HOT: Sonsa, 152 Smith St, Collingwood

When Tranzie moved to Islington, they were so excited to discover their local Turkish grocery store that they insisted I should be introduced to Mr and Mrs Yassar when I landed in London. Now that they’re in Collingwood, they must be really excited about Sonsa – Yassar’s on a larger scale. The family business lives […]

HOT: Macro Wholefoods, 153 Bridge Road, Richmond

Ladies and Gentlemen, witness the demise of Victoria’s largest natural and organic store. Macro Wholefoods opened in Richmond with much fanfare in 2005. However, it seems that even the chi-chi, health-aware foodies of Melbourne don’t shop there, so it’s holding a closing down sale until 21 June, after which time the stores will rise from […]

HOT: Collingwood Children’s Farm Farmers’ Market, St Heliers St, Abbotsford

Every second Saturday of the month, the delightful Old McDonald playground, otherwise known as the Collingwood Children’s Farm, hosts a farmers’ market. If you have kids, the $2 market entry fee is good value as it also permits entry to the farm, compared to the usual $8 adult and $4 kids entrance fee. If you […]

HOT: Peter Watson, 113 St David St, Fitzroy

Peter Watson supply their ‘seriously good food’ spices, sauces, marinades, oils and condiments to hotels and restaurants around Australia. You can also buy their sleek, black-labelled goods from the small neat store which adjoins their kitchen factory off Smith St. I’m still in the midst of the stocking up my new pantry, and I confess […]

HOT: Cacao Fine Chocolates and Patisserie, 52 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

St Kilda’s favourite artisan chocolate shop Cacao has sprouted more branches since I was last in town, which is a happy indicator of Melbourne’s ever-expanding appetite for beautiful handmade chocolate treats – even at $1.95 a mouthful. Cacao’s chocolates are made with the finest Belgium couverture (naturelement) and I like their brightly decorated avant-garde designs. […]

HOT: Baker D Chirico, 149 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

Daniel Chirico’s small brightly-lit bakery/cafe has been producing quality sourdough for Melbournians for many years, but today was my first visit. The apron-clad staff looked happy, healthy and like they were in love with bread. After a bit of discussion, I decided on the $6 raisin loaf (light, white, organic sourdough packed with juicy fruit) […]

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