Melbourne tips from Benjamin Cooper

Your must-visit café for the best coffee?
Clement coffee in South Melbourne Market. Amazing coffee
Which Melbourne restaurant would you drive across town to visit?
The polenta chips at Fitzrovia in St Kilda, macarons at Luxbite or patisserie at La Petite Gateau.

Where do you go to buy great local produce?
Warrandyte market has great organic fruit and vegetables. In fact Melbourne has a fantastic farmers’ market association with amazing markets on every weekend across the city.
Favourite place to eat on a warm Melbourne evening?
Outside on the terrace at BABY (Richmond). Awesome pizza and great fresh salads.
Where do you meet friends for a quick bite?
Definitely a toss up between Rockwell and Sons and Huxtaburger.  
Perfect spot for an after work drink?
Eau de vie or Southpaw.
Where do you go for great pub grub?
Newmarket Hotel in St Kilda.
You have one day to discover Melbourne. Where do you go? What do you eat?
Start with a walk around the Botanical Gardens or catch a tram down to St Kilda and stroll along the beach front.
Coffee, a nice pour-over at Clement Coffee or Proud Mary.
Spot of shopping – think Beggar Man Thief in South Melbourne for men’s shoes, Smith Street in Fitzroy for outlets, Exhibition Street for quirky boutiques.  Fashion is everywhere in Melbourne so much to choose from
Books for Cooks on Gertrude Street in Fitzroy - the mecca for all food book lovers.
Head up Eureka Tower. The view is amazing.
Quick burn out to Healesville and lunch at Giant Steps.
Back to town for afternoon drinks in the sun at Pony Fish Island (an awesome little bar on the Yarra River).
Champagne and cocktails at Lui bar in the Rialto building.
Roving dinner. Hit up the Estelle (Northcote), Cumulus (city), MoVida (city), Huxtable (Fitzroy) and The Aylesbury (city).

Benjamin (Chin Chin) is presenting at Perfect Match presented by The Age.