JOHN ROZENTALS has been to Melbourne numerous times and regards it as one of the world’s greatest cities.
He’s discovered many favourite things and places over the years - wandering along Carlton’s Lygon Street, shopping in Victoria Market, eating in Little Bourke Street, and just catching a tram to St Kilda or Brunswick.
On a recent visit, he found five things to add to that list.
- Take the very fast lift to Eureka Tower 89
Melbourne’s skyline continues to provide a provocative, thoughtful blend of old and new.
A recent addition has been the sceptre-like protrusion of the Eureka Tower over Southbank and its provision of genuinely stunning views over the city and well beyond.
Eureka Tower 89, 7 Riverside Quay, Southbank, phone 03 9693 8889, eureka89.com.au
- Dazzle your taste buds at Burma Lane
To single out a single restaurant in a city as well catered for as Melbourne is more than a little unfair, but I really did like a recent lunch that I had in this gorgeously decorated inner-city Asian restaurant.
My favourite dish was of spicy prawns served with thick squid-ink noodles, crisp macadamias, coriander pesto, yoghurt and salmon roe. It seemed that the whole dish joined with the salmon roe in a mouth explosion that had my palate in raptures.
Burma Lane, 118 Little Collins St, Melbourne, phone 03 9615 8500, burmalane.com
- Have a blast from the past at the Music Vault
This relatively recent addition to the Melbourne Arts Centre provides an already radical member of the city’s arts-and-theatre landscape with a cutting edge. The likes of Wendy Saddington, the Loved Ones and the Triffids share the stage.
The Music Vault, 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, phone 03 9281 8000, australianmusicvault.com.au
- Take a wander through the past at the Melbourne Museum
The new-look Melbourne Museum, sitting resplendent in the Exhibition Gardens, houses much of our past, present and future.
Particularly moving is the Anzac exhibition; especially evocative the line-up of windmills.
Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Melbourne, phone 03 8341 777, museumsvictoria.com.au
- Have breakfast at Oli & Levi
I’m in the Coromandel Place version of Oli & Levi for the first time and obviously a newcomer to what seems a Melbourne institution, but most of the customers seem to be well known and are greeted with a statement rather than a question about the selection to start their day.
Oli & Levi, 20 Coromandel Place, Melbourne, phone 03 9560 0501 or go to the website oliandlevi.com.au