Going away for the long weekend? Here's your city-by-city guide on places to sleep, dine and drink and how to look great while on holiday.

 

MELBOURNE

Sleep: The Blackman by the Art Series Hotel Group on St Kilda Road, makes for a swanky getaway.

Eat: Jimmy Grants for – hands down – the city’s best souvlaki. The crunchy chips and fetta are not to be missed.

Drink: Soak up the architecture before sundowner cocktails at Rooftop Bar on Swanston Street.

Wear: This city specialises in personalised understatement in the form of muted tones and quality basics. The weather is renowned for changing daily so layer a coat over your blazer and style with comfy chinos and boots or loafers. 

 

aquila menswear & footwear AW16Hamilton Navy Coat
Hudson Cement Blazer
Orlando White Shirt
Hudson Midnight Chino
Cripps Brown Boot
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Franklin Camo Trench
Hudson Buff Blazer
Orlando White Shirt
Hudson Buff Chino
Durant Brown Loafer
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Delta Black Check Blazer
Harwell Black / White Shirt

Hudson Black Chino
Hodges Black Dress Shoes

 

SYDNEY

Sleep: Blue Sydney Hotel in Woolloomooloo oozes style, sophistication and sex appeal. Enjoy the views over the Botanical Gardens.

Eat: ACME is the place to be seen. Run by a group of young and innovative chefs, Acme offers a contemporary menu that’s constantly evolving. Plus, it’s a stone’s throw away from Kings Cross and its beckoning nightspots.

Drink: Reserve yourself a spot at the long sturdy timber bar at Earl’s Juke Joint in Newtown. The dimly lit saloon serves up mean cocktails, including the coolly coined Phife Dawg (rum, lime and sugar cane juice).

Wear: Pack warm-weather staples and high fashion pieces with lots of versatility, should you decide to stray from the beach and wander around town.

 

aquila menswear & footwear AW16Barton Stone Jacket
Hudson Midnight Chino
Cripps Brown Boot
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Jarvis Navy Check Blazer
Orlando White Shirt
Hudson Buff Chino
Durant Brown Loafer
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Hudson Plum Blazer
Orlando White Shirt

Barrett Navy Pant
Cripps Brown Boot

 

BRISBANE

Sleep: Emporium Hotel Brisbane boasts dark, sexy interiors, including a grand onyx bar, made for sipping gin martinis in.

Eat: Grab a cheeky bite at Kwan Brothers in Fortitude Valley, with a quality selection of Asian beer and seriously good smoky meats done on the grill. 

Drink: Canvas. Unwind in this arty studio space with a White Russian and the house-made chicken liver Cognac pate.

Wear: The look in Brisbane is suitably relaxed and off-duty. That doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. Light-coloured suiting, open-neck shirts, and comfy chinos worn back with loafers will suit the style-plus-comfort theme.

 

aquila menswear & footwear AW16Bennet Blue Blazer
Orlando White Shirt
Bennet Blue Pants
Durant Blue Loafer
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Hudson Buff Blazer
Orlando White Shirt

Barrett Navy Pant
Cripps Brown Boot
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Weston Navy Shirt
Hudson Midnight Chino
Chase Navy Shoes

 

ADELAIDE

Sleep: The Franklin Boutique Hotel has a slick interior with stripped-back brickwork, salvaged furniture and artwork from local creatives.

Eat: Press Food and Wine on Waymouth Street for a particularly scrumptious suckling Berkshire pig.

Drink: Head to bars such as Udaberri and Casablabla, where you can toss back Pintxos in between beers.

Wear: You can’t look past the simplicity of the white shirt – crisp, clean and classic. When it gets nippy, reach for a crewneck sweater or soft-shouldered jacket and pair back with Chelsea boots to look presentable yet casual while hitting up Peel Street and Jam Factory. 

 

aquila menswear & footwear AW16Hudson Midnight Blazer
Orlando White Shirt

Hudson Buff Chino
Durant Brown Loafers
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Flacco Burgundy Knit
Orlando White Shirt

Cripps Brown Boot
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Chalker Camo Jacket
Hudson Cement Chino
Sol White Sneaker

 

PERTH

Sleep: The Terrace, a new boutique hotel in a house that dates back to the late 19th century, decorated with Art Deco-style paintings.

Eat: Print Hall, an old printing press building which specialises in locally sourced fine dining and live oyster shucking. 

Drink: Any one of Perth’s celebrated small bars, from the Old Crow to Bar Lafayette. 

Wear: Cotton casual shirts and chinos balance flair and formality in Perth. Add a pair of boat shoes or simple brown loafers with bare ankles for an all-year-round summer look.

aquila menswear & footwear AW16Brady Navy Check Shirt
Hudson Cement Chino
Fowler Navy Double Monk Shoes
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Hudson Cement Blazer
Richer Grey Stripe Shirt
Hudson Midnight Chino
Cripps Brown Boot
aquila menswear & footwear AW16Flacco Grey Knit
Hudson Midnight Chino
Cripps Brown Boot