The Langham, Melbourne

by Sunday, October 30, 2016

It was recently voted the #1 Top City Hotel in Australia and NZ in Travel + Leisure’s 2016 World’s Best Awards, but this isn’t the first of its kind for the multi-award winning hotel (just look here!)

We recently spoke with The Langham’s chief concierge Peter McBrearty to discover his top tips for the beautiful city of Melbourne – including where to eat in this sensational food capital…

Peter McBrearty

Peter McBrearty

Your most popular request…

There are two equally as popular requests from guests:

  1. Guidance in exploring the streets and laneways of central Melbourne and for planning to visit areas such as the Mornington Peninsula, Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road.
  2. Food and drink recommendations – our interstate and overseas guests know that Melbourne has a reputation for incredible dining options and they want up-to-the-minute advice about where to go and what to order.

 

Your favourite locale when enjoying a day off…

It’s just outside of the Central Business District, but The Last Jar (616 Elizabeth Street) manages to combine the genuine atmosphere (and occasionally the eclectic clientele) of a typical West Coast Irish pub, with some genuinely excellent food.

 

THE LAST JAR, MELBOURNE

The Last Jar, Melbourne

Best coffee…

For me, it’s a toss up between Dead Man Espresso (35 Market St. Sth Melbourne) and St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, Sth Melbourne). Both do excellent coffee with the added bonus of the South Melbourne Market being within a reasonably short walk if people feel like combining their caffeine fix with a spot of shopping.

 

Where must we go for lunch…

I often refer our guests to The Deck nearby in Southgate. While it’s only the size of a postage stamp, the food is excellent and the service and atmosphere never less than top notch.

Epocha (49 Rathdowne St in Carlton) is delightful and is in close proximity to Melbourne Museum, while for guests heading up into the Dandenongs we might suggest The Piggery Cafe at Burnham Beeches (1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke) as the perfect spot to break their drive.

 

It’s a rainy day but we want to explore, what shall we do…

Fortunately (particularly in view of our famously erratic weather) Melbourne has loads of interesting things to do which are under cover. Many of our guests take the opportunity to go to either of the National Galleries, which are both within walking distance of The Langham.

Just across the Yarra River, the Immigration Museum offers the chance to learn about the successive waves of immigration that have woven the multi-cultured tapestry of Melbourne’s current population. Needless to say, the Melbourne Museum is also easily accessible via the free City Circle tram.

For families, another option is to pit themselves against one of the increasingly popular  “Escape Rooms” which have sprung up around town. Find out more here.

 

What is an absolute must-do/see before leaving Melbourne…

This is a question quite a number of guests ask, but ultimately it really depends on their particular interests. Melbourne’s attractions are very real, but may not be quite as immediately obvious as somewhere like Sydney – where people will often already be expecting to visit the Opera House and perhaps climb the Harbour Bridge. We will usually do a little research on an individual guest’s interests to ascertain whether they particularly enjoy scenery, wildlife, cafes, sporting events, architecture, shopping or the theatre and then base our advice on their responses.

As a very general rule, we will usually suggest guests take time to experience the central lanes, Botanic Gardens, arcades and varied shopping of Melbourne’s Central Business District and perhaps also factor in visit to the Queen Victoria Market.

We’ll usually see if we can work an opportunity to experience our cafes and restaurants and perhaps also the attractions of edgy areas such as Smith Street and Brunswick Street. If guests are heading out to the Yarra Valley I’ll often suggest they also venture up into the Dandenongs and drop by William Ricketts Sanctuary.

 

What you love about The Langham Melbourne…

Aside from the fact I really enjoy being located so close to the Yarra River and riverside activity at Southgate, the Arts Centre, Federation Square and all three of our major art galleries, the thing I really enjoy about The Langham (and which has kept me here for so long) is the genuinely friendly nature of the staff and the opportunity to enjoy sharing this and Melbourne’s many attractions with our guests.

the langham

the langham

the langham

THE LANGHAM MELBOURNE

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