Days beneath the trees, a drink at Siglo and a gelato on the way home

The Age asked prominent Victorians to reveal their favourite places and activities of the summer holiday season.

Today’s instalment comes from Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.

Sally Capp recommends a pink champagne at Siglo.

What does a Victorian summer mean to you?

Days beneath the shade of magnificent trees in Carlton Gardens, reading books, and long, balmy nights enjoying our fabulous bars and restaurants – always finished with a gelato on the walk home.

First place you take visitors?

The Queen Victoria Market – a quintessential Melbourne institution with character-filled experiences where you can buy the yummiest food and quirky products.

When visitors are in town, Sally Capp takes them to Queen Victoria Market.

Secret spot you escape to?

MPavilion, whether it’s to sit quietly and be inspired by the architecture or join a public discussion, feeling energised by the crowd’s curiosity and care for the topic de jour.

The best summer food is …

Anything eaten outside, enjoying the summer warmth. From breakfast in Docklands overlooking the waterfront to late-night snacks at a rooftop bar.

The Docklands waterfront.Credit:Jason South

I know it’s summer when I smell …

Mangoes, watermelon and strawberries – preferably all at the same time!

My favourite summer song is…

Locomotion by Kylie Minogue.

The worst thing about summer is …

Sunburn – don’t do it.

Guilty pleasure?

Pink champagne at Siglo on Spring Street and poutine from Butchers Diner on Bourke Street, preferably together, and consumed way after my bedtime.

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