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Pyrmont Bridge Rd, Sydney NSW 2009, Australia
The sprawling Sydney Fish Market is considered the largest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. That means about 2,700 crates (or 50-55 tons) of more than 100 species of the freshest catch from Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands is...
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229 Darlinghurst Rd, Sydney NSW 2010, Australia
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Eau-De-Vie in Darlinghurst is regarded by many Sydneysiders as the best bar in town. I was there on a quiet night but still loved the place and people. The bartenders rock, and the drinks are spectacular. It's the perfect place to start or end a...
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30 Balfour St, Chippendale NSW 2008, Australia
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This four-level gallery holds a large collection of contemporary Chinese art. An airy teahouse serves housemade dumplings and loose-leaf oolong. 30 Balfour St., Chippendale, 61/(0) 2-8399-2867. This appeared in the August/September 2013 issue....
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Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
The guy who runs Mao and More, John Williams, must have been Asian in his past life. His eclectic shop is full of Asian artifacts, including traditional silk Chinese lanterns, Shanghai sofas from the ’50s, collectible porcelain pieces, and antique...
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1 Notts Ave, Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Andrew Crabbe serves up honest, scrumptious food at The Crabbe Hole. People watching at this little poolside cafe is equally delicious. Have breakfast here for a real slice of everyday Icebergs. You don't have to pay the pool fees to eat here....
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245 Wilson St, Eveleigh NSW 2015, Australia
The brick-and-iron warehouses of the old Eveleigh Railway Workshops now host a diverse lineup of experimental music, theater, film, and fine art. Located on the border of Redfern and Waterloo, Carriageworks was restored to keep the historical...
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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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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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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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19 Kent St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
One of Sydney’s oldest “hotels” (watering holes with rooms), this Rocks favorite was built out of convict-quarried sandstone in the 1830s and ’40s. The Lord Nelson added a brewery in 1987 and now produces English-style...
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55/57 Gertrude St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
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As if Cumulus Inc. and Golden Fields wasn't enough, Andrew McConnell's Cutler & Co does the chef's same extraordinary things with perfect produce. They've given new life to a former metalworks factory, with cement columns and exposed brickwork...
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45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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....
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125 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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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112 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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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21 Bond St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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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Southbank VIC 3006, Australia
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This is a fun place to relax, have some beers, and shoot the breeze with friends on a sunny day. It's just south of the Finders St. Station and north of Southgate. We happened to discover it on Christmas Day and enjoyed ourselves immensely with...
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252 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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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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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180 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Every discerning visitor to Melbourne goes straight to Cumulus Inc, another Andrew McConnell restaurant. The chef has become one of the leaders in the Melbourne food scene, and a booking at one of his restaurants is an insurance that great food is...
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241 Victoria St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
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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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60 Riley St, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
Luke Nguyen says:“Our restaurant’s dining room is rustic, and we hope it feels warm and inviting, like you’re visiting our home.” 545 Crown St., 61/(0) 2-9698-4355, redlantern.com.au See all ofsydney-surry-hills" target="_blank"Luke Nguyen’s...
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60 Rose St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Venture out of the CBD of Melbourne by foot, or short train ride, to the neighborhood of Fitzroy. It's quite an eclectic place with a hipster feel, aroma of fresh coffee beans wafting through the streets, some of the best vintage shops...
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1/2-8 Dixon St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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Our visit to Australia was coming to a close, so we thought we'd wander over to the harbor for some fresh fish. On the way there, we just happened to glance down a side street and saw a sign proclaiming "Uighur Cuisine." The Uighur people of China...
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20 Campbell St, Haymarket NSW 2000, Australia
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Be prepared to wait for your supper, which can be torturous once you see the chefs cooking in the window. I waited 30 minutes on my trip to Chat Thai and was told I was lucky. The best way to experience this well-known Chinatown Thai restaurant is...
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141 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
Walking along Broadway down the student strip of universities (just past the unmissable brutalist style tower of the University of Technology) lies a hole-in-the-wall Chinese food joint serving the cheapest, tastiest snack: cumin lamb steam buns....
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178 Campbell Pde, Bondi, Sydney NSW 2026, Australia
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Owned by Nahji Chu, who with her family was one of the first Vietnamese/Laotian refugees in Australia, MissChu is a Vietnamese fast food chain with hawker-style "tuckshops" in Sydney, Melbourne, and now even London. Eat in, order take-away, or get...
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Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
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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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Cowper Wharf Rd & 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
Housed inside the Maritime Services Board building and a modern addition 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...
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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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Tarrawarra Abbey, Tarrawarra VIC 3775, Australia
An hour outside of Melbourne, you’ll find one of Australia’s great wine regions, the Yarra Valley. John’s itinerary includes two days in the area noted for producing world-class chardonnay, pinot noir, and sparkling wines. You’ll stay at the...
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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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178 Faraday St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
The stunning Baker D. Chirico does some of the best bread in Melbourne. This place is all about quality, premium bread, and that means high prices. But with those prices and at that standard, it comes with a pretty stunning design and store fit...
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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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340 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
I was having a leisure day in Melbourne, wandering the streets of the artsy neighborhood, Fitzroy, when I came across T2. Located on Brunswick Street, T2 is a tea lover's dream, with locations in major cities throughout Australia. Catering to the...
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11 Nicholson St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Besides being home to the largest IMAX theater in the world, which plays documentaries in both 2D and 3D, the Natural History Museum's fauna displays are unique because of Australia's location on the globe; extremely large snakes, reptiles, and...
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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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186-188 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia
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Betel leaves are used as a stimulant, an antiseptic, and a breath freshener in Southeast Asia. At Jimmy Liks, they are how you eat a chicken and smoked eggplant bite-size starter. The little amuse bouche comes with a chili and eschalot relish....
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633 Bourke St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
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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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359 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
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If you are looking to drink impeccable coffee while enjoying some people-watching, Bills is the ultimate Sydney pit stop. A small empire spanning three Sydney neighborhoods and a growing clutch of international locations, it's the place to head to...

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George St, The Rocks NSW 2000, Australia
The Rocks is undoubtedly one of Sydney's most beautiful areas. Follow George Street until the very end and it’s almost like you’ve stepped back in time—there are cobblestones under your feet, quaint stores to browse, and great pubs to visit. One...
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1 Veivers Rd, Palm Cove QLD 4879, Australia
For an unforgettable sunrise, wake up before dawn, grab a coffee from a nearby hotel and wander down the long stretch of beach in Palm Cove. You won't be alone, but the beach isn't crowded at this time of day either. It'll be you, your camera and...
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Port Douglas Rd, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
It wouldn't be a visit to Queensland without a snuggle with one of its cutest and most iconic inhabitants - the koala! Koalas in captivity follow very strict time guidelines when it comes to snuggling with tourists, so don't expect a lengthy...
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Cooya Beach QLD 4873, Australia
If you've ever wondered if you could hack it in the wild with little more than a spear and your own brains, a cultural experience with Linc and Brandon Walker, members of the indigenous Kuku Yalanji tribe in Queensland, might help you figure it...
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29 Barrier St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
About an hour from Cairns and 10 minutes from the best hotels in Port Douglas is a dining experience unlike anything else in Queensland. Hidden in the Daintree Rainforest, the Flames of the Forest experience takes place under a tent, with huge...
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5 Warner St, Port Douglas QLD 4877, Australia
When I signed up for Grub's Personalised Trike Tour, I thought it would be a unique way to experience the area around Port Douglas... and it certainly was! I just didn't expect it to be so darn FAST! Throughout the fully customizable journey, the...
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Lasseter Hwy, Uluru NT 0872, Australia
Uluru, or Ayer’s Rock as many know it, is one of the most recognized landmarks anywhere in the world. This strange giant rock in the middle of the Australian Outback has long kindled imaginations, going back millennia. It may be an important...
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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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40 Eden Valley Rd, Angaston SA 5353, Australia
Australia's oldest family owned winery, I definitely recommend stopping by this beautiful property. We rode our bikes about 15 k from the Louise, half of which was on the Barossa Trail, a special bike path. The staff at Yalumba was really...
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1/194-200 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne saw a huge influx of Chinese immigrants during the 1850s gold rush, and the city’s fascinating Chinatown, located on Little Bourke Street and the surrounding lanes and alleyways, is a buzzing area of restaurants, noodle shops, stores and...
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66 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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You can’t pass up a visit to this institution. Said to be home to Melbourne’s first espresso machine (delivered in 1954), this might well be where the city’s coffee obsession started. Pull up a seat at the buzzing bar and feast on honest Italian...
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247 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Melbourne knows no bounds for its love of coffee, so it can be hard to choose where to get your caffeine fix. Dukes is one of the best, roasting their own ethically sourced beans, and its expert baristas will brew any style coffee you'd like, from...
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Block Arcade, 282 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This 19th-century shopping arcade is jaw-droppingly beautiful, with mosaic-tile flooring, majestic decorative arches and a glass-canopied ceiling. It’s filled with interesting boutiques and cafés, including the Hopetoun Tea Rooms, with its famous...
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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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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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Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
A great tip for first-timers to Melbourne: This heritage tram glides around the central business district all day, every day—and is completely free. The audio commentary will let you know which city landmarks you’re passing, but major attractions...
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328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This is a Melbourne landmark, where students make use of the free Wi-Fi, and locals picnic on the green lawns overlooking Swanston Street. It’s also a great way to spend a few hours, exploring the heritage interiors of the 19th-century building...
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Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Australian Centre for the Moving Image might sound stuffy, but this one-of-a-kind museum is sure to enthrall and delight. Centrally located in Federation Square, ACMI pays homage to Australian cinema, TV and digital culture, with a vibrant...
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31 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Located down a narrow roadway, this store-meets-gallery features contemporary crafts by some of Melbourne’s most talented artisans. You’ll find earthy stoneware by Andrei Davidoff, timber decor items by Helen Walsh, chunky ceramic...
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349 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
This Melbourne institution sells a range of high-quality, long-lasting and practical luggage, from camera and laptop bags to backpacks and suitcases, made using heavy-duty materials like truck tarpaulin canvas, seat belts and deep-sea diving...
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167 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Take home a sparkling reminder of your trip down under with a unique piece of contemporary jewelry. The basement store showcases pieces from a constantly evolving roster of Australian and New Zealand designers, with everything from avant-garde...
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23/335 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Forget the tacky boomerang and koala teddy; this is the place for stylish and easy-to-transport souvenirs. Featuring Melbourne- and Australia-themed contemporary and vintage designs, products include eye-catching tote bags, lamps, cushions,...
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187 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Behind Melbourne’s grid of city streets is a world of backstreets and alleyways where quirky venues are tucked behind unassuming doors and in secret alcoves. Try Centre Place for excellent hole-in-the-wall cafés; the popular Shanghai-style Chinese...
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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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Hosier Ln, Melbourne VIC 3004, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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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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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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
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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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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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. Through the years, Australia’s only surviving grand hotel from...
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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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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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4 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182, Australia
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Find homestyle, yet gourmet, Chinese dishes at this second venture for Chef Gilbert Lau. Try the wok-fried or steamed Patagonian toothfish; Shanghai scrambled egg white, fresh crab, and cream.

This appeared in the May 2014 issue.
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74 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea VIC 3185, Australia
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Chef Ben Shewry creates locally sourced, Australian dishes with experimental and modernist flair. Try the eight-course tasting menus: one for omnivores (which might include snow crab, whiting, and red kangaroo) and one for vegetarians. This...
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38-52 Waterloo St, Surry Hills NSW 2010, Australia
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Fujiyama is dedicated to the Japanese art of eating and drinking—that is, eating small plates with free-flowing booze and conversation. The restaurant offers simple sashimi, nigiri, and hand rolls that pair nicely with frosty glasses of Saporro,...
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Lavender St, Lavender Bay NSW 2060, Australia
Over the past 15 years, Wendy Whiteley (known as the "goddess muse" and wife of one of Australia's most famous artists, Brett Whiteley) has lovingly restored a once derelict piece of land, owned by the NSW Rail Corporation. It's a magical place to...
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270 Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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A North Bondi Beach institution since 1993, Sean’s Panaroma is known for unpretentious yet delicious fare, served in a homey dining room alongside fresh-cut flowers and views of Australia’s most famous beach. The simple chalkboard...
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106 Curlewis St, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia
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Run by a brother and sister duo, Brown Sugar is a small place with big flavor. Four seasonal menus (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner) plus heaps of chalkboard specials are inspired by the freshest local ingredients. Early morning favorites...
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120 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi NSW 2026, Australia
Opened in early 2014 by Chiswick and Aria’s Matt Moran and Peter Sullivan, North Bondi Fish is a casual seafood joint overlooking the local's end of Australia's most famous beach. Small bites are the usual oysters, fish fingers, scallops, and...