Although I was born in Melbourne, I actually enjoy it more now that I return as a visitor.
Staying in a hotel in the middle of the CBD gives you an opportunity to enjoy both the shopping and the food scene and the myriad of laneways with small coffee bars and cafes.
Bar Lourinha is my favourite for lunch - a wonderful choice of small exquisite Iberian tapas - I've been many times now and perhaps the most difficult question is whether to repeat something you have enjoyed before or whether you experiment and try something that may be new on the menu.
It is a small narrow restaurant and does not take bookings but in all the times I have been there, we have had no difficulties in getting a table or seat at the bar.
Although it is open for lunch and dinner, for me personally it is the ideal lunch place - a small selection of tapas matched by a wonderful glass of Spanish wine - life doesn't get any better.
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