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‘Something’s comin’, something good…’ [West Side Story]
Steven Spielberg’s remake of hit musical, West Side Story – due to hit the big screen this December – isn’t the only good thing ‘Coming Soon’ to Melbourne. Back in the real world, something very good is coming in the form of the budding new, $300-million West End precinct, leading a stellar rejuvenation of the city’s industrial-chic western fringe. Guaranteed to inspire dancing in the street!
All’s good in this hood, perched on the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD, and a stone’s throw from the razzle dazzle of Docklands’ entertainment hub. Staking its place among historic Victorian Terraces and wide tree-lined streets, West Melbourne’s West End precinct – partly inspired by the buzzing New York City borough of Brooklyn – is blissfully designed to delight and pamper all who enter, bursting with tranquil green space and diverse retail offerings. West End’s promise: ‘Everything you could possibly wish for, right at your fingertips…’
Once checked-in, Adina West Melbourne guests will undoubtedly find it hard to leave. Particularly when West End’s master plan boasts a day spa; 2,000sqm of zen gardens; coffee roastery; 10 eclectic eateries (including a Mediterranean-style restaurant/café/bar in the apartment hotel’s WOW-factor lobby); 24/7 gym; and dog walking service (yes, a number of Adina West Melbourne’s rooms are designated ‘pet friendly’). Not forgetting, a private Babylon-esque outdoor retreat (opening out from Level 3), complete with meditation zones and three pools: a 25m lap pool, plunge pool and spa pool.
Nama-stay! For those able to drag themselves away from West End’s ‘comfort zone’, West Melbourne provides a gateway to everything the city is famous for. Art, culture, coffee, shopping, food, festivals, sport… and a whole lot more!
Follow these Top 5 Insider Tips, within easy walking distance of Adina West Melbourne
1. All-Star Cast
A line-up of Melbourne’s biggest attractions are situated close by, including the largest open air market in the Southern Hemisphere, Queen Victoria Market (Tip: go behind the scenes on an Ultimate Foodie Tour); Australia’s first public garden, Flagstaff Gardens; the Southern Hemisphere’s only giant observation wheel, Melbourne Star; and the city’s all-weather sports and concert venue Marvel Stadium, blessed with a roof that can open or close in eight minutes (#ahem, ideal for four seasons in one day).
2. Local Secrets
West Melbourne is bursting with them! Make tracks to Peel Street, which hugs Flagstaff Gardens (also home to Barefoot Bowls Central, aka City of Melbourne Bowls Club), for a drool-factor foodie immersion. The choice is yours, whether firing up your taste buds at Mexican-Korean fusion eatery, Chimac (bulgogi ‘fire meat’ quesadillas, anybody?) or juggling ‘hand-pressed tacos, spicy sangrita and life-changing green sauce’ at Hello José Taqueria.
While on Peel Street, have a craic at The Drunken Poet, by all accounts, Melbourne’s best Irish pub, hosting live music six nights a week – making The Irish Times ‘10 Best Irish Pubs in The World (outside Ireland)’ and voted #1 in The Happiest Hour’s listing of Melbourne’s Top 50 Pubs.
Veer north, to Victoria Street, and pull up a seat at authentic Italian restaurant, Amiconi. A family-run institution since the 1950s, hailed as West Melbourne’s answer to Little Italy. Meanwhile, heading south towards the Yarra River, on the outskirts of West Melbourne, exciting new haunts, Higher Ground (Darling Group’s innovative eatery housed in an old power station) and State of Grace (an old-world cocktail bar and restaurant, complete with its own rooftop space in a former Melbourne Steamship Co. building), are already drawing a cult following.
Looking for an intimate ‘date night’ with a difference? West Melbourne’s neighbour, Docklands, is home to Australia’s smallest bar, Le Bar Europeen (licensed for four people, specialising in European and Australian beer and wine), tucked away in Australia’s first 18-hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course, GlowGolf Docklands. Psst: There’s no better place to call the shots – or toast your sweetheart with a sundowner or nightcap – than at Adina West Melbourne’s rooftop bar. For those wanting to ‘dine in’, Adina West Melbourne’s one and two-bedroom apartments are equipped with top spec kitchens, so guests can channel their inner MasterChef.
3. Grassroots Art & Culture
Strike a pose and say ‘Cheers’ at Australia’s first immersive ‘trick-art’ gallery, ArtVo, in Docklands.
Need some air? Meander around Docklands’ world-acclaimed public art trail featuring 25 eye-boggling works. It’s impossible to miss ‘Cow up a Tree’, an 8m, five tonne bronze bovine sculpture, balanced in the branches of a gum tree; or ‘Edge of Your Seat’, a massive mural of female AFL fans by Melbourne street artist, Rone, aptly situated next to Marvel Stadium. Download the Harbourside Docklands Art Trail app to view them all.
Step into another world at Virtual Room, on Peel Street, for a virtual reality (VR) encounter that ‘blends the escape room concept with a full 3D cinematic experience to deliver a unique, immersive and mind-blowing adventure’. Enough said. 11/10, according to one TripAdvisor reviewer.
For a wickedly good time, look no further than West Melbourne’s interactive theatre restaurant, Witches in Britches, located across the road from Flagstaff Gardens.
Bookworms can’t go wrong at Willows & Wine, on Victoria street, serving up pre-loved books, wine/spirits/beer, board games, cheese & charcuterie.
4. Retail Therapy
Bag a bargain at DFO South Wharf (home to 180 stores) or fill your trolley at The District Docklands, not forgetting that Melbourne’s CBD shopping mecca is easily accessible from West Melbourne, as is North Melbourne’s funky Errol Street strip.
5. All Aboard!
West Melbourne is the springboard to… well, everything in the city and beyond, thanks to its location at the epicentre of Melbourne’s main transport networks, and an easy freeway off-ramp from the airport (avoiding traffic into the CBD).
Are you ready to take the lead in your own West Side Story? Book a stay at Adina West Melbourne today!
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