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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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Becco

Becco has been my go to Italian restaurant for almost ten years.  Located on my favourite Melbourne lane-way (Crossley Street) Becco consistently impresses with location, menu, atmosphere and service. The essence of Becco is consistency.  Simple Italian food done well, a dining room that is elegant but not stuffy, charming and attentive service and a […]

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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.  Not […]

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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 Cutler & Co Ezard Brooks Epocha Donovans Bistro Vue Cafe Di Stasio  Sarti 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 […]

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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 Proud Mary St Ali Brother Baba Budan  De Clieu Market Lane Cherry and Twigs Sensory Lab Penny Farthing Espresso Umberto Espresso Bar Enjoyed my post?   Want to keep up with great things to do around Melbourne, Australia and the world?  Please feel free […]

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61st Les Clefs d’Or International Congress Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Video of Jean-Claude Bivet – All You Need Is Love Speech I recently travelled to Kuala Lumpur Malaysia for the 61st Les Clefs d’Or International Congress.   I wish to thank the members of Les Clefs d’Or Malaysia for the wonderful job they did hosting us all for the congress.  It had been quite a […]

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Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia is one of the iconic cities of the world.  Mention its name and most people will conjure up images of the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.  It is an amazing city which has intrigued travellers from around the world since 1770 when Captain James Cook first set eyes on it. Sydney claims the […]

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Pure South

Pure South is probably one of Melbourne’s best restaurant success stories.   It’s a favourite recommend for many of the hotel concierges in the city and our guests love this place.  The formula is perfect, an elegant restaurant with a garden terrace, city and river views and a perfect menu made up of ingredients sourced […]

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Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary is one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  Surprisingly it is also very affordable.  Steeped in history, rich in culture and overloaded with incredible architecture this European city is one of the best value European vacation spots in the European Union. Hungarians have been working hard to up the level of […]

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Om Nom at The Adelphi Hotel

The iconic Adelphi Hotel on Flinders Lane has reopened after a full renovation.   One of the most exciting features for all you foodies or should I say sweeties is the lobby bar Om Nom which features decadent desserts and a boutique list of bevies. It’s a must see addition to the Flinders Lane foodie scene. The […]

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