Girls weekend, shopping, unusual activity in Melbourne

What happens when 3 girlfriends who have known each other for over 25yrs (help! I am getting old!) head to Melbourne for a long weekend getaway? Shopping, shopping and more shopping goes a long way to explaining what we did for 72hrs in downtown Melbourne.

Actually we landed Friday morning and by Friday afternoon had done so much damage to our credit cards that when one of my friends rang her husband he told her the bank had already called him to check on “unusual activity” on the card! Oops.

We were able to hit the ground running as soon as we arrived, as our accommodation at the new Crown Metropol at Crown Casino was kind enough to let us check-in late morning. The Crown Casino is a very stylish new hotel adjoining the Crown Casino, but more on that later.

On the short walk to the main shopping streets in Melbourne’s CBD we stopped at Crown Casino’s Ticketek and booked tickets to West Side Story for that night (on my friend’s offending credit card) and 10 mins later we were on Collins St. Of Friday’s purchasers my friends were very successful, the Alannah Hill store at 17 Howey Place benefited from our visit (same credit card got a full work out here) and my 2 friends purchased some great “investment” sales items. I almost bought several handbags in various stores in Howey Place, especially my favourite Nancy Bird Melbourne designer but I held off due to being slightly overwhelmed for choice.

We discovered Melbourne’s Rap Products stores, selling contemporary homewares, handbags and jewellry. The larger store at 345 Little Collins St was my favourite. We stopped at C & B (Caffe & Biscotti) and I had the best cappuccino in Melbourne (cnr of Block Place & Little Collins St).

It had been about 6 yrs (too long) since I had been in Melbourne but the streets are easy to navigate so it doesn’t take long to feel like a local. Graffiti has recently became an obsession of my sister and she has now got me hooked. Melbourne has some great street art, so I kept disappearing down side alleys and lane ways to take photos.

Of course we shopped till close and then strolled back along the Yarra River, where after work drinks were already in full swing at the many restaurants overlooking the River at Southbank. The Crown Metropol is only 4 months old and sits south adjacent to the Crown Casino. We enjoyed freshening up and lounging around in our swanky room before realising we had left it too late to eat dinner before the theatre.

Luckily it is only a quick 10 min cab ride to The Regent Theatre. We were starving after our shopping work out but such is the life of a shopper, no time to eat. We raced across the road to have a quick cheese platter, pomme frites and glass of wine at D’Orsay, the only things on the menu that we could possibly get in 20 mins. Love to come back here, looked like a classic French restaurant.

West Side Story was as magical as the venue, The Regent Theatre which is such a majestic building and I can’t believe we were able to get tickets to such a great show the day of the performance.

Went back to our deluxe room and slept like a baby!

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