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Melbourne City Guide

Welcome to our Melbourne City Guide. Melbourne is our home base, and what can we say other than we love it here. The cultural, culinary, and sporting capital of Australia provides no shortage of opportunities for locals and visitors alike to have a great time, and we’re privileged to call this city home. We’re always out and about, looking for the best that this city has to offer, and we’re happy to share our knowledge with you right here.

melbourne city guide

BE A LOCAL

Wouldn’t it be nice to know a local in every city you visited? A person who knows all the best places to eat and drink in town, the city’s hidden gems, and those off the beaten path things to do? Well that’s what we’re here for. We’ve done all the hard work for you, to help you dive right into exploring the world’s best cities like a local.

EAT

Emil’s Cafe, Pascoe Vale South

MELBOURNE | Emil and Houda El-Khoury opened their suburban milk bar in Pascoe Vale South in 1978. Behind the milk bar, in a small...

Hor Kitchen, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Hor Kitchen is a Malaysian restaurant that I noticed walk walking through the CBD a few months ago. I couldn't find anything...

ima Asa Yoru, Brunswick

MELBOURNE | ima Asa Yoru is the Brunswick reincarnation of Carlton's popular Japanese cafe, ima Project, which opened in the second half of last...

Doju, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Korean food continues to go from strength to strength in Melbourne. From traditional late night Korean BBQ spots pocha-inspired venues, to restaurants...

Dessert Corner Lounge, Truganina

MELBOURNE | Truganina is one of those suburbs that I really should make more of an effort to visit to eat. It's full of...

DRINK

Purple Pit, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Eight years in the making, located in the basement of ANZ's recently refurbished 1887 Gothic Revival building, you'll find Purple Pit. Named...

Odd Culture, Fitzroy

MELBOURNE | Old Culture Group are behind some of Sydney's best drinking establishments, so when they announced they were opening their first venue in...

The Rocket Society, Brunswick East

MELBOURNE | The Rocket Society is a new wine bar by Joseph Abboud, located next door to his recently relocated iconic Lebanese restaurant, Rumi....

Local Brewing Co., Clifton Hill

MELBOURNE | Local Brewing Co. was founded in 2019 by mates Claudia Mitchell, Chris Cefala, Hugo Mylecharane, Sam Harris and Nick Campbell. They met...

No. 100 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Easily missed despite the descriptive name as you walk by, is CBD spot No. 100 Flinders Lane. I recently did some client...

DO

Ballers Clubhouse, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | It opened in 2021, and I had a booking to visit in July of that year, then lockdown happened. Somehow a year...

Museum of Chinese Australian History, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | Museum of Chinese Australian History is one of my favourite museums in Melbourne. I revisited this laneway museum recently for What's On...

Tony Tan’s Cooking School, Trentham

TRENTHAM | Tony Tan's Cooking School is the new project from one of Australia's most highly regarded chefs and teachers, Tony Tan. Held at...

Melbourne Skydeck, Southbank

MELBOURNE | Melbourne Skydeck has just launched, replacing what was the Eureka Skydeck. After a multi-million dollar renovation, it's reopened to the public and...

La Mama Theatre, Carlton

MELBOURNE | La Mama Theatre in Carlton is one of Australia's most iconic independent theatres. The theatre was founded by Betty Burstall in 1967,...

SHOP

DOC Delicatessen, Carlton

MELBOURNE | DOC Delicatessen is part of DOC Group, adding a deli-focused offering to the staple of venues that include the iconic DOC Carlton...

Mat’s Hot Shop, Collingwood

MELBOURNE | Mat's Hot Shop was launched by hot sauce aficionado Mat Garthwaite in late 2019. First as an online store then as a...

BAM Cornerstore, Essendon

MELBOURNE | I was recently invited to check out BAM Cornerstore, a new Essendon spot that aims to reimagine the good ol' corner store /...

The Que Club, Brunswick East

MELBOURNE | The Que Club is a Brunswick East restaurant, retail space, and cooking school dedicated to all things barbecue. It was opened in...

The Fishmonger’s Son, Carlton North

MELBOURNE | The Fishmonger's Son had big shoes to fill when it took over the site of Canals Seafood in 2017, Canals had served...

CITY GUIDES

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