We were set to head out to St Kilda beach that evening, so we woke up for brunch and the usual routine to the market for some groceries, let the little one nap and rest up enough before heading out in the late afternoon…
[Melbourne | Australia June & July 2016]
3 July 2016
Manchester Press, Market Lane Coffee and St. Kilda Beach & Breakwater
Knowing that the place does not have many seats, and it gets busy and crowded in the morning for breakfast, we headed over first thing in the morning even before they are open. It was surprising there were others like us who are already waiting when we got there!
It must be the build-up of anticipation, witnessing the crowd forming before Manchester Press even opens that makes it quite disappointing to find out that there was nothing significant about our breakfast and coffee when they were served.
We managed to secure a table in the first group ushered into the cafe but, the place was indeed small and cramped and, we were allocated to one near the door. It was a little uncomfortable hence the ugly photo, and we ate our breakfast in a hurry to get out asap…
MARKET LANE COFFEE
And to make up to the misadventure over breakfast that morning, the buddy brought us to Market Lane Coffee near Queen Victoria Market to grab ourselves another dose of coffee before we continue on our way to grab some groceries. Thank goodness for the aromatic coffee and the energy and mood booster!
QUEEN VICTORIA MARKET
I am pretty sure you realised that Queen Victoria Market is somewhat our favourite haunt but, this was the first time I realised that there is and stepped inside the indoor – Meat & Fish and Dairy Produce – section. So, this is where the other stalls are and where we found a happy cheese man at Pavilion Select Produce who seems to be a former cheese hater.
I can’t imagine how much someone is missing if they hate cheese but, that worked pretty well because it caught our attention and we end up buying some cheese eventually even though we weren’t there for cheese that morning!
When it was finally time for us to head out towards St Kilda, we took a short walk to grab a tram ride from Bourke Street which is also a street mall with major department stores like David Jones and Myer or international boutique stores like H&M and Zara flanking both sides of the street.
We did check out a few stores here and there over my two weeks stay in Melbourne but, I’m sure it’s definitely a haven for the shopaholics!
ST KILDA ESPLANADE MARKET
We dropped off after the tram made a turn onto The Esplanade from Fitzroy Street and effortlessly found ourselves right in front of the St Kilda Esplanade Market.
It might be winter, and everyone will prefer to stay indoors, or we might have arrived a little too late and, the crowd was thinning and the bustle slowing down at the Sunday market when we got there. But thankfully, the stalls were still around, and we somewhat had the place to ourselves to check out the art & crafts, food or nuts & snacks at our own pace until we hit the end where the iconic entrance to Luna Park is.
But, we were not in for any thrill rides that day, not especially when we have a little one that won’t be able to take any (if not, most) of the rides if we were to pay for entry tickets to go into Luna Park. So, it was just a quick wefie, and off we go to find ourselves some dinner before we will hit the breakwater to check out the wild penguins coming home for day!
LEO’S SPAGHETTI BAR
There weren’t many options opened at the time we were looking around, think the break in between lunch and dinner service for most restaurants, and pizzas and pasta are our safest bet for the fussy little eater on board. Haha… And frankly, we had no idea that Leo’s Spaghetti Bar is a long-stay on Fitzroy Street and dinner was relatively good, especially with beer! 😎
The St Kilda Breakwater is the Melbourne home of two protected species – the Little Penguin and the Rakali, native water rats that have thick water repellent coat which is black or brown with orange to white belly.
First constructed in 1956 as a safe harbour for racing yacht during the Olympic Games, the breakwater was enlarged in 1998 with an additional 22,000 tons of rocks. It proved to be an ideal home for the Little Penguins, where they can seek refuge between the rocks of the breakwater to hide from predators and build nests to raise one or two chicks, with the first recorded presence of a breeding pair in 1974.
To help protect the colony from human disturbance, a security fence has been constructed across a section of the breakwater. The best place to view the penguins is on the lower landing at dusk or dawn.
The place was crowded and, we were convinced that we are not going to see any penguins even though everyone had kept rather still and their volumes down. We were about to give up since it was gradually getting darker and darker when we heard a small excited squeal nearby.
Not too sure if they have been between the rocks all along but there they are and hello Little Penguins!
It was an exceptional experience for both adults and kids so if you will need more information, you can refer to Parks Victoria for more details on the breakwater or the penguins.
More posts from Melbourne | Australia June & July 2016 travelogue series:
- Red Spice QV, Om Nom & Fancy Hank’s | Melbourne, Australia
- Yarra Valley, Healesvilles & Marysville | Victoria, Australia
- Lake Mountain Resort and Bruno’s Art & Sculpture Garden | Marysville, Victoria, Australia
- Cafe Carpenter & Gukbab | Malvern East & Melbourne, Australia
- Fingal, Sorrento, Dromana & Shoreham | Victoria, Australia
- Hammer & Tong, Federation Square & ACMI, Belleville, N2 Gelato and Campari House | Melbourne, Australia
- Operator 25, Shrine of Remembrance, Royal Botanic Gardens, Yarra River & St. Paul’s Cathedral | Melbourne, Australia
- Breakfast Thieves, Rose Street Artists’ Market, Pho Bo Ga Mekong Vietnam and Yarra River + Gas Brigades Fire Show | Melbourne, Australia
- Manchester Press, Market Lane Coffee and St. Kilda Beach & Breakwater| Melbourne, Australia
- Vertue Coffee Roasters, Melbourne Museum & Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Jimmy Grants and Gelato Messina | Melbourne, Australia
- Great Ocean Road | Victoria, Australia
- South Melbourne Market, State Library Victoria, Docklands Winter Fireworks 2016 and Cafes | Melbourne, Australia
- Collingwood Children’s Farm & Farmers’ Market, Flagstaff Gardens and Brick Lane Melbourne | Melbourne, Australia