Last Days in Melbourne & Saying Goodbye to my first Friends here | Diary 004

Monday 1/10

The first day of October started very slow. I really needed some sleep after the weekend and so I had breakfast at the hostel, worked on my laptop, wrote blog posts, chatted, watched a movie and later strolled a bit though Brunswick Street as Sabrina had some things to do there. I spotted so many cafés and bistros that I would like to go… there is soo much to discover and try in Fitzroy.


In the evening we walked to ‘Lentils as Anything’ in Abbotsford (about 30 minutes from our hostel in Fitzroy) the most awesome vegan restaurant! They are a chain with 6 locals in Melbourne and one in Sydney who are runned by volunteers. They have an all vegan buffet for lunch and 4 meals for dinner that vary every day. You eat whatever you want and pay whatever you think it was worth it. With 15$ you cover 2 main dishes and dessert – which is super cheap for eating out, vegan, amazingly delicious food! I am for sure going back!

We tried all the dishes they had that day and they were all amazing. I couldn’t decide which was my favourite as they were all unbelievable yummy! (You can find out what we ate there in my next What I Eat in a Day)


Tuesday 2/10

Tuesday was the last full day with our Aussie friends. We woke up early to watch the sunrise from the rooftop of our hostel. Sadly, it was very cloudy and you couldn’t see much of the pretty sunrise colours.

Afterwards I went for a run in the park nearby and did a little workout and stretching afterwards and it felt so good! This was my first workout in Australia and I could feel that my body really missed the moving and sweating in the morning and I’ll try to do that more often from now on. But it is hard sometimes while travelling…


For Lunch, James (one of the Aussie’s) persuaded Sabrina and me to go out and have Asian food on Brunswick Street. Originally I didn’t want to go out for food that often, as it is much more expensive than cooking in the hostel, but it is also so much fun to have yummy food with friends (especially when they eat vegan as well) and there are soo many awesome vegan places to eat in Melbourne…

I had a vegan noodle salad bowl with tofu which tasted great & healthy as well.

Afterwards we had to run some errands (get our Australian bank cards). In the afternoon it was soup night at our hostel and we ate carrot soup before going to a pub for a trivia night, which was a lot of fun and ice cream (apparently the best in town) afterwards. I got vegan coconut and chocolate which was the best combination ever!


Wednesday 3/10

On Wednesday Sabrina and I had to say goodbye to our friends and spend the day exploring East Brunswick which was kinda boring and I was super tired afterwards from all the walking. We found an amazing Vintage store that sells hundreds of vintage Levis’s and I already know that I have to come back to Melbourne with an empty suitcase and shop in all the amazing thrift and vintage shops! :D

Because we slept in we didn’t ate breakfast and started right away with a yummy veggie Bolognese pasta and for dinner we had some left Bolognese with lots of spinach and hummus in a wrap. You will find the recipes to these amazing meals in my next What I Eat in a Day!


Thursday 4/10

Thursday was my last day in Melbourne for now (I’ll go back hopefully!) and I still haven’t made it to St. Kilda! I always wanted to go but delayed it every time because I wanted to do different things first :D So sadly the weather wasn’t that nice but I went anyways and I’ll probably go back in a few weeks when the weather is better.

Originally, I planned to do a free walking tour, like I did in the Melbourne city centre, but I missed the group or nobody was there – I don’t know. So I walked through the streets on my own, found some cute cafés and a bulk store that I had to check out obviously.

Afterwards, I went to the Botanical Garden and sat down to eat, read and enjoy my time alone.

On my way to the beach, I found a very special place: Veg Out Community Garden. An urban garden where people have small spaces to plant their own flowers and veggies and it was so beautiful there, I really fell in love with this place!


Because the weather wasn’t great, very grey, windy and cold, I decided to just walk past the beach and the pier to get to my tram station and drive back home.

That’s it for my time in Melbourne! I really fell in love with the city and enjoyed the 2,5 weeks a lot – now I’m off to the Great Ocean Road!


The Best Weekend ever in Melbourne! | Diary 003

This weekend was by far the best time I had on my journey until now! It was an amazing weekend, so much going on, so many new and amazing people I met, lots of conversations, laughs and all in all a wonderful time – I enjoyed every single moment!


Friday 28/9

Friday was a very exciting day as I got to meet my AuPair parents for the first time! They spontaneously flew from Brisbane to Melbourne for the football final (will talk about that later) and so I got to meet them for breakfast and it was so lovely. We really connected and I am so happy I found them and get to stay with them at least for one month.


We had the best Avo Smash Toast at ‚MockTurtle‘ I’ve ever eaten in my entire life and talked a lot. It was so great to be able to meet them and we really got along with each other so well, that I am even more excited to be their AuPair now!

Because it was a really rainy and cold day I just stayed at the hostel after the meetup, did some laptop work and drank tea…


In the afternoon I went to ‚The crown‘ hotel with the guy from New Zealand to walk through the biggest casino in whole Australia. A friend told me to do so and it really was crazy! We walked through the whole building for about an hour and almost got lost in there because it is so huge! There is not only a casino and hotel there but also several restaurants, a food court, a shopping mall and clubs in one building.



Saturday 29/9

Saturday was a very exciting day for the whole city: The Australian football final took place in Melbourne, so the city was crowded, and my hostel fully booked.



That’s why I had to change hostel and moved into a 12-bed dorm in The Nunnery a much cooler hostel in the hip and alternative area of Melbourne called Fitzroy. Sabrina already lived here, so I knew it was awesome, only a bit more expensive (35$ per night ~ 22€). But it’s definitely worth it as the people here are much cooler, it’s located in the hip and alternative area and I’m excited to explore all the vintage shops, little boutiques, cafés, bars and restaurants. Also, most of the awesome vegan places are located here as well.

So I just had some last pancakes in the hostel, grabbed all my belongings and moved.


In the afternoon the West Coast Eagles played against Collingwood (a district of Melbourne). As my AuPair family originally is from Perth the supported the Eagles and so did I. We went to the pub together with a group of boys from the hostel and watched it there. They explained us some rules and it was a lot of fun watching it – luckily, the Eagles won!!


Afterwards, we were hungry for burgers, so we went to Lord of the Fries, an Australian all vegan fast food burger chain. It isn’t very expensive (as most eating out places are) and it was so delicious! Very unhealthy, fried, fatty and salty, but amazing. I got a “fish burger” and sweet potato fries and I’ll for sure come back if I crave something unhealthy!

The boys took us to the theatre to watch ‚Bogan Shakespeare‚ which was very funny but also kinda hard to understand so Sabrina and I sometimes looked at each other when everyone else was laughing and were like “did you get that?” haha.


Sunday 30/9

On Sunday I went for breakfast with my AuPair mom again before they leave back to the Sunshine Coast and it was so lovely! We went to a small café called ’slowpoke‘ in Fitzroy, had amazing breakfast and good conversations. I am already very excited to meet the kids and be their AuPair next year!

This time I didn’t go for Avo toast because I knew that they couldn’t beat the first one, so I went for buckwheat granola with coconut yogurt, almond milk and pears which was super yummy.


Afterwards, Sabrina, me and some boys from the hostel went to Queen Victoria Market again to buy fruits and veggies and I had some carrots and hummus before we went to an Escape room. I’ve never done that before, but it was so much fun! A lot of numbers and codes and not always easy to understand in English but I’ll for sure do that again.

Afterwards, we make a veggie roast together (one of the Aussies is vegan!) and then spend the night at the hostel playing board games which was a lot of fun and great to learn more vocabulary.


Exploring Melbourne & Making Friends | Diary 002

When I first arrived in Melbourne, I stayed in a 4-bed female dorm for the first three nights that I already pre-booked from home. That’s how I met Sabrina from Italy that I still hang out with now and it was good to have a smaller room at the beginning of my stay.

It is pretty comfortable to stay in a smaller room if you want some privacy as well as staying in a female dorm as you can change clothes in the room instead of in your bed / in the bathroom.

But bigger rooms are obviously cheaper and I feel like after 8-10 people it doesn’t matter anyway. You just need some good earplugs and maybe a sleeping mask.





Sunday 23/9

Today we decided to walk through the north of the CBD where some cool streets that are definitely worth checking out are located. One is Lygon Street, known as Little Italy where you find a lot of restaurants, especially Italian and from other European countries. Then we went to Brunswick Street in Fitzroy for the first time, which is now my favourite area to stroll around. It has a lot of awesome vintage shops, small boutiques, second-hand shops, cafés, bars & restaurants. Almost all the hip vegan places are located there and I am very excited to discover them more in the next days.



Everyone I talked to in the hostel recommended the Queen Victoria Market for fruit & veggie shopping. It is super nice to walk around there and look at the yummy food they offer (at least when you like food shopping like I do haha). They don’t just have fruits and veggies but also cheese, spreads, meat, bread & a food court, as well as clothes, leather wear, souvenirs and more.


As we went there pretty late we got some great deals on the produce and they also sometimes have bags of “not so pretty” or “not so fresh” produce for a lower price, so I recommend to look for those to buy cheap. I got a bag of tomatoes, spinach and 2 capsicums each for 2 dollars and 5 bananas for only 1$! I also bought the best hummus ever for 3$ which is not a bad price and it’s super delicious and homemade as well.


Monday 24/9

In Melbourne and Sydney walks101 offers free walking tours where you only pay whatever you want at the end of the tour. I went there alone but got to meet a lot of other travellers along the tour. I highly recommend going there as it’s always great to learn some facts about the place you stay in, it’s cheap and a great way to meet others. There is another free tour in St. Kilda, a district of Melbourne at the beach, that I plan to do in the next days as well.


After those 3 nights in the 4-bed dorm, I moved into a 10 bed dorm because it’s cheaper and you also get to meet more people. Of course, you never get along with all of them but at least the chance of finding someone you connect with is higher. You also meet guys (people of the other gender) more easily.

For the first week I stayed at the Nomads All Nations Hostel in Melbourne in the CBD area which was good to do most of the touristy stuff and very easy to go to all places as there is a free Tram zone in the Centre of Melbourne. The hostel itself isn’t super awesome, not very clean and some weird people but still alright to stay at, especially for that price (I paid 24$ for a night which is 15€).

The funny thing was, that I met a boy from New Zealand on the free walking tour and it turned out that he was in my new dorm as well.

I also had to go food shopping and went to Aldi for the first time here in Oz. It’s so fun that they have this German supermarket chain here and they have a lot of good stuff for a good price as well. Bought a ’nuts, seeds and fruit mix‘ to get some healthy fats by almonds, walnuts, sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds as well as a sweet topping for my breakfast with raisins as well as ‚banana bread slices‘.




Tuesday 25/9

After doing the free walking tour there were some places that I wanted to go back to alone, so that’s what I did the next day. I went to Federation Square, got a free Kombucha and walked through the small museum of Aboriginal Art (I’m not sure if I just didn’t found the right museum or if it is really that small haha).



I walked through the laneways (that’s how they call the small streets with no cars here) in East CBD, as well as the Block Arcade and Centreway Arcade where they had a few lovely vintage shops and a natural soap shop.




Wednesday 26/9

On Wednesday I went to Brighton Beach with Sabrina and a guy from Argentina who is from our hostel as well. We got there by train and walked along the beach and the neighbourhood, which is beautiful and so calm in comparison to the Centre of the City.

We were very lucky with the weather as well and even though the wind is quite cold, the sun was nice and warm.

The famous Bath Houses are located at Brighton Beach as well so we obviously could not resist stopping at the pretty ones to take some touristy pictures.



Later we bought some lunch (olive ciabatta and olive hummus for me) and sat down at the beach to enjoy the sun and read a bit.


In the afternoon Sabrina and I went to the Queen Victoria Market again as there was an Asian Night Market. There were a lot of food stands with Asian food, but very meat based and it was loud and crowded so we just walked through it and bought food in the supermarket instead.


In Sabrina’s hostel (that is my hostel now as well) they had a movie night, so I joined her – even though the movie was boring haha.

Thursday 27/9

The next day I spend a beautiful day alone in the south of Melbourne. I went to the Art Center of Melbourne and thought about buying a ticket to see the Australian Ballet perform Spartacus, but sadly the tickets were too expensive because I was too late, but I really want to go to a Ballet in Sydney in the Opera House for sure!

Afterwards, I visited the free zones of the Art Museum where they had many beautiful and super cute books with a message as well as some art souvenirs.



I spend the afternoon in the Botanical Gardens, read on my Kindl* and enjoyed the sunshine!


At night time me and the Kiwi guy from my hostel joined Sabrina for a Pup crawl in Fitzroy and it was a lot of fun. We also met two Aussie guys that we hang out a lot with now.


I could not imagine at first that it would be so easy to meet people but especially in my second hostel in Melbourne, it was no problem at all and so much fun to play board games and talk to people from all around the world! → more in my next Diary post!