Month: January 2013

cheap and cheerful at crossways

  If you don’t know where to look, you won’t find it. And trust me, if you’re looking for a cheap lunch in Melbourne’s CBD, you will want to know about this place. Tucked away up a stairwell on Swanston Street is the Crossways Hare Krishna vegetarian restaurant — aka the best value meal in Melbourne. Two courses. Vegetarian. Papadams. Lassis. Dessert. All you can eat. Cost? $7.50 — or $5.50 for students and concession-card holders. Yes, I’m being serious. On the first floor above street level you’ll find a room filled with large tables, which you will most likely share with strangers on a busy day. At the back of the room you’ll find the bain-marie, cutlery and self-serve drinks. There’s no table service here, so make sure you remember to return your dirty dishes to the designated area and scrape any left-overs into the buckets there. On the second level, you’ll find another room filled with more tables, plus a bookshelf stacked with titles on Indian spirituality. This space is usually nice and quiet — a good option if the main room below is too noisy or full. You can …

Melbourne Zoo

  Established in 1862, the Melbourne Zoo is the oldest in Australia.  Featuring beautiful gardens and over 320 animal species, there’s a strong emphasis on on education and conservation here. It takes around 15 minutes to get to the zoo from the CBD by train or tram. Check Public Transport Victoria for more information.   Melbourne Zoo Address: Elliott Avenue, Parkville 3052 Tel: 9285 9300 Opening hours: 9am–5pm every day Damage: $26.10 adult / $20.20 concession