HOT: Think West 2016 – Festival of Culture and Philosophy in Melbourne’s Inner West

Think West is a new festival of philosophy and culture across Melbourne’s inner west from 6-20 November. It features more than 40 workshops, tours, classes and special events exploring the themes of wisdom, resilience and social change.  The three week program is produced by The School of Life and Highpoint Shopping Centre in association with a broad […]

HOT: Doyle and Sons, 101 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

Doyle and Sons is the first time venture for former chef Steven Doyle and is on the site of the previously rather down-at-heel Jace’s 101 Cafe.  The two-room space has been spruced up with an aqua colour scheme and a grey buttoned banquette, though the white walls are looking a bit bare at the moment. The […]

HOT: Candied Bakery, 81a Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

Candied Bakery in Spotswood is a bakery and café that’s a direct thumb-your-nose at those I Quit Sugar acolytes. If you’re quitting sugar then steer clear – there’s too much temptation inside. If, one other hand, you are unabashedly NOT quitting sugar then Candied Bakery is a place where sweet tooths die and go to heaven. […]

HOT: Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention, Scienceworks, 2 Booker St, Spotswood + Giveaway

My favourite English claymation characters Wallace and Gromit are in Melbourne for a cracking exhibition at Scienceworks. If you haven’t been to Scienceworks since you were in school, now is the time to go and take your kids. As evidenced by the preview night that I was invited to, Wallace and Gromit’s World of Invention can be enjoyed by kids and adults […]

HOT: Duchess of Spotswood, 87 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

So the Queen just visited to Melbourne and Princess Mary came to town. If you’re not royal-ed out, take yourself to visit the Duchess in Spotswood. Duchess of Spotswood is a cafe is located in an unprepossessing strip of shops near Spotswood station and when I arrived at 9am on a weekend it was easily […]

HOT: Melbourne Op Shop Tours (Part 2), Inner West, Williamstown to Footscray

Read Part 1 of the tour here. Another quick train ride to Spotswood then St John’s Op Shop (612-614 Melbourne Rd, Spotswood). ‘Great variety of household goods’ is an accurate description, with ‘variety’ being the operative word. This is an OCD sufferer’s nightmare. The rabbit warren of a shop was full of surprises – an […]

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