The Nunnery is a lovely, well-kept old building which - you guessed it - used to be a nunnery and now caters for backpackers of both sexes. Located on the edge of the CBD opposite the Imax theatre and Royal Exhibition Buildings and grounds, it's just a stroll away from town or the uber-cool shops and cafes of Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. Private rooms are also available and the rates are great. The tram stops right outside and they also have a special deal going with the next-door pub on budget meals called Hail Marys. Hallelujah!
116 Nicholson St, Fitzroy; tel: 61 3 9419 8637; www.nunnery.com.au
This restaurant in Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, is a cross between a Buddhist temple, a back alley Chinese restaurant and a top-class establishment. A gorgeous combination of smells hits you as you walk through the red curtains and are greeted by a giant statue of Buddha - those sweets are offerings for him though, not for you after you've enjoyed your reasonably priced meal!
The floor is polished concrete, the bowls are retro plastic and the ceiling is high. There's also a great view of the harbour. Oh, and the food is good too. A warning: they don't take bookings.
The Roof Terrace, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park
Level 2, 201 Sussex St; tel: 02 9264 3211
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