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Northern Git

If you don’t live in Thornbury you should.  Bars, cafes and restaurants are all popping up at an amazing speed.  What is more remarkable than the speed is the quality of these new venues.  Case in point Northern Git.  It makes living in Thornbury that much better. Northern Git is the invention of Michael Slade […]

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Bar Americano

  From the guys who brought you Der Raum their newsiest venture is located in Presgrave Place; one of those you have to know where to look lane ways.  Don’t let the dumpsters deter.  Bar Americano is bound to be Melbourne’s newest in the know cocktail hot spot. Think Italian neighbourhood cocktail haven.  Beer is […]

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Hihou

Hihou is one of my absolute favourite cocktail bars in Melbourne.  This Japanese bar ticks all the boxes, excellent design, views over Treasury Garden, an intriguing cocktail list, superb Japanese cuisine and a Japanese service ethic that differentiates the bar from others in the city.   The service is some of the best I have […]

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Il Solito Posto

You know that little place that’s down that laneway that has been there forever?  You know the one that everyone talks about but you haven’t been.  There’s a reason its been there forever, because it’s amazing! Il Solito Posto is just that.  It is Melbourne, full stop.  Italian – laneway – consistent – delicious – […]

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The Deck Restaurant

This week I visited The Deck which had been one of my go to restaurants for people looking for a an excellent mid-priced Modern Australian restaurant in the city. The Deck is located in the Southgate complex at Southbank which has undergone and extensive renovation. The Deck has moved from its prime riverfront location to […]

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MONDOPIERO

One of the best things about living in the world’s most livable city and being a Concierge Clefs d’Or is discovering amazing new things that I can share with my guests and readers.  I am a passionate supporter of our how amazing and beautiful our city is.  I love occasions when I meet a kindred […]

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Matteo’s

Tucked away at the Fitzroy North end of Brunswick Street away from the trendy shops, bars and cafes of Fitzroy is the sophisticated diners secret that is Matteo’s. Matteo opened his restaurant over 20 years ago and has been a local northern favourite ever since.  For a very long time now Matteo’s has been my […]

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Children’s Activities in Melbourne

The Collingwood Children’s Farm Situated on 16 acres of land, just 4 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne, the Children’s Farm is a magic place for children and adults alike.  Open every day of the year from 9 to 5 PM with daily activities and lots of animals – horses, cows, ducks, pigs, chickens – just […]

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South of Johnston

One of Melbourne’s best kept secrets for a place to meet for breakfast or lunch is South of Johnston.  It has great food, superb service and an intriguing design with an edgy location in the Collingwood warehouse district.  South of Johnston however has one thing that sets them apart from the others.  They have an […]

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Fatto Bar & Cantina

One of the great pleasures in life is finding something wonderful and new.  It’s even better when it has been staring you in the face the whole time. Fatto Bar & Cantina is just that place.  Situated right next to the stunning Princes Bridge Fatto Bar & Cantina is exactly what Melbourne needs, a great […]

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