Babajan opens second store in Melbourne’s CBD for Middle Eastern to-go

Middle Eastern cafe-turned-providore Babajan has added a location in Melbourne’s CBD, sharing its signature house-made pies, vibrant salads and ready-to-heat meals with a wider audience. As at its Carlton North location, the centrepiece will be a counter abounding with items such as confit ocean trout sandwiches with green zhoug and pickled cucumber, baharat-roasted cauliflower salad, …

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Sunda and Aru crew open low-waste wine bar Parcs in Melbourne CBD

The team behind city restaurants Sunda and Aru will open Parcs on Friday, a 25-seat fermentation-focused bar with food and drink designed to minimise waste – and be delicious. Chef Dennis Yong was working at Sunda when Melbourne’s first lockdown left him with time to spare. Like a kid bringing home bedraggled lost puppies, he …

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Melbourne hits high tide for new bars from floating watering holes to waterfalls

Melbourne is spoiled for choice when cocktail hour rolls around, as new bars spring up in unlikely places. From a new floating bar on the Yarra to a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it brick cottage amid towering skyscrapers, these new venues provide plenty of fodder for conversation over a couple of rounds. Yarra Botanica (Sandridge Bridge, Southbank) is the …

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Tiny Melbourne CBD bar Yarra Falls has its own waterfall wall

Many bars and restaurants have finally discovered ancient indigenous ingredients, but few are taking the history and ownership of these as seriously as Yarra Falls, a new bar in Melbourne’s CBD with big aims that belie its size. The 25-seater is located in the 1866 Tavistock House, which has been home to several inns and …

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Melbourne favourite Tarts Anon opens first bricks-and-mortar shop

Monday nights for dessert-lovers in Melbourne are serious business: that’s when Tarts Anon opens pre-orders for tarts baked by an ex-Dinner by Heston pastry chef. They sell out within minutes, but now there’s more of the pie to go around. Couple Catherine Way and Gareth Whitton this week opened a Tarts Anon shop in Cremorne …

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Melbourne CBD cafe Altius starts a new chapter in Bendigo

Altius, a beloved CBD coffee nook that won many fans during its seven-year life, has made a tree change. Now it’s Bendigo’s turn for Market Lane coffee and 5 & Dime bagels, as owners Hannah and Jarrod Pageot bring some of their Flinders Lane DNA to their new home. Hannah’s parents are Bendigo natives and after …

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Events space The Stolen Gem becomes Melbourne’s latest rooftop bar

Bourke Street event space The Stolen Gem has been reimagined as a rooftop bar, making one of Melbourne’s best skyline views accessible to the public for the first time. “You come up to the eighth floor and look straight at the old GPO with its iconic clock tower,” says owner Matt Newman. “It’s real New …

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Earl Canteen team launch Dame in Melbourne’s Collins Street

In a promising move for CBD confidence, the team behind upscale sandwich chain Earl Canteen has just opened Dame, a sophisticated daytime spot in the atrium entry of Collins Place. Leaning into “Paris end” connotations, owners Jackie Middleton and Simon O’Regan make an event of breakfast with offerings like the $24 set with avocado and Bloody Mary-spiced …

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