It was more than a week since I arrived in Melbourne and, I was pretty sure I am definitely going to cringe and die without the brunch and coffee lifestyle after this holiday will end. But whatever it is, I shelved the thoughts and decided to enjoy every day nonetheless.
[Melbourne | Australia June & July 2016]
4 July 2016
Vertue Coffee Roasters, Melbourne Museum & Jurassic World: The Exhibition, Jimmy Grants & Gelato Messina
The 10th day of my visit to Melbourne was also a day at the museum! In other words, we checked out the exhibitions for the earlier part of the day and ate everything we crossed paths with for the rest. 😅
VERTUE COFFEE ROASTERS
We found ourselves in front of a ginormous door first thing that morning when we arrived at Vertue Coffee Roasters and was left a little confused until we noticed a smaller (read: normal) sized door somewhere in the middle.
And upon passing through the door, it felt like we entered a garage instead of a cafe or roastery. The place is spacious but, a big part is being used for their service counter and equipment.
I remembered it was a little bit cramped and uncomfortable with the small tables and chairs, but we left the place impressed with our brunch and coffee. 😊
After brunch, we took a short walk towards Melbourne Museum to check out the exhibitions and also the Jurassic World exhibition that was set to run for six months. And en route to the museum, we passed a row of residential houses and saw a beautiful winter bloom at someone’s front yard!
MELBOURNE MUSEUM x JURASSIC WORLD: THE EXHIBITION
When we were planning the itinerary, we had the interest of the little one as our main priority from the places of interest to the food options. But, I am pretty sure the general exhibition at Melbourne Museum was for the little one, and the Jurassic World exhibition, the childhood blockbuster, was in the plans for the adults that morning. Hehehe…
Anyways, we booked our entry tickets online via the Museum’s ticketing website, and it was a breeze getting in and through when we arrived.
Getting a quick wefie before entering the exhibition area and at this point, the dark lightings and sound effects have already set some kids frightened and crying. We were joking that it will be good if this will be a permanent installation to keep the kids in check 😜
The Jurassic World: The Exhibition was a walkthrough exhibition in a research lab setting and life-sized moving dinosaurs from gentle giants like the Brachiosaurus and Stegosaurus to the terrifying Tyrannosaurus-Rex.
You can hear from the squeals and screams from the kids and adults to know that everyone is enjoying the exhibition and it ended all under an hour, too fast and not enough, in my opinion.
We spent the rest of our time checking out the main exhibition galleries after we were done with the Jurassic World exhibition. While there are many galleries to check out, the live exhibitions at Bugs Alive! and specimens from Wild got our attention most and exactly where we spent the most time at aside from the cafe at the Museum. Hehe…
Frankly, I have no idea who will say no to getting their hands and fingers greasy with a diet-defying wrap. We were one of the few customers they had that evening but, they weren’t entirely friendly when we were ordering.
And, if Vertue Coffee Roaster was cramp to us during brunch the same morning, then Jimmy Grants at its original location at Fitzroy was a whole new level when we stopped by for early dinner before we call it a day.
For the very last stop before we head back home, we stopped by Gelato Messina to grab a budget-friendly pint of ice cream, an extra-large one, so that we can devour it later in the apartment while watching movies after the little one sleeps.
When we arrived at the Fitzroy store, we were granted by a two-metre-long display fridge filled with many different flavours to pick from. And trust me, I cannot remember which flavours we chose in the end. Hahaha 😅
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