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NOT: Rita’s Cafeteria, 239 Johnston St, Abbotsford

Rita’s Cafeteria had all the credentials of a place which would rate a HOT. Cool inner city venue. Artisan pizza. Funky Melbourne-esque décor. Owners with experience running successful food businesses. Smiling staff. So what went wrong? Gourmet Chick and I visited Rita’s on a weeknight and the place was full to the brim. The friendly […]

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: Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood

I’m a Melburnian and I’m a non-coffee drinker. Gasp! My hot drink of choice is actually tea and finally, in amongst the million excellent coffee shops in my neighbourhood, Storm in a Teacup has arrived to cater to those who are discerning about their tea leaves (and maybe even convert some diehard hipster coffee drinkers). […]

Art Melbourne 2012 Giveaway!

Every year I visit Art Melbourne, Melbourne’s affordable art fair, and this year you could visit too…for free! Art Melbourne is held in the grandiose Royal Exhibition Building and it is a hive of original, affordable, interesting art to suit every taste. As well as the 4 day exhibition there are talks, demonstrations, music, food […]

NOT: Money Order Office, 2 Drivers Lane, Melbourne

Lunch at Money Order Office is a gloomy, macabre kind of dining experience. The hidey-hole entrance is on Drivers Lane, off Little Bourke Street, and a set of stone steps descends into the dungeon (I mean restaurant) via an automatic door which opens on your approach with a creepy squeeeeak. I expected Lurch from the […]

HOT: Argos Loves Company, 149 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Argos Loves Company is a cute-as-a-button cafe in the previously unpopular but now revived end of Brunswick Street. I first noticed the cafe because of the brightly coloured wooden blocks lining the window sill. A peek inside elicited a little squeal of delight – a pretty pastel room complete with a vintage kitchen scale, biscuit […]

HOT: Two Bob, 270 Queens Pde, Fitzroy North

So here’s my two bob on Two Bob. The café is an airy, high-ceilinged transformation of a former bank (remnants of the secured bank vault are still there) based in leafy North Fitzroy/Clifton Hill. Inside it’s all white and blonde wood with a few dashes of greenery here and there. Very calming and Scandi-chic. Two […]

HOT: Bottega, 74 Bourke St, Melbourne

You know how there are some restaurants which are your go-to destinations? The default choice for a first date, the default choice for a family gathering, the default choice for Sunday brunch? Well, before I got married Bottega was my default location for introducing boyfriends to my parents for the first time! I knew that […]

HOT: The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia, Melbourne Museum, Nicholson Street, Carlton

I lived in London for years and although I liked to visit the British Museum regularly I think I saw about 1/1000th of their vast collection. So I was quite excited to hear that a slice of the museum’s Middle East artefact collection was coming to Melbourne for the Melbourne Museum‘s winter exhibition for 2012, […]

HOT: Martha Ray’s, 85 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Who is Martha? And who is Ray? And why has a cafe set up shop in their house? Martha Ray’s has transformed what seems like a wide corridor of a Victorian terrace house into a pared down cafe. There’s no sign, no hanging pictures and definitely no owls, bunnies or kitschy memorabilia adorning the white-washed […]

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