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About James Ridenour

Your man in Melbourne - Local Expert - Worldwide Contacts - Chef Concierge Clefs d'Or at the InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto - Assistant General Secretary Les Clefs d'Or International

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Top Things to do in Melbourne

Here are my favourite things to do in Melbourne! Take the tram numbers 12 from Fitzroy Street in St Kilda to the city and tram 11 from the city to Brunswick Street in Fitzroy – Enjoy all of Melbourne’s best neighbourhoods (St Kilda, Albert Park, South Melbourne, the city and Fitzroy) on Melbourne’s favourite mode […]

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Top Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

Top Romantic Things to do in Melbourne

Enjoy a walk through the Royal Botanic Gardens.  In summer enjoy Punt Tours on the Lake with a luxury Cambridge style boat on the garden’s ornamental lake.  In winter enjoy the camellia gardens which will be in full bloom and lunch at Shannon Bennett’s Jardin Tan a modern Vientames cafe located at the Observatory Gate in […]

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Minamishima

Minamishima

I have always admired Japanese style.  I appreciate Japanese minimalism in design and attention to detail along with the Japanese zen approach to life and their incredibly warm and generous hospitality. With this in mind and armed with a bucket full of recommendations from those I trust, I anticipated a very special experience at Minamishima. […]

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The List (My Melbourne Favourites)

My Melbourne Favourites in Alphabetical Order 3 Ravens Beer found in your Northern Suburb local.  55 American Pale Ale is my favourite but the entire range of craft beers are amazing. Available at the best local pubs and bottle shops in the Brunswick, Fitzroy, Northcote and Thornbury areas.  Worth the trek north if you are not […]

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Tipo 00

Tipo 00

Want in on a secret?  This is my go to restaurant when my guests want amazing food without the over the top price tag. Located on Lt Bourke Street near Hardware Lane this Italian pasta bar does pasta and risotto like no other. Named after one of the finest quality Italian flours, the name foreshadows […]

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Bomba Restaurant and Rooftop Bar

One of my favourite restaurant bar combos in Melbourne is Bomba restaurant and rooftop bar.  This place is loaded with character and is an easy going fun place to hang out with friends while having great drinks and delicious food. The concept behind Bomba is a ‘Spanish workers bar’.  It’s fashioned after exactly what you […]

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Elyros

From the über talented duo (Angie and Guy) that brought you one of my all time favourite restaurants in Melbourne (Epocha) we now have what will no doubt be number two in their expanding restaurant empire, Elyros. Elyros is a Cretan restaurant (from the Island of Crete in Greece).  A visit to Elyros is like […]

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Chez Dre

Chez Dre has really become the in the know place for those who are looking for an authentic French Patisserie and Boulangerie (pastry shop and bakery).  Located just off one of Melbourne’s most charming streets, Coventry Street in South Melbourne this miracle of heaven exists to keep the French ex-pats sane and make the rest […]

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Melbourne’s Best Restaurants

Melbourne is renown around the world for being one of the world’s great foodie cities.  What’s special about Melbourne is that not only do we have great restaurants, Melburnians also have a passion for  dining out.  Restaurants are one of the main social outlets for our city and Melbourne’s culinary arts are showcased in kitchen […]

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Bonnie Coffee Brewers

  One of Melbourne’s best cup of coffees just showed up on the doorstep of the InterContinental.  Ok I know bias alert but I challenge you to find a better cuppa.   Great tunes, friendly staff, kewl design and Allpress coffee all combine to make this one of my new favourites.  Smooth not bitter perfectly […]

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