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Localing Night Life Tour of Fitzroy

The hottest new private tour company in Melbourne ‘Localing’ invited me out on night life a tour of Fitzroy and Collingwood.  The charming and in the know duo Daniel and Dean have created this genius venture.   The idea is for Daniel and Dean to help travellers experience Melbourne as they would if they were […]

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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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Pure South

Pure South

Pure South is probably one of Melbourne’s best restaurant success stories.   It’s a favourite recommend for many of the hotel concierges in the city and our guests love this place.  The formula is perfect, an elegant restaurant with a garden terrace, city and river views and a perfect menu made up of ingredients sourced […]

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Sarti

Sarti

Sarti has long been a favourite of mine and has recently undergone a refurbishment to make it even better.   Located on one of the best lane-ways in Melbourne, Russell Place, not to be confused with Russell Street.  Russell place is now bustling with excellent cafes, restaurants, bars and fashion stores.  This is one of […]

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Vue de monde

  One of the joys in life is discovering something extraordinary.   As a concierge nothing is better than meeting someone who is passionate about their chosen field.  Shannon Bennett is such a person.  He has taken his passion for the culinary arts and created one of Australia’s most celebrated restaurants. Vue de monde comprises […]

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Cutler & Co

Every once in a while there is a sublime moment in your life when everything comes together and you are at one with the universe.  Cutler & Co is the dining equivalent of this. Located on Über trendy Gertrude Street, Fiztroy Cutler & Co is without a doubt one of the best dining experiences you […]

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Rosetta

Rosetta

Neil Perry’s newest Melbourne venture is the Italian masterpiece Rosetta. Located in the Crown complex with a commanding position next to the Yarra River, the restaurant is first off the rank as you wander downriver from Queensbridge Street.  The restaurant harks back to a luxurious era of fine dining, while most new restaurants are pairing […]

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Donovans

Gail and Kevin Donovan met while working at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne back in the 1980’s and a match made in restaurant heaven was born.  Years later Gail and Kevin harnessed their passion for food, wine and hospitality and to the benefit of all Melburnians Donovans was born. Donovans has been at the top of […]

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Epocha & Hannah’s Bar

Epocha is the newest jewel in Melbourne’s culinary crown.  Housed in an elegant terraced Victorian home on Rathdowne Street, Carlton Epocha quintessentially defines Melbourne’s unique restaurant style.  The restaurant and bar perfectly capture the spirit of Melbourne hospitality and will impress locals and visitors alike. Epocha is owned by one of my all time favourite […]

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400 Gradi Pizza

400 Gradi has the best pizza in Melbourne. Ok, so you would like a little more background on my claim?   A great Italian foodie friend of mine told me about 400 Gradi and so I had to give it a try.  The pizza quality all comes down to the passion and dedication of one […]

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