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    Posted by TripTide HQ June 18, 2013 - 1,558 views - 0 comments - 1 like - #victoria    #art  #culture  #Melbourne  #entertainment  #coffee  #Tours  #food and drink 

    We put some of your frequently asked travel questions to TripTide Trade Member Maria Paoli, Melbourne Local and Coffee Culture Expert!


    1. Where is your favourite spot to kick back and relax in Melbourne?


    Melbourne is an eclectic city with so much to offer.  I love driving down to Ackland St Kilda , especially on a Sunday afternoon.


    2. If someone has just one day to spend in the City, where would you suggest they must see?


    A day in Melbourne city is an invitation to Parliament House, A walk through the Botanical gardens then onto the city circle and walk through the Block Arcade, Shopping at Myers and David Jones then tram up to Grossi Florentino for lunch and then a matinee session at Her Majesty’s Theatre.


    3. In your opinion, which festival or event is the best to visit in Melbourne?


    My favourite event is the Food and Wine Show in March. The weather is spectacular; the event is a trail of quality produce throughout Victoria’s Wine and Food Regions.

    There are many activities along Southbank and various workshops and live shows with high calibre Chefs.

    It is also a festival that attracts the “who’s who” of cuisine from around the world to prepare longest lunches al fresco…such a great atmosphere.


    4. What time of year is the best to be in the city?


    Now this is a real “flip of a coin,” as Autumn is ideal temperature and escaping our dry summer,

    Food and wine is an attractive invitation to feast, however, my favourite time is Spring and particularly Spring Carnival (October-November).

    Melbourne is also the fashion capital and the racing carnival is an invitation to showcase elegance and style.


    5. If not in Melbourne, where else in Australia would you like to be?


    Sydney Circular Quay and The Rocks is breath taking…….

    Bondi in Summer Time is exciting, vibrant and a party town.


    6. How do you like to get around the city?

    I enjoy travelling on foot around the city. Trams are reliable and convenient when wanting to arrive anywhere earlier.


    7. Melbourne was recently crowned the World’s most liveable city! Do you agree? If so why?


    We are fortunate in Melbourne that our ancestors planned our city with easy access and hence logistically it’s number one.  We also have a diversity of cultures that integrate well and have blessed us with international cuisine and festivities.

    Melbournians are easy going and very humble people. We are not driven by corporate business but rather the Arts/ Sports Hospitality and Tourism.


    8. Where is there a real nightlife buzz?


    If we talk night life we are still CBD based, where we become Bar Culture, Theatres and Events…..all our Sport’s Stadiums and Music Arenas are in the CBD and our large entertainment centres, like Crown are CBD based.


    9. Is there a famous cuisine for Melbourne?

    If we talk cuisine there isn’t one but many and our number one is Thai Food.
    If we talk Melbournian tradition..well that’s a four and twenty pie at the footy.


    10. Finally, please tell us about one of your best-selling tours:


    I run the Historical Coffee Trek, which takes participants on a sensory and visual

    Trek through Café Culture Melbourne.

    As a coffee judge/reviewer and trainer, I lead participants on a journey through 1st wave 2nd wave and 3rd wave coffee, meeting baristas and experiencing, historical espresso bars, as well as modern day brew bars, while taking in Marvellous Melbourne trekking hidden pathways and hidden treasures.


    See Melbourne's best bits and explore this popular cities cafe culture with Maria on her Cafe Culture Tour of Melbourne!


    By Ciara Snook