Our Trip to Melbourne – Family, Coffee & Antique Stores!

Melbourne Highlights Part 1

I’m going to space this post out over two parts, since even after culling our photos, there’s still so much to share. I hope you enjoy our glimpse into Melbourne life via these posts.

Family Time is Precious

What a fabulous time we had in Melbourne last weekend! I couldn’t wait to get my photos sorted and show you some of the beautiful places we went, including a couple of lovely antique stores.

Our reason for going down was family related. Do you remember I posted about my mum’s health about 18 months ago when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor? If you’re new to following my blog and want to check out that story, you can read about it HERE.

Well, the best news is, that after medical treatment, combined with the care of a naturopath, intensive prayer and a positive attitude, Mum’s latest MRI results came back with a line that stated: “there are no active cancer cells”! I mean, it was time for the biggest happy dance! She was given the all clear to fly anywhere she wanted to, so my brother suggested that we pack our bags, and take a trip as a family somewhere – just us siblings, our spouses and mum & dad. Melbourne seemed like a great destination and in part, due to the fact that our 2nd son has moved there, we would get to see him, too.Mum thoroughly enjoyed being surrounded by her kids and is still revelling in the aftermath of our amazing time together, a week later.

City Exploring & Café Frequenting

We had fun exploring the city, which some of us had been to before for work or other related things, but this weekend we played “tourists” – or some may say we more likely played “coffee connoisseurs”. The Beanhunter app was probably the most used app on certain people’s iphones, whose names shall remain anonymous.

I have to admit to loving the trendy hipster cafés we ended up in, and some of their amazing decorating styles.

Like these chairs that filled the ceiling of Brother Baba Budan on Little Bourke Street.

They also had the most interesting walls. Check out the worn wall coverings from eras gone by, overlayed with stencilling (below).

And check out this amazing pallet/crate wall at the adorable Raw Trader cafe!

As a part of mum’s new healthy eating plan, we enjoyed finding this niche cafes, and Raw Trader was a winner! You should have heard mum’s delight that she could choose from a range of “sweets” that were gluten free, dairy free AND sugar free! And they were truly delicious …

Yes, you heard me right. In fact, there’s a sign at the door announcing that this cafe is a completely GF, DF zone, politely requesting that people respect that and refrain from bringing other foods into their premises. I mean, look at this awesomeness:

I loved the beautiful old buildings and seeing the old city trams. We took a ride on one of the old trams that also included a historical commentary on the sites around Melbourne city. It did a loop of the main city centre – and the bonus was, it was free!

And it’s not every city that you get to ride a tram along side general traffic AND a horse and cart!

I must say that we all really enjoyed the food places, the little cafés and managed to stay warm, despite the much cooler temperatures down south, than we were used to up in Queensland.

A nice warm bowl of soup from one of the many niche foodie places in this bustling street, helped with the cold factor!

Queen Victoria Markets

This was the place to be on the weekends, for shopping, specialty and whole food supplies. Victoria Markets was just a bit of a walk and tram ride from where we were staying.

Queen Victoria Market Melbourne

Pallet art (below) in Queen Victoria Markets. Now there’s another pallet idea to add to your Pinterest boards!

These strings of lightbulbs would be a sight to see at the night markets, I’m sure: A little lunch break from Market shopping, where most of the market vendors don’t allow you to photograph their wares. This vibrant coloured Paella dish drew us in! Can you smell it? It was delicious!

Antique Store on Mount Dandenong

Sunday afternoon we took a drive up to find a lookout at Mount Dandenong and grab a bite to eat at a local restaurant. As fate would have it (haha) there was an antique store in the same row of shops! So guess who scoffed down her tucker as quick as she could to go scout out the land before the family bus departed for the next destination?

Butler’s Vintage Depot is located along Mount Dandenong Tourist Road, Olinda.

This store is a beautiful collection of vintage and antique merchants whose collective homewares and collectables, blend so well all together in a rustic farmhouse kind of way.

Here are some pics from inside:Antique shopping in Melbourne Even Marty found a little blokey treasure trove in the Iron Tree Furniture booth with all their vintage tools:

And I was really close to taking home some treasures myself. I loved this beautiful blue checkered linen.

antique store melbourne

At the risk of overdosing you all at once on my trip photos, I’ll save some more for a “Part 2” post – including our trip to the beautiful coloured beach huts along Brighton Beach; our search for the tiny penguins as their colony heads to the St. Kilda pier rocks on dusk at this time of year; and another Antique store not to be missed. I mean if there were a prize for the most organized Antique store – this one would take the trophy!

I can’t wait to show you more, so stay tuned. Part 2 here.

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  • Reply
    Julie McDowell
    July 17, 2017 at 10:56 pm

    Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed that Hayley. What fabulous news about your mum too, such a special trip. Can’t wait for part 2.


    • Reply
      July 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Thanks Julie. Was such a great time away. This next Antique store had some LOVELY stuff … can’t wait to show it. x Sharon.

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    Tracey Bradshaw
    July 18, 2017 at 2:12 am

    It looks wonderful – I’ve lived in Adelaide for 26 years but Melbourne is my home town. Whenever we visit, it’s always to see family, never as tourists, so it’s lovely to see it through your eyes. PS – The Paella is from a business owned by a darling friend and her husband – they do Sangria too.

    • Reply
      July 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Oh the paella was delicious! So vibrant and they obviously LOVE what they do and create a welcoming atmosphere at their food stand.

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    E. J. Michigan,USA
    July 18, 2017 at 3:19 am

    God’s blessings to you and your mom!! I just recently found your blog and enjoyed seeing your photos

    • Reply
      July 18, 2017 at 8:57 am

      Oh thank you. Glad you are enjoying my posts.

  • Reply
    August 8, 2017 at 8:19 am

    I had no idea it looked like such a european city! Love your antique store shots, I grew up wandering around antique stores, and they always make me feel so warm and fuzzy! Cheers!

    • Reply
      August 8, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Yes, it’s a lovely city. Oo, I just popped over and saw your Beauty and the Beast post. Those rooms are divine!

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