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71A MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
Sydney is only just getting into the wine-bar-with-fantastic-food thing, but so far it's doing it extremely well. The new digs of sommelier and local wine expert Nick Hildebrandt and chef Brent Savage (the pair also own the more serious Bentley...
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633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
Queues consistently spill out onto the footpath at this little corner shop. A rusted metalwork sign above the tiny bakery café, situated on the leafy Bourke Street Surry Hills, reads ‘Boulangerie’. The creme brulee tarts are locally famous, and...
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Deus Café is located next door to Deus Ex Machina, one of the coolest motorcycle stores on the planet. The café has a great vibe, plus you'll find straight forward, delicious and affordable food here. But this 'House of Simple Pleasures' offers...
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Australia’s most famous beach has played many roles throughout history. In 1907, a group of local swimmers became the world’s first lifeguards; during World War II, it was fortified by barbed wire and iron stakes; and over the last few...
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241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
A scoop of Italy in Sydney, this gelato mecca has foodies and bloggers queuing up all week. Go for the salted-caramel-and-white-chocolate gelato, one of the store’s best sellers, or try the “Poached Figs in Marsala” flavor,...
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Byron Bay is still a big hippie at heart. A little more crowded than it used to be, but still a refreshing getaway - particularly on Valentine's Day. At the time, I wasn't a big believer in the holiday, but found Byron a perfect answer to my...
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571 Woollamia Rd, Woollamia NSW 2540, Australia
Featuring unique accommodations in luxury tents in Jervis Bay, Paperbark Camp is the epitome of the burgeoning trend of glamping. Set in the bush south of Sydney, this gorgeous place offers hot showers, good linen, and a near-solid roof over your...
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Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Brisbane is a city for the senses. Walking under impossibly blue skies around this foot-friendly city opens up a world of experiences. A well-planned series of paths and bridges connect the city center to South Bank, as well as many of our urban...
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Queen St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Every Wednesday, Redacliffe Place bursts into life as the Jan Power Farmers Markets take over the square between the casino and the library. Feast your senses on fresh produce, Kingaroy peanuts, Byron Bay honey, Turkish breads, Singaporean...
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145 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
On prime position amongst Eagle Street's freshest bars, Esquire was the most highly awarded restaurant in Brisbane in 2012 and 2013 for it's ever changing degustation menu. The meals are tiny but pack a punch ( as will the bill). Sleek, open...
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Brisbane QLD, Australia
Whenever we travel - and we do that a *lot* - we try to find a house or cabin or apartment via the website HomeAway. It allows us to unpack our bags, explore grocery stores for local goodies on occasion, and get to know a place like a resident....
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Blue Lagoon is a gorgeous, freshwater lagoon on Moreton Island. We brought some snacks, and we all squished up on the picnic rug on the very small and shallow beach. The lagoon is "tea tree" which means although the water is perfectly clear, in...
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On the northern tip of Moreton Island, near the original lighthouse is the beautiful Honeymoon Bay. We only had a short stop on our way to Blue Lagoon, but I wish we'd stayed longer. Luckily, there is no shortage of idyllic beaches on Moreton...
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14/1 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
After work drinks start at Jade Buddha, partly for the gorgeous views over the river from Eagle Street Pier as the sun sets, partly for the $5 cocktails and $3 beers. Happy Friday to you! Get in as quick as you can to nab a piece of prime real...
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19 Browning St, South Brisbane QLD 4101, Australia
Look no further for holiday gifts than this refurbished cottage on the side streets of Brisbane’s West End. Nook has a little something for everyone--onesies, stationary, ceramics, socks, tea towels, jewelry, and eclectic trinkets for almost...
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144 Adelaide St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia

Despite the name (Noosa is a stunning surf town to the north), this confectionery is indeed based in Brisbane. Stop by to pick up some distinctively Down Under souvenirs: chocolate paired with such homegrown ingredients as Victorian strawberries,...

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Brisbane QLD, Australia
These bittersweet blooms herald the start of Spring and for Australian students, time to start studying for exams. Brisbane is covered in washings of lilac every year thanks to the beautiful Jacaranda trees, which colour the skies and carpet the...
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5-61 Petrie Terrace, QLD 4000, Australia
Looking for a romantic dinner in Brisbane? Located in the historic Barracks building at the top of Petrie Terrace (and Caxton St), Peasant has one of the most ambient outdoor dining areas in the city. Very popular and a little pricey, Peasant had...
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Kurilpa Bridge, Brisbane QLD, Australia
A vibrant river city, there seems to always be a new bridge being unveiled in Brisbane. The Story Bridge lights up beautifully at night, best viewed from Kangaroo Point or Eagle Street Pier. The Goodwill Bridge is a handy footbridge between QUT,...
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On a rainy day in Brisbane the day after arriving home from an amazing European trip, the familiar seemed a little dull. It was a nice surprise to look up from my seat on the bus as it drove across the river to see this pretty sunset, blurred by...
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Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Watch the sun go down and the city light up over a few drinks at Eagle Street Pier. It's the most relaxed Brisbane's (smaller) answer to Wall Street ever gets and there isn't a prettier place in town to loosen the tie or let your hair down....
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Shop 6-9/39 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
In the heart of the CBD, The Antique Guild is for real collectors. Fancy the dining table of a former US president? Find it here. Is an ancient crystal skull found in South America more interesting? Find it here. How about a bejewelled crown?...
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200 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
Go for the green smoothies, stay for the fresh + healthy food. A new addition to Wintergarden shopping centre in the Queen Street Mall, Gramercy offers a healthy change to Brisbane city workers. The food is delicious and they pride themselves on...
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167 Albert St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
For more than 100 years the Royal Albert Hotel has welcome guests into a spacious, tranquil reprieve from the bustling CBD below. In prime position on the Queen Street Mall, the Royal Albert's deluxe suites and apartments make the perfect base for...
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1/45 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
With a prime position in Eagle St Pier overlooking the Brisbane River, Bavarian Bier Cafe makes a great stop on a bar crawl in the Brisbane CBD. Not a fan of beer? The cocktail menu won't disappoint, but be brave and try the flavoured beers which...
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93 James St, New Farm QLD 4005, Australia
Fabulous studio where you can learn to create aboriginal art in their fully equipped studio, including all materials and supplies and instruction! Depending on how long you have, you can create an emu caller, a didgeridoo, canvas paintings, etc....
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Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
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123 Eagle St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, Australia
I'd been craving a delicious seafood pasta and oysters, but was wary of tourist trap restaurants suggested by concierge in other cities. It seemed they were recommended more for proximity than for their reputation. Now, Brisbane is a less on the...
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11 Hickson Road Walsh Bay, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
I live in Sydney, but that's not to say I haven't tried a few of her hotels—I've even worked in some. The Sebel Pier One is definitely my pick. It's got comfortable, modern rooms and the thing I love most about good hotels: a pillow menu (who...
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251-255 Oxford St, Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
Paddington Reservoir Gardens is an award-winning garden transformed from its former life. The reservoir, a source of water for the rapidly growing population of Sydney in the 19th century, has been used in a number of ways including as a garage...
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31 Lamrock Ave, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Gallery director Adrian Newstead sources bark paintings, sculptures, and ceremonial artifacts from Aboriginal artists throughout Australia and curates works for local and international shows. 31 Lamrock Ave., Bondi Beach, 61/(0) 2-9300-9233. This...
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Harbourview Cres, Milsons Point NSW 2061, Australia
North of the harbor on Lavender Bay, Clark Park is an ideal spot for a picnic away from the bustle. On the western end, curious visitors discover the garden Wendy Whiteley created from a landfill. 5- to 10-minute walk from Luna Park. This appeared...
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
Every Saturday, more than 70 stalls fill the Eveleigh Railyards with regional produce, artisan breads, cheeses, jams, fresh coffee, and flowers. 243 Wilson St., Eveleigh, 61/(0) 2-9209-4735. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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Bennelong Point, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon, the Sydney Opera House was inspired by its dramatic setting on Bennelong Point in Sydney Harbour, a location that’s long been sacred to the native Gadigal people. While construction took...
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Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Bondi to Bronte is a stunning 30-45min walk along the coast. Start early so you can park behind Icebergs (http://icebergs.com.au/). Check out the famous Icebergs pool, walk past Tamarama (a cute smaller beach) and wind up in Bronte before heading...
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100 Cumberland St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Send anyone to The Rocks, Sydney's most historic neighborhood, and they're bound to end up at The Australian Heritage Hotel, a local institution. Not only is this the place to be on ANZAC and Australia days, but it's a great spot to spend a Sunday...
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Queen Victoria Building, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Queen Victoria Building has been central to culture and commerce in Sydney since 1898. Covering a full city block with the Town Hall train station entrance on the ground floor, it’s hard to miss and easy to get to. For a perfect Sunday...
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Rear Bldg, Bondi Pavilion, off Campell Pde (opp, Beach Rd, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
Every January, this traveling short film festival kicks off at the Bondi Beach Pavilion and spends about nine days introducing moviegoers to Academy-accredited Australian and international films that include music videos, animations,...
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1/85 Dunning Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018, Australia
In a warehouse eatery, chef Mike McEnearney devises a new menu every day based on what he finds at local farmers’ markets. Weekend breakfast might include sourdough pancakes with lemon curd or baked beans with bacon and poached eggs. 85 Dunning...
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Harbour St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The largest and most storied of the Sydney Harbour islands, Cockatoo was once an Aboriginal fishing ground, a naval shipyard, a girls' reform school, and a gruesome prison. Today, it offers fascinating walking tours, a casual café, and a...
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Similar to a goat-laden American petting zoo, visitors at Featherdale Park can purchase a cone of feed and coax kangaroos, wallabies, and emus over to eat out of their hands. Featherdale is home to one of the area's largest private collections of...
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Doonside NSW 2767, Australia
I've heard wonderful things about the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, however when we arrived I asked someone for a less commercial zoo, looking more for a sanctuary where the animals are a bit more free to be themselves. We took the 40 minute train from...
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98-104 Parramatta Rd, Camperdown NSW 2050, Australia
Part motorcycle shop, part surf lifestyle brand, Deus ex Machina is hard to define, and that’s how owner Dare Jennings likes it. 98-104 Parramatta Rd., Camperdown, 61/(0) 2-8594-2800. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue. Image:...
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316 Stanmore Rd, Petersham NSW 2049, Australia
The suburbs of Sydney have some of the best cafes with the most personality. Big Brekky in Petersham, named for the Australian slang term for breakfast, is no exception. It was my first meal in Australia and it quickly became a favorite. The fruit...
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71 Clissold Rd, Wahroonga NSW 2076, Australia
About half an hour north of Sydney, right on the edge of the Ku-ring-gai National Park, you'll find this mid-century gem of Bauhaus architecture. The house was built in 1949/50 by Austrian architect Harry Seidler for his parents Rose and Max. The...
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Edwin Flack Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127, Australia
About an hour from the Sydney CBD. Went out to cheer on the South Sydney Rabbitohs rugby league game.
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76 Wilford St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia
This young brewery in the heart of the eclectic Newtown district is dedicated to the English beer and cider making techniques of the past. Tradition shows in all three of the brewery's core ales—the Hop Ale, the Natural Lager, and the Real Ale—as...
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13 Edgeware Rd, Enmore NSW 2042, Australia
Tara Guest House is in the edgy South Sydney district of Enmore, known mostly for its old pubs and theaters. Owners Brom and Julian—an interiors architect and a fashion designer—live in a bedroom upstairs. They lovingly decorated each...
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44 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204, Australia
Sydney's Inner West is in the midst of a craft beer revolution. Batch Brewing Company was opened by two American expats in the winter of 2013. Not surprising, their flagship beer is an American West Coast Pale Ale, but other options include the...
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9 Western Ave, Blaxland NSW 2774, Australia
Souvenir from the beautiful Coo-ee Gallery at Bondi Beach. Aboriginal works abound.
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28, Best Ave, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
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Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
There are certain touristy things that one must do while traveling. And some places are so great that even locals flock to them despite the fact that they're heavily trodden. The Opera Bar at the Sydney Opera House is one of those places. There...
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Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman NSW 2088, Australia
Travelers should visit Taronga Zoo as much for its harbor views as for the 4,000 resident animals (who get to see them all day long). Ferry 15 minutes from Circular Quay and take an optional Sky Safari cable car, included in the ticket...
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Cowper Wharf Road &, Brougham St, Woolloomooloo NSW 2011, Australia
The meat pie is synonymous with Australia, and no place is more iconic in Sydney than Woolloomooloo's Harry's Cafe de Wheels. What started out as a simple stand turned into one of the first food trucks when local ordinances dictated that mobile...
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140 George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
Set on the western side of Circular Quay, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) is the country’s leading institution for modern art. While access to touring international exhibitions from the likes of Tatsuo Miyajima and Annie...
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Sydney Harbour Bridge, Sydney NSW, Australia
It's the quintessential thing to do in Sydney, and it's alot of fun! You won't get a better bird's-eye-view of Sydney's amazing landmarks— including the Opera House and Luna Park— than from the top of the iconic Harbour Bridge. #afarexperiences...
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Mrs Macquaries Rd, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
Sydney’s 158-acre botanic garden, which hugs the harbor between Mrs Macquarie's Chair and the Sydney Opera House, is home to nearly 9,000 plant species. Depending on the season of your visit, you might seek out spring peaches and wisteria or...
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The hike from Coogee Beach to Bondi Beach in Sydney, Australia, is one of the best urban paths I have experienced. Although you're never far from the city, the walk feels quite scenic at times, and the many beaches you come across along the way...
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Paddington NSW 2021, Australia
It was a beautiful evening for a walk down Paddington Street in Sydney. A great place for an inexpensive gourmet dinner is A Fish Called Paddo at Five Ways, a junction of streets in the heart of Paddington.
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Dawes Point NSW 2000, Australia
At twilight, hop on a ferry from Circular Quay. Sail around the harbor with no particular destination and watch as the city awakens for the night.
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141/143 Macpherson St, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
Three Blue Ducks draws a queue of Bronte beachgoers every weekend for its famous orange yogurt pancakes and scrambled eggs with black sausage. Besides the friendly staff, graffiti-meets-indie-music vibe (especially cool at dinner), and the...
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Elizabeth St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
When walking through the streets of downtown Sydney, or anywhere for that matter, it is wise to explore the path less traveled. Poets argue it makes all the difference. Call them "local trails." The arterial streets of the heart of Australia's...
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50 Holt St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
The Argentine restaurant that took Sydney by storm in 2010—and even rose from the ashes of a fire that originated in its charcoal grill—finally outgrew its Cleveland Street Surry Hills digs and reopened on Holt Street in late...
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Circular Quay Railway Station, Alfred St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
For a relaxing rainy morning on the harbor, there are many covered restaurants along the outer edges of Circular Quay at which you can sit and soak in the view with a cup of coffee or tea. As the day progresses, watch the Quay fill with people as...
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471 Bronte Rd, Bronte NSW 2024, Australia
For many Sydneysiders, swimming in the ocean is a daily cleanse. There's a seawater pool at just about every beach, so even ocean-fearing travelers can get a taste of the salty lifestyle without worries of waves or worse (sharks?). Bronte Baths,...
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9 Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Aerosol-wielding artistsfrom around the world have lefttheir mark on Melbourne. HosierLane, declared a “graffiti tolerancezone” by the city council, containsthe area’s densest collectionof spray-painted masterpieces. —Chris Baty This appeared in...
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80 North St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Twice a week, Melbourne’s beloved Mountain Goat Brewery throws open its doors—and taps. Make friends by buying a round of the signature Hightale Ale or award-winning Surefoot Stout. In a town where half the men seem to make their own beer, this...
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180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Stroll the laneways or visit one of the many museums; Melbourne is the city for art lovers. The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) is Melbourne’s most well-known art gallery. It has a free permanent collection and regularly hosts major...
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270 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Travelling for 30 hours with little food and less sleep, the idea of a four hour cycle around Melbourne is daunting. But fuelled by sugary treats and with a marine in tow, I make it around the Laneways of the city, along the river to the Botanic...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Of all the cities in Australia, Melbourne is the one fussiest with its morning cup of joe. Here are five tried-and-true coffeehouses that have survived the city's critics and can be proudly considered Melbourne’s finest. 1. Brother Baba Budan –...
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112 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Dumplings are my favourite food group. Yes, in my diet, they make up a whole food group of bite-sized, juicy deliciousness within a soft, preferably thin dumpling skin, which is then dipped into a bowl of soy sauce and freshly chopped ginger—oh...
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125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
One of the best places to enjoy Thai food in Melbourne is Chin Chin, which also serves local wines (they have Old World wine options, too). Chin Chin doesn't take reservations, but there are plenty of places to wet your whistle (or change your...
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Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne’s market culture is obviously very much alive and, in the case of Queen Victoria Market, has been since the 1870s.

Food stalls to try: Börek; Bratwurst Shop & Co.; American Doughnut Kitchen; Gozleme Turkish Café; Le...
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100 Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
When you need a break from all the laneways and urbanscapes, head to the sprawling Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Here, 93 acres of landscaped gardens feature more than 10,000 species of native and exotic flora species. On sunny days, locals tend...
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215 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Caffe e Torta is a nice little place for breakfast or lunch, operated by a charming family. All four of us in our party enjoyed breakfast. I loved my poached eggs and smoked salmon. The cafe is located at the end of the Royal Arcade, at Little...
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2 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
At this polished Greek restaurant, try wood-fire-roasted pork belly with white beans and apple skordalia, and beef brisket souvlakakia. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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31 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This three-floor, indoor-outdoor place is a fun spot to while away a day or an evening in the company of friends. They offer a full list of hotdogs of various kinds, a wide selection of booze, and music on vinyl.
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123 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
At this tiny café, try Australian dishes such as coddled hen egg with mushrooms and foraged herbs; golden beetroot salad with cow’s milk curd, walnuts, seeds, and wildflowers. This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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21 Bond St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
While the Age Good Food Guide gave it one-hat, and it had been recommended by countless locals, I had yet to experience Maha. Sitting in the chic laneway restaurant near Flinders Street Station, I settled into the comfortable cushions and admired...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Melbourne is by far one of the best cities I have ever lived in! A cross between San Francisco and London, the city perfectly combines the old with the new. Many of the buildings exude an old world feel; while the coffee shops, bars, art galleries...
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135 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Although this is a franchise (there's one in the Lower East Side of Manhattan), it's worth a stop for the pork meatballs and burrata. The staff is friendly, and it's a good option when you can't bear the wait at nearby Chin Chin.
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27-29 Tattersalls Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne is leading the way in Australia with a host of pop-up or themed small bars. Summer favourite, Ponyfish Island, is a quirky little bar found under the Southgate Pedestrian Bridge in the middle of the Yarra River. Located on one of the...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
A weekly tradition for many Melburnians is to visit one of the local markets to stock up on fresh produce for the week ahead, but there’s more to the markets than food. The Queen Victoria Market, has retained the art deco features within its still...
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1/161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Entering through a non-descript doorway and walking up a narrow flight of stairs a long room stretched before you with comfortable plush couches and smartly dressed bar staff Welcome to the Melbourne Supper Club, arguably Melbourne’s best bar....
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252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
One of Melbourne's top picks for ambiance and great food is Cookie. Unfortunately, I didn't take photos of my entrée to visually back up my claim. You'll find Cookie on the first floor of a multi-level walkup. Additional establishments occupy the...
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21 Liverpool St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Coming in off the streets of a typical windy and wet Melbourne winter's day, it was a welcome relief to be able to relax next to the fully stoked fire. My gaze flickered over the menu, from which names like "Mr Fu," "Communist Manifesto," and...
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359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Long renown as Australia’s coffee capital, Melbourne is the place to come if you want the best coffee Australia has to offer. If there is only coffee house you visit make Brother Baba Budan your choice. The warehouse-style café, located near...
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Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Of all the cities in Australia, Melbourne has the biggest diversity in shopping, by far. If you only have time to stay in the city, then Bourke Street has department stores and many big labels, including Spanish fashion-house Zara and Aussie surf...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
“Ball!” An exhortation that fans of Australian Rules Football yell when the opposing team is illegally holding the ball. True fans also yell this whenever their rivals are in control. Barrack To cheer for a team or player. (Never say you “root”...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Melbourne’s laneways bustle with little bars, offering every type of ambience. The fun is in finding them tucked away in secret alcoves and behind unassuming doors. Peer over the city’s lively, winding laneways as you barhop from rooftop to...
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Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
If you want to capture beautiful views of Melbourne's South Bank, including Eureka Tower that dominates the skyline, head to Birrarung Marr Park. From Federation Square head towards the Princes Bridge (as if you're walking towards the Art Centre...
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Capital City Trail, Melbourne VIC 3004, Australia
Melbourne has a convenient Bike Share program with rental spots throughout the city. Unfortunately, most of its beautiful parks are off-limits to bikes. This trail, however, is not. It's located on the south side of the Yarra River and makes for a...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
As you explore the city you’ll see plenty of sleek modern trams, not at all like the heritage W-Class trams depicted on postcards; but there are a limited number of W-Class trams still running, the most popular being on the free City Circle route....
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205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The Westin is a modern, comfortable hotel that is ideally located for exploring the central business district of Melbourne and surrounding areas. The staff is really helpful and friendly. I recommend talking with Paul Rumpff, concierge, who was...
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St Kilda beach, Victoria, Australia
We spent 2 weeks hitting every beautiful beach we could between Sydney and Melbourne. We hooked up with local hosts through the U.N. hospitality network called, Servas. You can stay for 2 nights for free with your hosts. Our first day in Melbourne...
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55, Rialto Towers, 525 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Chef Shannon Bennett now presides over a small constellation of Australian restaurant, including a cafe in Melbourne International, but his flagship Vue de Monde in its new spot in the Rialto Tower remains one of Melbourne's finest. Go for...
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Swanston St & Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
No matter the time of day Federation Square buzzes with people enjoying the space, constantly voted one of the ugliest buildings ever. During any typical week you can find festivals, sporting events broadcast on the big screens, people wandering...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Known as ‘The Fashion Capital’, Melbourne’s selection of vintage, boutiques and chain stores will appease every fashionistas shopping style. Looking for a bargain? Head to Bridge Street, Richmond or Smith Street, Collingwood to snap up end of...
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1 Southgate Ave, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
Tiffins upon tiffins of all things sweet and delicious were being paraded past me and settled on tables. My mouth was watering - I hadn't eaten breakfast - and the smell of warm scones and sweet fruit weren't helping keep my growling stomach at...
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Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia
This is a beautiful spot and a solemn reminder of the costs of wars. It also has one of the best views of the CBD.
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21 Croft Alley, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
If you're looking for an off-beat bar to add to the mix of trendy lounges and clubs to hit up, The Croft Institute definitely wont' disappoint. It looks like a functioning mad scientist's lab, shelves covered with vials of unlabeled liquids and...
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Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3001, Australia
Despite January’s sweltering heat the world’s best tennis players will descend on Melbourne for the Australian Open, second only to the US Open in attendance. Tickets sell-out fast If you miss out on tickets to the games visit the Grand Slam Oval...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
On the boarder of the CBD are three of the cities most loves and utilised gardens, the Fitzroy Gardens, Carlton Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens. Elm-lined avenues of Fitzroy Gardens lead visitors to the highlights of the Victorian era styled...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
With the worlds most famous comedians descending on Melbourne in late-March, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival is one calendar event not to be missed. Headlining acts can usually be found in the Town Hall or – Theatre, but for the best...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
When the sun goes down Melbourne’s quirky themed bars are the place to be. Here are a few of our top suggestions; Section 8 Set in an abandoned car park just off Chinatown the small bar offers a grungy, urban feel with reasonable priced drinks....
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
As the sunsets on Saturday 22nd February the city will light up for a night of art, culture and music will take over the city. The all-night cultural festival, part of the Nuit Blanche family, is remaining tight lipped on the 2014 program but it...
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111 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Opened in 1883, the Hotel Windsor predates some of the world’s most historic hotels, including The Ritz in Paris, the Waldorf-Astoria in New York, and The Savoy in London. As Australia’s only surviving grand hotel from that era, it has...
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1, Harbour Town, 20 Wharf St, Docklands VIC 3008, Australia
I guess what I love about street art is that it is art of the moment. It isn’t meant to be there forever. You are here . You can find these words on this spot on this wall. The laneways covered in Melbourne street art have become one of the...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
Multicultural Melbourne is an artistic, sophisticated, and eclectic city. Compact in size, the city is split into distinct pockets, each with its own individual vibe and character. Behind the historic Victorian-era architecture of the main city...
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20 Presgrave Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
It was nine o'clock on a Monday night when the newcomer shuffled in. The bar was empty, but the shelves were full, the decanters filled. Hayden Lambert, head bartender, was behind the counter. No jacket required. Just a nightcap. In this...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
2013 is the year that rum is coming back in fashion as a range of rum bars pop-up around the city. Los Barbudos Creating traditional drinks – mojitos, daiquiris and El Presidentes – in the classic Cuban style and boasting an impressive rum...
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26 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Perhaps one of Melbourne’s most understated treasures, Hotel Lindrum is a mix of gentlemen’s club with a slick modern design. The 59 room boutique hotel is located in the heritage listed Lindrum Billiard centre building on the corner of Flinders...
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Ground Level, Transport Hotel, Federation Square, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
The sounds of a live Jazz band wafts down the hall as you reach the third floor of the Transport Hotel complex in Federation Square. Sink into the velvet lounges and enjoy the ambiance as you await you drink. They have an extensive martini menu,...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
It’s exclusive but democratic; bi-monthly, ten diners are chosen to experience a private dinner with one of Melbourne’s well-known chefs in an interesting setting – cellars of the cities top restaurants or perhaps a rooftop with a view. The...
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3, 59 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This rooftop bar is THE place people dress up in Victorian costume for (not talking Halloween) and is just as fun as it's menu-which includes descriptions with "!!!" Seriously. Quite classy, the cocktails for "two players" or "playing doubles" are...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
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South Wharf, 2 Convention Centre Pl, Melbourne VIC 3006, Australia
You’d almost mistake the hotel for a boutique property with soaring ceilings, wood-lined walls and a Brillo pad artwork hung over the desk - the steel-wool scourers are shaped like coral polyp the front desk informed. The Hilton South Wharf takes...
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2/16 Corrs Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Get lost in time at Berlin Bar. Navigate the laneways, ring the door bell and descend to the first floor to find this post-modern spot where you choose between indulging in opulent east Germany or the punkier war-time west Germany. All the beers...
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Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
With flat terrain and bicycle friendly roads, Melbourne is an ideal city to see by bike tour. Real Melbourne Bike Tours, located at Federation Square, offers daily bike tours taking you on a 4-hour loop of the city and trendy inner Northern...
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Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
"I'll meet you under the clocks." It's a phrase you'll hear thrown around Melbourne by locals all the time, but what does it mean? Flinders Street Station is not only a Australian icon but it's Melbourne's heart. Being the Metropolitan train hub,...
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271 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
I've done an embarrassing amount of chocolate tours/courses in my day. And why not - right? - it's not my fault I love chocolate so much, I just came put together that way. Out of all the tours though the Lindt Chocolate Creation course at...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
The Press Club in Flinders St is one of my favourite eating & drinking houses in Melbourne. Last time I was there the eatery was booked out so over to the Press Club Bar we went. 20 types of Ouzo - don't mind if I do. Of course, one needs to drink...
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86 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This little corner tucked away between office buildings is a cool stop for a quick lunch or dinner. Under the massive mural of the gorgeous woman are three pop-up restaurants - Korean (get the steamed buns), burgers, and veggie. Sit on little...
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400 Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Multicultural Melbourne is home to people from 180 countries who speak over 230 languages, and the thought-provoking Immigration Museum charts this history through the stories of these people from across the world. Not only does it highlight the...
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Just one of the many alleyways in Melbourne that's a treasure trove for street art lovers.
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167 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
There are two awesome donut experiences you should have while you’re at or near the Queen Victoria Markets in Melbourne. The first is a large white donut van called The American Doughnut Kitchen which is normally parked in the middle street...
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Melbourne VIC, Australia
If you want to get to know a country, get to know the sports they play there. I caught my first Australian Rules Football ("footy") match recently, and it turned out to be the upset of the season. St. Kilda (118) vs. Fremantle (60).
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Union Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Encouraged - nay, endorsed - by the city council, Melbourne has some of the coolest street art you'll see around and definitely the best in Australia. Grab a copy of the free laneways map and if you're lucky you'll get to see some street artists...
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205 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Enjoy spacious accommodations and conveniences like our Business and Wellness Centres near the business district's theatres and restaurants.
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49 Market St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
The Gowings and State Theatre buildings in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD) have been revamped to create the new designer hotel, QT Sydney. Its interiors feature edgy art and installations, even in the elevator. Bold colors and quirky...
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45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Cumulus, Inc. in Melbourne was, without hesitation, the best dining experience I had while on the continent of Australia. Is it fair to build up a meal so boldly for a restaurant that changes its menu frequently, if not daily? Perhaps not....