Ask the Expert: Anthony Szostak's Tips for Exploring Melbourne in February

Melbourne Marriott Hotel's chief concierge Anthony Szostak on staying cool and celebrating Lunar New Year in Melbourne.

What is your favourite thing about Melbourne in the summertime?
The more consistent warm weather. The city is a-buzz with outdoor activities such as the Australian Open—a great day out even if you’re not a massive fan of tennis. Melbourne’s rooftop bars and beer gardens are the places to be to enjoy a cold beverage in the sunshine!

Lunar New Year celebrations take place this month. Where is the best place to go for authentic Chinese food?
Chinatown without a doubt! They know how to celebrate and get very festive, blocking off areas and setting up street stalls.

Do you have any tips for bargain-hunters this sale season?
The New Year and summer sales flow into February and you can nab yourself a bargain just about anywhere. Emporium has a diverse range of shops and outlets. You can really immerse yourself there and come out with a few good deals.

Where do you go to escape the heat?
I find the Royal Botanical Gardens a great way to keep cool; the natural greenery certainly brings the temperature down. The Children’s Garden has a play fountain for the kids and a small stream for them to explore while parents can watch on from a picnic rug.

Melbourne is arguably the sporting capital of Australia. What is your pick of sporting events this month?
Easily the ICC Cricket World Cup T20 series will be the event to head to. The atmosphere is going to be electric! (The ICC Women’s T20 World Cup will take place from 21 February.)