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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Spring into Spring Street!

One of my favourite city 'streets' is Spring Street - rather appropriately named at this time of the year. There is so much to offer whether it be a visit to the wonderful Treasury Building (see post July 2012) the old Windsor Hotel (my parents loved staying in this once grand hotel and in particular in room 323 (I think) because it was larger, on a corner and had - wait for it - an ironing board included! - oh how things have changed!) Then of course there is our magnificent Victorian Parliament House. 
Parliament House  (wikipedia)
But it is the block between Bourke and Little Bourke Streets that I think really typifies Melbourne and all that it has to offer.
The view of Spring Street from The Supper Club
This mini-precinct comprises the continuously hatted restaurant The European, the divine clubby The Melbourne Supper Club on its first floor, The City Wine shop (and bar), The Spring Street Grocer and in its bowels (!) the very new and wonderful The Cheese Cellar (ooh the smell - cheesy heaven) and my altime favourite for rooftop views of Melbourne is Siglo (open from 5pm - 3 am daily!) When I'm at Siglo (2/161 Spring Street, 9654 6300), and in fact at any business in this mini-precinct I always feels as though I am transported to Europe! All businesses are owned by the same company and what a great entrepreneurial development it is. 

The Siglo view looking towards Parliament House and St Patrick's Cathedral
And of course there is the grand old Princess Theatre right next to The European, The Melbourne Supper Club and Siglo. What a city block! 

Arriving at Siglo - met by the Princess Theatre wall - amazing
The Princess Theatre wall abutting Siglo - Sir Benjamin Fuller - a theatrical entrepreneur 1875-1952
The Princess Theatre 'dome' (a bit washed out!)
While you are in the vicinity do pop over to see the pretty fountain and the Sir Doug Nichols sculpture (see post May 2013) in the lovely Parliament Gardens opposite, and just a hop step and a jump away you will find the Suffragettes Sculpture (see post September 2013) and also the rock bollards (see post July 2012)

As far as I'm concerned this precinct is Melbourne style personified and a must for locals and visitors to experience.

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