Last weekend was a combination of both work and quality Mimi/Mama time. Both of us had to be in Melbourne for an event and we figured it was the perfect excuse for a mini girls trip! Of course fabulous foodie discoveries and serious shopping ensued as well as the usual Melbourne cultural immersion.
Day 1 – Saturday
Morning Run, Coffee and Breakfast
My day started with a lovely mild morning run along the Yarra down to the Swanston Street bridge and back along Southbank toward South Wharf. I was making a beeline for The Boatbuilders Yard for coffee as I remembered their delicious Genovese cuppa from a previous visit with Dad. I arrived at the gorgeous wooden slat building situated right on the river and immediately ordered a cappuccino and a bowl of Byron Bay Macadamia Muesli with saffron poached pear and yoghurt. Perching myself in the sun outside on the waterfront I watched the passing rowers on the river and fashionable people walking by starting their day. The coffee was superb and the muesli not too sweet and perfectly filling.
Afternoon Meanders, Lunch and the Library
I then headed back to the hotel to get ready for the day and wait for Mama to arrive from the airport. Once she did it was straight back out for a bite of lunch. Luckily for us we discovered the picture-perfect place to dine! Knock Knock Cafe and Bar tucked at the bottom of 200 Queen St is a pastel wonderland of small beach huts, astro-turf and retro furniture embellished with dozens of Barbie dolls, doilies, grandma crockery and toys of a bygone era. The aromas wafting from the kitchen were irresistible and seeing plates of brunch arriving at the tables of others had us hooked.
We ordered the special of house made Zucchini bread served with caramelised onion jam, haloumi and a salad of grilled Roma tomato, mesculin lettuce and avocado. From the first glance to the last bite the dish was superb! Light, fluffy and flavoursome bread with a wonderful almost sweet crust topped with salty, perfectly crisp haloumi and tangy, balsamic onion finished with fresh salad…foodie bliss!
The owners Janine and Roger used to work in bakeries in Sydney and one day made the sea change to the edgy indie laneways of the Melbourne CBD with their cafe concept. It’s perfectly fitting for the Melbourne dining scene and so quirky cool it made me want to dig out all of my grandmas old dollies and locate that old toy box filled with Barbies and her myriad of outfits. 10/10 Knock Knock!
Next, we made our way to the State Library as we had read about the Piranesi exhibition. A seriously talented artist and printer he was an 18th century master who would etch steel plates and experiment with inks and printing methods to produce incredibly detailed and realistic prints of ancient ruins, cathedrals, important architecture and cityscapes. A free exhibit well worth a look.
Late Afternoon Sprees and Bargains Shopping
And of course it wouldn’t have been a proper first day in Melbourne without the shopping! Picking up a few bargains – a cheap and cheerful statement necklace from Colette, Jeffery Campbell Ibiza boots for $80 from the epic Glue Store sale and a gorgeous angora sweater vest (which will suit the milder Brisbane winter) as well as a full bodied black skirt (versatile and timeless) – both from Dangerfield.
Before we knew it, it was time for our dinner reservation! Stay tuned for Part 2 of our wonderful home away from home Melbourne weekend of discoveries featuring all the delicious details of our Ezard experience…
What’s been your favourite Melbourne discovery?