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23 amazing things to do in Melbourne in December

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The best new openings in Melbourne

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The best restaurants in Melbourne
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The best restaurants in Melbourne

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

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The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne
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The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne

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The best burgers in Melbourne

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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

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

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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

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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

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

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

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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

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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

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

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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?

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24 things to do alone in Melbourne

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Drink to spring at Loretta's
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Drink to spring at Loretta's

Loretta's has shaken off the Melbourne chill and welcomed spring with a new cocktail menu to accompany the warmer(ish) month. Ex-Eau de Vie head bartender Oscar Eastman, who now heads Loretta's in Fitzroy North, has devised a beautiful cocktail menu inspired by the concept 'Tabloid Nightmare' – the demise of print media.  Taste test cocktails like Pulque-mon Go: a fragrant mix of Calle 23 Tequila, horchata, chamomile, honey and Sierra Nevada Cactus and grapefruit Gose beer that uses the tart beer to balance the cocktail. There are plenty more interesting flavour combinations in the rest of the menu, and many more to come when the summer cocktail menu comes out in a few months for post-Edinburgh Gardens sessions. If cocktails aren't for you, the Loretta's team also know a great whisky (or whiskey) when they see one, with plenty of American options alongside classics from the Scottish isles. Hungry? Bluebonnet Barbecue is serving up smoky meats cooked low-and-slow from Loretta's neighbouring kitchen, so you won't have to go far for some sustenance.   

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Coburg Night Market
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Coburg Night Market

Coburg Night Market get better every year and it's little wonder, considering that it was founded by the team behind the Queen Victoria Night Market in 2010.  Every Friday night from November 25 to December 16, Coburg Night Market will come alive with more than 85 food and artisan stalls, as well as live music and interactive entertainment. Melbourne’s diverse community is truly on show with the versatile dishes served up by the street food vendors. Run by Moreland City Council, over 30 food vendors including Cypriot Kitchen, Bun Cornidios and Perla Tacos, Indigenous Street Feast and Babaji’s Kitchen will be dishing up delicious street food at the weekly night market. There will be vegan, vegetarian and halal-friendly options available too.  Much like the food available, music and entertainment have also been sourced from Melbourne's global communities. Each Friday, the night market will present a different style and sound, from 1950s harmonies by local band Bobby and the Pins, Latin beats from Mariachi Los Romanticos, and roaming bands like Uptown Brown and The Whoopee Project, and Cyclo Illuminato.  The market has been scheduled before Christmas, giving shoppers a great chance to pick up some artisanal gifts. 

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Open up your night with the Night Network
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Open up your night with the Night Network

Melbourne is fast becoming a 24-hour city: you can eat out at great restaurants at 1am, see late-night shows, and dance until 4am, then catch public transport home on the weekend. Whether you're burning the midnight oil at work, celebrating a special occasion in the city, or simply experiencing everything Melbourne has to offer until the wee hours, you can now stay out late without having to worry about finding your way home with the Night Network. The Night Network trial provides train, tram, bus and coach services to Melbourne and regional Victoria all night on Fridays and Saturdays. You can open up your night with services including the Night Trains, which run direct to and from Flinders Street Station every 60 minutes on all lines except Stony Point and Flemington Racecourse. If you're heading in or out of the inner-city areas, Night Trams run every 30 minutes on routes 19, 67, 75, 86, 96, and 109. Night Buses operate on 21 routes covering other parts of the city, some departing every 30 minutes from the CBD, and others connecting with trains at suburban stations.  Live further out from Melbourne's city centre? Leave the car at home and trust the Night Network to get you home safely with Night Coaches, departing at 2am from Southern Cross Station's Coach Terminal to Ballarat, Bendigo, Geelong, Seymour and Traralgon. With public transport running around the clock on Fridays and Saturdays, late night dwellers and night workers clocking off in the early hours can depend o

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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel
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Celebrate Christmas at Station Hotel

Head out west this Christmas where The Station hotel will be serving a three-course feast. Open throughout the festive season, the Station Hotel's Christmas Day feast will feature the pub's famous steaks (available in scotch, rostbiff and porterhouse), traditional ham and turkey with all the trimmings, and roast pork loin with your favourite Christmas sides like chat potatoes, gravy and apple sauce.  Save room for the Christmas pudding and brandy anglaise sauce at the end, or a fresh summer berry parfait is you prefer something tangy. Lunch seatings are available from 11.30am and 2pm. Bookings are essential, $110pp adults and $35pp kids. 

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