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Famous for outstanding food and hard to find specialties, Prahran market is the place to go for locally sourced heirloom produce, specialty cheeses, small goods, artisan products, certified organic fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and flowers. While you’re there, drop in to Market Lane for a coffee.
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Prahran Market
163 Commercial Rd
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Famous for outstanding food and hard to find specialties, Prahran market is the place to go for locally sourced heirloom produce, specialty cheeses, small goods, artisan products, certified organic fruit and vegetables, meat, seafood and flowers. While you’re there, drop in to Market Lane for a coffee.
The closest supermarket is Woolworths Metro at 364 Orrong Rd St Kilda East/Caulfield North. It's an 11 minute walk from Treetop Apartment St Kilda, or 8 minutes by tram.
Woolworths Caulfield North (Metro)
364 Orrong Rd
The closest supermarket is Woolworths Metro at 364 Orrong Rd St Kilda East/Caulfield North. It's an 11 minute walk from Treetop Apartment St Kilda, or 8 minutes by tram.
One of Melbourne's best food destinations, selling the highest quality fruit, vegetables and flowers.
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Toscano's of Toorak
547 Malvern Rd
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One of Melbourne's best food destinations, selling the highest quality fruit, vegetables and flowers.
For fine meats.
Peter G Bouchier
551 Malvern Rd
For fine meats.
Serving the highest quality fresh seafood and take away fish & chips.
Seafood On Malvern
553 Malvern Rd
Serving the highest quality fresh seafood and take away fish & chips.
The closest pharmacy is an 11 minute walk away!
Your Pharmacy Alma Village
354 Orrong Rd
The closest pharmacy is an 11 minute walk away!
The closest convenience store is 7-Eleven, on the corner of Dandenong Rd & Williams Rd/Hotham St. It's just 500m away. Here you'll find all the essentials, an ATM, and a place to purchase and top up your MYKI cards which required for travel on all public transport in Melbourne.
7-Eleven Windsor
259 Dandenong Rd
The closest convenience store is 7-Eleven, on the corner of Dandenong Rd & Williams Rd/Hotham St. It's just 500m away. Here you'll find all the essentials, an ATM, and a place to purchase and top up your MYKI cards which required for travel on all public transport in Melbourne.
This family-run bakery has been a favourite of Melbourne's Jewish community and bagel lovers alike for nearly 40 years, offering affordable kosher baked goods, dips and salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 'Everything' bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers, is sumptuous and more-ish, and a steal for under $10. On Fridays, join the queue and grab a challah - a sweet brioche-like bread that Jewish families eat with Sabbath dinners. Really, any excuse will do to abandon the anti-carb rhetoric and embrace the simple and filling food that has made Glick's a Melbourne institution.
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Glicks Balaclava
330 Carlisle St
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This family-run bakery has been a favourite of Melbourne's Jewish community and bagel lovers alike for nearly 40 years, offering affordable kosher baked goods, dips and salads for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The 'Everything' bagel with smoked salmon, cream cheese and capers, is sumptuous and more-ish, and a steal for under $10. On Fridays, join the queue and grab a challah - a sweet brioche-like bread that Jewish families eat with Sabbath dinners. Really, any excuse will do to abandon the anti-carb rhetoric and embrace the simple and filling food that has made Glick's a Melbourne institution.
Bread in Melbourne doesn't get much better than this. The wholewheat bread has nutritionists, food reviewers and enthusiasts flocking.
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Baker D. Chirico
149 Fitzroy St
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Bread in Melbourne doesn't get much better than this. The wholewheat bread has nutritionists, food reviewers and enthusiasts flocking.
Food & Drinks
This two-storey bar resembles an old English reading room, with dark wooden floors and walls punctuated by the numerous beer taps behind the bar. The leather couches and low-slung dark green lamps create a cosy, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Wander upstairs and you will find the dining area, as well as a rooftop courtyard with wooden decking and tables.
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The Local Taphouse
184 Carlisle St
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This two-storey bar resembles an old English reading room, with dark wooden floors and walls punctuated by the numerous beer taps behind the bar. The leather couches and low-slung dark green lamps create a cosy, relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Wander upstairs and you will find the dining area, as well as a rooftop courtyard with wooden decking and tables.
Not everything is at is seems at this take away food outlet. Open up the cool-room door behind the sandwich counter and you’ll discover a secret entrance into a hidden cocktail bar, Jungle Boy. Its dim lighting, hanging plants, snarling animal heads on the walls and cocktails served in tiki mugs will make you feel like you’re at a tropical-themed house party.
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Boston Sub
96 Chapel St
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Not everything is at is seems at this take away food outlet. Open up the cool-room door behind the sandwich counter and you’ll discover a secret entrance into a hidden cocktail bar, Jungle Boy. Its dim lighting, hanging plants, snarling animal heads on the walls and cocktails served in tiki mugs will make you feel like you’re at a tropical-themed house party.
For all your beer, wine and spirit needs.
BWS Hawksburn
569 Malvern Rd
For all your beer, wine and spirit needs.
Like Mr. Miyagi, Tokyo Tina boasts both a restaurant and a bar, but the atmosphere is cozier and you don't have to wait 3 hours for a table! Look for the shopfront covered in peeling manga posters and head inside for incredible Japanese withe the occasional did into Korean, quinoa and even jalapenos. It's not full blown fusion, but it's not quote traditional either. It is delicious. I cant go past the salmon tatare and the miso ramen.
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Tokyo Tina
66A Chapel St
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Like Mr. Miyagi, Tokyo Tina boasts both a restaurant and a bar, but the atmosphere is cozier and you don't have to wait 3 hours for a table! Look for the shopfront covered in peeling manga posters and head inside for incredible Japanese withe the occasional did into Korean, quinoa and even jalapenos. It's not full blown fusion, but it's not quote traditional either. It is delicious. I cant go past the salmon tatare and the miso ramen.
Yoku Ono is a small, traditional, ramen bar, reminiscent of a cozy wooden chalet. The hero of the menu is, of course, ramen, and there are plenty to choose from. Pair with matcha tea, or head straight for the sake, sipped straight or in one of the signature cocktails.
Yoku Ono Ramen + Sake
6A Anchor Pl
Yoku Ono is a small, traditional, ramen bar, reminiscent of a cozy wooden chalet. The hero of the menu is, of course, ramen, and there are plenty to choose from. Pair with matcha tea, or head straight for the sake, sipped straight or in one of the signature cocktails.
Feel like pizza in the park? Small Print will deliver your order to neighbouring Victoria gardens. You'll get a a hellium balloon with your number on it so you can go and sit in the park, then the team will find you and bring you your pizza when it's ready. The sourdough pizzas are excellent, ranging from a classic Margarita to one with beef brisket, apple radicchio, mozzarella, chives and house-smoked yogurt. There are dessert pizzas too, and plenty of great house booze and house-made soft drinks.
Small Print Pizza Bar
388 High St
Feel like pizza in the park? Small Print will deliver your order to neighbouring Victoria gardens. You'll get a a hellium balloon with your number on it so you can go and sit in the park, then the team will find you and bring you your pizza when it's ready. The sourdough pizzas are excellent, ranging from a classic Margarita to one with beef brisket, apple radicchio, mozzarella, chives and house-smoked yogurt. There are dessert pizzas too, and plenty of great house booze and house-made soft drinks.
Building on recipes passed down from his nonna, owner Gina Forlano has created a menu that pays homage to all the family classics. Don't expect to find any pizza here. Instead pasta is made fresh daily and cooked to a "nonna-soft texture" rather than al dente. The reginette ricce al ragu di anat, or duck ragu, is a customer favourite. Hot tip - my favourite is the gnocchi napoli. You won't find it on the menu anymore, but if you ask the wait staff they are more than happy to serve it up! Make sure you call ahead to reserve a table.
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Thirty Eight Chairs
4a Bond St
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Building on recipes passed down from his nonna, owner Gina Forlano has created a menu that pays homage to all the family classics. Don't expect to find any pizza here. Instead pasta is made fresh daily and cooked to a "nonna-soft texture" rather than al dente. The reginette ricce al ragu di anat, or duck ragu, is a customer favourite. Hot tip - my favourite is the gnocchi napoli. You won't find it on the menu anymore, but if you ask the wait staff they are more than happy to serve it up! Make sure you call ahead to reserve a table.
This tightly-packed eatery is full of Vietnamese tuck shop flair and the fast-paced hawker-style vibe inside creates an electric atmosphere. With the quintessential rice bowl lamp shades, an alleyway-like corridor creating the real street-food feel and the excitement of the fiery woks being banged around in the kitchen, customers can experience a bit of Vietnam just off Chapel Street. Customer favorites include the traditional Peking duck pancakes, satay chicken and young coconut rice-paper roles, and BBQ pork char sui buns - but I can never go past the vermicelli salad with crab net roles. Don't skip the refreshing slushy, made of frozen young coconut juice, blended with lychees and mint (with or without rum).
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misschu - South Yarra
276 Toorak Rd
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This tightly-packed eatery is full of Vietnamese tuck shop flair and the fast-paced hawker-style vibe inside creates an electric atmosphere. With the quintessential rice bowl lamp shades, an alleyway-like corridor creating the real street-food feel and the excitement of the fiery woks being banged around in the kitchen, customers can experience a bit of Vietnam just off Chapel Street. Customer favorites include the traditional Peking duck pancakes, satay chicken and young coconut rice-paper roles, and BBQ pork char sui buns - but I can never go past the vermicelli salad with crab net roles. Don't skip the refreshing slushy, made of frozen young coconut juice, blended with lychees and mint (with or without rum).
Hawker hall has an inimitable energy. A lot of that is down to the sound system, which mean you might also feel a little hoarse after you visit. Then there's the buzz generated by 160 diners, who are spread beneath strings of festoon lights. The menu is a hit list of Malaysia and Singapore's best Hawker market dishes, with a few other influences. In addition to noodles, rice, roti and curry dishes, expect plenty of cumin, turmeric and cinnamon courtesy of Malaysia's Indian connection. I recommend the banquet - tell the waiter if you have any dietary requirements and they'll keep the intolerance-friendly food flowing.
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Hawker Hall
98 Chapel St
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Hawker hall has an inimitable energy. A lot of that is down to the sound system, which mean you might also feel a little hoarse after you visit. Then there's the buzz generated by 160 diners, who are spread beneath strings of festoon lights. The menu is a hit list of Malaysia and Singapore's best Hawker market dishes, with a few other influences. In addition to noodles, rice, roti and curry dishes, expect plenty of cumin, turmeric and cinnamon courtesy of Malaysia's Indian connection. I recommend the banquet - tell the waiter if you have any dietary requirements and they'll keep the intolerance-friendly food flowing.
Look for the 'Japanese Food & Liquor' sign on the outside and a neon heart enveloping a graffiti-scrawled "Loser" on the inside. The menu is broken into 'rounds', encouraging diners to select dishes from each of the three to share. Don't go past the Salmon Nori Taco. The cocktail list screams kawaii with the Hello Kitty Sour and Astro Boy, while Japanese whisky, beer, cider and iced tea are also on offer if you'd prefer not to partake in 'cute'. There's also a whole menu devoted to sake. Go early or be prepared for a 3 hour wait!
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Mr. Miyagi
99 Chapel St
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Look for the 'Japanese Food & Liquor' sign on the outside and a neon heart enveloping a graffiti-scrawled "Loser" on the inside. The menu is broken into 'rounds', encouraging diners to select dishes from each of the three to share. Don't go past the Salmon Nori Taco. The cocktail list screams kawaii with the Hello Kitty Sour and Astro Boy, while Japanese whisky, beer, cider and iced tea are also on offer if you'd prefer not to partake in 'cute'. There's also a whole menu devoted to sake. Go early or be prepared for a 3 hour wait!
Bayside bar and taqueria Radio Mexico will satisfy any cravings you have for tequila, tacos and hot sauce with a simple, well-priced menu. The menu boasts hanger steak or salt-bush lamb tacos, rockling ceviche, and goals milk caramel with toasted coconut ice-cream for dessert. I suggest you order the chilaquiles - deep-fried tortilla chips with sour cream, avocado and salsa.
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Radio Mexico
11-13 Carlisle St
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Bayside bar and taqueria Radio Mexico will satisfy any cravings you have for tequila, tacos and hot sauce with a simple, well-priced menu. The menu boasts hanger steak or salt-bush lamb tacos, rockling ceviche, and goals milk caramel with toasted coconut ice-cream for dessert. I suggest you order the chilaquiles - deep-fried tortilla chips with sour cream, avocado and salsa.
Acland street, down by St. Kilda Beach, is a tourist highlight. When the sky clears and the stars come out, the cravings for Claypots often follows. It starts with dreams of seafood, the outdoors and beer... Fear not, this ailment is easily addressed with a trip to this St. Kilda stalwart. Claypots serves up delicious fresh mussels, oysters, Cajun flathead, garlic king prawns, sticky rice, grilled snapper, chilli crabs, lemon drenched wilted greens and, of course, claypots. A seasonal meze to begin is the waiter's surprise - perfect for sharing with a glass of white. Hot tip: end your meal a few meters up the road with a pudding at Cicciolina backbar, or a delicious pastry from Monarch's.
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Claypots Seafood Bar
213 Barkly St
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Acland street, down by St. Kilda Beach, is a tourist highlight. When the sky clears and the stars come out, the cravings for Claypots often follows. It starts with dreams of seafood, the outdoors and beer... Fear not, this ailment is easily addressed with a trip to this St. Kilda stalwart. Claypots serves up delicious fresh mussels, oysters, Cajun flathead, garlic king prawns, sticky rice, grilled snapper, chilli crabs, lemon drenched wilted greens and, of course, claypots. A seasonal meze to begin is the waiter's surprise - perfect for sharing with a glass of white. Hot tip: end your meal a few meters up the road with a pudding at Cicciolina backbar, or a delicious pastry from Monarch's.
Founded by Polish expats, this cafe, restaurant and bar has a warm bohemian atmosphere, with candle-strewn wooden tables and gilded mirrors. If you have a hankering for European comfort food - think rye bread, herring, borsch and pierogi - this is your place! The Vodka infusions and varietals can be experienced staight up in delicate shot glasses, on the rocks, or made into a fantastic hot-vodka tea. The cocktails arrive festooned with fruit, making it difficult not to want to swap sips with your friends. BV&T's sister restaurant, "After the Tears", is also worth checking out. It's next door to the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, providing the perfect place for a pre-movie bite and a post-movie drink.
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Borsch Vodka & Tears
173 Chapel St
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Founded by Polish expats, this cafe, restaurant and bar has a warm bohemian atmosphere, with candle-strewn wooden tables and gilded mirrors. If you have a hankering for European comfort food - think rye bread, herring, borsch and pierogi - this is your place! The Vodka infusions and varietals can be experienced staight up in delicate shot glasses, on the rocks, or made into a fantastic hot-vodka tea. The cocktails arrive festooned with fruit, making it difficult not to want to swap sips with your friends. BV&T's sister restaurant, "After the Tears", is also worth checking out. It's next door to the Classic Cinema in Elsternwick, providing the perfect place for a pre-movie bite and a post-movie drink.
A celebrated Acland Street fixture, Cicciolina's is the place to go for simple, authentic Italian cuisine. It can be a challenge to get a table, but it's worth the hassle. Duck around the back to the bar for a taste of the self-saucing pudding.
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Cicciolina
130 Acland St
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A celebrated Acland Street fixture, Cicciolina's is the place to go for simple, authentic Italian cuisine. It can be a challenge to get a table, but it's worth the hassle. Duck around the back to the bar for a taste of the self-saucing pudding.
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the shops along Acland street with window displays brimming with cakes and pastries. Monarch Cakes has been baking from the same recipes for over 80 years, handed down through generations from Austria, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and France. It's hard to go past the Koogglhoupf or the custard vanilla...
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Monarch Cakes
103 Acland St
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It's easy to feel overwhelmed by all of the shops along Acland street with window displays brimming with cakes and pastries. Monarch Cakes has been baking from the same recipes for over 80 years, handed down through generations from Austria, Poland, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and France. It's hard to go past the Koogglhoupf or the custard vanilla...
Lisa Valmorbida's Pidapipa is named after an Italian version of 'Simon Says', which used to play with her nonno. She makes gelati in flavors such as pistachio, rose, coconut, ricotta and fig, and Nutella swirl.
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Pidapipó Windsor
85 Chapel St
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Lisa Valmorbida's Pidapipa is named after an Italian version of 'Simon Says', which used to play with her nonno. She makes gelati in flavors such as pistachio, rose, coconut, ricotta and fig, and Nutella swirl.
Yo-Chi's neon sign and crisp white interior will lure you into a self-serve yogurt bar with more than 22 toppings waiting. The self-serve process is simple: select a size, fill with your yogurt flavor of choice and adorn with any number of seasonal toppings, which are priced by weight. Produce is locally sourced, low in fat and served with biodegradable cutlery.
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Yo-Chi
292 Carlisle St
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Yo-Chi's neon sign and crisp white interior will lure you into a self-serve yogurt bar with more than 22 toppings waiting. The self-serve process is simple: select a size, fill with your yogurt flavor of choice and adorn with any number of seasonal toppings, which are priced by weight. Produce is locally sourced, low in fat and served with biodegradable cutlery.
Milk the Cow offers between 150-180 local and imported cheeses, advice from expert cheese mongers, and perfectly matched wines. What more needs to be said?
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Milk the Cow Licensed Fromagerie
157 Fitzroy St
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Milk the Cow offers between 150-180 local and imported cheeses, advice from expert cheese mongers, and perfectly matched wines. What more needs to be said?
The Woods of Winsdor caters to the night owls of the neighborhood. Its excellent service, killer whiskey list, swinging soundtrack and old-world speakeasy ambience makes it the perfect place to pull up a stool at the bar and while away some time with a tumbler of scotch or two.
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The Woods
108 Chapel St
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The Woods of Winsdor caters to the night owls of the neighborhood. Its excellent service, killer whiskey list, swinging soundtrack and old-world speakeasy ambience makes it the perfect place to pull up a stool at the bar and while away some time with a tumbler of scotch or two.
Everyone knows that tea goes wonderfully well with a Chinese meal, but what would you say if we offered you a choice of 38 different varieties, including seven different flavors of iced tea? More complicated than a wine list, the tea menu is divided into eight categories — white, green, black, oolong, herbal, fruit, signature and iced — with tasting notes for each variety so you can try something new, and perhaps learn a few things about tea. When it comes to the food, you can't wrong. And to finish the night? Head upstairs to the Zhou Zhou Bar, a 1930’s Shanghai throwback with a cheeky 3am liquor license and an epic whisky collection. Here’s how to do it: kick back under the neon signage and sip on hard-to-find Asian beers like Hitchino Nest and Coedo, then order up a double serve of ginger prawn dumplings from downstairs. Happy days.
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Oriental Teahouse South Yarra
455 Chapel St
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Everyone knows that tea goes wonderfully well with a Chinese meal, but what would you say if we offered you a choice of 38 different varieties, including seven different flavors of iced tea? More complicated than a wine list, the tea menu is divided into eight categories — white, green, black, oolong, herbal, fruit, signature and iced — with tasting notes for each variety so you can try something new, and perhaps learn a few things about tea. When it comes to the food, you can't wrong. And to finish the night? Head upstairs to the Zhou Zhou Bar, a 1930’s Shanghai throwback with a cheeky 3am liquor license and an epic whisky collection. Here’s how to do it: kick back under the neon signage and sip on hard-to-find Asian beers like Hitchino Nest and Coedo, then order up a double serve of ginger prawn dumplings from downstairs. Happy days.
Here's how you do Fonda Windsor right. Sit yourself down on the rooftop and order up a few cheeky cocktails. Maybe a Hibiscus margarita with Chambord and ginger, or a Senora Smith (el jimador tequila spiked with fresh-pressed Granny Smith apples). Then head downstairs to try out the Fonda menu, including the Beer Braised Beef Short Rib Taco Board — twice-cooked beef short rib with chimichurri, chilli-lime cabbage salad, caramelised onion, guacamole, pickled carrot, chipotle aioli, Fonda salsa, coriander and fresh lime.
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Fonda Mexican
144 Chapel St
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Here's how you do Fonda Windsor right. Sit yourself down on the rooftop and order up a few cheeky cocktails. Maybe a Hibiscus margarita with Chambord and ginger, or a Senora Smith (el jimador tequila spiked with fresh-pressed Granny Smith apples). Then head downstairs to try out the Fonda menu, including the Beer Braised Beef Short Rib Taco Board — twice-cooked beef short rib with chimichurri, chilli-lime cabbage salad, caramelised onion, guacamole, pickled carrot, chipotle aioli, Fonda salsa, coriander and fresh lime.
By many measures, Thai eatery Chin Chin is the most successful restaurant Melbourne has ever seen. It opened in mid-2011, with queues from day one. But unlike most of its peers, that initial hype hasn’t faded. If anything, it’s intensified. Chin Chin has become as much a tourist destination as a local staple. Unless you're a group of ten or more, you can't book. Even on a Tuesday night, you should expect to queue for two hours or more. The best bet is to arrive early, put your name down and head somewhere for a few drinks – perhaps Go Go Bar downstairs. You’ll get a call or text when your table is ready. So why does anyone put up with this? One: the vibe. Chin Chin was one of the first restaurants to purposely cultivate a dim, lively ambience. Arguably, it’s still one of the best at it. PBS radio DJ Miss Goldie compiles the upbeat playlists, which positively boom from the Urban Intelligence sound system. Two: Benjamin Cooper. The Lucas Group’s executive chef knows his way around Thai cuisine as well as any Australian chef. From pad thai to fiery papaya salad, roti to massaman curry, Chin Chin’s vivid dishes are a testament to Cooper’s ground-up approach. Each week, the kitchen staff hand-picks about 7000 bunches of coriander, Thai basil and Vietnamese mint, rather than accept the bruising, imperfect work of a machine. You can taste the difference. Three: service is fast and efficient – for drinks especially. The Lucas Group has its own line of Asian-style beers (Shiki) and stocks plenty of others at Chin Chin. The company’s wine consultant Philip Rich oversees a list of interesting picks from home and abroad; and the cocktails are bar-quality. Add these three pillars together and you get pure fun. A visit to Chin Chin feels less like a meal and more like a party. And even after all these years, we’re still willing to wait for that.
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Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
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By many measures, Thai eatery Chin Chin is the most successful restaurant Melbourne has ever seen. It opened in mid-2011, with queues from day one. But unlike most of its peers, that initial hype hasn’t faded. If anything, it’s intensified. Chin Chin has become as much a tourist destination as a local staple. Unless you're a group of ten or more, you can't book. Even on a Tuesday night, you should expect to queue for two hours or more. The best bet is to arrive early, put your name down and head somewhere for a few drinks – perhaps Go Go Bar downstairs. You’ll get a call or text when your table is ready. So why does anyone put up with this? One: the vibe. Chin Chin was one of the first restaurants to purposely cultivate a dim, lively ambience. Arguably, it’s still one of the best at it. PBS radio DJ Miss Goldie compiles the upbeat playlists, which positively boom from the Urban Intelligence sound system. Two: Benjamin Cooper. The Lucas Group’s executive chef knows his way around Thai cuisine as well as any Australian chef. From pad thai to fiery papaya salad, roti to massaman curry, Chin Chin’s vivid dishes are a testament to Cooper’s ground-up approach. Each week, the kitchen staff hand-picks about 7000 bunches of coriander, Thai basil and Vietnamese mint, rather than accept the bruising, imperfect work of a machine. You can taste the difference. Three: service is fast and efficient – for drinks especially. The Lucas Group has its own line of Asian-style beers (Shiki) and stocks plenty of others at Chin Chin. The company’s wine consultant Philip Rich oversees a list of interesting picks from home and abroad; and the cocktails are bar-quality. Add these three pillars together and you get pure fun. A visit to Chin Chin feels less like a meal and more like a party. And even after all these years, we’re still willing to wait for that.
The Nobu brand has become an empire of Japanese culinary excellence, spanning across the globe from Beijing to Budapest. And, in 2007, at Melbourne's Crown Casino, we got one. Here, Peruvian flavours are married with Japanese cuisine resulting in interesting and exciting food. You can also expect fresh local Australian seafood, prepared with Nobu expertise. Tiradito is among the signature dishes, a Peruvian dish of marinated fish sliced paper-thin. Other famous dishes are the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and the black cod with miso. With such high renown comes the obvious: high costs. But for lovers of quality Japanese food, and to experience what all the fuss is about, Nobu is worth it.
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Nobu
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The Nobu brand has become an empire of Japanese culinary excellence, spanning across the globe from Beijing to Budapest. And, in 2007, at Melbourne's Crown Casino, we got one. Here, Peruvian flavours are married with Japanese cuisine resulting in interesting and exciting food. You can also expect fresh local Australian seafood, prepared with Nobu expertise. Tiradito is among the signature dishes, a Peruvian dish of marinated fish sliced paper-thin. Other famous dishes are the yellowtail sashimi with jalapeno and the black cod with miso. With such high renown comes the obvious: high costs. But for lovers of quality Japanese food, and to experience what all the fuss is about, Nobu is worth it.
The kitchen at Maha spins chickpeas, tahini, nuts, saffron, preserved lemon and other Middle Eastern staples into delicious dishes. Rather than choosing individual meals, all you need to do is select the menu for two, four, or six people, tell the waiters your dietary requirements, and they'll handle the rest. Highlights include Turkish delight doughnuts; heirloom zucchini with yoghurt; and a simple salad of cos, kohlrabi, haloumi and mint.
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Maha
21 Bond St
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The kitchen at Maha spins chickpeas, tahini, nuts, saffron, preserved lemon and other Middle Eastern staples into delicious dishes. Rather than choosing individual meals, all you need to do is select the menu for two, four, or six people, tell the waiters your dietary requirements, and they'll handle the rest. Highlights include Turkish delight doughnuts; heirloom zucchini with yoghurt; and a simple salad of cos, kohlrabi, haloumi and mint.
Pellegrini's is a Melbourne institution. It's all about character, honest Italian fare and coffee. The menu remains concise and consistent in its delivery of old favourites, like spaghetti bolognaise and a cheesy lasagne. Many of the items on offer aren’t on the written menu. But over time and with ongoing patronage you’ll be inducted into the tradition of a Friday gnocchi dish or summer-time watermelon granita. Evidence of the appeal of this Melbourne institution is found in its diverse crowd of regulars, from the suited office workers, to the early evening theatre goers and the scores of students looking for a cheap and hearty meal. Grab a seat at the communal kitchen table, order an espresso and take part in the Pellegrini’s tradition.
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Pellegrini's Espresso Bar
66 Bourke St
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Pellegrini's is a Melbourne institution. It's all about character, honest Italian fare and coffee. The menu remains concise and consistent in its delivery of old favourites, like spaghetti bolognaise and a cheesy lasagne. Many of the items on offer aren’t on the written menu. But over time and with ongoing patronage you’ll be inducted into the tradition of a Friday gnocchi dish or summer-time watermelon granita. Evidence of the appeal of this Melbourne institution is found in its diverse crowd of regulars, from the suited office workers, to the early evening theatre goers and the scores of students looking for a cheap and hearty meal. Grab a seat at the communal kitchen table, order an espresso and take part in the Pellegrini’s tradition.
For food, drink, setting and atmosphere, Trunk Bar and Restaurant ticks just about every box. Whether seeking a quiet beer and snack with a friend, a dining experience of serious intent, a breakfast meeting or a drink after work, this great space satisfies. The menu leans Mediterranean, with a smaller touch of the Middle East. A wood-fired oven produces pizza, and the kitchen plates up smaller beer snacks alongside hearty pastas and a Moorish mixed barbeque with merguez sausage, dukkah-crusted quail, lamb cutlets and ribs. This comfortable, all-day dining style is complimented by a range of every-changing international beers and wines, and with the American-inspired Trunk Diner in the courtyard, Trunk is a must for every season or situation.
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Trunk Diner
275 Exhibition St
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For food, drink, setting and atmosphere, Trunk Bar and Restaurant ticks just about every box. Whether seeking a quiet beer and snack with a friend, a dining experience of serious intent, a breakfast meeting or a drink after work, this great space satisfies. The menu leans Mediterranean, with a smaller touch of the Middle East. A wood-fired oven produces pizza, and the kitchen plates up smaller beer snacks alongside hearty pastas and a Moorish mixed barbeque with merguez sausage, dukkah-crusted quail, lamb cutlets and ribs. This comfortable, all-day dining style is complimented by a range of every-changing international beers and wines, and with the American-inspired Trunk Diner in the courtyard, Trunk is a must for every season or situation.
Located above The Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo is a broad rooftop terrace with views over Spring Street and Parliament House. It’s not Melbourne’s cheapest place for a drink, but you get what you pay for – table service from attentive and knowledgeable staff, a substantial wine and cocktail list and sophisticated late-night atmosphere.
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Siglo
161 Spring St
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Located above The Melbourne Supper Club, Siglo is a broad rooftop terrace with views over Spring Street and Parliament House. It’s not Melbourne’s cheapest place for a drink, but you get what you pay for – table service from attentive and knowledgeable staff, a substantial wine and cocktail list and sophisticated late-night atmosphere.
You could easily walk by New Gold Mountain; the entrance gives away little of the delights inside. But you’d be sorry if you did. This place is gorgeous. Truly stunning. This air of the secretive suits the place to a tee. The interior has a vague opium den vibe, the decor referencing a Shanghai of years gone by. There are beaded curtains and carved wooden screens; in one room pink and red fabric cascades from the ceiling. It’s all striking stuff. And, luckily, there’s equal parts substance to style. The bar is incredibly well-stocked and the cocktails are potent things indeed. Table service adds to the mood. A Melbourne must.
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New Gold Mountain
21 Liverpool St
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You could easily walk by New Gold Mountain; the entrance gives away little of the delights inside. But you’d be sorry if you did. This place is gorgeous. Truly stunning. This air of the secretive suits the place to a tee. The interior has a vague opium den vibe, the decor referencing a Shanghai of years gone by. There are beaded curtains and carved wooden screens; in one room pink and red fabric cascades from the ceiling. It’s all striking stuff. And, luckily, there’s equal parts substance to style. The bar is incredibly well-stocked and the cocktails are potent things indeed. Table service adds to the mood. A Melbourne must.
Two Wrongs is a lavishly kitsch venue that is a restaurant first of all, but also a dive bar. Its owners call the experience, “fine diving”. From the crystal glassware and the Versace cutlery, to the all-male bartender line-up and the option to play Nintendo or a game of pool while you wait for your table, everything is shamelessly absurd. Renaissance artwork on the walls is covered in graffiti blacklit with UV lights. Bright-pink bar stools line the bar, and a trash-filled shopping trolley serves as a host stand by the front door. The menu is designed to be approachable fine dining. Sharing options include mac’n’cheese with truffled popcorn; soft-shell crab cones with papaya and miso; and a trio of pulled-pork filled doughnuts. For something bigger, there’s beef short ribs with broccoli, beer and nettle. For dessert, there’s a Kinder Surprise-inspired egg that involves white chocolate, passionfruit and macadamia.
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Two Wrongs
637 Chapel St
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Two Wrongs is a lavishly kitsch venue that is a restaurant first of all, but also a dive bar. Its owners call the experience, “fine diving”. From the crystal glassware and the Versace cutlery, to the all-male bartender line-up and the option to play Nintendo or a game of pool while you wait for your table, everything is shamelessly absurd. Renaissance artwork on the walls is covered in graffiti blacklit with UV lights. Bright-pink bar stools line the bar, and a trash-filled shopping trolley serves as a host stand by the front door. The menu is designed to be approachable fine dining. Sharing options include mac’n’cheese with truffled popcorn; soft-shell crab cones with papaya and miso; and a trio of pulled-pork filled doughnuts. For something bigger, there’s beef short ribs with broccoli, beer and nettle. For dessert, there’s a Kinder Surprise-inspired egg that involves white chocolate, passionfruit and macadamia.
Mamasita, meaning 'hot babe' in Spanish, is at once a taco and tequila bar, as well as a late night diner. The food at Mamasita is fresh and delicious. It's not fancy (Mexican food rarely is) but matches seasonal produce with complementary flavours.There is an extensive and well-considered tequila list. There are also Mexican beers, micheladas, margaritas and a wine list with both local and foreign contingents. All help to wash down corn chips and guacamole at the bar. Mamasita is open for lunch and dinner, right through to late-night snacks Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday lunch and evenings. So their promise of all day, all night is certainly true.
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Mamasita
11 Collins St
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Mamasita, meaning 'hot babe' in Spanish, is at once a taco and tequila bar, as well as a late night diner. The food at Mamasita is fresh and delicious. It's not fancy (Mexican food rarely is) but matches seasonal produce with complementary flavours.There is an extensive and well-considered tequila list. There are also Mexican beers, micheladas, margaritas and a wine list with both local and foreign contingents. All help to wash down corn chips and guacamole at the bar. Mamasita is open for lunch and dinner, right through to late-night snacks Monday to Friday, as well as Saturday lunch and evenings. So their promise of all day, all night is certainly true.
Supernormal brings the best of Asia’s vibrant food culture together under one roof, karaoke room and all. There’s a menu of bao, dumplings, marinated meats and local twists on Asian desserts waiting. As for sipping, nobody’s going thirsty at Supernormal. The unique cocktails have been designed to suit the menu—and they take a pinch of Tokyo, blend it with a shot of Shanghai and serve it up in Seoul. Gin fans, the Supernormal Smash is your go-to, with a Kimchi Mary (the Korean chilli makes all the difference) to cure your woes the next day.
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Supernormal
180 Flinders Ln
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Supernormal brings the best of Asia’s vibrant food culture together under one roof, karaoke room and all. There’s a menu of bao, dumplings, marinated meats and local twists on Asian desserts waiting. As for sipping, nobody’s going thirsty at Supernormal. The unique cocktails have been designed to suit the menu—and they take a pinch of Tokyo, blend it with a shot of Shanghai and serve it up in Seoul. Gin fans, the Supernormal Smash is your go-to, with a Kimchi Mary (the Korean chilli makes all the difference) to cure your woes the next day.
MoVida is a celebrated Melbourne dining institution that has been dishing up the city's best Spanish fare since the early 2000s. Located in artfully graffitied Hosier Lane, Movida is a must-visit for out-of-towners, but you'll need to book well in advance. If you can't get into the original, MoVida Next Door and MoVida Aqui are also located in the CBD. Or, if you want to attempt the experience at home, try out one of the MoVida cookbooks.
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MoVida
1 Hosier Ln
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MoVida is a celebrated Melbourne dining institution that has been dishing up the city's best Spanish fare since the early 2000s. Located in artfully graffitied Hosier Lane, Movida is a must-visit for out-of-towners, but you'll need to book well in advance. If you can't get into the original, MoVida Next Door and MoVida Aqui are also located in the CBD. Or, if you want to attempt the experience at home, try out one of the MoVida cookbooks.
Sightseeing
No visit to Melbourne is complete without a walk, jog or run around Melbourne's iconic Botanic Gardens, commonly and affectionately known as ‘The Tan’. For the exercisers, a 3.8km track circles around King's Domain and the Botanic Gardens. Make sure you walk up, not down, the Anderson Rd hill if you want to do as the locals do. For the pleasure seekers, a wander through the gardens is a must do. Head into Fern Gully, check out the Children’s Garden, feed the geese, and grab yourself a bite at Jardin. Over summer months the Tan also hosts the Moonlight Cinema and Shakespearean plays.
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Royal Botanic Gardens
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No visit to Melbourne is complete without a walk, jog or run around Melbourne's iconic Botanic Gardens, commonly and affectionately known as ‘The Tan’. For the exercisers, a 3.8km track circles around King's Domain and the Botanic Gardens. Make sure you walk up, not down, the Anderson Rd hill if you want to do as the locals do. For the pleasure seekers, a wander through the gardens is a must do. Head into Fern Gully, check out the Children’s Garden, feed the geese, and grab yourself a bite at Jardin. Over summer months the Tan also hosts the Moonlight Cinema and Shakespearean plays.
If you're visiting on a weekend, a trip to the Hank Marvin Market at Alma Park is a must on a Saturday morning. Food trucks, music, and food stalls galore! It's just a 1km walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda. EDIT - this market has moved! It is now held at Elsternwick Primary School so its no longer in walking distance. It's about a 10 minute drive.
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Hank Marvin Markets
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If you're visiting on a weekend, a trip to the Hank Marvin Market at Alma Park is a must on a Saturday morning. Food trucks, music, and food stalls galore! It's just a 1km walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda. EDIT - this market has moved! It is now held at Elsternwick Primary School so its no longer in walking distance. It's about a 10 minute drive.
Art & Culture
Situated just across the road from the Botanical Gardens and Kinds Domain, the NGV houses an incredible collection of permanent and temporary collections from Australia and the around the world. The gallery offers an extraordinary visual arts experience with diverse temporary exhibitions, collection displays, talks, tours, films, and an amazing programs for kids. NGV Friday nights - late night openings and performances - is a must do during the winter months. Warm up this winter and discover China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Dine at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and see some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in NGV’s Great Hall. NGV Friday Nights full 2019 line-up: Friday 31 May – Husky Friday 7 June – Amaya Laucirica Friday 14 June – NGAIIRE Friday 21 June – Approachable Members Of Your Local Community Friday 28 June – Sloan Peterson Friday 5 July – I Know Leopard Friday 12 July – Sui Zhen Friday 19 July – Adrian Eagle Friday 26 July – Rainbow Chan Friday 2 August – Kira Puru Friday 9 August – Hobsons Bay Coast Guard Friday 16 August – CLYPSO Friday 30 August – Slum Sociable Friday 6 September – The Audreys Friday 13 September – Maribelle Friday 20 September – LÂLKA Friday 27 September – GRAACE Friday 4 October – Thandi Phoenix Friday 11 October – Yumi Zouma Saturday 12 October – Young Franco
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National Gallery of Victoria
180 St Kilda Rd
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Situated just across the road from the Botanical Gardens and Kinds Domain, the NGV houses an incredible collection of permanent and temporary collections from Australia and the around the world. The gallery offers an extraordinary visual arts experience with diverse temporary exhibitions, collection displays, talks, tours, films, and an amazing programs for kids. NGV Friday nights - late night openings and performances - is a must do during the winter months. Warm up this winter and discover China’s ancient terracotta warriors alongside new works by one of the world’s most exciting contemporary artists, Cai Guo-Qiang. Dine at the Hutong Dumpling Bar, enjoy after-hours access to the exhibition and see some of Australia’s best bands and performers play live in NGV’s Great Hall. NGV Friday Nights full 2019 line-up: Friday 31 May – Husky Friday 7 June – Amaya Laucirica Friday 14 June – NGAIIRE Friday 21 June – Approachable Members Of Your Local Community Friday 28 June – Sloan Peterson Friday 5 July – I Know Leopard Friday 12 July – Sui Zhen Friday 19 July – Adrian Eagle Friday 26 July – Rainbow Chan Friday 2 August – Kira Puru Friday 9 August – Hobsons Bay Coast Guard Friday 16 August – CLYPSO Friday 30 August – Slum Sociable Friday 6 September – The Audreys Friday 13 September – Maribelle Friday 20 September – LÂLKA Friday 27 September – GRAACE Friday 4 October – Thandi Phoenix Friday 11 October – Yumi Zouma Saturday 12 October – Young Franco
Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre is a dynamic creative hub where artists develop their practice and gain industry recognition, and it's just a short walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda! Established in 2002, Red Stitch is an artist-driven company led by resident actors with the support of a small, dedicated staff and board. Performing contemporary Australian plays and award-winning new writing from around the world, Red Stitch is renown for the intimacy of our venue, and for presenting bold theatre produced with raw integrity. Red Stitch sits at the forefront of contemporary Australian theatre practice.
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Red Stitch Actors' Theatre
2 Chapel St
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Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre is a dynamic creative hub where artists develop their practice and gain industry recognition, and it's just a short walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda! Established in 2002, Red Stitch is an artist-driven company led by resident actors with the support of a small, dedicated staff and board. Performing contemporary Australian plays and award-winning new writing from around the world, Red Stitch is renown for the intimacy of our venue, and for presenting bold theatre produced with raw integrity. Red Stitch sits at the forefront of contemporary Australian theatre practice.
The Ian Potter Centre is the place to go if you're interested in learning all about Australian art, from the Colonial period and the famous Heidelberg School - think Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, and Frederick McCubbin - through to contemporary Australian art. Here, you'll find photography, prints, drawings, fashion, textiles, decorative arts, and a suite of galleries dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art. With special exhibitions and educational programs and new perspectives of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art – it is a completely fresh approach that encourages people from all walks of life to enjoy the world of art. It is a spectacular showcase comprising over 20 galleries housed within a landmark architectural complex.
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The Ian Potter Centre
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The Ian Potter Centre is the place to go if you're interested in learning all about Australian art, from the Colonial period and the famous Heidelberg School - think Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, and Frederick McCubbin - through to contemporary Australian art. Here, you'll find photography, prints, drawings, fashion, textiles, decorative arts, and a suite of galleries dedicated to Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander art. With special exhibitions and educational programs and new perspectives of the city through its glass matrix, NGV Australia is more than a great place to view art – it is a completely fresh approach that encourages people from all walks of life to enjoy the world of art. It is a spectacular showcase comprising over 20 galleries housed within a landmark architectural complex.
Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two world-class performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The centre showcases in excess of 450 concerts and events each year across musical genres including classical, jazz, popular, cabaret and world music. If you are into architecture, the design of the theaters is a must see... the women's restrooms, on he other hand, are a migraine waiting to happen (too many patterned tiles and mirrors for my liking!)
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Melbourne Recital Centre
31 Sturt St
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Melbourne Recital Centre is an acclaimed music destination combining architectural innovation and acoustic perfection within its two world-class performance spaces to showcase the best music, artists and ensembles from around the world. The centre showcases in excess of 450 concerts and events each year across musical genres including classical, jazz, popular, cabaret and world music. If you are into architecture, the design of the theaters is a must see... the women's restrooms, on he other hand, are a migraine waiting to happen (too many patterned tiles and mirrors for my liking!)
With an array of venues under its spire, the Arts Centre is the flagship of the performing arts in Victoria and focal point of the cultural precinct. Australia's largest and busiest performing arts venues, the Arts Centre stages more than 4400 performances and public events at its three venues: the Theatres Building, hosting the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio; the Hamer Hall concert venue; and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Arts Centre Melbourne is host and partner to national and state companies such as Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. The centre also operates the largest performing arts learning and participation program in Australia. A visit to Arts Centre Melbourne doesn't stop at the stage, with guided tours, the foyers' art collections, a Sunday crafts market and a range of on-site restaurants and bars enticing visitors to stay a while.
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Arts Centre Melbourne
100 St Kilda Rd
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With an array of venues under its spire, the Arts Centre is the flagship of the performing arts in Victoria and focal point of the cultural precinct. Australia's largest and busiest performing arts venues, the Arts Centre stages more than 4400 performances and public events at its three venues: the Theatres Building, hosting the State Theatre, Playhouse and Fairfax Studio; the Hamer Hall concert venue; and the Sidney Myer Music Bowl. Arts Centre Melbourne is host and partner to national and state companies such as Opera Australia, the Australian Ballet, Melbourne Theatre Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Victorian Opera, Sydney Dance Company and Bangarra Dance Theatre. The centre also operates the largest performing arts learning and participation program in Australia. A visit to Arts Centre Melbourne doesn't stop at the stage, with guided tours, the foyers' art collections, a Sunday crafts market and a range of on-site restaurants and bars enticing visitors to stay a while.
The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand old manner. The last single screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne, still standing since its grand opeming in 1936. It's famous for its presentation of classics, cult-favourires and select new releases. The Astor projects a range of mediums including 35mm prints and the now rare 70mm format (over three times the size of 35mm, with glorious detail and clarity). The Astor is also home to the Barco 4K Digital Projector, the highest quality projector of its kind in Australia. When you see a film in 4K (up to four times the industry standard resolution!) or 2K format at The Astor, you are seeing a presentation that is unmatched.
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The Astor Theatre
1 Chapel St
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The Astor Theatre is a cinema in the grand old manner. The last single screen cinema of its kind in continuous operation in Melbourne, still standing since its grand opeming in 1936. It's famous for its presentation of classics, cult-favourires and select new releases. The Astor projects a range of mediums including 35mm prints and the now rare 70mm format (over three times the size of 35mm, with glorious detail and clarity). The Astor is also home to the Barco 4K Digital Projector, the highest quality projector of its kind in Australia. When you see a film in 4K (up to four times the industry standard resolution!) or 2K format at The Astor, you are seeing a presentation that is unmatched.
A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors. With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight. Don’t miss the two free permanent exhibitions: Ned Kelly’s armour in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours are also available. The State Library's collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years. You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions by visiting one of the free galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery and Dome Galleries. See what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.
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State Library Victoria
328 Swanston St
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A Melbourne landmark and cultural icon, the State Library is a magnificent 19th-century building with some of the city’s most beautiful heritage interiors. With its majestic domed ceiling, the La Trobe Reading Room is a library highlight. Don’t miss the two free permanent exhibitions: Ned Kelly’s armour in the changing face of Victoria, and trace the history of books in Mirror of the World. Free guided tours are also available. The State Library's collections include over two million books, hundreds of thousands of pictures, newspapers, maps and manuscripts, and masses of audio, video and digital material – all reflecting the culture of Victoria over the past 150 years. You can also enjoy fabulous artworks and exhibitions by visiting one of the free galleries: the Keith Murdoch Gallery, Cowen Gallery and Dome Galleries. See what's showing on the media wall in Experimedia.
As one of Australia's major cultural, tourism, leisure and learning destinations, ACMI is integral to Melbourne's international reputation as one of the world's truly creative cities. Located at the heart of Melbourne's iconic Federation Square, ACMI celebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms - film, television, games and digital culture. Through a vibrant annual calendar of film programs, festivals, major exhibitions, live events, creative workshops, talks, forums, education programs and Collection resources, ACMI delivers diverse audiences with countless ways to engage with the moving image.
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ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image)
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As one of Australia's major cultural, tourism, leisure and learning destinations, ACMI is integral to Melbourne's international reputation as one of the world's truly creative cities. Located at the heart of Melbourne's iconic Federation Square, ACMI celebrates, explores and promotes the cultural and creative richness of the moving image in all its forms - film, television, games and digital culture. Through a vibrant annual calendar of film programs, festivals, major exhibitions, live events, creative workshops, talks, forums, education programs and Collection resources, ACMI delivers diverse audiences with countless ways to engage with the moving image.
Cafes
You know you've found Club Social when you see the kitch neon egg on the wall, but this cafe is more than just a place to get eggs and bacon. They are, of course, on the menu - alongside more interesting dishes like breakfast black- rice nasi goring. The menu is broken up into sections such as "toast", which includes filled croissants, and "bowls", including stewed fruit with chai and honey, and a breakfast ramen. In between, there are vegan vanilla-bean hotcakes and Jewish-style "Bubi's" chicken soup.
Club Social Prahran
573 High St
You know you've found Club Social when you see the kitch neon egg on the wall, but this cafe is more than just a place to get eggs and bacon. They are, of course, on the menu - alongside more interesting dishes like breakfast black- rice nasi goring. The menu is broken up into sections such as "toast", which includes filled croissants, and "bowls", including stewed fruit with chai and honey, and a breakfast ramen. In between, there are vegan vanilla-bean hotcakes and Jewish-style "Bubi's" chicken soup.
Nothing says Melbourne more than good coffee (well, maybe black clothes...). We are passionate about it to the point of snobbery. This tiny little brick cubby serves up breakfast and lunch (and dinner on Fridays) to those in need of nourishment without guilt. They have excellent coffee, baristas who know their beans and are happy to help you choose something to suit your own flavour profile, and an animal-friendly menu that will feed your stomach as well as your soul.
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Monk Bodhi Dharma
202 Carlisle St
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Nothing says Melbourne more than good coffee (well, maybe black clothes...). We are passionate about it to the point of snobbery. This tiny little brick cubby serves up breakfast and lunch (and dinner on Fridays) to those in need of nourishment without guilt. They have excellent coffee, baristas who know their beans and are happy to help you choose something to suit your own flavour profile, and an animal-friendly menu that will feed your stomach as well as your soul.
You'd think bright-green burger buns, mushroom lattes and vegan eggs would be polarising. Turns out, people will show up in droves for it. "On the first day we sold out of food early, so we increased our order for the next day, and we sold out of food even earlier", says co-owner Nic Davison. "For the third day, we doubled our order, and we ran out of food before lunch."
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Matcha Mylkbar
72A Acland St
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You'd think bright-green burger buns, mushroom lattes and vegan eggs would be polarising. Turns out, people will show up in droves for it. "On the first day we sold out of food early, so we increased our order for the next day, and we sold out of food even earlier", says co-owner Nic Davison. "For the third day, we doubled our order, and we ran out of food before lunch."
Windsor Delicatessan, located on the corner of Hornby and James Streets, is an unexpected discovery, surrounded by small suburban homes. Pop in for a newspaper or loaf of bread and leave with a coffee and a biscuit... and maybe a take-home meal or two. The array of home-made cakes, biscuits, slices, loaves and muffins are well worth the 5 minute walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda.
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Windsor Delicatessens
33 Hornby St
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Windsor Delicatessan, located on the corner of Hornby and James Streets, is an unexpected discovery, surrounded by small suburban homes. Pop in for a newspaper or loaf of bread and leave with a coffee and a biscuit... and maybe a take-home meal or two. The array of home-made cakes, biscuits, slices, loaves and muffins are well worth the 5 minute walk from Treetop Apartment St. Kilda.
It can be tricky to find a seat, so be prepared to wait - especially on a Saturday morning - but smashed Avo (avocado on toast) is as Melbourne as it comes, and the one at Batch is worth the wait.
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Batch Espresso
320 Carlisle St
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It can be tricky to find a seat, so be prepared to wait - especially on a Saturday morning - but smashed Avo (avocado on toast) is as Melbourne as it comes, and the one at Batch is worth the wait.
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St Edmonds
154 Greville Street
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The Lawson Grove Shop
1 Lawson Grove
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Two Birds One Stone
12 Claremont St
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Hobba
428 Malvern Rd
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Glovers Station
258 Glen Eira Rd
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Las Chicas
203 Carlisle St
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Shopping
Chapel street runs for over 4.13 kilometers, from the Yarra River in the north, to Brighton Rd in the South, traversing the south-east suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor, St. Kilda, and St. Kilda East. International fashion houses, home-grown Melbourne style and beauty specialists makes Chapel street the ultimate destination for fashion and beauty.
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Chapel St/Malvern Rd
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Chapel street runs for over 4.13 kilometers, from the Yarra River in the north, to Brighton Rd in the South, traversing the south-east suburbs of South Yarra, Prahran, Windsor, St. Kilda, and St. Kilda East. International fashion houses, home-grown Melbourne style and beauty specialists makes Chapel street the ultimate destination for fashion and beauty.
The largest shopping mall in the Southern hemisphere, with everything you heart desires, in every single price range!
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Chadstone - The Fashion Capital
1341 Dandenong Road
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The largest shopping mall in the Southern hemisphere, with everything you heart desires, in every single price range!
Wellness
Willow Urban Retreat offers spa, wholefood and holistic wellness services housed within two heritage Victorian buildings on High Street, in the heart of leafy Armadale. The spa treatments include massage, Ayurveda consultations, facials and a therapeutic infrared sauna, all designed to promote deep relaxation. The movement (yoga, mini-trampoline, dance and stretch) and mindfulness classes are designed to inspire, motivate and educate. Head chef Nick Cree was chosen for his ethos of delivering high quality food that won’t impact the environment. He is also passionate about supporting local farmers and suppliers that embody sustainable and holistic practices. That translates to dishes such as rice-flour pancakes topped with charred figs, coconut, maple butter and jasmine flowers, and eggs baked with yellow split-pea dhal and cumin-seasoned yogurt. Salads are made with seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers providing ample reason to extend a spa visit into lunchtime. Add organic coffee, Ayurvedic tea and pressed juices on the side. Visitors can come for a single class, meal or spa session, or take up the 12- month Retreat Membership.
Willow Urban Retreat Spa
1203 High St
Willow Urban Retreat offers spa, wholefood and holistic wellness services housed within two heritage Victorian buildings on High Street, in the heart of leafy Armadale. The spa treatments include massage, Ayurveda consultations, facials and a therapeutic infrared sauna, all designed to promote deep relaxation. The movement (yoga, mini-trampoline, dance and stretch) and mindfulness classes are designed to inspire, motivate and educate. Head chef Nick Cree was chosen for his ethos of delivering high quality food that won’t impact the environment. He is also passionate about supporting local farmers and suppliers that embody sustainable and holistic practices. That translates to dishes such as rice-flour pancakes topped with charred figs, coconut, maple butter and jasmine flowers, and eggs baked with yellow split-pea dhal and cumin-seasoned yogurt. Salads are made with seasonal vegetables, fruits, herbs and flowers providing ample reason to extend a spa visit into lunchtime. Add organic coffee, Ayurvedic tea and pressed juices on the side. Visitors can come for a single class, meal or spa session, or take up the 12- month Retreat Membership.
Humming puppy? That’s quite a kooky name for a luxe Melbourne yoga studio – the humming is a nod to the Arup audio engineer designed sound system that delivers an exquisite hum soundtrack around the yoga studio; the puppy is a nod to the ubiquitous downward dog yoga pose. Clients leave a nondescript inner-city Prahran side street, climb a set of industrial stairs into the studio (known here as a "shala") and enter a cocooned space where every detail of the design – custom lighting, soundtrack and interiors is geared towards preparing yogis physically and mentally for their practice. A Sonos system pipes in a specially commissioned soundtrack of sound waves at 40hz – a frequency associated with ‘gamma’ brain wave activity and states of peak performance; it is meant to help people tune into the practice and not get distracted. Another layer of sound comes in the form of a 7.83hz, otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance that helps to ‘ground’ yogis during practice. Together they create an unmistakable hum that resonates throughout the classes. Just turn up in your yoga gear – all props such as mat, belts, blocks, shower/workout towels and meditation cushions are supplied. Bathrooms offer five-star standards – fresh towels, toiletries, hair straighteners, driers even lockers with phone charging capability.
Humming Puppy
22 Cecil Pl
Humming puppy? That’s quite a kooky name for a luxe Melbourne yoga studio – the humming is a nod to the Arup audio engineer designed sound system that delivers an exquisite hum soundtrack around the yoga studio; the puppy is a nod to the ubiquitous downward dog yoga pose. Clients leave a nondescript inner-city Prahran side street, climb a set of industrial stairs into the studio (known here as a "shala") and enter a cocooned space where every detail of the design – custom lighting, soundtrack and interiors is geared towards preparing yogis physically and mentally for their practice. A Sonos system pipes in a specially commissioned soundtrack of sound waves at 40hz – a frequency associated with ‘gamma’ brain wave activity and states of peak performance; it is meant to help people tune into the practice and not get distracted. Another layer of sound comes in the form of a 7.83hz, otherwise known as the Schumann Resonance that helps to ‘ground’ yogis during practice. Together they create an unmistakable hum that resonates throughout the classes. Just turn up in your yoga gear – all props such as mat, belts, blocks, shower/workout towels and meditation cushions are supplied. Bathrooms offer five-star standards – fresh towels, toiletries, hair straighteners, driers even lockers with phone charging capability.
Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally inspired bathing experiences. These include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. The new Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open air stage, café and wellness centre.
368
lokale anbefaler
Peninsula Hot Springs
140 Springs Ln
368
lokale anbefaler
Peninsula Hot Springs is an award-winning natural hot springs and day spa destination on the Mornington Peninsula, just 90 minutes from Melbourne. Natural thermal mineral waters flow into the pools and private baths at this coastal oasis, providing an idyllic setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. The Bath House is a social bathing area and features over 50 globally inspired bathing experiences. These include a cave pool, reflexology walk, Turkish hamam and hilltop pool with 360-degree views of the region. The new Bath House Amphitheatre includes seven geothermal pools, an ice cave, two saunas, open air stage, café and wellness centre.