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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
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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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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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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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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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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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Chadstone Shopping Centre, Lower Level Kiosk 044, Chadstone VIC 3148, Australia
I'd only ever eaten frozen ice cream once before, when AFAR ambassador Natalie Taylor decided to show me some of the tastiest treats in Toronto. The frozen yoghurt shop we went to was nice but nothing special and I thought frozen yoghurt was just...
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Chadstone Shopping Centre, F015/1341 Dandenong Rd, Chadstone VIC 3148, Australia
It's the little things in life that bring pleasure. Beautiful design, a cup full of warm Pai Mu Tan - that's white tea for non-tea drinkers, or a plate full of steaming xiao long bao fresh out the steamer. These three things, my favourite little...
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When people find out you are an avid traveler they will often ask, "what is your favorite place?" or "what is the best place you have ever been?". This is a tough question for those that travel from continent to continent and it is also quite...
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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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1/161 Spring St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
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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....