HOT: Smith & Deli, 111 Moor St, Fitzroy

The owners of popular vegan restaurant Smith & Daughters in Fitzroy have now branched out to a delightful Jewish-inspired deli just around the corner on Moor Street. Dubbed Smith & Deli, the new-age convenience store will be a haven for vegans, vegetarians and curious omnivores. Smith & Deli is housed in an old brick factory […]

HOT: Petty’s Orchard, 1 Homestead Road, Templestowe

It’s amazing that you can drive 30 minutes on the Eastern Freeway and you go from dense high rise buildings to bucolic semi-rural vistas. In amongst some enormous acreage residences is Petty’s Orchard. It’s a working organic apple orchard and it’s been around since the turn of last century when the Petty family worked the Homestead […]

HOT: Make your own jams and preserves workshop, Green Renters, Melbourne

I first found out about Melbourne-based not-for-profit organisation Green Renters because I was looking for double-sided door snakes for my freezing house. Huh? You say. Door snakes? You know, those long stuffed fabric lengths your granny used to use to fit under doors to keep warm air in and draughts out. The beauty of a […]

HOT: Mottainai Cycles, 41 Kerr St, Fitzroy

Does Fitzroy/Collingwood has the greatest density of bike shops per square kilometre in Melbourne? Being a cycling fan and a local I had thought I was familiar with all the bike shops in the area – but just recently I stumbled across Mottainai Cycles. As in literally stumbled – I tripped over their board sign […]

HOT: Zakkaya, 52 Johnston St, Fitzroy

Nestled in Johnston Street, in between the curry houses, Latin American restaurants and sweaty gyms is Zakkaya, a quietly beatific shop selling contemporary Japanese goods. Their wares range from clocks, clothing, jewellery, toys, storage and everything is delicate, charming and oh-so-cute. It’s the perfect place to find a unique gift for that special person with […]

HOT: St Kilda Cycles, 150 Barkly St, St Kilda

Last weekend my bike obsession reached its peak at St Kilda Cycles. While most of the hardcore cycling fraternity in Melbourne were battling their way through Around the Bay in a Day, I took the opportunity to visit St Kilda Cycles large showroom. As well as the expected racers, mountain bikes and sleek and shiny bike […]

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