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Discover the top tips provided by The Como Melbourne team. Please feel free to chat to any of our team for further ideas.

Garren’s top tips 

Favourite coffee spot: Cross the road to get your coffee fix from Tom, Dick & Harry. 

Restaurants: Dine at the authentic Italian pasta bar Thirty Eight Chairs, on Vietnamese hawker-style food from misschu, or go to A25 for great Italian food, “Pizza is Sexy”. 

Cafe: Zumbo Café by Adriano Zumbo. I always like going to Brunetti’s in Carlton. Furthermore, Urban Provedore has great coffee, and Two Birds One Stone has delicious breakfast and brunch. 

Clubs/Bars/Pubs: Holey Moley Golf Club – it’s putt putt and a bar! It’s also family friendly before 5pm with an adult present. Bartronica has a lot of old school arcade games too. 

Spa & Wellbeing: Warm up at One Hot Yoga on River Street or at the Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Shopping: You can’t go past Country Road, just opposite the hotel. Pick up fresh produce at the Prahran Market.

Free things to do: Run around the iconic ‘Tan track’ around the Royal Botanic Gardens, visit the famous Melbourne laneways off Flinders Lane, like Hosier Lane, or take everything in from the City Circle Tram. Pack a picnic and wander through the beautiful Como House & Gardens

 

Kyra’s top tips

Favourite coffee spots: Market Lane Coffee at Prahran Market or in the CBD (double shot is their standard, who doesn’t love that?), Code Black Coffee in Brunswick, and Proud Mary in Collingwood.

Restaurants: Top 4 would have to be Fancy Hanks slow cooked American BBQ in the CBD, Baby Pizza in Richmond, Hotel Jesus in Collingwood for Mexican and Wonderbao in the CBD for bao.

Cafes: My favourite are Touchwood in Richmond, Journeyman just down the street in Windsor, Serotonin Eatery in Richmond, Manchester Press in the CBD, or Top Paddock in Richmond.

Clubs/Bars/Pubs: If you’re in the CBD, I suggest going to Father’s Office, Whitehart (it’s a cool container bar set up in an old car park), or The Hills Rooftop. If you want something closer to the hotel, try Boston Sub in Chapel St, Windsor – open the freezer door to get to a hidden cocktail bar called Jungle Boy.

Activities: If you’re here in summer, you’ll definitely have to check out the Moonlight Cinema, Royal Croquet Club and Night Noodle Market. On Wednesdays in winter, a must visit is the Queen Victoria Winter Night Market. The Finders Keepers market at the Royal Exhibition Building features over 250 independent art and design stalls, and is held once a quarter.

Gigs/Live Music: These are the best places for some live music: Corner Hotel, Richmond; Northcote Social Club, Northcote; 170 Russell, CBD; and Cherry Bar, CBD.

Favourite dishes and from where? Start your day at Journeyman with toasted waffles with blueberry compote, fresh fruits, double cream and pure maple syrup. For lunch, head to Wonderbao for braised pork belly with pickled mustard, coriander and crushed peanuts. Just down the road go to Father's Office for their Sampler which includes a combination of pork belly, cinnamon calamari, arancini balls, salt and pepper ginger squid, buffalo wings and polenta cubes (and match it with one of their signature cocktails = amazing). Then head to the Mexican diner, Hotel Jesus, for some corn on the cob and tostadas to finish the night.

Shopping: the best places for something a little different are Rose Street Market, Finders Keepers Market, Design A Space in Windsor and Fitzroy, Brunswick Street Fitzroy for it’s cafés, live music venues and alternative fashion shops, and the South Melbourne Market for fresh produce and local creations.

Free things to do in city: Visit the National Gallery of Victoria or the Australia Centre of Contemporary Art.

 

Ken’s top tips

Ken’s has a lot of tips… If you’re after specific, just ask Ken for his suggestion! Most of his suggestions below are within walking distance to The Como Melbourne. 

Favourite coffee spots: Lucky Penny, Drugstore Espresso, Two Birds, SOS and Tivoli Road Bakery. 

Restaurants: Cheap: Pacific BBQ House (Chinese), misschu (Vietnamese), Thai Food to Go (Thai, but has an AMAZING whiskey list), Kin (Pho) and Lucky Coq ($4 Pizza).

Moderately-priced: Davids (Dumplings), Hanoi Hannah (Pho), Saint Lucia (Caribbean), A La Bouffe (French), and Baby Pizza (Italian).

Expensive: France-Soir (French), Entre-cote (Steak), Toko (Japanese – Sashimi), Chez Olivier (French), and Woodland House

Clubs/Bars/Pubs: Best local clubs are Pawn & Co, Love Machine, Circus, Boutique and The Emerson. Best bars are Jungle Boy (hidden bar in Boston Sub), Katuk, Two Wrongs, Neptune, Woods of Windsor and The Palm Royale in Richmond. For pubs, you can’t go past Temperance, Royal Saxon, Bridie O’Reilly’s, The Union Hotel and Wolf & I. 

Attractions: Prahran Market, State Library and the Yarra River – these are all free entry! 

Family Friendly: SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium, Collingwood Children’s Farm, Melbourne Zoo and St Kilda Beach. 

Spa & Well Being: Norbu Urban Retreat just over the road, Endota in Richmond, or one of the Chinese massage shops that are everywhere. 

Favourites dishes and from where? Poutine at Boston Sub, Pizza at A25, Xiao Long Bao at Juicy Dumplings, Escargot + Tartare at A La Bouffe, and Pipis in XO sauce at Pacific House

Shopping: Chapel Street Bazaar, OP Shops, Eurotrash and Design A Space for Melbourne-designed clothing - you really should check it out! 

Free things to do in city: Visit the State Library, Birrarung Marr, Southbank and Docklands. 

 

Verena’s top tips 

Favourite Coffee Spots: Two Birds One Stone, just a couple of hundred metres from the hotel. 

Restaurants: An all-time favourite is Donovans in St Kilda, or HuTong Restaurant and Bar in Commercial Road, Prahran has great dumplings and yum cha. Caffe e Cucina is also a must try, diagonally opposite the hotel.

Clubs/Bars/Pubs: Definitely the The Melbourne Supper Club, and Eau De Vie Melbourne has fantastic cocktails. 

Attractions: Eureka Skydeck offers great views of the City, Old Melbourne Gaol and the Melbourne Museum

Activities: Do a walking tour of Melbourne’s arcades and laneways with Hidden Secrets Tours, visit the Ian Potter Centre at the National Gallery of Victoria, or see a show at the Regent Theatre or Princess Theatre. 

Family Friendly: The Pauline Gandel Children’s Gallery at the Melbourne Museum is great for kids under 5 years, pack a picnic and head to the Royal Botanic Gardens, climb aboard Polly Woodside, visit the Collingwood Children’s Farm, Melbourne Zoo, Luna Park in St Kilda, or SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium. 

Spa & Well Being: Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s about an hour and a half drive away. Make sure you book in advance! Norbu Urban Retreat is just over the road, and is also very relaxing. 

Favourites dishes and from where? Definitely the Barramundi from Donovans

Sports: Take a tour of Etihad Stadium. AAMI Park for the Rugby League and A-League games, MCG and Etihad for AFL games, MCG also has the sports museum for those sports enthusiasts, and O’Brien Group Arena for the Ice Hockey. 

Shopping: Chapel Street (everything is right on your doorstep!), Collins Street and Emporium Melbourne

Free things to do in city: Take a walk down the St Kilda Beach boardwalk, or visit Cooks Cottage in the Fitzroy Gardens. 

 

Beatrice’s top tips 

Restaurants: Two Wrongs is a really stylish place, Tokyo Tina has the best Japanese food, Saigon Sally in Windsor, No35 Restaurant at Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, and The Meat & Wine Co in the Como Centre.

Cafes: The Stables of Como at Como House & Gardens, Ponyfish Island in the middle of the Yarra River, Mr Bond Tapas Bar (next door to Thirty Eight Chairs and both owned by the same people) and Tivoli Bakery

Clubs/Bars/Pubs: Campari House and Madame Brussels

Attractions: Eureka Tower where you can see Melbourne from 88 floors high, and the Como House & Gardens. 

Activities: Game of pool at Hotel Lindrum, cinemas at The Jam Factory in Chapel Street, and Kooyong Tennis Club Museum. 

Family Friendly: ArtPlay at Birrarung Marr is a place for kids to explore their creativity and O’Brien Group Arena for Ice Skating. 

Shopping: Prahran Market for the best food, Ganache Chocolate for gifts, and The Block Arcade, an iconic heritage arcade in the CBD. 

Free things to do in city: Kids under the age of 15 can go to AFL games on Sundays for free at MCG and Etihad Stadium. 

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