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Bourke Hill - you're gonna love it January 31 2014, 0 Comments

Laneways, restaurants, bars, cafes, books and music, local goods, souvenirs, art, bespoke fashion, heritage buildings and a rich history – Bourke Hill has something for everyone.

Bourke Hill is experiencing something of a second coming, with seven new businesses opening in the historic precinct in late 2013. These are: local goods and souvenir store Melbournalia (that's us!); the Spring Street Grocer and its gelateria; restaurants Rice Paper Scissors and Ruyi; Seven Seeds offshoot The Traveller; a new rooftop bar by the guys behind Loop and a new pizza bar by the guys at Mess Hall. There’s a real buzz about the place again, and locals and visitors are lapping it up.

Chosen as the site for parliament for its commanding outlook across the city, Bourke Hill is the city’s crown. Parliament House and St Patrick’s Cathedral tower over the city, and in its lee on Spring Street are the iconic Princess Theatre and Windsor Hotel – both charming examples of the city’s lavish Gold Rush architecture. Spring Street bustles with café goers, long lunchers, and gelato lovers too.

Leafy Bourke Street and its picturesque lanes are home to some of the city’s best shopping, including bespoke fashion on Crossley Street; books, music, local goods, souvenirs, contemporary and indigenous art on Bourke St; and modern pan-Asian restaurants on Liverpool Street. You’ll find more great bars and restaurants on Meyers Place, and numerous others hidden away on rooftops and around corners too, including everyone’s favourite Madame Brussels.

There are great photo opportunities out front of iconic Pellegrinis – one of the first cafes to serve espresso coffee in Melbourne – and down any of the lanes off Bourke Street. The historic Job Warehouse, one of the oldest buildings on the city grid, is a favourite among photographers for its rustic Parisian charm. Celebrity chef Guy Grossi and his family run three restaurants here – upscale Florentino, classic Cellar Bar and casual Ombra – alfresco dining here is a quintessential Melbourne experience.

Chinatown is just half a block away, and with more than ten hotels located in the precinct, Bourke Hill is a great place to base yourself to explore the city or just take it easy.