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A creative, well-made cocktail at the Royce’s shiny Showroom Bar.

Six of Melbourne’s hottest hotel bars to check out

We’ve found a new guard: the kinds of places you’d be delighted to find after dropping the bags and realising you’re dying for a well-made drink.

  • Tomas Telegramma
Duck egg char kwai teow at Lulu’s Express.

Melbourne hit list August 2023: Hot, new and just-reviewed places to check out, right now

Hawker stalls and Mexican street food spin-offs, top-quality lunchtime sushi bowls and more.

Bud of Love in Footscray hosts trivia and speed dating nights.

From strangers to soulmates by dessert: The Melbourne restaurants serving social connection

Live dating shows, feasts for solo diners and “speed friending” nights are selling out at bars and restaurants across Melbourne.

  • Emma Breheny
The Melbourne Bitter mural at Odd Culture in Fitzroy.

10 hot, new (and renewed) Melbourne bars and pubs to try right now

From a four-storey mega-venue to some popular old North Melbourne pubs given new life, here are the watering holes we’ve been loving lately.

Drom’s pork, fennel and cheese sausage roll.

Let the good times roll: 10 of Melbourne’s best sausage rolls

Juicy mince. Flaky pastry. Tuckshop nostalgia. What’s not to love about a sausage roll?

  • Tomas Telegramma
The Duke Rooftop bar in Melbourne.

18 Melbourne venues to eat, drink and watch the Matildas play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup finals

From sporty pubs to elegant wine bars, there’s something appetising for every football fan very close to the action.

Charcoal chicken is a specialty but not a focus at Henrietta in Melbourne.

The beautiful south: 20 great new restaurants, bars and cafes situated south of the river

Move over hipster northside joints, there’s plenty of great stuff going on south of the Yarra, too.

Black Star Pastry’s Mirage hot chocolate.

The secret to the perfect hot chocolate – plus five of Melbourne’s best

What better way to revel in winter than with a rich, velvety hot chocolate? From the simple to the super special, here’s five to try.

  • Bianca Hrovat and Andrea McGinniss
The chairs at Grossi Florentino Upstairs are being retired after active service since the 1930s.

Hush hour: 20 of Melbourne’s best restaurants for quiet conversation (and great food)

Because sometimes you just want to be able to hear each other speak over a fabulous meal and a great glass of wine, or three.

Creamy ramen at Hakata Gensuke.

Everybody loves ramen, and here’s 10 of Melbourne’s best to try

The warming, flavour-packed Japanese soup is a good idea any time of the year - but in winter it’s unbeatable.

  • Sonia Nair