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Melbourne - A City of All Seasons (At Once!)

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A travel journal to Melbourne by Kun-chan

Melbourne Panorama Photo, Melbourne, Australia More Photos
Quote: Ever thought of visiting Melbourne, Australia? If you're thinking of going, and are just going to take some t-shirts and shorts because it's Australia (and Australia's always hot, right?!), you'll be in for a shock!

Melbourne - A City of All Seasons (At Once!)

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There's tons to do in Melbourne, but this is more focused on the weather and what to bring, if you're going. In love with this girl And with her town as well Walking 'round the rainy city What a pity there's things to do at home - "Melbourne", The Whitlams Melbourne's known as 'the rainy city' for a reason!!Quick Tips: When gearing up for Melbourne, take one of each: Light-weight jacket/umbrella Warm top/jumper Short sleeved top Long sleeved top Jeans/slacks Shorts Bathers (swimsuit) Read 'What to Wear in Melbourne' for even more inform...Read More

Marriott Melbourne

Hotel | "Melbourne Marriott Hotel"

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My friends and I stayed at the Melbourne Marriot Hotel on New Years Eve 2003/04, hiring two adjoining suits with a living room between us. One of the rooms had a spa bath. Some of the others had been there early in the day, but I'd had a party to go to beforehand. I turned up at 2am. Oh, was it heaven! The rooms were spacious, luxurious, and beautifully decorated. The settee was big enough for all of us, and the bar was big enough for our alcohol, so we could make cocktails. We even had room service at all hours! It was a great way to wind down and watch other NYE celebrations around the world on the television (without soun...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Marriott Melbourne
CNR EXHIBITION AND LONSDALE ST
Melbourne, Australia 3000
0061-3-9662-3900

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One of Melbourne's Japanese Restaurant located in the heart of the city itself. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with helpful waitresses in yukatas.

The food is of good quality at a reasonable price. There is a wide selection to choose from --sashimi, sushi, gyoza, okonomiyaki, ramen, yakiniku, and their own bentou box, to name a few. Everything from fish to meat to vegetables to noodles and rice!

Personally, I think it's got the best ramen and okonomiyaki in town!

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 27, 2001

Edoya Japanese Restaurant
138 Russell Street
Melbourne, Australia
(03) 9654 7358

Camy Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Ever feel in the mood for some dumpling goodness? Really good dumplings? With friends or alone? Then the Camy Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant is the place to be! It's open for lunch and dinner, and you get really, really good dumplings. It's not a high-class establishment. You serve yourself tea (which is free), and you sit at old tables with old chairs in a slightly run-down-looking building. But you're there for the food! It's cheap (dishes of dumplings are about AUD$4), and a great place to eat with a bunch of friends. It's usually filled, too. The trick is finding the place. Go into Chinatown (Lt Bourke St) from Swanston St, and on the left you'll pass a Tattersall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Camy Shanghai Dumpling Restaurant
23–25 Tattersalls Lane
Melbourne, Australia
9663 8555

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Downstairs from the Welcome Hotel is Ong Asian Food Court, or as we know it, Ong's Basement. When you head down the stairs, you're transported into a world of cheap Asian food - from Indian to Chinese, from Vietnamese to sushi, Ong's has it all! It even has a bar, for those of you who like a drink with your meal. The food areas are all the way around the basement, and you walk from one to the other, looking at the pictures on the wall of all the various foods and their prices. Most dishes are under AUD$10. Just head to the appropriate counter, pick the dish you want and bring it to your table. It's great to eat there with friends - you can all pick whatever sort of cuisine yo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Ong Asian Food Court
265 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, Australia
+61 (03) 9662 3416

Ginza Teppanyaki

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Restaurant

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Although somewhat pricy, Ginza Teppanyaki isn't the sort of place to wear your best clothes. Dress up, but I'd pick something that you could easily wash! It's not that the food is messy, is the games that you play with the food that could be the problem! Teppanyaki is the Japanese style of cooking food on a flat grill. At Ginza Teppanyaki, the table is arranged around two grills, one for each side, with the chefs in the centre. If you have ordered from the Teppanyaki set menu (they range in price from AUD$35-$95), you will normally get a few starters, such as miso soup and sushi. Then the chef cooks for you, usually with a lot of style - depending on the chef, you can get one...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Ginza Teppanyaki
139 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne, Australia
+61 (03) 9663 1155

Yoyogi Japanese Café

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Restaurant

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Yoyogi is a casual Japanese-style cafe in the heart of Melbourne. It is right near China Town, near the corner of Swanston and Little Bourke streets. Outside you'll see a range of plastic Japanese food in the windows representing what they serve inside, from ramen to shaved ice sweets! Inside, when you're seated, you'll get a menu with names, pictures, descriptions and prices of their food. And on the wall above the kitchen area, you'll again see photos of the food on offer. There is no excuse at Yoyogi not to know what you'll be eating - it's all right there in front of you! I hadn't had edamame (beans boiled in salty water) in ages, so I just had to get that as an en...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 12, 2004

Yoyogi Japanese Café
311-313 Swanston Street
Melbourne, Australia
+61 (03) 9663 7266

Flower Drum

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Restaurant | "Flower Drum Restaurant"

Flower Drum Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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Ah, the Flower Drum. It is a Melbourne institution; it is a place that many hear about, yet sadly never see. It is one of Melbourne's finest dining experiences and a once-in-a-lifetime (for most people) experience. I've been talked into going to the Flower Drum twice. It's a place where we normal folks who live in Melbourne should set aside some cash for. Yet the experience of the silver-service and delicious Chinese cuisine is worth it. I decided to wear my red cheong sam for the event. The restaurant itself may have a horribly old and slow elevator to take you up to where you will dine for the evening, but don't let that put you off! It has a gorgeous atmosphere, giving a sense of tr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 24, 2005

Flower Drum
17 Market Lane
Melbourne, Australia 3000
+61 (0)3 9662 3655

Royal Melbourne Show

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Attraction | "The Royal Melbourne Show"

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The Royal Melbourne Show is one of Melbourne's own celebrations. It's like a country fair come to the city. It is held during the school holidays in September each year, and is obviously a major attraction for families. It is usually filled with families and teens, though you will find fun-loving, young-at-heart childless adults there as well! Some of the highlights of the Show are: the animal nursery (the baby animals are so cute!) the various animals (from cows, horses, and dogs and cats, chickens, and fish) the rides (from the huge ferris wheel to roller coasters to ghost trains) the sho...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 9, 2004

Royal Melbourne Show
Epsom Road
Melbourne, Australia 3032
+61 (0)3 9281 7444;

What to Wear in Melbourne

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Melbourne Panorama Photo, Melbourne, Australia
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If you ever decide to go to Melbourne, Australia and want to know what clothes to pack, this will give you a basic idea of what to bring. Melbourne is not a city known for its stable weather patterns. In fact, it's been described by locals as a city of "four seasons in one day", a city where you "wait five minutes and the weather will change", and "beautiful one moment, crap the next". Often it's a case of multiple weather conditions in the same day, never mind the same week! For instance, today it was cloudy, cool and had been raining in the morning. Not cold, just cool and grey. Now, by lunch time, I see sunshine outside. I haven't been out, yet, as I'm at work, but ...Read More