Simple City Guide // Melbourne
by Movember co-founder Travis Garone
North Island in North Fitzroy. Hands down the best coffee I know of, and I think I've tried every cafe in Melb. It's seriously good coffee, straight up, along with one of the most well-rounded, intelligent conversations you can have early in the morning.
I have two favourites and they're perfectly situated just around the corner from each other. First, you must visit the iconic Labour in Vain Hotel - it's the closest establishment we have to a dive bar in Melbourne. Please don't feed the barmaid though (she bites). If it's a long night at the Labour, whip around to The Standard Hotel, my other home away from home. The best beer garden in Fitzroy, and most likely Melbourne, although I might be biased. The food is spot-on quintessential pub food, along with a front bar that keeps you honest.
It's nearly impossible to call out one restaurant in Melbourne. If wine's your thing, you have to visit Hell of the North in Fitzroy. A hidden gem with a sensibility towards design, food and wine that isn't found just anywhere. The place has a good vibe that comes from a good crew. Like Gerald's Bar in Carlton North, which is another little gem.
A Shop You Like?
The last time I shopped and got pleasantly excited was at The Hub General Store in Collingwood. Curated within an inch of its life, it brings a craft and pride to the city that was missing. There's something about the overall colour palette and light in the space that calms you, despite the visual onslaught of products. A level of detail that impresses.
One Thing To Avoid?
The main city streets, if you can. This is a city that demands you take the backstreets, alleyways and laneways, and this extends to the inner-city suburbs as well. The true Melbourne isn’t found on the high streets.
One thing everyone should do?
Take the shitty-looking laneways and tree-lined backstreets. Immerse yourself in the grit, and hunt down the hidden treasures, along with the passionate people making them what they are.