A Melbourne travelogue

Today, a guest post from Wayne! He was asked to write a travelogue for readers of chickfactor  by answering a few questions about our part of the world,  Melbourne. Here’s a sneak preview…

Best venues:
The Forum (City) – a spectacular venue complete with Romanesque statues, an internal starry sky, gargoyles and mind-bending architecture.

http://www.forummelbourne.com.au/
http://www.forummelbourne.com.au/virtual_tour.html

Best record stores:
The Title record stores (3 locations in Melbourne) are a delight to shop in and carry everything you want. http://titlespace.com/

Best vintage / thriftstores:
Tricky to find but Retro Star Clothing located on the first floor of the historic Nicholas Building is loaded to overflowing with polyester, 50s frocks, and a whole room of t-shirts. It also offers a fun TARDIS like experience as the expanse of the store opens up from what initially looks rather tiny. They have warehouse sales once in a while but it’s a total knife fight. http://retrostar.com.au/about.html

Cheap eats:
Om Vegetarian now has 2 city locations and an unbelievable $6.50 all you can eat menu. The dishes change daily and the quality is excellent.
http://www.omvegetarian.com/

 Not so cheap eats:
I love Trippy Taco (veg Mexican) in Collingwood but I find it a little exy for what you actually get on the plate. http://www.trippytaco.com.au/menu/

Veg-friendly eats:
Also qualifying for the Cheap Eats category Tokio in the Causeway (CBD) has been around since about 1986. This is not your glitzy Japanese (or ‘Japanese’) café food, it’s the real thing made by the friendliest Japanese couple you could ever meet. http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/71/1514892/restaurant/CBD/Tokio-Japanese-Melbourne

Best hood:
Yarraville. Great shopping, eats and a magnificent cinema in a few short blocks.

Cheap haircut:
I’ve really no idea.

Best drinking holes:
See “Cheap haircut”.

Best coffee house (or tea):
Brunetti (Carlton, Fitzroy, Camberwell and CBD) great coffee and cake.

http://www.brunetti.com.au/

Best radio station:
I offer 4 choices – 3RRR (alt/independent), 3CR (Community), 3PBS (the P stands for ‘Progressive’) and JOY (GLBTI).

http://www.rrr.org.au/
http://www.3cr.org.au/
http://www.pbsfm.org.au/
http://www.joy.org.au/

Cool movie theaters:
The Astor Theatre in St Kilda which was recently saved from an uncertain future by a generous benefactor. They screen new releases, art house, Hollywood classics and cult. http://www.astortheatre.net.au/about-the-astor

Best used bookstore:
For a well-chosen selection of interesting titles try Brown & Bunting in Northcote. If it’s bulk you’re after then it’s Basement  Books in the City (which also houses the excellent Kill City Crime book shop).

http://www.brownandbunting.com.au/
http://www.citybasementbooks.com.au/
http://www.killcity.com.au/

Best place to see art:
National Gallery Victoria and Ian Potter Gallery, which are also both free (only major exhibitions are charged).

http://www.ngv.vic.gov.au/
http://www.fedsquare.com/culture/the-ian-potter-centre-ngv-australia/

Parks and green spaces:
Are everywhere. Melbourne is totally park endowed. Try the Botanical Gardens as a starting point.

http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/

Unmissable highlights:
Federation Square  and ACMI (City) – http://www.acmi.net.au/
DAISO (City) – http://www.daisostore.com.au/
Sticky Institute (Fanzines in the CBD) – http://www.stickyinstitute.com/
Luna Park (St Kilda – if only for the façade and the scenic railway rollercoaster) – http://www.lunapark.com.au/
Chapel Street Bazaar (Prahran. Retro clothes/furnishings/collectables) – http://www.yelp.com.au/biz/chapel-st-bazaar-prahran-2

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