I’ve been in Melbourne for almost 3 months now. It’s weird, in many ways I still feel like I’m on holiday even though I’m working everyday, because everything is new and exciting still. But when living somewhere rather than just being on holiday, you start to notice the little things. Little quirks that are different to home like the way you can’t buy alcohol in supermarkets, and you can only get salted popcorn in the cinema. So I’ve put together a list of the things that I love here. No doubt there will be a ‘Things I miss from London’ post to follow at some point.
1. THE BREAKFASTS
Nowhere in the world does smashed avo on toast as well as Melbourne does. My colleague gave me a long list of breakfast places that I apparently need to try, so I’m slowly working my way through them. I’m in love with Three Bags Full (also within stumbling distance of home, winner), Cafe Azul, Breakfast Thieves, and Manchester Press so far. Next on my list are Top Paddock, Hardware Societe, Big Little Sugar Salt, and Journey Man. And there are many many more…
I love being able to drive for an hour in one direction and be surrounded by mountains, or in another direction and be on a long white beach.
Commuting and travelling around London I always felt like I was on a mission. To rush past people, jostle onto the tube first, get ahead on the escalator… there is none of that here. Maybe because hopping on and off trams is more relaxed, but also there just aren’t the sheer crowds and it’s so nice!
I love the interior design shops here. Australians aren’t afraid to use colour, and the designs and patterns are so quirky. There are many more independent brands (though you do see the same ones stocked in all the little boutiques) and it’s so nice to see.
5. GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS
Melbourne restaurants make me feel normal! As in, I can look at the menu like everyone else around the table and the waiters don’t look at me blankly when I tell them I’m coeliac. It makes eating out enjoyable again. Also the cafe across from my work does THE best GF blondies. Though this isn’t great for my health…
They’ve mostly closed in the evenings for the Winter now but coming from Thailand, exploring Vic Markets and South Melbourne Markets at night made it feel like we were still travelling. There’s something amazing about eating street food and browsing stalls in the fresh air at 8pm.
Well, it’s Australia so this had to come in. Melbourne is known to be colder and more rainy than most of Australia, but coming from the UK it’s a breeze. It’s coming into Winter but when the sun comes out it’s still beautifully warm.
8. THE OUTDOOR/BBQ LIFESTYLE
I guess this comes with better weather, but it’s so nice to have more outdoor seating, rooftop bars, BBQs in the garden…
9. THE COFFEE
I’ve never really been a coffee drinker but now I’m addicted! People here don’t let anything get in the way of their coffee.
10. THE FRESH AIR
And the stars. Growing up in London I’m not too bothered by pollution but it feels super fresh here.
What are your favourite things about the place that you live? X