Virtuoso Life - March/April 2018 - 93
"IT'S NOT FLASHY LIKE
OTHER CITIES. IT'S GOT AN
interior: "Another thing I think
Melbourne does well is design.
Patricia has clean lines and a
Scandinavian, European feel."
in the ecosystem. "It's nice to go
hang out and sneak a bottle of
BOOK NOOKS "I like the feel
ROCK ON As a musician, one of
the things that first lured Turner
to Melbourne from his coastal
Victoria hometown of Portland
was its live music scene. "When
I first moved here, I was playing
in bands, and Melbourne had
great live-music venues," he
remembers. "Sadly, they're all
disappearing, but a few still hang
on." His favorite? "The coolest
one is The Tote. They've stood
the test of time. The Tote is probably more for street punk and
up-and-coming bands. Nirvana
played one of their first shows in
Australia in this tiny little venue."
WINE TIME "City Wine Shop
on Spring Street is really good,"
Turner says. "They have a lot
of amazing wines by the glass
and bottle. It also acts as a
takeaway bottle shop." Turner
recommends wines produced
in Australia's Adelaide Hills
region: "I recently drank a 2017
Jim Barry assyrtiko from Clare
Valley, South Australia," he says.
"There are a lot of cocktail bars
[in Melbourne], but I'm not really a cocktail sort of guy. I just
go to Aussie pubs for a beer."
THE GRASS IS GREENER
"The Royal Botanic Gardens
in Melbourne is amazing," says
Turner, who loves learning about
indigenous plants and their roles
and smell of a real bookshop.
You can spend time flicking
through titles and immerse
yourself in the store." Some
of Turner's top picks for a trip
down literary lane? "Hill of
Content or the Paperback
Bookshop - any independent
shop selling obscure titles by
STAY With a prime location
overlooking Saint Patrick's Cathedral in the upscale Paris End
of Melbourne's Central Business District, the Park Hyatt
Melbourne has 240 spacious
rooms with Italian marble bathrooms. And it has a soft side
too: Dog-loving guests should
scan the lobby for Mr Walker, a
Labrador who welcomes visitors as the Park Hyatt's canine
ambassador for Guide Dogs
Victoria. Doubles from $245,
including breakfast daily and a
$100 dining credit.
CRUISE Plan ahead for a Melbourne stay and next year's Australia cruising season: Cunard's
eight-day voyage round-trip from
Melbourne to Tasmania on the
2,068-passenger Queen Elizabeth
includes stops at Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, and the Tasmanian
town of Hobart. Departure: February 10, 2019; from $1,349.
- SARAH KHAN
Chinatown eye candy (top) and Embla's soured cucumbers. Opposite, from left: Patricia Coffee Brewers, Tipo 00
pasta, and the Royal Botanic Gardens.
MARCH | APRIL 2018