Charlotte Bridgeman: My Secret Melbourne


How best to enjoy the last days of summer? Jump on a plane – with luxurious hand luggage in tow (naturally) – and head to the sun-dappled city of Melbourne. From illustrated cobbled streets and renowned restaurants, to opulent hotels and quirky cafés, this vibrant, cosmopolitan hotspot is full of colour and unexpected twists. We ask the globe-trotting fashion blogger Charlotte Bridgeman of Winston & Willow - who resides in the heart of the city - to reveal her little black book of stylish addresses. 

Charlotte wears our Margueritte printed trousers, Sol jersey jumper and the Elliott bag.

Located on the outskirts of Melbourne’s central business district in Richmond, Friends Of Mine is a quirky café that has been my favourite place for brunch for many years. Their food is absolutely delicious - the smashed avocado with marinated mushrooms is incredible. The vibe and décor is distinctively Melbourne.

Because of our mix of cultures, eating out in Melbourne is comparable to the best restaurants anywhere in the world, and Movida is a prime example of this. Found along the famous graffiti-covered Hosier Lane, the Spanish restaurant serves up delicious sharing plates and fabulous red wine.

One of the best things to do in Melbourne is to lose yourself in our famous alleyways – Degraves Street being our most popular. It’s a regular hangout for locals and is one of best streets in the city to get a really good cup of coffee.

The Rooftop Bar & Cinema is the perfect place to go in Melbourne for a cocktail: the bar has fantastic views across the city.

Chapel Street is a 4.1 kilometre strip that runs through the suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran and Windsor and is very well known in Melbourne. Great for shopping during the day with a mixture of boutiques and high-end stores, Chapel St also has a great range of cafés, bars and clubs.

Known as the ‘Little Italy’ of Melbourne due to the large influx of Italian migrants during the 1950’s, Lygon St in Carlton is famous for its strong European culture and great Italian bars, cafés and restaurants.

Brunswick St in Fitzroy is known as being a little more hipster, with a lot of quirky bars, restaurants and shops. It boasts a great live music scene.

Richmond is another local hangout and has some great bars and restaurants such as The Post OfficeThe Royal Saxon and The Richmond Club Hotel. It’s only a few minutes walk from the famous sports stadium, the MCG, so it’s the perfect area to grab a drink after a footy or cricket game.

Located on Melbourne’s famous Chapel Street, The Olsen Hotel is the best place to stay if you’re looking for accommodation in South Yarra. This boutique hotel has 229 five star suites, 2 fabulous restaurants and an amazing pool. Breath-taking art welcomes you on arrival and throughout the corridors.

Also located on the banks of the Yarra River in the famous Crown Casino, Crown Towers is definitely the most luxurious place to stay in Melbourne’s central business district. Rooms are fitted with the latest technologies, decadent furnishings and marble bathrooms. Guests are spoiled with dining options from restaurants within the Crown complex and on Southbank.

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