HOT: Yum Cha Dragon, Shop 14, 427 Docklands Drive, Waterfront City, Docklands

Sigh. The eternal conundrum of Docklands. Every time I visit the area I think to myself that on paper, it should work. There are restaurants, shops, markets, free events, lots of space for people to rest, stroll and ride their bikes, public transport access, heaps of parking, pleasant water and city views and close proximity […]

HOT: Hairspray the Musical, Princess Theatre, Spring St, Melbourne

I really enjoy going to see musicals but even with ample opportunity to see award-winning musical Hairspray both in Australia and overseas, for some reason I thought it was going to be too corny, too kitsch, for me to enjoy. How wrong I was. I LOVED Hairspray. I can even safely say that it’s the […]

HOT: make Designed Objects, 194 Elgin St, Carlton

Even though Christmas is over, there are another eleven months of the year where you might have a need to buy nifty, gifty things. If that’s the case, drop into make Designed Objects. This two-storey converted cottage in Carlton is a treasure-trove of great design gadgets, ornaments and useful doodads from all over the world, […]

HOT: Babycino’s Garden Cafe, Northampton Place, South Yarra

While I don’t yet have kids, there is a baby boom happening with my friends and acquaintances such that I increasingly have to consider whether or not a venue is kid-friendly when I suggest meeting up. If you’re in a similar situation, then I highly recommend Babycino’s. Nestled in the back streets of South Yarra […]

HOT: Brickvention 2011, Melbourne Town Hall, Collins St, Melbourne

Sunday morning. 9:45am. The line was longer than anything I’d ever seen for the Melbourne Comedy Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra or any other event held at the Melbourne Town Hall. My friend said that the patient queue that snaked up Collins Street, Russell Street and looped around the building completely reminded him […]

HOT: Arcadia, 193 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

With so many great cafes on Gertrude Street, both old and new, it can be difficult to choose where to go. My advice? Just start from one end and work your way down :–) That way, at some stage you’ll make your way to the pine-tree stencilled windows of the excellent Arcadia. Arcadia ticks all […]

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