My Neighbourhood: Nadia Bartel's Local's-Only Guide to Melbourne

Lauren Powell

Chronicles of Nadia

When we think about our favourite Australian It girls, Nadia Bartel immediately springs to top of mind. Bartel’s classic-meets-cool style, effortlessly tousled hair and consistently flawless makeup is seriously enviable (and the reason we love scrolling her Instagram account on a regular basis).

In addition to her perfectly polished style that could be compared to that of Olivia Palermo’s, Bartel is an expert when it comes to her hometown of Melbourne where she resides in city’s waterfront suburb of Albert Park. We quizzed the founder and publisher of online fashion destination, Chronicles of Nadia, director and buyer of The Con-nection, and mother-of-one about her favourite hotspots in the culture capital of Australia, so you can navigate the Victorian capital like an in-the-know local next time you’re in town. Read on for Bartel’s locals-only guide to Melbourne.


“A morning coffee is a necessity (especially with a one-year-old), and I love walking to Guilty Moose which is located only 50 meters from my house and a bonus is they make the best coffee in Melbourne.”


“For brekky in my area, I either head to Urban Projuice (also in Albert Park) or The Kettle Black in South Melbourne. Urban Projuice is a wholefood café and juice bar—I always feel healthier when I leave. A large chunk of my clients are located in Collingwood, if I have a busy day in the area I head to Archie’s All Day on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy (the crispy poached eggs are everything) or I pop into Barry in Northcote.”


“On the weekend, I love heading to High Steet in Armadale for some shopping. My favourites are Dion Lee, Mecca Cosmetica, and Scanlan Theodore which all have stores within meters of each other and Zimmermann has just opened an incredible huge space.”


“I love catching up with my girlfriends for a walk around the Botanical Gardens, and if we have time we love squeezing in wine and fries at French restaurant Entrecôte which is located across the road.”


“We have some incredible roof bars in Melbourne. Upside Roof Top Bar always has a cool vibe—it’s located on top of Japanese restaurant Ichi Ni Nana which I love heading to first. QT Melbourne’s rooftop bar has a great view of the city and is great on Friday night after work, and Naked For Satan is perfect on a Sunday and offers another great view, atmosphere, and food.”


“Dinner spots I love are Stokehouse upstairs, David’s in Prahran, and Minamishima for incredible traditional Japanese—you need to request to eat at the bar and it’s an experience in itself watching them cook your dinner.”

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