Travel insider: Melbourne

Melbourne jewellery designer Lucy Folk.
Melbourne jewellery designer Lucy Folk.

Given your jewellery is inspired by food, where are your favourite places to eat in Melbourne?

I spent my childhood in the kitchen of my father's restaurants, looking at all sorts of colourful ingredients and enjoying the various flavours of my favourite foods. As a Folk and a foodie, I wanted to create my own menu that can be worn rather than consumed. My ingredients are precious and last forever - there is no shelf life.

My favourite places to eat in Melbourne are Supernormal in Flinders Lane (amazing!), The Town Mouse in Carlton (cosy atmosphere with delicious food), The European in the CBD (it's super-close to my store in the city and the food is incredible) and Neopoli (they make the best fresh pressed juices and salads).

Lucy Folk jewellery store.
Lucy Folk jewellery store.

Can you recommend an inner city walk?

I love walking to work through the Botanical Gardens.

Where can you get a knock-your-socks off cocktail?

I love a naughty cocktail at the end of the week (Bar Americano makes the best old school New York, 50s-style cocktails).

Favourite place just outside of Melbourne for a quick trip?

I like getting out of town and going down to Lorne on the weekends, especially in the summer months.

What about if you want a great facial?

I recently started treating myself to oxygen treatments at The Olsen Hotel in South Yarra.

Melbourne jewellery designer Lucy Folk.
Melbourne jewellery designer Lucy Folk.

What galleries do you rate?

To feed my art fetish I love visiting Utopian Slumps and Tolarno galleries.

What is your favourite Melbourne neighbourhood?

Melbourne's city centre has come such a long way over the past couple of years so I'd have to go with that. My flagship store is located in town and some of my favourite shops, restaurants and bars are in the city. It's a mecca for all and suits foodies, art lovers and fashionistas alike.

Lucy Folk is a jewellery designer. You can find her designs at 1A Crossley St, Melbourne.

- NZ Herald

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