The Melbourne Diaries

This holiday season, we decided to pack up our bags and appetite and travel to sunny (ha!) Melbourne for a change of scenery. We were there only for a few days and although the weather wasn’t especially kind to us, we still made the best of our time eating, drinking and frolicking amongst some of the best Melbourne have to offer. Here are some of the best snaps we’ve captured during our visit!


We returned to our favourite stay in Melbourne – Ovolo Laneways. They are a boutique lifestyle hotel whose vision is “Shiny, Happy, People”. The hotel is quirky and stylish, the service friendly and impeccable, and the location is super convenient! On top of all that, they provide some of the best bonuses – free breakfast, free super fast WiFi, free fully-stocked mini bar, free snack bag, free happy hour and free self-laundry. Phew! That’s a lot of FREE STUFF! Special shout-out to Alice, one of the reception concierge, for answering all my questions and requests with always a huge smile! Anyway, I’ll shut up and let the photos do the talking now…

Ovolo Laneways – free lootbag and free minibar!
One Bedroom Suite at the Ovolo Suite
Living Room of the One-Bedroom Suite
Free breakfast at the Ovolo! Good selection of pastries, cereals, toasts and coffee and juices!
One of the terrace suites where you can hang out during breakfast and happy hour and mingle with other guests.
The courtyard of the terrace suite where you can hang out and relax 🙂


Doing what we do best, we ate up a storm in Melbourne (literally! A thunderstorm occurred while we were there and I’m pretty sure it’s cos of how much we ate). Honourable mention goes to:

The Lucky Penny, 481 Chapel St, South Yarra
A beautifully robust strong cap using Niccolo roasted coffee beans/ The Lucky Penny
Bubble & Squeak: Pan fried potato and vegies, Jonathan’s bacon, English piccalilli and 2 poached eggs/ The Lucky Penny
Eggs Benny: Pulled pork on Dr Marty’s crumpets, 2 poached eggs smothered in chipotle hollandaise/The Lucky Penny
Fisherman style Eggplant Hotpot/Juicy Bao, Chinatown Melb
Pan Fried Pork & Chives Dumplings/ Juicy Bao, Chinatown
Wontons in hot chilli oil/ The Empress of China, Melbourne
The Empress of China in Melbourne Chinatown was one of Jase’s highlights of the entire trip. Delicious and authentic Chinese food to be found here!
Mushroom & Taleggio Risotto/ The Imperial Hotel, 2-8 Bourke St, Melbourne


The coolest thing about Ovolo Laneways hotel is the availability of the free stocked minibar and free happy-hour drinks in one of their suites. Hence, our time in Melbourne had no shortage of alcohol. Despite the great range of drinks offered at Ovolo, we still wanted to explore what Melbourne is best at – rooftop bars! Our favourite is hands down the newly-opened Good Heavens Rooftop Bar on top of popular BBQ joint Fancy Hank’s. If you like your cocktails strong and your vibes funky fresh, then head to this fab rooftop stat!

Good Heavens Rooftop Bar, 79 Bourke St Melbourne
Pretty In Pink: Four Pillars Gin, Aperol, Fresh Citrus & Sugar/ Good Heavens
Trying to sip slowly but it so tasty! ><
Stealing Jase’s drink – Legal Advice: Archie Rose Dry Gin, Heering Cherry Liqueor, DOM Benedictine and Fresh Pineapple/ Good Heavens
Heavens to Betsy: Wyborowa Vodka, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, Vanilla and Fresh Fruit/ Good Heavens
Good Mai Tai: 3 types of Stolen Rum, tropical juice and tangy citrus/ Good Heavens
Blushing Melbourne Sky spotted on Good Heavens Rooftop Bar

Annnd that’s a wrap…for this post and the year. Thanks for playing along, folks!