HOT: Cacao Green, 258 Swanston St, Melbourne

The landscape of Swanston Street changes so often that it’s hard for me to keep up. Even the areas of the street that I’ve passed a thousand times are a blur of noodle shops and fast food outlets such that I’ve never noticed Cacao Green, a store near the corner of Lonsdale Street which opened […]

HOT: Slowpoke Espresso, 157 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

This time last year it seemed that Smith Street was the place to open a cafe or restaurant. Funky eateries launched one after the other and the punters flocked to the slowly gentrifying grunginess. This year it seems that maybe it’s Brunswick Street’s turn, with two new openings within a short space of each other […]

NOT: Moth, Malthouse Theatre, 113 Sturt St, Southbank

Being a regular theatre-goer, I’ve been a subscriber of the email newsletter for Theatre Alive for years. It’s an Arts Victoria website which provides information on Melbourne’s independent theatre scene and it’s a great way to discover new dance, theatre and comedy shows. So I was quite thrilled when they contacted me to see whether […]

HOT: La Parisienne Pates, 290 Lygon St, Carlton

In the middle of Italianate Lygon Street is a Francophile foodie paradise. Charcuterie La Parisienne Pates is a white, bright storefront housing a long refrigerated counter full of smallgoods made by the owner/charcutier Stephane Langois. The shelves are also groaning with stocks of French food items like mustard, vinegars, jams and teas. There is a […]

The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2011

The results of The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2011 were announced today and I’m glad to see that some of my favourites have made it along with some new names that I’m keen to try out! Best Coffee – Seven Seeds, Carlton. Guess I’ll have to rope along my coffee-drinking friends to try it […]

HOT: Eat Drink Man Woman, 413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

On the site of the much maligned Retro cafe on Brunswick Street is a new project from Daniel Schelbert, the short-lived head chef from Hare & Grace. The dingy saggy couches and stained ripped vinyl chairs have been replaced with sleek marine palate of black, cream, gold and blue. The expansive space is dominated by […]

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