HOT: The Fair Foodstore, 135 Church St, Richmond

Corner stores are a great thing for neighbourhoods, but a corner coffee shop is an even better thing for creating a sense of local community. The Fair Foodstore is that kind of cafe – a charming little eatery alongside the trundling number 78 tram. It doesn’t attract much foot traffic other than from the residents […]

HOT: Lark Store, 94 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

Lark Store has been synonymous with cute homewares and party supplies since it opened its shopfront in Daylesford four years ago. They’ve now closed their Daylesford store and have decided to take the show on the road at various pop up locations, starting with a residency in Fitzroy until February 2014. At Lark Fitzroy you’ll […]

HOT: Bomba Tapas Bar and Rooftop, 103 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne

When it comes to dining, Melburnians are increasingly wanting to go casual and restaurateurs are getting the message. So it went with the transformation of semi-high end restaurant The Aylesbury into Bomba, a Spanish bodega/vermutería (all the rage in Spain at the moment). The space has been warmed up with the judicious use of wood, […]

HOT: Farren Bicycles Collection, 131 Brighton St, Richmond

I first met Paul and Charlie Farren on a Melbourne Tweed Ride when they turned up with a coterie of gasp-inducing vintage steeds (and dressed in 19th century cycling garb and tweed as well). Paul told me that these beautiful bicycles were part of a private collection of over a hundred rare and unique vintage […]

HOT: Top Paddock, 658 Church St, Richmond

And the winner is…Top Paddock! From the team behind phenomenally successful cafes APTE, Liar Liar, Three Bags Full and Two Birds One Stone comes a big, bold, seven-day-a-week eatery. It lives among the chi-chi furniture stores of Church Street and is nowhere near a paddock (though there is a large adjoining grassy lawn strewn with blankets […]

HOT: Third Drawer Down, 93 George St, Fitzroy

Third Drawer Down is Melbourne’s home of kook. And giant objects. I often take visitors to Third Drawer Down‘s curated selection of the ‘best of’ museum shops as it’s easy to miss if you’re not looking for it. The small store is a Pandora’s box of fun, useful and not-so-useful products, some designed in house and […]

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