From Sydney to Melbourne: Where to go when you’re Seeking Inspiration

September 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

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Working in the creative field, I’m always on the lookout for undiscovered places that inspire me. Places I can while away an entire day or merely pass by, and feel a giant spike in my inner creativity. These places tend to be serious eye-candy with plenty of interesting characters hanging about and hopefully by spreading the word about them; I might inspire someone in return!

Here’s my Guide to Inspire via Posse:

Christine's Inspirational Spots as shared on Posse

Christine’s Inspirational Spots as shared on Posse

Clipper Cafe

16 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037

Clipper Cafe. Photo:

Clipper Cafe. Photo:

Clipper may be small in size but it packs a great hipster crowd. Whether you’re sitting alone with your laptop or chit-chatting with friends, there is this perpetual Summer vibe even if it’s raining outside. Whilst the interior is simple, you get the impression that every detail has been well thought through, from the bikes hanging on the walls to the delicate flowers decorating each table. The menu is comprised of healthy, warm dishes- my favourite being the omelet with a cup of perfect coffee that wakes me right up!

Single Origin Roasters

60-64 Reservoir St, Surry Hills NSW 2010

Single Origin Takeaway. Photo:

Single Origin Takeaway. Photo:

Divided into two areas, one for take-away coffee and another for dine in, the passion for coffee is clearly evident at Single Origin Roaster’s- especially when you watch the attention to detail required to make a syphoned coffee! The good-looking staff are super charismatic and contribute a great deal to the overall vibe at this inspiring corner in the wall. 

The Little Guy

87 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037


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The Little Guy has a real homely scene, added to by the neat jumble of candles and plants perched around the interior. There’s plenty of room upstairs for an intimate gathering or if you’re into live music you can often catch a low-key band strumming away.

The Arthouse Hotel

275 Pitt St, Sydney NSW 2000

The Arthouse Hotel. Photo:

The Arthouse Hotel. Photo:

$5 is a small price to pay to sit in plush surrounds, order a wine and sketch a live nude model! Explore your own creativity by putting together a mini masterpiece or check out the varied work of your neighbours.

Market Lane Coffee

Shop 13, Prahran Market/163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

Market Lane Coffee. Photo:

Market Lane Coffee. Photo:

Market Lane Coffee is seriously beautiful. Shelves of coffee against an exposed brick wall, amazing packaging and an impressive cake offering make you want to drink the whole place up! After choosing our coffee, a knowledgeable barista guided us through their process of extracting the perfect shot and handed us a token postcard with a fabulous story about the coffee we’d chosen, making the experience particularly memorable.

ACMI Store

Federation Square/Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

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ACMI. Photo:

The Australian Centre of Moving Image is by far my favourite place to be inspired. Their forever changing events, offering an incredible introduction to animation or an interactive way to refresh your memory! From shadow dance animation to filming yourself doing the Matrix moves, it’s a fantastic go-to place on what would be an uneventful day.

Jungle Juice Bar

20 Centre Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

JungleJuice Bar. Photo:

JungleJuice Bar. Photo:

Jungle Juice Bar is located on one of Melbourne’s coolest streets. With a smash-up of coffee shops lined up one after the other, it’s the perfect place to sit if a stint of people watching gets your creative juices flowing! The menu is written on much-loved childhood storybooks, which when juxtaposed with the grafitied walls makes this place a hipster haven!

Author: Christine Eliass is one of Posse’s Sydney Ambassador’s. Follow her to get more inspiring recommendations!