City Guides

By Şener Besim

November 28, 2018

Şener Besim, is the luxury eyewear label to know, recently introduced to Parlour X. Raised in Melbourne to Albanian and Turkish parents, his namesake eyewear collection embodies the merging of cultures where freedom and design meet tradition and technical excellence. For the X-FILES, Şener shares Melbourne’s best kept city secrets.

What is unique to Melbourne?

Melbourne is unique in that it has a strong multicultural undertone that is evident within its progressive restaurant and culinary scene.

Your favourite hotel?

The Lyall in South Yarra is understated and has a lot of character.

Top breakfast and lunch locations?

The European: in Spring street, as my top breakfast pick.

Baby: For breakfast but also lunch and dinner. Baby is like a European brasserie, consistently good food with no pretense!

Your top dining experiences?

Kisume: Modern Japanese, the sashimi is on another level and fit-out is exceptional with Polly Borland and Araki prints for me show a high-end appreciation for fine arts photography on a credible level.

The best cultural and art experiences to enjoy?

M Pavilion and National Gallery of Victoria without question but also The Percy Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne is one the city’s best secrets. The early 20th century composer and musicians weird and wonderful collections housed in a specially designed building is as eccentric and inspirational as the man himself.

Best shopping?

In the inner-city leafy suburb, High Street, Armadale is the best for high end Australian designer label shopping and while you’re at it, visit some of Melbourne best art galleries along the strip.  Also try the top end of Collins street for luxury shopping.

Nearby escapes?

Jackalope in the Mornington Peninsula, love in Winter.

Describe Melbourne style.

Black, tailored and serious.

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