is covered in beautiful parks and luscious green trees. Inside the Royal Botanic Gardens is the Shrine of remembrance. This was built to remember the Victorians who fought in World War I, but now is dedicated to all Australians who have served for their country. You can climb to the top and experience incredible 360 views of the city.
I spent the rest of the afternoon just wandering around the city and enjoying all that Melbourne has to offer. The day ended with some delicious Mexican food (it was so good I didn’t have time to take a picture before we devoured it all) and great conversation with my dad and a couple of his coworkers.
Melbourne was absolutely beautiful and I cannot wait for my next trip back there. I am still working on a short video from my weekend so keep an eye on my YouTube channel over the next few days!
Little Brantley Abroad
P.S. here is a picture of my last meal there at the Pancake Parlour…because why not? 🙂