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The cheese-lover's guide to Melbourne
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The cheese-lover's guide to Melbourne

An un-brie-lievably (sorry) good guide to getting cheesy in Melbourne

The 17 best photos of White Night Melbourne
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The 17 best photos of White Night Melbourne

Relive the highlights of Saturday's 12-hour festival of art and music

Five stars for The Book of Mormon

Five stars for The Book of Mormon

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The 50 best bars in Melbourne, ranked
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne, ranked

Here it is, folks: your ultimate guide to drinking in Melbourne, updated for 2017

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The best new openings in Melbourne
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The best new openings in Melbourne

Stay ahead of the crowds with our guide to Melbourne's new and notable restaurants, cafés and bars

The best restaurants in Melbourne
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The best restaurants in Melbourne

Behold, our eat-and-destroy list – a guide to absolutely everywhere you should be eating in Melbourne

The best patisseries in Melbourne
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The best patisseries in Melbourne

Got a sweet tooth? Melbourne's patisseries are making amazing treats for you

The best cheap eats in Melbourne
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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Eat out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 in Melbourne

The best burgers in Melbourne
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The best burgers in Melbourne

Ladies and gentlemen, it's time to summon your stretchy pants

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Win a double pass to Project Play Immersion
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Win a double pass to Project Play Immersion

An all-inclusive weekend workshop for professionals on the Great Ocean Road

Win matching watches for you and your beau
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Win matching watches for you and your beau

Time’s a ticking for you to win a twin prize from the Melbourne Watch Company

Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival
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Win tickets to the Alliance Française French Film Festival

The best of French cinema returns to Melbourne in March

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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die
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50 things to do in Melbourne before you die

This is it: the definitive list of the people, the places and the things that make our city so great

The 50 best bars in Melbourne
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The 50 best bars in Melbourne

From world-beating cocktail lounges to down-and-divey saloons, here's everywhere worth drinking in Melbourne

Cheap things to do in Melbourne
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Cheap things to do in Melbourne

If you know where to look, you can get by in Melbourne for a lot less than you'd think

The best markets in Melbourne
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The best markets in Melbourne

Start your engines, shoppers: from organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market near you

The best rooftop bars in Melbourne
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The best rooftop bars in Melbourne

For beers in the sun or cocktails by moonlight, check out these high-altitude drinking spots

20 mind-blowing facts about Melbourne

How to be more Melbourne

Where to find street art in Melbourne
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Where to find street art in Melbourne

The street art laneways and hotspots that any self-respecting 'grammer should be snapping

The best restaurants on Lygon Street
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The best restaurants on Lygon Street

Where to eat along Melbourne's quintessential restaurant strip in Carlton

Shopper's guide to Chapel Street
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Shopper's guide to Chapel Street

Vintage treasures, local designers, international brands: you'll find it all on Melbourne's famed shopping strip

26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne
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26 ways to be a dickhead in Melbourne

Melbourne, we love you, but sometimes you can be a bit of a dickhead

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

24 things to do alone in Melbourne
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24 things to do alone in Melbourne

Spending time in the city by yourself? Check out Melbourne's best adventures for one

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Little Emperors at Malthouse
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Little Emperors at Malthouse

For the inaugural Asia TOPA festival, Malthouse Theatre paired award-winning Australian playwright Lachlan Philpott and maverick Beijing-based director Wang Chong to create a new work. The result explores the fraught legacy of China’s 40-year One Child Policy, through the prism of one family. The term ‘Little Emperors’ relates to a behavioural syndrome affecting the generations of only-children born in the lead up to 2016 (when the One Child Policy was officially abolished). Envisioned as a radical experiment to curb population growth, the policy unwittingly gave rise to a new breed of ultra-indulged children, who in turn will shape the future of a superpower. Philpott’s play pivots between Melbourne and Beijing, and between English language and Mandarin, to tell the story of a sister, her illegal brother, and the emotional and cultural fall-out of the environments in which they were raised. Wang Chong, founder of the world-renowned Théâtre du Rêve Expérimental, brings both his bold vision and personal experiences, as a someone born in the One Child Policy era, to bear on this rich and revelatory tale. Little Emperors runs from Feb 9-26 at Malthouse Theatre. 

WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema
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WTC Wharf Outdoor Cinema

To celebrate February's long, balmy summer nights WTC Wharf is hosting its very own al fresco cinema every Friday and Saturday night until mid-March. To enjoy a movie under the stars, all you have to do is book dinner at one of the WTC Wharf's restaurants and dine in from $25 per person, then you will receive free entry to that night's movie screening. Relax back on deckchairs or bean bags and watch blockbusters and classics under the stars.  You can try a Chinese banquet from Man Mo, Lebanese cuisine at Byblos, Japanese fare from Kobe Jones or get a bistro feed from The Wharf Bar. Cinema highlights include The Danish Girl, The Secret Life of Pets and Les Misérables.  

Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner
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Savour Wayside Inn's rotisserie dish for lunch and dinner

South Melbourne pub Wayside Inn is the place to be if you're after a classic pub meal for lunch or dinner. On Monday to Saturday from noon to 9pm, the Wayside Inn kitchen is offering slow-cooked, rotisserie dishes complete with all the trimmings. For just $25, you can enjoy the day's rotisserie dish with a glass of wine in the bar area, or for $38 if you're dining in the restaurant. Dishes change seasonally, but they will no doubt be cooked to juicy perfection in the rotisserie oven.  446 City Rd, South Melbourne 3205. 03 9810 0083. Mon-Sat noon-9pm.

Cities of Architecture
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Cities of Architecture

The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art presents this new series of talks exploring the architectural, urban and cultural history of some of the world’s most inspiring destinations, from the skyscrapers of Shanghai to historic Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona. The series kicks off with a free launch at MPavilion, followed by monthly editions exploring some of the world's most fascinating destinations and the built environments that make them so remarkable. Whether you're travelling to any of these destinations or just want to learn more about some of the globe's most inspiring cities, this series will offer insights from leaders in the architectural fields. You'll also get to enjoy a special cocktail created for each city the talk in inspired by, from the Melbourne Gin Company and Starward Whisky. For the full list of events in this series, click on the 'Dates and Times' tab.

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