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Where to dine before curtain call

With its vibrant theatre scene and wealth of venues, seeing a show in Melbourne is easy. Choosing where to have dinner beforehand, especially if you’re short on time, is a little harder. Here are a few quick and quality places located around … Continue reading

Five hot chocolates to die for

Feeling the chill this winter? Time to wrap your frozen mitts around a steaming cup of hot chocolate, and praise the almighty cocoa bean for this divine drop. These heavenly hot chocolates will have you loosening your belt and heading … Continue reading

MIFF kicks off with Predestination

Film lovers rejoice! The biggest event on Melbourne’s annual cinematic calendar, the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), gets underway on 31 July. Given the very ‘Melbourne’ nature of MIFF, it’s fitting that Predestination will be the opening night film – this sci-fi/thriller is set … Continue reading

Caras: the Greek shop

Caras Emporium at 189 Lonsdale, mid-morning on a winter’s day, is reminiscent of a store on a busy street in Athens. The sun penetrates the shop windows despite the multi-storey monolith opposite. Greek music plays incessantly from the moment the store opens. The … Continue reading

Five reasons to stay up late in Melbourne

There are more than just bars and restaurants to explore in Melbourne by night. With over 1,000 stores in the city now open until 7pm, there’s plenty to keep you busy once the sun goes down. Here are some of … Continue reading

Five places to devour in Kensington

Leafy Melbourne suburb Kensington is much more than the former home of Four’N Twenty pies. Located on the city’s doorstep, this historic area is now home to some of the best cafes and eateries in Melbourne’s inner west. Here are just five of … Continue reading

Five reasons to get into Open House

Whether you’re an architecture nut, history buff or just plain nosey, the chance to peek inside some of Melbourne’s most interesting and well-known buildings is not to be missed. We check out five newbies on this year’s Open House list … Continue reading

Melbourne paints the town red for AIDS 2014

The 20th International AIDS conference rolls into Melbourne next week. To show off our city and support for the cause, we’ve pulled out all stops with a spectacular cultural program of over 150 events. So don your winter woollies, come into … Continue reading

You’re under arrest: criminal Melbourne

Every city has a dark side. Melbourne is no different. While Chicago had Al Capone and London had the Kray Twins, Melbourne had Squizzy Taylor in the roaring ‘20s, the Gangland Wars in the last decade and one of the country’s … Continue reading

Meet the inhabitants: Nicholas Building

Swanston Street’s Nicholas Building has been hiding in plain sight for almost 90 years. Thousands of Melburnians wander past this grand example of 1920s Chigaco-style architecture daily without venturing inside. The Nicholas Building was completed in 1926 for the Nicholas … Continue reading