Wherever our travels take us, we always ensure a visit to the local Farmer’s Market or the equivalent to check out local and seasonal produce. We love immersing in the food culture unique to each country or city and partaking in the festivities which surround it. During our recent trip to Melbourne, we paid the famed Vic Market a visit and picked up some really wonderful and fresh produce for our dinner that evening. Continue reading
Fancy stepping back in time to some good old fashioned hospitality? Captains of Industry has just the answer for you. Operating out of a space on the second floor along Somerset Place (off Little Bourke St), Captains of Industry is a lifestyle concept store which amalgamates retail, made-to-measure menswear and a cafe which serves a small selection of drinks, coffee and cakes. Housed in separate rooms side-by-side are the made-to-measure travelling suit shop ‘Statler and Waldorf’, bespoke footwear and leather accessories specialists ‘Roberst & Hassett’ and ‘Herr Blick’, a traditional barber shop run by the very talented Steven Blick. Continue reading
One of the reasons for coming to Melbourne was to source for vintage furniture and collectibles for an upcoming project we are preparing to launch. We gathered a list of vintage shops from our friends and found more than we could ask for (if we could have our way, we would have definitely bought loads more!). Here are a couple of our favourites, and a list of other stores which you can hunt down on your next trip to find that perfect vintage piece! Continue reading
Apart from the St. Ali group, the cult coffee scene in Melbourne is heavily dominated by the Seven Seeds group and Market Lane Coffee, both of which were our next pit stops on our whirlwind coffee crawl during our short visit down under.
Seven Seeds was our first stop and not straightforward to find, which can be a good thing in our opinion. Located inconspicuously in a row of industrial warehouses with only “prison-like” iron bar windows to allow outsiders a peek into their secret world, Seven Seeds was certainly a hidden oasis that was enchanting and seductive. Entering through their large wooden doors, we immediately felt like part of an exclusive club – it was certainly a treat worth any trek down to! Continue reading
Our first port of call in Melbourne was St. Ali, a coffee mecca housed in a converted warehouse in South Melbourne. St. Ali’s reputation is founded on its incredible array of coffees. Paying homage to Ali ibn Umar al-Shadili, a 14th century mystic considered the patron saint of the coffee port of Mocha (in Yemen), the café boasts a mind-boggling range of beautiful beans sourced from all over the world. If you’ve always wanted to try Kenyan Tembo, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Tanzanian Kilimanjaro, Cachoeira Estate Yellow Bourbon or Guatemalan Finca El Bosque, St. Ali is the place to be. Continue reading