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Australian Open in Melbourne 2013 - the Year's First Major Tournament Is About to Begin

During the last 2 weeks of January Melbourne turns into the sporting capital of Australia - don't miss out our Top7 recommendations to enjoy this fascinating city!

 

London, UK -- (SBWIRE) -- 01/15/2013 -- Come and say G’day to Melbourne in time for one of Tennis’ most anticipated events of the year. In between sets, check out the many gastronomic delights the city has to offer. Cutler and Co Dining Room, located in Melbourne’s up-and-coming Fitzroy neighbourhood, scores serious points with foodies looking for chic, trendy dining. Love all things cocktail? Head over to Coda – Melbourne’s newest, hottest bar to enjoy posh drinks and Asian-fusion petite plates. Rest up for tomorrow’s match in one of Melbourne’s most stylish boutique hotels, The Como. But don’t let the luxurious rooms fool you – you don’t have to be Federer to afford this cosy stay.

Hotels:

The Como Melbourne

Trendy South Yarra Music Scene Spot

If you are the kind of person who likes shopping more than spotting the city, and prefers to be in the middle of the vivid and trendy crowd than The Como Melbourne Hotel, Australia is a best place for you. The hotel is settled in the perfect location for such things, on the corner of the two most fancy streets: Chapel Street and Toorak Road.

Good to know: 107 chic and luxury rooms, some of them may be dated.

Double rooms from USD 199.-

Tyrian Serviced Apartments

Modern & Luxury Serviced Apartments

Choosing Tyrian Serviced Apartments will be a unique experience. This is a one of a kind accommodation, which suits travellers of all ages and is situated in the famous Fitzroy neighbourhood featuring 6 modern & luxury serviced apartments with kitchen.

Good to know: Can be noisy from the main street, but double glassing helps.

Apartments from USD 191.-

Crown Towers

Luxury & Casino Fun

482 spacious and luxury rooms, with great view over Southbank beautifully located on the Yarra River, just 5 minutes to the CBD.

Good to know: Hollywood A-lister Tom Cruise loves the hotel.

Double rooms from USD 229.-

Restaurants:

Coda

Trendy Asian and European

Cool and stylish new bar and restaurant in the CBD basement space of "Mini" and from the makers of the save bets "Longrain", "Movida" and "Taxi"; the restaurant opened in June 2009, young Chef Adam D'Sylva (formerly of "Pearl" and "Longrain"), offers a great fare of modern European and Asian tapas-style bites,  served on share plates; try "Hanoi style crispy rice paper roll with lettuce ", "spiced cuttlefish", "yellow duck curry with lotus root" or the signature dish "sugarcane prawns"

Cutler & Co Dining Room

International In Old Metal Factory

Located in an old metal factory in Fitzroy; in this sleek, casual and always packed restaurant you get the whole package: Great atmosphere, cool bar for a drink, amazing food and a very innovative chef and owner Andrew McConnell; he's also responsible for the cheaper "Cumulus Inc." (+61 3 9650 1445, 45 Finders Lane in CBD)

The Stokehouse

Modern Australian with Beach Feeling

Located right at the beach in St.Kilda; casual meals downstairs and sophisticated fare upstairs; perfect for the sundowner drink on the beach - kind of Santa Monica feeling in Melbourne - even with the joggers and occasional photo shoots; pizzas and focaccias from the wood fire oven are delicious; similar style beach house but more upscale and with fireplace is "Donovan's" next door (40 Jacka Boulevard, St.Kilda,  http://www.donovanshouse.com.au)

Golf Course:

Kingston Heath Golf

A strong contender for the title of Australia's best golf course, Kingston Heath, set in the famous Melbourne “Sandbelt”, is of a classic design that has stood the test of time. A stimulating bunker landscape, which Dr. Alister Mackenzie consulted on, is there to challenge those that dare. Short four pars are not to be underestimated, as Kingston Heath is a course that demands strategic planning; 18 holes championship course.

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