Eat - quick: Recommended to me by Marta, our office manager, who always has her finger on the pulse. This was a perfect stop for a quick bite to eat between day and evening meetings. Neko Neko (cat cat) is perfectly placed on Smith St in the heart of Fitzroy. The happy result of the owner’s love of health and cats, this pescetarian Japanese restaurant also offers fully vegan and vegetarian options for all the favourite traditional and modernised Japanese favourites.

Eat - linger: Commis in Collingwood was the perfect locale for an evening of conversation with a dear friend and Melbourne local. The brainchild of Gerald’s Bar alumni, Commis (pronounced commie) is a sensorial delight — from the wittily crafted drinks menu (it’s worth a read from back to front, or front to back,) to the delicious food menu, chefs moonlighting as DJ’s (or perhaps the other way around) and an incredible collection of fine art for sale on the walls. Settle in and enjoy.

Treat yourself: Melbourne is littered with spaces of urban retreat. One of my favourites, and a long-term Abel partner, is Bondi x Melbourne based spa, The Little Company. This trip I managed to slot straight into a lunchtime LED treatment (is there anything that a 20 minute LED + meditation can’t cure?) If I had more time in my agenda, I would have made also space for a half day at the beautiful Sense of Self day spa.

Shop: For serious shoppers Australia’s largest shopping precinct, Chadstone, is a must visit. This modern precinct has absolutely everything from high street to luxury set in a beautiful indoor / outdoor precinct that doesn’t feel a bit like a shopping mall. My favourite stops and local Australian stores are INCU for the best in fashion, and Mecca, the ultimate beauty destination.

Don’t forget: To fill any spare time, be sure to drop by Melbourne’s plethora of galleries and parks. The perfect antidote to all the eating and drinking you will no doubt do.