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Breakfast & Lunch at Conservatory, Melbourne

It seems compulsory these days for every hotel to have a buffet restaurant, the one where you go for a massive breakfast just because you can, or lunch / dinner when you can’t decide what you want to eat. Crown Perth has the Atrium, which offers a large selection and is probably the best buffet in town. Crown in Melbourne is big enough to have several such restaurants, and the king of them is Conservatory. It’s a very impressive looking restaurant, and as you would expect it’s not a cheap place to dine although the price varies considerably depending when you want to eat. Breakfast is by far the cheapest, at $39.50 per head for the full buffet seven days a week. Weekday lunch is $55 per head, although until August 1st it’s only $45 per head including a glass of wine & coffee – a good offer that we took advantage of. Saturday…

High Coffee at Market Lane Bar, InterContinental Melbourne

The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto is Melbourne’s newest 5-star hotel, and I stayed there at least once a month when travelling for business back in 2009. It’s actually two buildings joined together by a huge glass atrium – you can read about its history here if you’re interested. The Market Lane Bar is located near the hotel lobby, and serves food & drink seven days a week from 2pm. We stumbled across the InterContinental’s “High Coffee” while looking for some special things to do while on our honeymoon in Melbourne – it really appealed to both of us and were expecting this to be one of the highlights of our trip. You can see the full details of what we signed up for here. The InterContinental is a beautiful building and a very nice place to stay – it is 5-star, after all – although it can feel a little prison-like…

The Hardware Société, Melbourne – Best Breakfast Ever?

When seeking recommendations on where to go for breakfast in Melbourne, one name appeared consistently at the top of many lists – The Hardware Société. I’d read stories about people waiting for up to two hours to get a table, so we weren’t sure whether we’d actually get in but decided to give it a go, and braved the cold early on Sunday morning to arrive right at the opening time of 8:30. A stream of people were already heading in but we arrived just in time, and even managed to get a spot inside! We were shown to a communal table, which wasn’t something we’d normally do but in this case we were  just thankful to get a seat. And then it started to get really busy… The coffee was excellent, as you’d expect – the little doughnut on the side was an unexpected delight. The menu was simply amazing with so much to choose from, from sweet concoctions to eggs…

Adriano Zumbo Pâtissier, Melbourne

One of the first things on the “to do” list during our recent honeymoon in Melbourne was to visit a top patisserie, and we decided on Adriano Zumbo’s outlet in South Yarra, which was a relatively quick tram ride from our hotel (Crown Towers). Zumbo is located half way down a rather plain looking street, surrounded by roadworks and construction – I thought we were in the wrong place until we reached the front door! It’s next door to Two Birds One Stone, a very busy and popular cafe. There’s an amazing display of sweet and savoury treats on offer – all very reasonably priced, too. The Zonuts seemed very popular. The patisserie is open from 7am to 7pm every day, and there are a few tables if you’re quick – we went first thing in the morning so decided to start with coffee and something savoury. The coffee was very good indeed. Even better was the quiche…