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Our first full day in Melbourne consisted of walking around the Melbourne CBD with Y and J, who generously took the time to show us the 'local hipster spots' (not my words!). I'd never eaten so much in one day in my life or at so many different places (the reviewed places are only a portion of where we actually ate), but sharing dishes with friends goes a long way.

One of the first places we hit for breakfast, based on a friend's recommendation of its bagels. The environment was lively - our table was right next to a long line for takeaway orders and slightly small for four people, but the seating really enhanced the bustling, eclectic feeling of the store.
My first chai latte in Melbourne was quite lovely - the spices weren't overpowering and there was a great balance of creaminess.

The smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel was lovely - generous helpings of salmon, offset by the sourness of the pickles sprinkled up top. The richness was balanced out by the really lovely vinaigrette of the salad.

This was the chorizo on sesame bagel, which I really enjoyed. The sauce had a barbeque sauce tang to it and was bursting with flavour - though it battled slightly with the vinaigrette in this instance.

MANCHESTER PRESS 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne 3000

Opening: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

 

I adored the innovative and minimalist design of Flipboard, coupled with its bold graphics - it reminded me a lot of Japanese design, full of small nooks and crannies in which to sit and hidden compartments. This place was famous for its cold drip coffee - not being a coffee drinker, I just had a sip of C's. It was quite interesting - not too bitter and almost like vivid, coffee-flavoured water.

I opted for the cold pressed fruit juice instead - I believe this was the Straple (apple and strawberry) and it was surprisingly more sour than I expected - but a great refresher on such a hot day.

FLIPBOARD 141 - 143 La Trobe St, Melbourne 3000 Opening: 7:00am - 4:30pm (Mon - Fri)

Trunk was just a classic example of great American-style dining, complete with adorable menu design and bright red-and-white striped umbrellas making for a cheery, outdoor dining setting - a definite recommendation (:

At this point, we were all incredibly full (despite the wagyu burger temptation!) so I opted to share the portobello mushrooms, roast corn, fetta and fontina cheese quesadilla with J and C.

The quesadilla was a lot thinner than expected, but bursting with flavour, crunchiness and mushroom-y goodness - 1/3 was perhaps not quite enough for lunch but we had more eating to do later, so it was a perfect pick-me-up for the afternoon.

Of course, we then proceeded to unabashedly devour the fries that Y ordered - nothing better than perfectly cooked shoestring fries, piping hot from the stove.

TRUNK (THE DINER)
Cnr Little Lonsdale St & Exhibition St, Melbourne CBD, 3000
Opening: 7.30am — 10.00pm (Mon - Fri) | 8.00am — 10.00pm (Weekends)

And then we moved onto the HOPETOUN TEA ROOMS. Check out the Images from Nowhere post below for a sneak peak into the dessert wonderland (actual review coming tomorrow!)

http://images-from-nowhere.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/eating-melbourne-cbd.html