The Age Good Cafe Guide Awards 2013

The 2013 edition of The Age Good Cafe Guide is in stores today – are your favourites listed? While I am not a coffee drinker I have reviewed several of the award-winning establishments noted with a *. These cafes won top honours:          Eftpos Best Cafe: Auction Rooms* (North Melbourne)          Best Coffee: Axil […]

HOT: Books Illustrated Gallery & Showroom, 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park

On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated. Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to young adults, original […]

HOT: Janet de Neefe at Books for Cooks, Rice Queen, 2/231 Smith St, Fitzroy

I’ve written previously about the great author events that specialist cookbook store Books for Cooks run. They are becoming so popular that they’ve started moving certain events out of their store – too many books and people to fit into a small space! While the non-store events are generally not free, the great thing is […]

HOT: The Design Files Open House, 40 Little Napier St, Fitzroy

What’s better than a pop up shop? A pop up house! Melbourne design blogger extraordinaire Lucy Feagins has brought her blog The Design Files out of the interwebs and into real life. With the help of The Project Agency’s Esther Navarro-Orejon, Lucy has turned a swoon-worthy Fitzroy warehouse conversion into an even more swoonworthy display home […]

The Casual Cyclist’s Guide to Melbourne Giveaway!

I am a big fan of Melbourne-based bike rental company The Humble Vintage and the limited edition hand-drawn maps coming out of it called Melbourne for Visitors and Casual Cyclists. Now author and entrepreneur Matt Hurst has written The Casual Cyclist’s Guide Melbourne, a book bringing a fresh perspective to cycle routes in Melbourne interspersed with articles on cycling tips, […]

HOT: Adriano Zumbo at Books for Cooks, 233-235 Gertrude St, Fitzroy

We’re so lucky to have Books for Cooks in our city. This independent book store in Fitzroy is Australia’s only retailer specialising in books on food and wine. The five rooms of an old Victorian terrace typical of the area are filled floor to ceiling with densely packed books, from the popular to the obscure. […]

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