Sample dishes like octopus with borlotti beans at Embla. Picture / @embla_melbourne

6 Things To Do In Melbourne To Suit Just About Everyone

Whether your passion is gastronomical delights, designer threads or arts and culture, this city has it all

1. A Delicious Meal at Embla
Run by Christian McCabe and Dave Verheul, formally of Wellington’s Matterhorn and more recently Town Mouse in Carlton, Embla call themselves “a wine bar in the middle of town” but it’s so much more. Dining as well as drinking at Embla is a sublime experience. The atmosphere is fun and casual but the food, like this octopus with borlotti beans, turnip and walnut is expertly prepared with a drinks list to match.
Where: 122 Rusell St, CBD. Visit: Embla.com.au

Find a range of dreamy designer digs at Shifting Worlds. Picture / @shiftingworlds

2. Update Your Wardrobe at Shifting Worlds
This stylish CBD boutique stocks a dream list of brands like Jil Sander, Shrimps, Pleats Please Issey Miyake (pictured) and Maryam Nasir Zadeh to name a few.
Where: Level 1, 187-193 Elizabeth Street, CBD. Visit: shifting-worlds.com. Follow @shiftingworlds

The beef tartare with pear and saltbush from Shik. Picture / @restaurantshik

3. New Flavours at Restaurant Shik
Another inner-city gem, Shik is a recently opened modern Korean restaurant with an adventurous wine list that includes a variety of natural wines, different types of soju and other traditional Korean drinks. The food is inspired by traditional techniques and the flavours are fresh, moreish and delicious. Go for the raw snapper, stay for the seasonal kimchi plate.
Where: 30 Niagra Lane, CBD. Visit: Restaurantshik.com

Kohei Nawa's Pixcell-Red Deer at the NGV. Picture / Rosie Herdman

4. Culture at the National Gallery Of Victoria
As Australia’s oldest and most-visited gallery, there’s always something worth seeing at the NGV, and the museum’s permanent collection houses about 70,000 pieces of Australian art. Upcoming exhibitions include Japanisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art from May 25, and MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art from June 9.
Where: 180 St Kilda Rd. Visit: Ngv.vic.gov.au

Go for a seriously stylish second shopping adventure at Bruce. Picture / Rosie Herdman

5. Vintage Designer Gems at Bruce
Melbourne is well-known for its fantastic vintage and secondhand stores, and designer consignment store Bruce is a must-visit. The chic Fitzroy-based shop sells pieces on behalf of Melbourne’s most stylish residents, and you can find pieces from designers such as Prada, Yohji Yamamoto, Dries Van Noten and Comme des Garcons.
Where: 157 Gertrude St, Fitzroy. Visit: Shopbruce.com.au

Cafe culture and the Mercedes-Benz lifestyle collide at the Mercedes Me Store. Picture / Supplied

6. Coffee at the New Mercedes Me Store
Melbourne is renowned for its cafe culture, and the new Mercedes Me store combines this with the Mercedes-Benz lifestyle. Experience the beautiful food and coffee from the in-store cafe by partner ST ALi, discover a little about the brand, or attend in-store events.
Where: Cnr King St and Collins St. Follow: @mercedesmestore.melbourne

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