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Nieuw Amsterdam / CBD

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New York was called Nieuw Amsterdam before the English forces took over in 1665. Luckily for Melbourne we have our own Nieuw Amsterdam and my golly it serves bloody great food. 

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Colonial Tramcar Restaurant

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I’ve always wondered what it would be like to dine in the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. I’ve also wondered what it’s like to eat a healthy breakfast.  Thanks to the Australian Fitness & Health Expo, I got to cross these two things off my bucket list.

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Paperboy Kitchen / CBD

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Paperboy Kitchen has been doing the pop-up rounds recently, making wild appearances at temporary hot spots such as the the asian food Night Noodle Market and The People’s Market in St Kilda. Luckily for us, they’ve settled down and found a comfortable home in wonderful Little Lonsdale St.

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Zhou Zhou / South Yarra

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Chinese New Year may have come and gone, but Melbourne’s rise in Asian eateries seems to be on a steady increase. David Zhou, the wise man behind Oriental Teahouse and Chinese restaurant ‘David’s’ has just opened up a drinking den located just off Chapel St.

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Story / Docklands

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Once upon a time there was a man by the name of Peter Frangoulis. Peter was in love with coffee and had great taste. One day he decided to open up his very own café. He called it Duke’s, dressed it up nicely, and plonked it on Chapel St, Windsor. A few winter nights passed and the growing success of the café led him to open up another on Flinders lane, and soon after, a quaint new one in Docklands.

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Northern Light / Collingwood

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It’s hard keeping up with trends in Melbourne, but if you stick around Collingwood, you’re bound to get find the next big thing. That’s what I thought when I found Northern Light, a modern pan-asian bar and eatery serving up an eclectic mix of Japanese and Chinese dishes with a modern twist.

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Mr Collins / Docklands

A lot of people give me a funny look when I tell them I live in Docklands. Often responded with “Why?” or “Isn’t it windy?” as if it’s some deadly suburb only mental people dwell in.

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I happen to be completely sane and love flying kites. Having been here only 6 months i’ve witnessed the birth of many excellent eateries, restaurants and café’s thanks to the fabulous Collins Square complex.

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Banoi / Docklands

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The under-rated suburb of Docklands is getting a culinary tummy-tuck with a side serving of culture. Pete Evans & Co recently opened Bar Nacional and Long Shot with 4 more venues to come in Collins SQ and now a brand new, trendy Vietnamese eatery is making itself comfortable on Bourke St. Welcome Banoi.

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Hello Sam / South Yarra

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Melbourne’s latest burger bar welcomes us with a big hello. Located at the river end of Chapel St, you can easily head to Richmond or South Yarra pre or post burger, but burger you must.

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Jimmy Grants / Collingwood

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Collingwood seems to be my favourite suburb in Melbourne at the moment. With majority of the population being young hipsters sporting undercuts, fixies, button-ups, creepers or man-buns. Luckily being a hipster isn’t a pre-requisite to fit in, as casual dining, un-pretenciousness and not-giving-a-flip is the go around here.

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Flipboard / CBD

imageFlipboard café makes me want to go back into the closet and never come out. That’s if all closet’s had great coffee and the serenity that Flipboard has. It’s no surprise this place was opened up by an architect and interior design duo. Once they got their artisan coffee roaster on board, the magic was born. A flawless design space and impeccable coffee. What every Melbournian is looking for.

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TRUNK’S NEW COCKTAILS

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Trunk Diner has us covered for summer… Literally. With their retractable rooftop, Trunk has kicked Melbourne weather in the balls. As well as shelter & warmth is a brand new cocktail list, a re-vamped courtyard and attractive bar-tenders.

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Bar Nacional

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Spanish fare is making a common appearance in Melbourne’s latest food scene with A-list tapas bars and Spanish restaurants such as The Wise, Movida, Naked for Satan, Bomba, Gas Eatery & Supplies and now Bar Nacional. Despite the demise of Little Hunter, Pete Evans still has his magic with this hot new bar in Docklands Collins Square.

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Happy Palace / Melbourne

imageHappy Palace was an old and typical Chinese restaurant that was dying a slow death. That was until Jerome Borazio – the guy that brought us 1000£Bend, Workers Club, etc. got his hands on this place, or shall we say ‘palace’ it was brought back to life with refuelled happiness.

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Tivoli Road Bakery / South Yarra

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Tivoli Road bakery is just a 5 minute walk from South Yarra train station. Just sniff the aroma of freshly baked bread and you’re there. Serving delicious pies, fresh bread, sandwiches, sausage rolls and all sorts of pastries along with delicious Small Batch coffee.

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