The best new drinking spot in town, Hihou is a sophisticated Japanese cocktail bar offering the hot towel treatment, tuna tataki pastry cigars, and a Negroni turned Japanese with plus-infused gin and Umeshu. Or, hit the Standard Hotel if a classic rowdy pub and pots of craft beer are more your scene.
Excelling on the specialist coffee front is new kid Industry Beans in Fitzroy. They roast their beans on site, offer Aeropress and siphon coffees and have multiple grinders so you can try different single origins. They poach a good egg too.
Silo by Joost, Hardware St
Also making waves on the brunch front is Silo: eco warrior Joost Bakker’s benchmark waste-free café making sustainability delicious. Try the salted leeks with fudgy egg yolks and a mug of cascara – iced tea made with the shell of the coffee berry.
If you’ve got the cash and time to book ahead, don’t miss Attica. The fine diner, headed up by chef Ben Shewry, serves incredible freaky wines and thought-provoking modern Australian dishes like a simple potato, baked in the earth in which it was grown and garnished simply with saltbush and goat’s curd. The venue just landed the number 21 spot in the world’s best restaurants list.
You can’t leave without a Huxtaburger – the fast food bun reinvented with wagyu beef patties, minimal salad and soft buttery brioche. Prepare to queue for yours.