An Expert Guide to Melbourne: Lex Chandrasiri

From strawberry picking to stately theatre, Pullman Melbourne on the Park's chief concierge shares his tips for Melbourne in September.

What is your favourite thing to do as the weather gets warmer?
A few ideas come to mind: visiting wineries in the Yarra Valley, strawberry picking at Sunny Ridge in Mornington Peninsula, and visiting the Peninsula Hot Springs. For individuals who love to drive, I would highly recommend driving along the scenic Great Ocean Road.

As a local, what do you think is Melbourne’s best market?
Prahran Market is Melbourne’s number one food market; it’s where you can satisfy all of your foodie cravings. Every Thursday between 10am and 2pm you can join the Mexican Music Man, a wonderful children’s singer.

Where is your favourite waterside location close to the city?
Brighton Beach is one of Melbourne's best beaches and a fantastic place to enjoy long walks. It is also home to the famous colourful bathing boxes, which line the foreshore.

What do you think the most beautiful building in the city is?
Forum Theatre, which is divided into two separate venues. Downstairs is Forum I, which is famous for its large stage, mesmerising proscenium and signature cabaret-style booths. Upstairs, Forum II is a smaller venue with tiered seating, a small stage, and a cinema-size screen. Gargoyle statues are positioned around the building and add to the uniqueness of its overall appearance.

Melbourne has a plethora of quirky and unusual bars. What’s your ultimate pick?
The Croft Institute, a bar that makes exceptional cocktails to your specific tastes. On Friday and Saturday evenings you can hear all kinds of international DJs hitting the decks. The venue is loosely themed as a science lab, with a huge collection of curious glassware.