My Favourite Victorian

Nick Shelton, director of Broadsheet, takes us on a journey, featuring his favourite spots in Victoria.

..suburb – Fitzroy
Melbourne’s many suburbs each have their own distinct personalities. I’ve lived in Fitzroy for nearly 10 years and can’t think of any other place I’d rather be. It has that ideal mix of leafy backstreets and urban density – the best of both worlds on the same block.

It’s also a genuine urban community. You walk down the street each day and see a familiar cast of characters. I like being able to walk into a café and bump into people I know. It may be Troy the butcher, or Adam the filmmaker or Liv who has a fashion label on Smith Street.

...place to eat – Marion
Marion is our local spot. It’s super flexible, and the locals use it the way it suits them – it’s what every good local should be. It does an excellent weekend breakfast, and is a fun spot for a glass of wine on a Friday after work. My favourite time to go is on a Sunday evening. We try to get a seat in the corner window, have a bowl of pasta with a glass of wine and wind down after a busy weekend.

...place to drink – Bar Di Stasio
Ronnie Di Stasio knows how to look after people. You’ll often see him at his favourite spot, standing at the end of the bar, watching over the bustling room. He greets regulars with a firm embrace, a kiss on the cheek and a Negroni Sbagliato. Whenever I go to St Kilda, I try to get at least a drink in with Ronnie.

...bookshop – Hill of Content
There aren’t too many bookshops like this anymore – not just in Melbourne, but anywhere. Whenever I find myself on the top end of Bourke Street, I’ll spend some time flicking through whatever they’ve got on the shelves.

...natural scenery – Great Ocean Road
I have family in Warrnambool, so I end up there at least twice a year. Whenever I go, I try to drive at least one way via the Great Ocean Road, despite the hours it adds to the trip. Australians regularly travel thousands of kilometres to see landscapes like that. I think we forget how lucky we are here to have this coastline on our doorstep.