October is Springtime in Melbourne, and nature is starting to awaken from its winter’s slumber.
The floral scent of flowers and woody notes of eucalyptus leaves waft through the air and perfume the city. Delightfully infused into these calming smells is that irresistible hint of toffee-like coffee and freshly made toast. It is absolutely glorious to stroll down the streets of Melbourne and discover the great cafes littered around the city like hidden gems.
Imagine yourself sitting at a quaint corner table in a trendy cafe, sipping on a cold brew special and having the smashed avos, while the trams go through. Yes! There really is a cosy cafe at a tram stop! Or one within the walls of one of the city cathedrals. Wouldn’t you want to be there like a local, dressed smartly and feeling like you’re gleefully immersed in the culture?
“I love coming home to Melbourne. The first thing I do is have a coffee. It’s just so much better here than anywhere else. It’s better than in Italy and I travel a lot. I crave it.”
– Curtis Stone
Now, there are travel essentials that you should never forget, things like the right travel adapter, electrical chargers, the right currency and, of course, your passport. But, what fun would it be to go through a checklist of standards? Let’s talk about exploring Melbourne and its treasures like a local!
So here we go!
First of all, Melburnians are a pretty fashionable bunch when the weather is cooler. Walking through the cobbled streets, you’ll see darker tones and sleek layering that invoke a Parisian vibe to this very European-like city. So you’re going to need versatile clothing that is both stylish and practical for travel. Start with timeless basics that are great for staying comfortable throughout a typical Melbourne day of ever-changing temperatures.
Insider tip: Many cafes have charming courtyards hidden behind. If the weather is gorgeous, ask to be seated there and enjoy the sunshine with your coffee!
The extra warm turtle neck is 1.5 times warmer than the regular HEATTECH shirts. Both feature argan oil moisturizer for an extra supple feel. So get nice and toasty with a cup of joe in the hand!
Airy and made of wool, this is another classic staple that helps you get through Melbourne’s daily range of temperatures.
Perfect for flights and long journeys with its soft and snug material.
Packing light? These reversible shirts are specially designed for you to create two distinct looks with just one shirt.
Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturise. It only takes 3 minutes in the morning and night to achieve clear, radiant skin. Clinique has come up with a travel-friendly kit that’s gentle on the skin. It features a liquid facial soap (50ml), a clarifying lotion 2 Twice-a-day Exfoliator (100ml) and a Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ (30ml).
The alleyways in Melbourne are famously iconic, so having a camera with you as you tour the city is practically a must!
Insider tip: Know your coffee. Melbourne offers a vast array of freshly brewed coffee, with some options rotating daily. Don’t be too shy to ask your friendly barista for a little advice; they’re more than happy to share their love of the brew. Otherwise, you can try some staples like a short or long black (black coffees), or a flat white, a macchiato, as well as the popular latte and cappuccino (milk coffees). There are also sweet and delicate filter and French press brews to sample!
Wouldn’t it be dreamy and a little fanciful to imagine yourself typing out a novel in one of these charming cafes? Well, all you need is a smart laptop bag and your resolve!
Insider tip: Most cafes in Melbourne serve breakfast all day, but they usually close at around 3 or 4pm. Make sure to check the opening hours, or go early to give yourself ample time to savour their delicious brunches and enjoy a day at a cosy cafe bench.
And of course, you’ll want to pack all these travel essentials into a stylish bag that’s befitting of all your trendy gear as you head to the hipster capital of the world!
Insider tip: Don’t fill up your bags with non-essentials (e.g. instant coffee, Asian snacks). Not only will it be more time-consuming going through customs at the airport, it will also take up valuable luggage space. Get your caffeine hit fresh every morning at one of the many great cafes dotted around the city. You can even bring home packs of their specialty beans. Melbourne also has a vibrant Chinatown and Asian community, with a plethora of Asian supermarkets and eateries. So you don’t have to ever worry about missing your favourite Asian delights!
Get yourself this light-weight hoodie that fits over any top. Perfect for Melbourne’s unpredictably wet weather, it’s actually made of an advanced European fabric that repels water.
Where To Get Your Travel Essentials
- The HEATTECH tops: Uniqlo (Causeway Point; Changi City Point; Waterway Point)
- The Hudson Trackie (also available in other colours): Factorie (Causeway Point)
- The Patterned Tube Scarf: H&M (Waterway Point)
- Clinique 3 Step Intro Travel Kit : Metro (The Centrepoint; Causeway Point)
- For all your photography needs: Click! (The Centrepoint) & Max Photo (The Centrepoint)
- The Renoma Duffel: Metro (The Centrepoint; Causeway Point)
- Kurt Woods Rain Hood: Metro (The Centrepoint; Causeway Point)
- Maison Reversible Shirts: Metro (The Centrepoint; Causeway Point)
- Pascale Print Scarf, Kirsten Sunnie, Kingsley Fedora, Cami: Cotton On (Causeway Point, Changi City Point, Waterway Point, Northpoint)