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Hellenic Hotel

George Calombaris turns his hand to pub fare, with predictably delicious results

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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 and cafés

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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

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The best cheap eats in Melbourne

Dine out without breaking the bank with our guide to 20 fantastic meals under $20 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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The best Melbourne cafés

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The best breakfasts and brunches in Melbourne

Melbourne is the ultimate breakfast city. Here are ten good reasons to be a morning person this weekend

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The best milkshakes in Melbourne

Because there’s nothing as mind-freezingly delicious as a giant cup of sweet, flavoured dairy

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The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

What better way to warm the cockles than with a mug of rich, gooey melted chocolate?

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The best smoothies in Melbourne

Keep it clean with these drinkable treats that are all about the tasty, with none of the guilt

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The best porridges in Melbourne

Forget the humble bowl of oats: these designer porridges are haute comfort foods worth waking up to

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The best places to eat in Melbourne

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The best dumplings in Melbourne

This city does a fine line in dim sum: here are the best dumpling houses in Melbourne

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The best lunches in Melbourne

From takeaway superfood salads to top-notch pub fare, we've got you covered

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Where to eat lunch in the CBD

Make your midday meal a winner every day of the week with our guide to the CBD's best eats

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The best pizzas in Melbourne

Mamma mia! We've eaten our way around Melbourne to find the best slices

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The best ramen in Melbourne

From tonkotsu to tsukemen, here's where you can find Melbourne's best bowls

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The best restaurants for vegetarians

Vegetarian? You're in the right city. Here's where to go if you don't like food with faces

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Melbourne by cuisine

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The best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne

Say "konnichiwa" to Melbourne's finest places to enjoy sushi, sashimi, sake and so much more

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The best Italian restaurants in Melbourne

Mangia, mangia! Sample the flavours of Tuscany to Sicily at Melbourne's finest Italian eateries

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The best Chinese restaurants in Melbourne

Craving spicy Sichuan or all-you-can-eat dumplings? Here's where to go in Melbourne

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The best Mexican restaurants in Melbourne

Our guide to Melbourne's best Mexican eats, from the traditional to the unabashedly inauthentic

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The best Korean restaurants in Melbourne

Our top spots for bibambap, barbecue and mouth-watering Korean fried chicken

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The best restaurants for spicy food lovers

Melbourne's foodie hotspots

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The best Lygon Street restaurants

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

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The best restaurants on Flinders Lane

Our favourite places to dine along arguably the tastiest stretch of road in all of Melbourne

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The best restaurants on Smith Street

From fine dining to cheap eats, Smith Street is one of our most searingly-hot foodie destinations

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For the sweet tooth

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The best doughnuts in Melbourne

Whether you like 'em sprinkled, stuffed or glazed, here's where to get your mitts on Melbourne's finest

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The best ice cream and gelato in Melbourne

We've licked and scooped our way across the city in search of Melbourne's best cone artists

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The best high teas in Melbourne

Afternoon tea, high tea, high coffee, crafty tea... all fashions are catered for in our guide

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The best pancakes in Melbourne

Dessert for breakfast, anyone? Here's where to go when you need a sweet treat before noon

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Edward II

Reckon our leaders are terrible? It seems they had nothing on Edward II. The 14th century English king screwed up his reign so monumentally that his wife raised an army against him and he was toppled by his own son. Opinions change, of course, and now his greatest flaw has become his most endearing quality; despite intense pressure, he refused to give up the man he loved, Piers Gaveston.  Malthouse Theatre artistic director Matt Lutton had been fishing around for a queer play for a while, spurred by the fact that “you don’t really see any plays about gay public figures. Most gay characters are either private individuals or Disney villains.” Despite the implied outing of Jafar in this comment, Lutton has a point, citing Angels in America’s Roy Cohn as the only theatrical depiction of a famous gay man he can think of. And in that play, he virtually is a Disney villain. Christopher Marlowe’s 1592 version of Edward II has been radically reworked and updated by Lutton and playwright Anthony Weigh, stripping back the cast to five and focussing on “the lure and the destructive nature of individualism”. The result sounds more like a domestic family drama than the historical epic we might have expected. Johnny Carr, who plays the ineffectual monarch, agrees. “The original Marlowe is quite convoluted, quite sprawling, whereas Anthony’s take is really lean, really precise.” The overt queer politics have been played down, too. Obvious parallels to gay marriage will no doubt simmer under

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Men of Substance and Style

Once upon a time, being a man meant stepping in line. Now, it's those that break out from the crowd to find there own path that we admire most. Here are some of the agenda-setters working in Australia today – from barbers shaping the style of the guys in their states, to the game changers disrupting the way we do everything from dessert to social networking.

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Friday night fireworks at the Docklands

Who doesn't love fireworks? This winter, put a bit of colour into your Friday night with free fireworks displays at the Docklands.  The action begins at the waterfront from 7.30pm, but rock up early for a line-up of food trucks, roving performers and live music. From kids to couples, everyone is welcome – just make sure to check social media before you head out if the weather isn't looking great.  While you're in the Docklands, why not make an adventure of it? Get there early for a spin on the ice at the O'Brien Group Arena nearby, hitch a ride on the glittering Melbourne Star Observation Wheel, or check out the range of pubs, bars and eateries in the area. Read more about Friday night fireworks at The Docklands.

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Dewar's Lock Inn

One of the great joys of being a whisky fan is trying the endless varieties that exist all over the world. In August and September, the world's most awarded blended whisky – Dewar's – is offering you the chance to enjoy free tastings, cocktails, sliders, scotch eggs and live music at a pop-up whisky cellar at the Grace Darling Hotel. Come join for a dram!

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