By Time Out in partnership with Google
The East is more isolated than other parts of Melbourne due to a limited public transport system servicing the large area which spans from Kew to Ringwood and all the way to Lilydale, which is just one suburb away from the Yarra Valley. As a result, the eastern suburbs are more suburban than their western, northern and southern counterparts, with many suburbs operating as dry areas (a literal hangover from the Temperance movement that once determined the social values of Melburnians). There are pockets of affluent Chinese and Italian communities and the highest density of private schools in the southern hemisphere. While the East may be difficult to navigate without a car, neighbourhoods like Box Hill, Templestowe, Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn have become dining destinations for Cantonese, Korean, Italian, Greek and even simply for coffee. Many visitors stop by Light Years Café for the Pixel Avocado and then make their way to the Heide Museum, one of the largest attractions in the East – a modern art gallery which was once home to the Angry Penguins, a collective of artists founded by the Reeds that launched the careers of artists like Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Joy Hester.
From hidden gems to quirky icons, these establishments and their own ‘signature searches’ represent the character and diversity that make each part of Melbourne so special.
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Win vouchers to try all four unique eats for free
For the Time Out Food Awards 2019, we partnered with Google to discover unique dishes in our neighbourhoods. We searched far and wide to find some delicious dishes and the local heroes who made them and locked in a shortlist of one-of-a-kind dining experiences worth searching for. Now, we want to inspire you to go out and eat these Signature Searches for yourselves with a little bit of extra incentive. All you have to do is get out there, try them, and collect 'em all with brag-worthy food pics. If you share your fave dish on Instagram you'll go in the draw to win the local equivalent of a golden ticket – vouchers to all try all four dishes (worth $300) for free! Here’s how: Step one: Read all about the delicious Signature Searches here. Step two: Try one or more dish (full suite is highly recommended) Step three: Post your favourite on Instagram and make sure you tag #foundongoogle Step four: Sit back and wait to win the golden loot. Competition ends Midnight 30th Sept