Australasia / City Breaks / Victoria

Marvellous Melbourne: Exploring the Melbourne CBD (II)

I’d been having a craving for breakfast pancakes, so I did a quick search for breakfast places within walking distance of our hotel and found the Roule Galette, a little French  crêperie run by a family from Brittany.


Brekkie at Roule Galette

We arrived at the tiny little café hiding in a narrow alleyway as soon as it opened, and were very soon tucking into a tasty breakfast! The children, of course, went for a chocolate and strawberry topped affair, whilst I went for a savoury galette stuffed with ham and cheese. Delicious!

Afterwards, A Becky C and the Boobook headed for another museum in the centre of town, whilst I decided to take advantage of the cool weather and bring the kids to the park.


Birramung Marr Park and ArtPlay

We headed to Birramung Marr Park where ArtPlay is located. ArtPlay holds loads of kid-friendly events where professional artists share their ideas and creative processes with kids through workshops and performances. There’s something different going on every week, and we decided to go and check it out.

There’s also a fantastic playground next to the ArtPlay building. When J and Little E saw it, they decided that it would be more fun to be outdoors on the climbing frames and slides than attending a class!

After an hour or so of rigorous outdoor fun, Thumper was starting to get sleepy, so I dragged the older two off the swings and we all went for a riverside stroll.

It just so happened that Melbourne was celebrating Cultural Diversity Week, and there was a multicultural festival taking place all day at Federation Square, where there were plenty of stalls selling all sorts of street foods as well as live music and performances.


Lunchtime at Federation Square

I bought J and Little E a large portion of delicious Turkish gozleme from Mama’s Gozleme as well as a really fun stick of Korean twisty potato from Twist.

Then, we sat on the grass and listened to classical Indian music on the tabla and flute by Vinod Prasanna and Jay Dabgar.

Afterwards, we went over to the kid’s zone on Federation Square, where the kids were engaged for several hours, watching the various performances and taking part in all sorts of activities.


Enjoying the celebrations at Victoria’s Multicultural Festival

Little E learned some traditional Papua New Guinean weaving from Vicki Kinai, woodcut printmaking with Korean artist UB, had her face painted and helped out at a magic show! Meanwhile, J tried his hand at the circus arts, playing with all sorts of fun equipment under the tutelage of facilitators from The Dreaming Space.

We happened to stumble across the festival on Federation Square completely by accident, but I found out later that Federation Square was established by the local government of Victoria state to be a centre of cultural and civic activity within Melbourne. This means that there are free workshops, exhibitions and performances going on there every week, many of which are family-friendly!

Trip Planner’s Tip: Sometimes it’s worth keeping the tour schedule flexible, so that there’s always time for an impromptu party!

The kids and I spent the whole afternoon enjoying the festival, until The Barn Owl was done with his course for the day and emerged to join us.


Excited about 8Bit. Burgers

We headed along to 8Bit which is a hole-in-the-wall burger place in the city centre, and picked up some indulgent burgers and thick handcut fries for dinner! And milkshakes. Chocolate milkshakes.

Of course, we carted all of this back to our hotel to eat in air-conditioned comfort. A delicious end to a wonderful week in Melbourne!

Roule Galette
Scott Alley, 241 Flinders Lane,  Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 (03) 9639 0307
Open Weekdays 7:30am – 8pm, Sat 9am-8pm, Sun 9am-5pm
For more information about Roule Galette click here

Birrarung Marr
Behind Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 (03) 9664 7900
For more information about events at ArtPlay click here

Federation Square
Corner of Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: + 61 (03) 9655 1900
For more information about events at Federation Square click here

231 Swanson Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 (03) 9687 8838
Open from Monday – Sunday: 11am – 11pm
For more information about 8Bit click here


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