Hello! It’s me again, checking in to bring you some more travel restaurant recommendations. This time, I had the opportunity to visit a friend all the way around the world – in Melbourne, Australia! This hadn’t really been a city on my bucket list, but I was just as happy to go. The weather here has been rather dreary lately, and Melbourne was experiencing the end of their summer. It felt like a great way to prep for my summer. 

So, some quick info on Melbourne before I get into the restaurant reviews. Melbourne is the capital of Victoria, an Australian state. The city is right on the coast, occupying quite a bit of the Port Phillip bay coastline, which spreads into the hinterlands toward the Dandenong and Macedon mountain ranges.  

I was quite surprised by how much I found here. Apparently, Melbourne is home to some of the best-known cultural institutions in Australia. This included the Cricket Grounds, the National Gallery, and the Royal Exhibition Building. It’s also, interestingly, recognized as a UNESCO City of Literature and a global center for live music, theater, and street art. Who knew! 

Best of all, the food here was fantastic. Stay tuned over the next several days for a tour of my best hits.