Melbourne's best Russian delis
Melbourne has a thriving Eastern European community, thanks to the wave of migrants who arrived in the 1970s and '80s. As a result, we can find plenty of locals stocking up on familiar flavours at a variety of delis in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs. Russian cuisine is typically hearty and comforting due to the long winters. The cooking tends to feature starch heavily, coupled with pickles, cured meats, beetroot and cabbage. So whether you're an experienced cook or like taking culinary adventures, these Russian delis will provide ingredients for a Russian feast. Shop on at the best markets in Melbourne and find more of Melbourne's best restaurants while you're at it.
The best lunches in Melbourne
Life is too short for droopy lettuce sandwiches and disappointing microwaved leftovers. When hunger strikes in the middle of the day, do yourself a favour and track down something special. From takeaway superfood salads to top-notch pub fare, we've got you covered. If your lunch runs a bit longer than expected, why not roll into one of Melbourne's best bars, or liven things up at a bar with a dancefloor?
The best noodle soups in Melbourne
What's better than soup? Noodle soup. We've scoured the city for the best noodles soups for you to warm yourselves up with while the chill sets in. Still looking for cheap eats? Check out our favourite lunches in the CBD. Still need a winter warmer? Why don't you head to one of these wine bars?
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Part gym, part Pilates studio and part wellness centre, Kaya is Melbourne's first mind and body health club. You can think about it less as a generic gym and more like a little oasis that's all about combining working out with a functional, fresh and beautiful studio spaces. Kaya specialises in Pilates reformer, traditional yoga, barre, boxing and fitness circuit classes, plus there's also dedicated weights and cardio zones. This month if you become a Kaya member you'll also receive a style-cut and finish with a relaxing massage thanks to the team at Lady Marmalade Hairdressing. That's along with four week's free membership. This special membership gift grants you unlimited access to over 330 classes per week plus the ability to follow it up with a swish hair refresh from a senior director stylist at Lady Marmalade. Membership to Kaya means access to work out in both of Kaya's studios – located in Prahran and Emporium – plus access to their entire studio which includes luxe showers and on-site services including a nutritionist, physiotherapist, massage therapist and osteopath. Find out more about Kaya Health Clubs and join today.
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Lost your bank card? No need to cancel it
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