Ask the Expert: Liam Harris' Tips for Exploring Melbourne in March

The Crown Towers chief concierge takes us through the city's best markets, gardens and water views.

What is the best place for an outdoor barbecue?
Alexandra Avenue is a picturesque, tree-lined strip that stretches along the banks of the Yarra River. Speckled across this stretch of riverbank are free-to-use barbecues with imposing views of the city in the background, making it the perfect place for a relaxing afternoon with your friends or family. 

Where is the best place to pick up fresh produce in the city?
For the past 140 years, the Queen Victoria Market has been home to more than 600 unique vendors selling fresh local produce, sensational coffee and artisanal gifts. 

Where is your favourite place to walk?
I particularly enjoy walking through the Carlton Gardens, which provides a spectacular mixture of natural beauty and architecture. This World Heritage-listed site is home to an impressive avenue of trees, ornamental flower beds, decorative water fountains and the Royal Exhibition Building. The garden plays host to the Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show in March 2020.

In your opinion, which venue has the best views in Melbourne?
There is always something extra special about watching the sun set at St Kilda Beach from the terrace at Donovans before indulging in decadent cuisine prepared lovingly with the freshest local produce. The moment you enter Donovans’ house on the beach, you’ll discover why it’s been a local favourite for great food and wine for the past 20 years.