Shopping, films, and quality dining, Hamilton’s Portside Wharf is a day trip destination you should pencil in for this weekend. With a multitude of activities on offer, it’s easy to lose yourself for hours flitting from one place to the next. Yes, you really can spend an entire day at Portside.
9am: Start the day with breakfast at Cruiser’s Café Bar n Grill. Choose from the variety of modern Australian dishes with a Mediterranean injection, while relaxing in the alfresco setting.
10.30am: Wander down the boulevard and browse the men’s and women’s fashion. Be sure to take a pit stop at Deer Sir for one of their signature cold pressed coffees. Then step next door to Co Design to peruse the timeless and quirky homewares.
1pm: For lunch, indulge in classic Italian at Gusto da Gianni, or go for fine wine and fine food at Restaurant Manx. Or, if you’re in the mood for something lighter, head upstairs to Sono for some fresh sashimi.
3pm: Relax and unwind with a facial at Ella Baché and drop your guy off at Bou’s for Men for some male grooming by an expert hand.
5pm: Start the evening with the extensive cocktail list at Byblos Bar, and stay for a light meal of Lebanese-style share plates. But be warned, you simply can’t go past the desserts. We recommend the thick chocolate fondant, Ihsan’s Seduction.
9pm: Cosy up with a movie at Dendy Cinema Portside, offering the latest releases plus a range of international and art house films. Or simply stroll along the river and take in the stunning views.
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