Tully Lou’s Travel Guide To Melbourne
Australia is one of my favourite places ever. As soon as I hopped off the plane, I was in love with the place. Designer of Tully Lou Sportsluxe and aussie queen of yoga, Tully Humphrey has kindly given a guide to her hometown, Melbourne. Find out the top places to sweat, munch, drink and explore!
1. Best place to sweat
- Yoga: Bikram Yoga Prahran, High Street – This is the best place to get your sweat on! I always leave feeling amazing, but don’t forget to bring a towel!
- High Intensity: My Two favorite HIIT trainings are FightFit in Collingwood for boxing and F45 in Port Melbourne. F45 is a mix of tabata and weight training, every day is different and it’s always great for a serious sweat sesh.
- Outdoor Activity: No visit to Melbourne is complete without a walk, jog or run around Melbourne’s iconic “Tan Track” around the Botanic Gardens.
2. Best places to eat
- For brunch: Combi Elwood – The vegan Bircher here with Cashew yoghurt is the best!
- For lunch: Feast of Merit – Feast of Merit is a social enterprise and wholly owned subsidiary of YGAP’s with 100% of the profits raised supporting YGAP’s vision to end global poverty.
- For dinner: Mr. Miyagi Modern Japanese food – The tacos here are ridiculously amazing and the atmosphere and cocktails are spot on.
3. Best places to drink
- For a juice or smoothie: Happy Place, South Melbourne
- For coffee: Clement South Melbourne
- For cocktails: GOGO bar at Chin Chin
4. Best ways to explore the city
I feel like the best way to explore is always by foot! Melbourne has so many amazing old laneways, graffiti, cute cafes + sometimes the only way to stumble across some of these historic gems is by foot. I still find little laneways or bars that I never knew existed – that’s why I love Melbourne so much! You can also catch a tourist tram for free that loops around the city.
5. Best place to stay
- High end: Art Series The Olsen – I Love the Olsen. Its situated on Chapel Street South yarra and out of the hustle and bustle of the city. This boutique Melbourne hotel is complimented by a day spa and two delicious restaurants; you will be reveling in the Art of Creature Comforts.
- Budget: Notel Melbourne – This isn’t so budget, however it needs to be included! It’s a boutique trailer park positioned speak-easy style, perched on the roof of a Melbourne Car Park! Very hipster and oh so Melbourne!
6. Best places to shop
- High street – The city for sure. Block arcade, The Emporium, Collins street, Melbourne central! The CBD is jam packed with beautiful stores and amazing laneways. Plenty of shopping to be had!
- Farmers market – Nestled in a bend on the Yarra, Collingwood Children’s Farm is a Melbourne treasure just 4kms from the CBD. With between 60-70 stall holders attending each market you will find all the fresh produce you need! There’s lots of seasonal fruit and veggies, bread, eggs, meat, dairy poultry, pasta, jams & preserves, flowers and much more.
- Market to find local – South Melbourne market is my local and by far my favorite. Fresh Produce as well as some uber cool food venues. Happy Place is located here as well as my go to clement – which has the best coffee in Melbourne! South Melbourne market is famous for their Dim Sums, expect to line up on a Saturday and Sunday.
7. Top 3 best kept secrets about your city
- The Food + Coffee – We are so spoilt in Melbourne! This is the one thing I really do miss when I am traveling.
- Melbourne is the sports capital of Australia. If you are lucky enough to be here for summer, the Australian Open (tennis) is a must. The whole city is alive with lots of fun activities for any age!
- The 1000 steps. Located within the Dandenong Ranges National Park, the 1000 Steps Kokoda Walk is a unique and renowned tourist spot at Mt. Dandenong. It’s about a 30 min drive out of the CBD! Depending on your fitness, the steps can take between 30 min to 1.5 hrs. to complete the return trip.
A massive thank you to Tully Lou for your guide to Melbourne, it makes me want to hop on a plane and explore all over again! Find out more about Tully Lou and check out her gorgeous gym wear here.