Hit Melbourne’s hot spots

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.​

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

  1. 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

The windmills: The new-look Melbourne Museum in Nicholson Street features a moving Anzac exhibition with an evocative line-up of windmills.

The windmills: The new-look Melbourne Museum in Nicholson Street features a moving Anzac exhibition with an evocative line-up of windmills.

Dazzle your taste buds: Have your palate dancing with dishes like the spicy prawns at Burma Lane, a gorgeously decorated inner-city Asian restaurant.

Dazzle your taste buds: Have your palate dancing with dishes like the spicy prawns at Burma Lane, a gorgeously decorated inner-city Asian restaurant.

Stunning views: Eureka Tower 89 offers a memorable experience with breathtaking floor to ceiling vistas over metropolitan Melbourne and well beyond.

Stunning views: Eureka Tower 89 offers a memorable experience with breathtaking floor to ceiling vistas over metropolitan Melbourne and well beyond.