Looking for one of the Melbourne restaurants that has made this city Australia’s gastronomic capital? Or maybe one of the Melbourne bars famed for its atmosphere? Or perhaps you simply want to savour one of the heavenly concoctions frequently created in Melbourne cocktail bars. Whatever is top of your menu, it is close to hand when you stay at Mantra 100 Exhibition.
Let’s start with coffee, surely one of the most accurate measures of a civilised city. Café 60 is right next door, and offers the added convenience of a chargeback to your room. Exploring further afield, you’ll get a range of quality brews to choose from at 1,000£ Bend at 361 Little Lonsdale, or you could go for the classic European coffee experience of L’incontro Café at 140 Swanston Street.
Feeling hungry? Iconic Pubs like The Crafty Squire (127 Russell Street), Imperial Bourke Street (2-8 Bourke St) and The Duke (146 Flinders Street) offer contemporary menus and extensive beverage lists. For a hit of post-colonial India, try Tonka (20 Duckboard Place) with its award-winning wine list and art installation surrounds. Prefer a more liquid diversion? Madame Brussels (59 Bourke Street) is the Melbourne bar scene at its most expressive. It has an unassuming street entrance, but once upstairs this rooftop bar’s kitsch décor, contagious atmosphere and suggestive drinks menu has the desired effect. For a nightcap, try a Melbourne institution, Gin Palace (10 Russell Place), open until 3.00am.
Or if you want one with the lot, head to Horse Bazaar (397 Little Lonsdale Street). Part bar, part restaurant, part music venue, part avant garde art space, serving yummy Japanese soul food and hosting all sorts of ‘happenings’, it’s a unique experience, yet typically Melbourne.