Justine de Jonge

I’m a freelance vegan travel writer and blogger based in Melbourne, Australia. Fire & Tea is my destination where I can help you find the joy of vegan in your travels. Fire & Tea is also a map of my personal journey into becoming vegan, especially while on the road, and slipping into the vegan way of life.

The Beachside Playground of St Kilda

Beyond the skyscrapers of Melbourne’s central business district lies the beachside hub of St Kilda. With its tempting stretch of foreshore overlooking Port Phillip Bay, this inner-city playground attracts many visitors year round. Day-trippers from the urban sprawl of Melbourne, interstate travellers on a short sojourn and international travellers all come here. Visitors have been …

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Take a Sip of Melbourne’s Coffee History

Soggy clouds blanket Melbourne’s skyline and I trudge along Swanston Street looking for an afternoon espresso. Beyond the boutique bistros, flanked by Bourke and Crossley Streets, is my destination – Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar. It’s at this very spot that Pellegrini’s, Melbourne’s coffee-drinking institution, made its debut by serving shots from freshly ground coffee in 1954. …

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Walking through Melbourne Laneway Street Art

Sun-drenched pedestrians gripping cameras and shopping bags flood the intersection and cross towards Flinders Street Station, St Paul’s Cathedral or Federation Square. Church bells dangling above the city drone with an overbearing toll and bustling foot traffic accelerates along Swanston Street, eager to greet friends or explore the city’s many alcoves. To the initiated, it’s …

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