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Published November 29th 2012
It's called Central for a very good reason
You go up to the movies, down to the train station, across to the State Library and through it to Lonsdale or Latrobe streets. Melbourne Central is one of those iconic hubs you take for granted and leave off exploring except for the few favourite spots you always frequent. It's one of my favourite haunts and today I'm going to take a good long look at what I like about this place.
The Shot Tower You hardly ever realise you're within arm's reach of history as you wander around Level 1. Apparently they manufactured lead shots here in the 19th century at this very spot. You can witness the ingenuity of modern design in the form of a glass dome that protects this piece of history serving to simultaneously show case it to perfection.
This is another huge attraction on Level 1. If you haven't yet already, it'd be a good idea to hand around when it plays Waltzing Matilda on the hour. It's quite a presentation that has visitors stop to take videos and locals cuss and stick their cell phones even harder to their ear. Once you've gotten used to its presence it's usually demoted to a universal meeting point that even pea-brains can't miss.
Hoyts Cinema Xtreme Screen, Director's Suite, Bean Bag Cinema, and 3D movies—you get all of that at Hoyts Melbourne Central. The bean bags have gone a bit flat but the movie experience here is quite different from most other places. I don't know if you know of Hoyts Lounge 9 which is perfect for holding private parties. It comes with a cinema screen and digital sound system for private screenings.
Whether you're in the mood for Armani or Cotton On, they're all under the gigantic roof of Melbourne Central. Same goes for shoes, bags, jewellery, and mobile phones. You can wander the corridors and go in and out of shops without a plan or where your whimsy or your wallet takes you. The cheaper stores are on the lower floors while the upmarket boutique types are on the top level.
Cosmetics Perfect Potion and Lush are where I like to loiter. I like the Jasmine & Green Tea Body Cream in Perfect Potion but some of the other stuff like the serum and body mist didn't work for me. Though the tester felt nice and fragrant, the product that I brought home with me smelt stale and felt icky. Lush is frikking expensive, but oh so tempting. I buy hair products and get soap, the latter mainly because they make the bathroom smell like a spa. Lush is located at the basement level on LG.
Dining If you've been away for quite a while, you'll notice the newly added Food Court in Level 2. This is pretty convenient if you're in a group who can't see eye to eye when it comes to choosing cuisine. So you wander around till you find what you want and come back to the centre to sit together and have a nice meal. I like the burgers at Burger Edge; they're big, nicely filled with fresh ingredients, and come in big, fat wholemeal buns. There's also Pancake Parlour and China Bar for sit-down-and-stuff-yourself kind of dining. You'll find another food court at UG level on your way to the train station.
Entertainment When you're really in the mood for mindless fun, Level 3 is the place to be. Bowling at Strike is really fun with the music and the bar setting the tone for parties or anything that needs celebrating. They also have laser tag if you think handling a bowling ball is too much work. The best part I like about this location is that the train station is just a few escalators away when it's time to go home and you're in no position to drive.