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5 Point Deli and Longhorn Saloon

I have often said that Melbourne is the greatest city in the world however it has always been missing one thing, a great bagel.  I am pleased to announce Melbourne is complete!  The brother duo who gave us Le Bon Ton have just opened up their newest venture in Carlton, a two story multi purpose […]

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Northern Git

If you don’t live in Thornbury you should.  Bars, cafes and restaurants are all popping up at an amazing speed.  What is more remarkable than the speed is the quality of these new venues.  Case in point Northern Git.  It makes living in Thornbury that much better. Northern Git is the invention of Michael Slade […]

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Pope Joan

Pope Joan is named after the medieval legend of the woman who posed as a man and reigned as Pope for several years.  This venue is just that a powerhouse unassumably disguised as a neighbourhood cafe in Melbourne’s north.  Pope Joan is one of my concierge friend’s favourite restaurant/cafe/bar combos.  He has been raving about […]

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Fatto Bar & Cantina

One of the great pleasures in life is finding something wonderful and new.  It’s even better when it has been staring you in the face the whole time. Fatto Bar & Cantina is just that place.  Situated right next to the stunning Princes Bridge Fatto Bar & Cantina is exactly what Melbourne needs, a great […]

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Stokehouse City

I had great expectations for my visit to the new Stokehouse City for two reasons.  Firstly the building itself which is one of Melbourne’s best examples of Victorian architecture used for a restaurant and secondly to see how the decor had been change since its previous incarnation as another restaurant.  I had many fond memories […]

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Il Bacaro

Welcome to my pick for one of Melbourne’s most romantic Italian restaurants.  Crisp white linen table cloths, stainless steel, glass and wood accents, intimately spaced tables and banquettes all huddle together to create a very special space.  I just love this restaurant and my guests love it too. The food is classic Italian with all […]

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Meletos

The Yarra Valley’s newest hot spot is Meletos which is guest accommodation, function space, restaurant, bar and brew house all rolled into one.  Open seven days a week this little gem will not be a secret for very long. The property grows its own grapes and apples and the wonderfully appointed accommodation looks out over […]

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Discover High Street Northcote & Thornbury

As a concierge I spend a lot of time recommending places that are easily accessible to my guests.  Most prefer to enjoy locations that are within a few kilometres of the city centre and the hotel.  There is a huge variety of great things to see and do within these parameters, but there is more […]

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Elyros

From the über talented duo (Angie and Guy) that brought you one of my all time favourite restaurants in Melbourne (Epocha) we now have what will no doubt be number two in their expanding restaurant empire, Elyros. Elyros is a Cretan restaurant (from the Island of Crete in Greece).  A visit to Elyros is like […]

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You’re Melbourne – Bespoke Photographic Experience

Meet You’re Melbourne.  Penny and Sandy pictured below have come up with an ingenious idea to marry their love of Melbourne with their love of photography and people.  You’re Melbourne provide a stunningly unique excursion into Melbourne with a couple of easy going, fun and knowledgable Melburnians.   The idea is to enjoy Melbourne with […]

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Chez Dre

Chez Dre has really become the in the know place for those who are looking for an authentic French Patisserie and Boulangerie (pastry shop and bakery).  Located just off one of Melbourne’s most charming streets, Coventry Street in South Melbourne this miracle of heaven exists to keep the French ex-pats sane and make the rest […]

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Bonnie Coffee Brewers

  One of Melbourne’s best cup of coffees just showed up on the doorstep of the InterContinental.  Ok I know bias alert but I challenge you to find a better cuppa.   Great tunes, friendly staff, kewl design and Allpress coffee all combine to make this one of my new favourites.  Smooth not bitter perfectly […]

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The Estelle

The Estelle has always intrigued me.  Fresh, bold and outside the main geographical area one would think of for fine dining.  What that brings to the table is a fresh approach to dining.  Neighbourhood style, with families, friends and singles all enjoying an excellent meal matched with very special wines all at a very reasonable […]

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Discover Lt Collins Street

  Little Collins Street is one of Melbourne’s best lane-ways.  The ‘Little Streets’ were originally built as service access for the grand avenue style city streets (like Collins Street) and these impressive lane-ways have become the much loved icons of our grand city. I often remark that one of the best ways to see Melbourne […]

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Discover Flinders Lane

  One of the greatest things about Melbourne is discovering the many lane-ways in the city. Melbourne’s laneways are famous as the best places for a truly Melbourne experience. Flinders Lane is one of my favourites with numerous shops, cafes, restaurants and art galleries. The InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto backs onto Flinders Lane so it’s an easy […]

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Gazi

The Greeks are famous for their love of food, family and hospitality and the best Greek chef on the planet George Calombaris has come up with a ripper of a restaurant that celebrates these Greek traditions. Gazi is the perfect place to come for a meal with family and friends.  A great casual atmosphere, awesome […]

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The Commoner

The Commoner has long been a place I have wanted to go but for one reason or another I just had not managed to get there.  I have had a long standing love affair with the restaurant via Twitter and had engaged with the staff and the owner for years via this platform.  As such […]

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Hophaus Bier Bar Grill

Ever since my trip to Munich I have fallen in love with German hospitality.  The people are so genuine warm and engaging.  I will never forget my trip to the five lakes district in Bavaria where they have live jazz in the summer afternoons at an outdoor picnic area which is serviced by a beer hall. […]

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Rockpool Bar & Grill Melbourne

Rockpool has long been my go to restaurant for guests who are looking for great steaks and seafood with a contemporary and elegant dining room.  Located on the banks of the Yarra River in the Crown Casino complex, Rockpool delivers time and time again. The service, food and ambiance are always impeccable and the view […]

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Hardware Société

You don’t make the top 10 on TripAdvisor unless you are doing whatever you are doing really well and Hardware Société is all that and a magnum of champagne.   This is easily one of my top three places in Melbourne for breakfast.  Let’s face it if you are one place behind Vue de monde […]

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The Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

  Melbourne’s newest attraction is the Melbourne Star observation wheel in Docklands. The Melbourne Star is one of only four giant observation wheels in the world and the only one in the southern hemisphere (the others being the London Eye, the Singapore Flyer and the Las Vegas High Roller).  Melbourne’s observation wheel is 120 metres […]

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St Crispin

  Every once in a while the universe aligns and your very high expectation are surpassed, even blown out of the water.  Say hello to St Crispin one of my new favourite restaurants. My experience at St Crispin was perfect.  To my delight and surprise some old friends from restaurants past were there to greet […]

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Le Bon Ton

Darlin…….you had me at southern style buttermilk fried chicken! Le Bon Ton is fast becoming one of Melbourne’s hottest in the know restaurants, cocktail bars and absinthe saloons.  Located on Gipps Street in Collingwood this conversion from the old Glass House nightclub has brought life back into this glorious old pub. Themed as an American […]

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Bar Nacional

  Perfectly positioned in the new and thriving Docklands end of Collins Street Bar Nacional is located in Collins Square, a major development with two office towers already completed and a third under way.  The building is architecturally stunning with a grand lobby filled with quality finishes and slick design features. Bar Nacional adds to […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing.  Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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The Royal Mail Hotel Dunkeld

  The Royal Mail Hotel was an incredible experience and one of the nicest vacations I have had in a long time.  I didn’t realise it when I booked but I had been here before in 2002 whilst backpacking around Australia.  There used to be backpacker accommodation on the estate.  This has now been converted […]

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Microflite Wine – Food – Fly Tour

One of the most exciting and special experiences I have had was a recent trip with Microflite to the Yarra Valley.  Microflite offers their Wine – Food – Fly heli tour to Yering Station in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Your journey starts at the city helipad on the Yarra river.  Melbourne is the only major […]

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Localing Night Life Tour of Fitzroy

The hottest new private tour company in Melbourne ‘Localing’ invited me out on night life a tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood.  The charming and in the know duo Daniel and Dean have created this genius venture.   The idea is for Daniel and Dean to help travellers experience Melbourne as they would if they were […]

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Hihou

Hihou is one of my absolute favourite cocktail bars in Melbourne.  This Japanese bar ticks all the boxes, excellent design, views over Treasury Garden, an intriguing cocktail list, superb Japanese cuisine and a Japanese service ethic that differentiates the bar from others in the city.   The service is some of the best I have […]

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Melbourne Private Tours – Yarra Valley and Dandenongs Tour

One of the biggest trends in travel now a days is ‘bespoke travel’, simply put individualised travel and tours custom tailored to your needs.  Melbourne Private Tours is one of the leaders in personalised day touring in and around Melbourne. Like all Melbourne Private Tours our day out was unplanned other than the destination and […]

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Bomba Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

One of my favourite restaurant bar combos in Melbourne is Bomba restaurant and rooftop bar.  This place is loaded with character and is an easy going fun place to hang out with friends while having great drinks and delicious food. The concept behind Bomba is a ‘Spanish workers bar’.  It’s fashioned after exactly what you […]

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Sarti

Sarti has long been a favourite of mine and has recently undergone a refurbishment to make it even better.   Located on one of the best lane-ways in Melbourne, Russell Place, not to be confused with Russell Street.  Russell place is now bustling with excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and fashion stores.  This is one of […]

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Vue de monde

  One of the joys in life is discovering something extraordinary.   As a concierge nothing is better than meeting someone who is passionate about their chosen field.  Shannon Bennett is such a person.  He has taken his passion for the culinary arts and created one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants. Vue de monde comprises […]

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Top 10 Things to do in Melbourne

Here are my 10 favourites things to do in Melbourne! Take the Hidden Secrets Laneways and Arcades walking tour – This is the best Melbourne tour encompassing art, architecture, history, pop culture, shopping, fashion, cafes, restaurants and bars; they have it all!  If you like this tour they also do several other amazing tours (coffee […]

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Top 10 Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

  Enjoy a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.  In summer enjoy Shakespeare under the stars or a harp concert with performances every Tuesday.   In winter enjoy the camellia gardens which will be in full bloom. Lunch at Vue de monde.  You may think that this is too expensive and that bookings are impossible to get. […]

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St Ali

For years now St Ali has quietly been conquering Melbourne’s coffee and cafe world.  Tucked away on an unassuming lane-way in South Melbourne is an old warehouse conversion that is one of Melbourne’s most well known and  popular cafes.  The ambiance is casual with second hand tables and massive old posters adorning the cavernous interior […]

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Cutler & Co

Every once in a while there is a sublime moment in your life when everything comes together and you are at one with the universe.  Cutler & Co is the dining equivalent of this. Located on Über trendy Gertrude Street, Fiztroy Cutler & Co is without a doubt one of the best dining experiences you […]

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Top 10 Fine Dining Restaurants in Melbourne

Here are my top 10 favourites for fine dining in Melbourne Vue de monde St Crispin  Ezard  The Estelle Cutler & Co Epocha Elyros Brooks Stokehouse City Moon Under Water Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free to subscribe to […]

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Brunetti’s

One of the greatest things about Melbourne is its multiculturalism.   Melbourne profited from a large migration of Italians who came post world war two in search of a better life for themselves and their families.   The majority of these new Melburnians settled in the inner north and Melbourne’s Little Italy, Lygon Street was […]

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Grain Store

Tucked away on Flinders Lane in the New York end of the city is a gem of a cafe that is sure to be all the rage in Melbourne’s competitive cafe scene, Grain Store.  Run by two experienced restauranteurs Ingo Meissner, the culinary master and Annika Kreusel, the charming front of house manager.  Together they […]

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Melbourne’s Best Retailers

Melbourne is renown for the best shopping in Australia, so here is your shopaholic guide to the city. My list is a selection of the best retail experiences Melbourne has to offer.  Shops include local designers and international brands.  Each store provides the best in design, innovative products and service. I hope you have fun […]

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Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Melbourne is renown around the world for being one of the world’s great foodie cities.  What’s special about Melbourne is that not only do we have great restaurants, Melburnians also have a passion for  dining out.  Restaurants are one of the main social outlets for our city and Melbourne’s culinary arts are showcased in kitchen […]

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Top 10 Coffees in Melbourne

Here are my 10 favourite cups of coffee in Melbourne Patricia Bonnie Coffee Brewers Proud Mary St Ali Brother Baba Budan  De Clieu Market Lane Code Black Long Shot Cherry and Twigs Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free to […]

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Bodega Trapiche, Mendoza Argentina

Photos from my recent outing to Trapiche Winery in Mendoza, Argentina.  The winery was built in the late 1800’s and is one of Argentina’s best and most historic wineries.  The experience was second to none thanks to resident sommelier and our host Gaston.  The pictures speak for themselves.  Trapiche is a must visit when in […]

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