Places that dominate the big, global quality-of-life indices – your Viennas, your Vancouvers, your Helsinkis – do so on the basis of public safety, hygiene, environment, economic stability and the like. Pretty humdrum stuff. Culture and recreation, however, also play vital roles and help determine whether a city merely delivers the bare minimum or, preferably, enriches and stimulates as well. Patrons of Melbourne city hotels know what this is all about.
The state capital of Victoria has long stood proudly atop many a livability index (The Economist Intelligence Unit index for 2012 is a prominent case). That the metropolis on the Yarra succeeds with such banal regularity is a credit to a lively arts, culture and extracurricular scene that, simply put, makes Melbourne a fun, attractive place to live and, indeed, visit.
As a city, Sydney ticks all the boxes for famous attractions, incredible beaches, international cuisine and a great range of nightlife. However, set in amongst the more well-known areas and tourist attractions, are some small drinking establishments which allow those who enjoy being part of a less commercial and trendy bar scene the chance to kick back and relax alternative style. Ensure you don’t miss out on these top 5:
The Ritz Hotel (London)
No other London hotel has earned such a strong reputation for celebrity guests than The Ritz. The traditional nature of the establishment is perfect for people who enjoy the grandiose nature of true British service.
Lanesborough Hotel (London)
Overlooking Buckingham Palace, the Lanesborough Hotel offers some of the city’s most prestigious and exclusive suites. Commonly visited by royals and celebrities, such as Madonna and Leonardo DiCaprio.
There are plenty of dining options for travellers who are looking to save a bit of cash in Sydney.
The Beach Road Bondi contains a pub, bistro and pizza bar. It has a wide range of offers for each day of the week, allowing people to enjoy decent meals at very low prices. On Thursday nights, visitors can enjoy fajitas and a beer for only $15 per head, whilst Mondays are even cheaper with a hot dog and beer costing only $8. The Hotel London is another restaurant option that has a large selection of sandwiches on the menu, all priced below $20. They also serve a wide selection of pizzas for between $20 and $25.
Apart from an ice cold beer and surfing on the beach, the ice cream has to be one of the most distinctive features of Australia. All across the country, travellers will find an abundance of first class ice cream parlours serving a vast array of different flavours and desserts to suit all tastes, regardless of how strange or unique their taste buds may be.
Sydney – Gelato Messina (241 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst)
Gelato Messina is one of the most prized ice cream parlours in Sydney, serving what’s been called the best gelato outside Italy. All of their ice creams are made on location with a selection of premium ingredients and local produce. With over forty different flavours that change on a daily basis, Gelato Messina will even keep the regulars guessing.