Matthew Du's Guide to Melbourne

Westin Melbourne concierge Matthew Du talks us through some of the best food in the city.

What is your favourite brunch spot in Melbourne?
It has to be Higher Ground. You will never walk into another brunch spot with such “wow” factor. Located in an old power station, the converted restaurant has high ceilings, an abundance of natural light and plenty of plant life. Bundled with amazing (and beautifully presented) food, it’s one of the most Instagram-worthy restaurants in Melbourne.

What is your favourite new opening in Melbourne in 2019?
Isan Soul in the CBD. Stepping into this venue, youʼd easily think you were in Thailand. With its bold and authentic flavours, itʼs the best place for hearty Thai food in the city.

Where would you go on a rainy day in Melbourne?
The National Gallery of Victoria is one of my favourite places. The current “Melbourne Winter Masterpieces” exhibition (May 24—October 13) is a must-see. Regarded as one of the greatest archaeological finds of the twentieth century, Chinaʼs Terracotta Warriors are shown alongside work from contemporary artist Cai Guo-Qiang.

What is your favourite Melbourne meal?
Margherita pizza from 400 Gradi, an internationally award-winning pizza; it is simplicity at its best. 400 Gradi now has five restaurants across Melbourne, so you donʼt need to travel far to get great traditional Neapolitan cuisine.

Do you have a favourite area to go wandering in?
Fitzroy is one of the coolest areas to discover. Wandering Brunswick Street and surrounds, there is something for everyone. Stumble upon Breizoz French Crêperie for traditional French crêpes, grab one of Melbourne’s best coffees from Industry Beans or observe the delicate process of creating world-famous pastries at Lune Croissanterie.