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DRINK > Myrtle Wine Bar

There is something wonderfully comfortable about entering into Myrtle Wine Bar on Warburton Lane off Little Bourke Street. It is so Melbourne, down a lane, which is off another lane, in an old two story redbrick warehouse space that started as a blacksmith (but more recently was a Spanish…

DRINK > Apollo Inn

Apollo Inn opened in the heart of Melbourne's Flinders lane restaurant precinct in 2023, it was ostensibly a good place to have a quick cocktail while waiting for a table at Gimlet or one of the other nearby restaurants. But it was so popular that the queues to get in…

DRINK > The Central Club Hotel (North Melbourne)

The Central Club Hotel sits on Victoria Street in North Melbourne, it is right on the city fringe close to Elizabeth Street, across the road from the Queen Victoria Markets and a stones throw to Carlton. The convenience of the location makes this a popular venue but it is the…

DRINK > Pearl Chablis and Oyster Bar, Melbourne

Melbourne loves to hide its bars and restaurants away down laneways, underground and on top of building roof tops but Pearl is not easy to find. The Midcity Centre arcade on Bourke Street is not a place you would normally associate with fine dining or fine drinking, but make…

DRINK > Above Board, Melbourne

A serious cocktail bar. Only 16 seats and no standing permitted. That is the message for the now widely acclaimed Above Board. Located off Smith Street Collingwood it is not easy to find but this is an area where cocktail bars are serious and Above Board take that…
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The Melbourne Guide >

Melbourne is regularly voted one of the world’s most liveable cities. Home to world class art galleries, excellent restaurants, hip cocktail bars and smart designer shopping.

It is also a sports mad city with major events such as the Australian Open Tennis, Formula One Grand Prix and Boxing Day Cricket Test all vying for top billing against AFL football, Rugby League and Rugby Union.  There is a reason why people say that Melbournians will turn up to the opening of a letter.

The world class NGV Art Gallery has two main locations each with excellent permanent collections and tours, with a major extension also underway.

The city has a labyrinth of laneways many of which are covered in street art and are home to designer shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.

Speaking of coffee, Melbourne’s residents are obsessive about great coffee which accounts for the number of smart cafes everywhere.  Melbournians believe they invented the ‘Flat White’.

WHERE TO HAVE COFFEEIts more than just a caffinated beverage you know

CAFE > Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar, Melbourne
Perhaps Melbournes most famous cafe is Pellegrini's in Bourke Street where it has been serving old school Italian food and espresso since 1954. When you enter the long room and sit at the bar or facing the mirrored wall you might think that the decor has not…
CAFE > Hardware Société
Hardware Société redefined the concept of breakfast in Melbourne in 2009, ditching the eggs and smashed avocado on toast that was de rigour for most cafe's and instead constructing layers of flavour more akin to gourmet fine dining than usually expected at breakfast. Where once there was just a 35…
CAFE > Wall Two 80, Balaclava
Known to most as simply ‘The Wall’ the cafe opened in 1998 as a simple hole in the wall. A place where people largely consumed a latte or flat white sitting on the pavement and eating turkish toast with the always delicious ‘jam lady jams’ and fought over…
CAFE > Bench Coffee Co, Melbourne
Bench coffee has been roasting coffee and building a brand of smart coffee houses around Melbourne including Slater Street, 580, and Saint Dreux. Now on Little Collins Street they have launched a beautiful flagship store, that you would be forgiven for thinking was in Tokyo. Bench talk about…


The Best Places To Eat In Melbourne
EAT > Carlton Wine Room, Melbourne (16/20)
There is something so completely Melbourne about the Carlton Wine Room. I cannot imagine a bar or restaurant quite like it anywhere else in the world. The combination of wood, light, food, service and wine. A wonderful mix that comes from our cosmopolitan population and…
EAT > Bar Olo, Melbourne (17/20)
Have you ever walked into an unfamiliar bar or restaurant and had that immediate feeling of familiarity? That sense that yep, this is my place. From the moment you pass through the curtains into the small space that is Bar Olo on Nicholson Street, Fitzroy you have a feeling…
EAT > Emerald City, Healesville
Almanak does not often write about the places we have not been able to visit yet but this is a place we are very excited about and as soon as we get the chance to update with a proper review we will do so. However in the meantime lets…
EAT > Lollo (14/20)
Lollo is a hotel restaurant. There I have said it straight up. And as is the case with many hotel restaurants there are some good and some not so good aspects of that come from being part of a very large hospitality venue and a global hotel chain. Lollo sits…
EAT > Sosta Ristorante, North Melbourne (17/20)
An institution of fine dining for the last 15 years Sosta Cucina in Errol Street North Melbourne has changed hands and is now Sosta Ristorante. But its more than just an ownership change the menu while still Italian is more refined, ingredients are premium with a focus on using Australian…
EAT > Bistro Gitan, South Yarra
It had been more than a year since our last visit to Bistro Gitan, a restaurant that was our local for so long, was suddenly not so local given our move across the city and living more of our lives in the country. Bistro Gitan is one of a group…
EAT > Ten Minutes by Tractor, Red Hill
Ten Minutes by Tractor is 90 kilometres from Melbourne CBD, a ninety minute drive that highlights everything that is brilliant about the Mornington Peninsula. The local council zoning rules have meant that land can not be subdivided (unless it is larger than 90 acres in size), which has meant…
EAT > IDES, Melbourne
It is not that long ago when Smith Street in Collingwood was considered more a place to see a grunge band than a place for fine dining and slick cocktail bars but Collingwood has gentrified a lot in the last 10 years and now there are lots of outstanding places…

Melbourne Restaurants >

With incredible fine dining options with cuisine from all over the world.    

For a long time Melbourne was the city with the second largest greek population in the world, which has led to numerous Greek Restaurants on Lonsdale Street.  

Lygon Street in Carlton on the city Fringe is home to numerous Italian restaurants.  Victoria Street in Richmond (again on the city Fringe) is the home to the cities Vietnamese restaurants.  

Melbournes Chinatown runs down Little Bourke Street and explodes out on side streets.  There is also a Korean food district.

When it comes to fine dining there are restaurants with amazing views like Atria and Vue de Monde which both sit at the top of towers with spectacular views over the city.

But check our reviews for the latest in delicious.


Almanak Guide to Melbourne's Best Hotels
STAY > Le Méridian, Melbourne
The Le Méridien hotel sits at the top of the city in what was once a theatre, cinema, live music venue and a legendary nightclub. The former Metro sat empty for years waiting for a major redevelopment and that came in a totally different direction with the French hotel brand opening a smart new venue. Designed by Melbourne architects Peddle Thorp, the hotel has kept the original art deco facade of the building but behind the facade it is an entirely new 12 storey building that now fills the site. There are 235 rooms which range…
STAY > The Prince, Melbourne
Fitzroy Street, St Kilda is a street that oscillates between grunge, derelict, hip, smart and fashionable and then back again. Once famed for its seedier side of life today the bayside suburb of St Kilda is a lot more gentrified though its darker edges still remain. The Prince was once old Prince of Wales, famed for its rough front bar which had pool tables for patrons and a live rock and roll venue upstairs. But a major renovation and now it is just 'The Prince' which is a smart boutique hotel with just 39 rooms. Designed…
STAY > Adelphi Hotel, Melbourne
The Adelphi was the first boutique designer hotel in Melbourne build into a narrow warehouse that dated back to 1938 by renowned Melbourne architects Denton Corker Marshall for a couple of decades it held that top spot for those looking for style and individuality for a hotel in the centre of the city. In 2013 the hotel was given a revamp by Hachem who freshened the property up and gave it a new quirky style. Many of the original elements that stood out remain but it is a lot busier than previous iteration and given that renovation is now more…
STAY > Hotel No, Melbourne
The thing about Hotel No is that it is not really a hotel at all, rather it is truely unique glamping in the centre of the city. It starts with a secret 'speak easy' entrance which takes you to the rooftop and there you will find your shiny chrome Airstream. I know you have always dreamed about having an Airstream, but you had nowhere to go, well why not go to Melbourne and stay in the very centre of the city, on a rooftop in your own Airstream. Sound good well that is the proposition for Hotel…

Fliteboard Series 3

You might have seen one, racing across water, surfing without waves, gliding or racing, it is clear that there is a new and exhilarating to get your water adrenalin fix and that the e-Foil. Australian company Fliteboard are making the most popular e-Foil on the market and gaining acclaim all over the world.

The new model (Series 3) is a full of innovations and new features and new technology. The propulsion has been redesigned and is scalable and interchangeable, this allows the rider to change from propeller to jet and back as best suits the conditions.

The new battery is lighter and last longer, there are new foil wings with lower drag and enabling higher performance, this is more than enough to get you whipping across the bay, comfortably carrying a rider weighing up to 120 kg…!!!

Origin of Flite

The founder of Flite is former kite-surfing world record holder David Trewern, was at a kitefoiling event in 2016 when he had the thought: ‘What if I didn’t have to wait for the wind. What if I could just attach an electric motor to my foil?’

In the workshop he sketched out his designs and ideas, built prototypes until he found the right mix, now Flite boards are all over the world and has created its own new category of water sport.

Trewern claims about that first ride ‘It was magical. The feeling of freedom was like nothing else.’ And that has translated to global success with more than 330 authorised partners selling boards, Fliteschools across the world, and offices in three countries: Australia, The Netherlands and The United States.

Fliteboards come in five different models that best suit the riders experience with the boards available in fibreglass and carbon fibre and a modular and upgradable range of customisation that starts at $15,495 AUD up to $20,995 for the Ultra L designed to be ultra light and highly responsive in varied surf conditions.


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