Docklands has come a long way. Its awkward teenage days of cultivating a unique identity are long gone we look to its recent developments into an attractive destination for all.
If you've just enjoyed a shopping spree at the Spencer Outlet Centre, you may be up for some refreshments. Continue down Bourke street, past Southern Cross Station, and you'll be met by a variety of cafes and restaurants to take a much earned break.
Image from Home Pressed Juice's Facebook Page
Why not pick up a coffee from Story Coffee & Foodstore, who use beans by Dukes Coffee Roasters. Or if you prefer guilt free juices and treats you'll love Home Juice, purveyors of fine cold-pressed juices and raw vegan desserts. And for those after more decadent meals, there's always the beloved Thai street food vendors, Pok Pok, further down the road.
Roast Pork Belly w/ rice from Pok Pok
I've tried the Roast Pork belly and Red Vegie Curry myself, both being marvellous dishes. They accommodate to your desired levels of chilli intake too so don't be afraid to ask for a little more coconut milk in your curry.
View from Library at the Dock
Now that you've had a quick break, a relaxing stroll is in order. Why not head down to Library at the Dock? Opened in mid 2014. the new library is three stories of community engagement and creativity encouragement. In addition to the wealth of knowledge within its diverse range of books, there's ping pong tables, recording studios and even a 3D printer you can watch in action. The third floor also exhibits award winning works and offers a lovely view of the harbour.
Or you haven't shopped till you've dropped, Harbour Town has some great deals. My favourite bargain was 3 tees from T-Bar for $20, their designs can be pretty awesome.
A variety of captivating events are always running. A quick visit to www.destinationdocklands.com.au will inform you of upcoming events, such as the upcoming Docklands Choir Project (April 14th - June 16th), aimed at socialising through communal singing and finding your voice. There's also a Farm Animal event from March 30th - April 2nd 2015 toe celebrate the start of school holidays.
The inclusion of Docklands in the Free Tram Zone at the start of 2015 is yet another glowing reason why you should spend an afternoon by the docks today. With regular events aimed at all ages, tantalising eateries and social get togethers, why not make Docklands your next great destination?