Little Tokyo

Melbourne’s fast changing with higher-density living and more migrants coming here from Asia, India and other countries.  It’s been a while since I ventured into the city but I finally had lunch with Mr Rosanna today at the uber cool co-working space that is Hub Southern Cross.

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Reception area – Hub Southern Cross looking into cafe

It’s housed in a beautiful heritage building just opposite Southern Cross Station and you can take the original lifts or magnificent staircase up two floors to access reception.  I got a quick tour of the internal spaces which include a cafe, event space with communal kitchen and office space all around the perimeter and within the building itself which houses a number of start ups and other more established businesses.

From there we had lunch at Higher Ground (above) which was worth the 15 minute wait for the table and packed inside.  Mr R also gave me a quick tour of Rose Lane parallel to Spencer Street which felt like being in Little Tokyo given the decidedly Japanese feel.  You’ll find Asian laundry The Lonely Sock, Japanese sushi shop Rolling Nori, Asian sponge cake shop King Castella (below) where you can watch the girls taking cakes out of the oven in the front window, an ice bubble tea shop and Korean cafe I Love Chicken to round things out.  If you go around the corner to Lonsdale Street, you’ll also find Japanese grocery store Kyoto Mart where I bought some fortune cookies, miso paste…oh and a metal book stand in the shape of an elephant…I always end up buying something I don’t  really need but it’s all so cute, I can’t resist temptation.  Enjoy your week!