HOT: MoVida Aqui, Level 1, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne

MoVida Aqui is the recently opened, expanded version of Frank Camorra’s fabulous Spanish eatery, MoVida Bar de Tapas. While it’s virtually impossible to get a booking at the original MoVida these days, and there are two timed sittings in the evenings, things at MoVida Aqui are much more relaxed. The space is airy and light […]

HOT: Join the Lonely Planet Travellers’ Pulse Panel

As you may know, MEL: HOT OR NOT is a featured blog on Lonely Planet on the Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Pacific pages. I’m really chuffed about this, as Lonely Planet is one of my favourite travel brands and those blue guidebooks (and now iPhone apps, Kindle book downloads and TripIt on Google Wave) have helped me […]

HOT: Outpost, 9 Yarra St, South Yarra

Outpost. How much do I love thee, let me count the ways: The open kitchen. MasterChef has shown us that cooking can be theatre, and at Outpost you can have a front-row view of the kitchen goings-on. Great entertainment if you’re eating alone and love food (like me).  Oh, and they use Aesop handwash in […]

HOT: Melbourne By Foot

The centre of Melbourne, with its many alleyways and riverside walkways, is a place which is best explored by foot. Melbourne By Foot is a recently-launched walking tour run by Dave Carswell. For $25 per person he takes small groups through a three hour stroll through the city sprinkling factoids along the way. The route […]

HOT: Three Bags Full, 56 Nicholson St, Abbotsford

Three Bags Full is the latest addition to the industrial chic cafe scene that Melbourne does so well. It comes with good credentials, as it’s run by the same husband-and-wife team (Sarah Foletta and Nathan Toleman) and their business partners Ben and Diamon, who are behind award-winning cafes APTE and Liar Liar. On the second […]

HOT: Royal Mail Hotel, 98 Parker Street Glenelg Highway, Dunkeld

As a special Australia Day public holiday treat, we’re going to go out of town for the day and head to the tiny town of Dunkeld, 260km west of Melbourne. Why? Because one of Australia’s best country restaurants, and The Age Good Food Guide’s Country Restaurant of the Year in 2009, is located at the […]

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