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HOT: The WW1 Centenary Exhibition – The War That Changed the World, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

The WW1 Centenary Exhibition is an outstanding touring exhibition developed by the Imperial War Museum in London to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. The world premiere of the exhibition opens Saturday 18 April at Melbourne Museum and I was invited to a media preview. World War I is a vast and complex topic to […]

HOT: Pidapipo, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton

Pipapipo is a new addition to the Lygon Street ice cream/gelato strip and in a prime position across the road from Cinema Nova. You can’t miss it because there is a big red neon sign proclaiming ‘gelateria’ in the window. According to this fascinating article, you can generally judge the quality of gelati from 15 […]

HOT: Nora, 156 Elgin Street, Carlton

Nora is a Thai-inspired bakery cafe in Carlton recently opened by Thai-Australian couple Tong and Jean. They have been supplying their distinctive charcoal tarts to various cafes around town and decided to strike out on their own with a minimalist shop filled with beautiful things. What strikes you about the cafe when you enter is the […]

HOT: Le Miel et La Lune, 330 Cardigan St, Carlton

Lygon Street is a strip that’s so familiar to me that it’s a bit same old-same old, so I decided to ask readers for a tip for somewhere new to try. Le Miel et La Lune was a fabulous discovery! The cafe is in a sweet little spot just a block away from Lygon St […]

HOT: Providence, 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton

Providence is a bright new cafe in Carlton in a part of Rathdowne Street that’s not currently well served by cafes. It’s located in the lobby of Australian Unity’s new aged care facility Rathdowne Place but you wouldn’t know it.  The fit out is contemporary, airy and cheerful and there’s not a hint of granny […]

HOT: The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards

The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 awards were announced tonight – did your favourites make the cut? These cafes won top honours and * indicates a cafe that I’ve reviewed previously: Top Paddock* (Richmond) – eftpos best cafe Stagger Lee’s* (Fitzroy) – best new cafe Dakdak (Moorabbin) – local hero award. Seven Seeds (Carlton) – best coffee […]

HOT: Middle Fish, 122-128 Berkeley St, Carlton

Middle Fish is a Carlton cafe serving Southern Thai dishes in a converted warehouse close to Melbourne Uni. It’s like beachside shack mixed with Thai influences, including a stunning chandelier made of tiny traditional Thai rice bowls made by Thai artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook. There were touches of his wrought iron work everywhere, especially above the red upholstered booths created […]

HOT: Designing 007 – 50 Years of Bond Style, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson St, Carlton

Designing 007 – 50 years of Bond Style is Melbourne Museum‘s showcase James Bond exhibition for the summer. And if you don’t want to share the space with gawping noisy kids then I recommend heading to the museum on Friday nights when the exhibition is open for adults only, with special location themed nights, martini […]

HOT: Brickvention 2014, Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson St, Carlton

As a 30-something female I am probably not the main target market for Lego. But I think if you’ve had a Lego-filled childhood then the appeal of these little plastic bricks outlasts your school years. I kept my plastic crate of Lego despite moving interstate, overseas and in and out of many share houses and now my own kids […]

HOT: D.O.C Espresso, 326 Lygon St, Melbourne

Since my first visit to D.O.C Pizza years ago the family of stores bringing simple Italian food to Melbourne, particularly to Carlton, has grown. If I’m not after pizza my favourite D.O.C eatery is actually D.O.C Espresso, around the corner on busy Lygon Street. If Lygon Street is known as Little Italy then surely D.O.C Espresso would […]

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