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Celebrate Oktoberfest in the city

If you know your pretzels from a pilsner and can tell sauerkraut from a stein then you’re ready to enjoy Oktoberfest right across the city. So slip on your lederhosen and sample a Bavarian brew while paying homage to all things pork during this … Continue reading

Fringe event might be your cup of tea

Hints of cardamom, wafts of cinnamon, and just a touch of ginger will soon be in the air when Kwality Chai, a Melbourne Fringe Festival event, appears at Flinders Street Station. From 19 September, commuters on platform one will be greeted by … Continue reading

Know your laneways: Crossley Street

Some folks may know Crossley Street (unofficially) as Pellegrini’s corner – home of Melbourne coffee institution Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar. But wander down Crossley Street toward Little Bourke and you’ll enter a world of unique retail shops, cafes and restaurants. Starting life as Romeo Lane … Continue reading

Free fun for the school holidays

Don’t let cabin fever get the better of you these school holidays! The city is jam-packed with fun activities for kids of all ages, and the best part is, much of it is free. Here are some boredom-busters guaranteed to save your sanity … Continue reading

Five creative ways to quench your thirst

If there’s one thing Melbourne loves as much as food, it’s a good drink. Long known for its coffee culture, the city also holds its own when it comes to creating beverages with flair. We’ve tracked down some of the … Continue reading

New arrivals: Polepole and other places to eat and drink

Just when you think you’ve got Melbourne sussed out, up pops something new. This city loves a restaurant, bar or café opening as much as it loves good coffee, and Polepole Bar (polepole is Swahili for ‘go slowly’) is one of the … Continue reading

Melbourne: a canvas for street art

Melbourne’s laneways are not just about hidden cafes and boutiques. Their walls are also home to some of the city’s most dynamic works of art. The street art scene in Melbourne is one of the most active in the world thanks to a unique collaboration … Continue reading

Go green at the Environmental Film Festival

The Environmental Film Festival began in 2010 with a vision to inform, engage and inspire on environmental issues. It’s grown into one of the city’s most notable ‘green’ events, showcasing a dynamic range of films from Australia and around the world. We spoke to … Continue reading

Father’s Day gift ideas

Planning on spoiling your dad this Father’s Day? We’ve hunted high and low to bring you the perfect gift ideas to suit all budgets. Good grooming – from $11 Recently opened in the Royal Arcade, Men’s Biz will ensure your papa … Continue reading

Uncover the treasures of Melbourne’s historic directories

Remember when a street directory was the only way to look up someone’s address? The Page Not Found exhibition takes you back to that not-so-long ago era, with a look at the beautiful and historic directories of Melbourne. Published annually, Sands & McDougall’s Directory of Melbourne was … Continue reading