Maticevski is the formidable Australian brand behind the creative vision of Toni Maticevski. Recognised for exceptional quality with an artisanal attention to detail, we asked Toni to curate favourite local haunts in his hometown of Melbourne.

What are the best places to stay in Melbourne?

If I was coming here to visit, I love the Crown Metropol hotel. It’s got it all. It’s not directly in the city but I love that it’s not in the heart of the city.

What are your top brunch spots?

The European - can’t go wrong. Melbourne institution and beautiful part of town across from Parliament and the Botanic Gardens. Near the theatre and wonderful to sit outside.

What are your favourite restaurants and why?

I’ve put this down in the past and never been able to get a table again. So I will put my second favourite instead. It’s a cute little Cambodian restaurant near home called Bopha Devi, it only sits around 20 people but the food is yum and the staff are so sweet. I think I’ve tried just about everything on the menu!

Where is your preferred go-to for...

... drinks? I like the bar at the Hyatt Hotel. It’s chilled and relaxed and not overly hype-ish.

... fine-dining? France Soir. Food is incurred, atmosphere always boisterous and reminds me of Paris.

... a luxury spa treatment? the Aurora Spa at the Prince of Wales Hotel in St Kilda, although I don’t get there as much as I would like or need to!

List your favourite shopping destinations for interiors?

I do love The Cool Hunter - great gift ideas and fun and exciting art pieces. I also love discovering the galleries along High Street for objects and unique pieces. Sophie Gannon Gallery is always a buzz for new things too.

What is your favourite suburb or precinct in Melbourne and why?

I love where I am in Yarraville. It’s quiet, I can get on with my work, feels like home, there’s a real charm about it, and it’s so close to everywhere in Melbourne. Good food, pretty parks, I feel anonymous here too.

Must see cultural landmarks or museums?

The NGV definitely. It’s always been my favourite place to visit and explore. The collection is mind blowing and the shows they have been putting on in the past few years just get better and better.

The ANZAC Monument is a place I really love to visit too. There’s a real sense of peace and respect and a place to sit in quiet thought.

Your perfect 24 hours in Melbourne includes?

If I was taking someone around then I would do an early morning walk around the river, watch the sunrise, take in a good breakfast or brunch maybe on Smith Street, do the markets in Prahran, the Auction Houses near by, the botanical gardens, do a movie at the Sun Theatre, dinner at the local pub. But if it was me, it would be more low key and focused on doing one thing the whole day.

Define Melbourne in three words.

Alive, robust, stylish.

Your favourite getaway outside of the city?

Daylesford or Bendigo are always good. Beautiful drives and wonderful places to see art, rest and eat.

You can follow Toni Maticevski on Instagram @toni_maticevski.

IImage via: @royalbotanicgardensvic


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