Melbourne Day 2 – Travelling Alone

Good morning. Took a sunrise view from my hotel room.

It’s my first day to self-roam at Melbourne, not too bad an experience.

I had some small bite at a cafe called Hunger Game located at Southern Cross Station since I’ve missed my Puffing Billy tour. (The tour agency was nice enough to slot me into the Thursday tour group)

Hot chocolate with Passionfruit tart.

Hunger Game Cafe
Southern Cross Railway Station
Docklands Victoria 3008
Australia

Melbourne’s History Water Clock. Installed since 1883. Original location at Flinders Street Station. Shifted 5 times. Finally fixed here.

And I started walking my own tour from here.

 While navigating around myself, I enjoyed looking at the historical buildings, the fresh air and the chilling weather.

Walked a longggggg distance to Flinders Station. Beautiful building!

I didn’t want to take the City Circle tram as I wanted to check out the shops along the streets.

Took a selfie using my selfie stick so as to capture the tower clock! I didn’t feel shy about taking selfie even though there were passerby looking at me, and at the selfie stick. Seemed to me selfie stick wasn’t common and popular with the Caucasians?

Thanks to the sponsorship from selfiesticksg.com. If you are looking for one too, they are now having a buy 3 get 1 free promo, SGD14 each, inclusive of tripod stand and phone bracket.

By the time I was done with Flinders St Station, that was like half the CBD perimeter walk, I decided to take the free tram.

The free tram wasn’t crowded on a weekday.

While on the tram, I got to see horse-carriage! Wish I had a chance to sit on it!

The City Circle tram travelled around the CBD perimeter, free for all, and I got to passby some magnificent buildings like the Parliament and Winsor Hotel which used to be a favorite for quite a few celebrities.

Winsor Hotel, still looking grand from its architure structure.

When the tram reached the Parliament place, I realised there were quite a few historical buildings worth checking out, and so I alighted and started my walk again.

The Old Treasury Building is widely regarded as one of the finest 19th century buildings in Australia.

The Old Treasury building was designed by nineteen-year-old architect JJ Clark and built between 1858 and 1862.

Parliament House in Melbourne, located at Spring Street in East Melbourne at the edge of the Melbourne city centre, has been the seat of the Parliament of Victoria, Australia, since 1855 (except for the years 1901 to 1927, when it was the seat of the Federal Parliament of Australia).

Spring Street reminded me of our City Hall and Raffles Place where our historical buildings are in Singapore.

I didn’t realize this building until I noticed groups of students were touring there.

Stanford Fountain (1867-1870)

Took a snap of the withered tree.

Kept walking and saw a gothic-looking church from far, and decided to walk towards its direction.

And turned out it’s St Patrick’s Cathedral. Quite a well-known cathedral in Melbourne.

Made me think of Europe! Ah, I miss Europe!

I’m not a Cathlolic but I found peace when I stepped into the church. May peace be with you.

Took a last shot of the church architecture before I left.

Took the same route from where I came from, it was drizzling, luckily I brought my umbrella.

Caught the free tram  along Flinders Street and passby St Paul’s Cathedral, another magnificent-looking building.

I alighted at Collins/Elizabeth Street to dropby The Block Arcade, and guessed what I saw along the way?

It’s Daiso!! It was quite a big store, very much more spacious than SG’s, but there was not more than 10 customers including myself! LOL! My first time to see a not-crowded Daiso store.

It’s so empty than I could even pull out my selfie stick and take a selfie!

I didn’t buy anything from Melbourne Daiso, too expensive for me, they had more or less the same things as SG, perhaps a little more variety.

Daiso
QV Melbourne
221 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne 3000
Level 3, Near Fitness First

More Daiso outlets can be found here.

Block Arcade is a heritage shopping arcade in the central business district of Melbourne, Victoria. Melbourne’s Golden Mile heritage walk runs through the arcade.

I actually wondered is it buildings with the name, arcade, will have those Victorian architecture style? Our SG The Arcade at Raffles Place have similar style, especially the lamps on the wall and the railings.

Selfie-time! Hehe!

Anyway inside Block Arcade lies a popular tea room, Hopetoun Tearooms.

Hopetoun Tea Rooms is my greatest find in this building! It’s one of the highly popular cafe in Melbourne.

It was long queue when I reached, I didn’t want to waste the time, so I decided to leave and bring hubby here during the second last day to try the cakes before returning home.

Pardon the blur photo here. Will upload a clearer photo in my Day 6 blogpost! But here’s one more shot on the cakes!!

So tempting right?

Hopetoun Tearooms
282 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

I left the Block Arcade, continued walking towards one of my shortlisted cafe, Workshop along Elizabeth Street.

It wasn’t easy to find Workshop cafe. I actually missed it and overshot walking. The entrance wasn’t infront of the building but it’s at the side and gota turn in to really see the door. It’s a hidden gem.

What attracted me to this cafe was to see its graffiti. To my disappointment, there wasn’t any graffiti except a wall at the rooftop area. I guessed the cafe had repainted recently. Only the staircase up to the cafe had what I called vandalism.

I was very disappointed with the miserable menu. I ended up eating greens. Oh well, a healthy meal once in awhile won’t kill me.

I believe the cafe has been reformed into a bar for chillax.

This was the only graffiti I saw.

The Australians were pretty enjoying the cold weather, the “free aircon” by having beer on a rainy afternoon! I was very cold and as usual, ordered hot choc.

Gosh, this was by far the largest glass of hot chocolate I ever had. And it’s very thick and “solid” (in Singlish)!

Smoked Salmon salad. The greens look dull to me, only one kind of leaf?? But hey, the salad tasted fresh and tasty, especially the spiciness from the fresh onion rings!

I’m not a fan of salad, so when I say it’s nice, it is really nice!

Ok lah, though the menu was disappointing, the food compensated for it.

Workshop Bar Cafe
Level 1, 413 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Went for some shopping at Bourke Street before heading to another cafe for dinner, alone.

Commercial Bakery, the place where I had my most expensive dinner, but worth it lah, since it’s only once here.

It’s quite a spacious cafe and restaurant. When I reached at about 7.45am, the cafe section was already closed, while the dining area was opened. It was raining heavily outside, and so I took a long dinner enjoying my food while waiting for the rain to stop (though it didn’t stop).

I had Pan Roasted Barramundi fillet, the most tastiest fillet I’ve tried.

Service was excellent here. I was served with complimentary water and bread. The bread, so soft!

The only regret I had was I didn’t have the chance to go back for their breakfast.

Sad.

Commerical Bakery & Gills Diner
360 Little Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000
Australia

And I returned to my hotel walking all the way from Lt Collins St to Southern Cross station at Spencer St.

It was a very cold evening to end my day.

 

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