This week Jacquie Alexander takes us to her favourite getaways in Melbourne. And we can’t help but envy the fabulous spring weather happening right now in the Great Down Under. November is the perfect time to visit and explore the outdoors. Just tie up your hair in a low pony (tip: spray your hair with Simply Dry Shampoo before a hike to help soak up excess sweat and oil) or twist it up into a high-bun like Jacquie – eat, play and explore!
COMBI, ELWOOD, MELBOURNE
If you’re craving a super healthy meal and smoothie Combi is the place to go. Almost everything on the menu is vegan and they have an amazing selection of sweets and treats. They have a whole page of the menu dedicated to smoothies, and they are the most delicious things you’ll ever try. Last time I went there I had the coco-banana smoothie – I highly recommend it.
MILKBOY ESPRESSO, CHELTENHAM, MELBOURNE
I love eating out, especially for breakfast. Milkboy is one of my favourite places to eat and they recently changed the menu to include more vegan options. Sometimes it’s hard to find good cafes with vegan options outside of the inner city. I’m not necessarily the most adventurous person when it comes to food, but they have some really interesting things on the menu. My favourite thing on the menu is the smashed avocado. It’s a standard dish on Melbourne café menus but Milkboy’s version is the best I’ve had, the spinach and tomatoes are delicious. The staff there are lovely too!
1000 STEPS, FERNTREE GULLY, MELBOURNE
I prefer exercising when you can do it with friends. The 1000 Steps in Ferntree Gully is great for this, you can motivate each other to get to the top. I swear it’s harder than it sounds. The feeling you get when you reach the top is the best, and to top it all off, the view is beautiful. There are heaps of great cafes and places to stop and picnic around here, too.
THE TAN, SOUTH YARRA, MELBOURNE
I’ve only recently started doing The Tan but it’s quickly becoming my favorite walk. A short 3.8km is great for when you need a little work out but don’t have too much time. The track is right by the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District) and the Botanical Gardens making it great for the eyes too!
Image credits: Jacquie Alexander.