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LOCALS ONLY: Lucy Folk's Melbourne Guide

LOCALS ONLY: Lucy Folk's Melbourne Guide

Locals know and love their cities in ways tourists never will. 

Today we’re kicking off our new series of city guides designed to let you in on some of the world’s best locals-only secrets, written by some of the most creative people in their towns: the makers with whom we work. 

This week, Melbourne-based jewellery designer Lucy Folk shows us around some of her favourite haunts and tells us where real Melburnians eat breakfast. 



Where abouts in Melbourne do you live? What do you love about it?

I live in South Yarra. I love being close to the Botanical Gardens. In fact I just got back from a lovely afternoon basking in the sunshine in the gardens with some pals which was delightful! It only takes me ten minutes to get to the work on the tram which is a bonus! 

When you want to show off the city, where do you take visitors?

I would take them to Supernormal for dinner and hit the town after. Going to a gig at The Forum would be ideal. A late breakfast in North Fitzroy or Carlton, a walk around the city to check out galleries… I mean there are a lot of options. A drive by the beach and some drinks at The Nelson in St Kilda on a sunny day.

What’s the best way to spend a Friday night in Melbourne?

Hitting the town.  Having drinks in the city after work…heading up to The City Wine Shop for dinner and having a delightful bottle of vino finished with a gelato at the Spring St Grocer or cocktails upstairs at Siglo. It’s an adults wonderland up there. It’s nothing new but a classic. 

Where's the most unexpectedly great shopping in Melbourne?

Shifting Worlds.  It’s not unexpected but it’s new and fabulous!  

Your favourite gallery in Melbourne is….

It was Utopian Slumps which sadly closed down but I do like the roster of artists at TolarnoScott Livesey Galleries is always good too. 

Your favourite place for a Sunday afternoon walk?

The Tan – it’s just too close to home! 

When in Melbourne, you have to avoid…

Punt Road - it's traffic hell!

The last great breakfast you had in Melbourne was…

At Pope Joan in Brunswick East. I had the potato, carrot & kale bubble 'n' squeak, poached egg, kimchi, and sesame. It’s a great spot and if you can secure a table outside in the courtyard you could be even more temped by their Bloody Marys!

Your favourite most recent discovery in Melbourne?

I love Japanese and went to Minamishima for a special occasion and it was amazing. Expect to settle in for a long session of delicacies washed down with delicious sake! 


How would you while away a Saturday in Melbourne?

I would try and sleep in, go for a walk and then head out for breakkie, hit up the South Melbourne Market and stock up on groceries. Then walk into the city and check out some exhibitions, visit my shop (1A Crossley St Melbourne), have a late lunch somewhere in the city (such as Supernormal) and then go to the flicks. I prefer to go out on Friday night and have a quite one on Saturday. 

Your insider’s tip to the city:

Most hot spots aren’t on the tourist trail. Look high and low…and trawl the lane ways to uncover some gems!  My fave is Crossley St but I am biased! Broadsheet is an incredible source of information and keeps me up to date with what’s happening. Try and hit the festivals, they are always good, like the Melbourne International Film Festival, and The Melbourne Festival. There is always something going on in Melbourne. 

The ultimate locals-only hang out is…

Bar Idda for incredibly good home cooked Italian food in Brunswick East.  

If Melbourne were a cocktail, what would it be?

An espresso martini - everyone is nuts for coffee here and they like to stay out late!

The best thing about coming back to Melbourne is…

That it’s home and my friends and family are here! Plus the FOOD! 


Lucy Folk is the queen of food-inspired jewellery.  Check out her Poison Ivy collection here.  Her new collection is coming soon...


Images via City Wine Shop, Pope Joan and Tolarno.