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Your guide to Melbourne's best markets, boutiques and high street shopping

The best tattoo parlours in Melbourne
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The best tattoo parlours in Melbourne

In recent years, tattoos have become increasingly common, with people from all walks of life investing in the art. But it’s as important as ever to take the time to investigate the many parlours and artists that are around to discover which ones suit your unique tastes and needs. Here, we take a look at some of Melbourne’s best tattoo shops and some of the inspiration behind the work.  Appreciate good art? Take a gander at our guide to the best street art in Melbourne. 

The best plant nurseries in Melbourne
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The best plant nurseries in Melbourne

Here is the plant lovers' guide to the best places to green up your life

The best Russian delis in Melbourne
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The best Russian delis in Melbourne

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. 

Flower delivery services in Melbourne
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Flower delivery services in Melbourne

These online florists (and local flower shops with easy online ordering options) have you covered for same-day deliveries of beautiful flowers. If you'd rather send something longer lasting, there are plant delivery services too. For more gift ideas, see our guides to the best florists in Melbourne, best chocolate shops in Melbourne and the best plant nurseries. 

The best places to buy local designs in Melbourne
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The best places to buy local designs in Melbourne

Find homewares, clothes, knick knacks and more at these stores and markets committed to supporting local designers and makers

The best of Melbourne shopping

The ultimate shopping guide to Melbourne
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The ultimate shopping guide to Melbourne

Loosen your purse strings and wander Melbourne's streets for a spot of retail therapy

The best markets in Melbourne
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The best markets in Melbourne

From organic produce to arts and crafts, there's a Melbourne market happening near you this week

The best vintage shops in Melbourne
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The best vintage shops in Melbourne

Skip the fast fashion and hunt fashion treasures from bygone eras instead

The best homewares stores in Melbourne
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The best homewares stores in Melbourne

Shops to suit every taste, from minimalist Scandi style to kitsch cool

The ultimate Melbourne gift guide
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The ultimate Melbourne gift guide

Stuck for ideas? Even Santa couldn't fault this shopping guide – we've matched Melbourne's best stores to four personality types

Shopper's guides to Melbourne

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

Shopper's guide to Gertrude Street
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Shopper's guide to Gertrude Street

Gertrude Street is home to some of Melbourne's best dining and some of its most unique shopping

Shopper’s guide to Bridge Road
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Shopper’s guide to Bridge Road

Break out your sensible shoes and take a heap o' bags for your new finds

Shopper's guide to Sydney Road
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Shopper's guide to Sydney Road

Check out this list of our favourite shopping in the Brunswick neck of the woods

Shopper’s guide to Smith Street
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Shopper’s guide to Smith Street

Check out our favourite places to drop some cash this side of Collingwood

Health and beauty in Melbourne

Melbourne's best spas and bath houses
Health and beauty

Melbourne's best spas and bath houses

No time for a holiday? Take yourself on a mini-getaway at Melbourne's best spas and bath houses instead

The best massages in Melbourne
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The best massages in Melbourne

Leave your worries at the door and check yourself into the city's best massage parlours

The Nail Art Shakedown
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The Nail Art Shakedown

Melbourne has embraced the nail art revival, hard. But does one nail art salon hold the upper hand?

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Men's fashion in Melbourne

The best tailors in Melbourne
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The best tailors in Melbourne

There’s nothing like a bespoke or tailored suit for special occasions, dinners and meetings (or just for fun)

The best sneaker shops in Melbourne
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The best sneaker shops in Melbourne

If the shoes make the man, then these stores make very good men indeed

The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne
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The best men's accessory shops in Melbourne

Where to go to assemble a modern man’s accessory and grooming arsenal

Melbourne’s best tattoo parlours
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Melbourne’s best tattoo parlours

Artists to suit the needs and taste of every man (and woman!) in Melbourne

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10 fun events you can't miss this summer in Melbourne
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10 fun events you can't miss this summer in Melbourne

The long days, mild nights and glorious weather mean it’s time to experience the best Melbourne has to offer. Whether you're looking for drinks with a riverside view or fabulous festivals, summer in the city has it all with art, markets, food, film and more. Plus if your wallet is looking a little thin post-holidays there are plenty of free and cheap events as well.

Midsumma Extravaganza
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Midsumma Extravaganza

Some of the hottest stars in showbiz are going to be performing at Midsumma's night of nights, the Extravaganza. The night is hosted by comedy superstar Rhys Nicholson, and it promises to be an absolute riot.  Trevor Ashley (Fat Swan, Little Orphan TrAshley, Diamonds Are For Trevor, I’m Every Woman) is producing and performing in the show, and he says it's going to be an absolute hoot.  "Last year it was just comedians, but this year, of course, they’ve got a fabulous nine-piece band on stage, fabulous singers getting up on stage and singing songs, drag queens, burlesque, as well as comedy. It's got a bit of everything." As well as Nicholson and Trevor, the show will include Barry Award winner Zoe Coombs Marr, Take Me Out host and household name Joel Creasey, cabaret superstar Carlotta, GLOBE Artist of the Year Mama Alto, The Voice star Sheldon Riley, 3RRR Breakfasters host Geraldine Hickey, Black Comedy writer Steven Oliver, ten-time Golden Guitars Winner Beccy Cole, singer Libby O'Donovan and cabaret/circus/burlesque YUMMY.   And it's not over when the house lights go on. "It will be a great night out, the Arts Centre are keeping the bar open after the show so everyone should stick around after the show and have a drink," says Ashley. "There will be a DJ. It will be really fun to have so much campness in one grande dame of a hall."

Australia Day Races
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Australia Day Races

Spring may well be over, but that doesn't mean the racing action has ended. The summer racing season is getting into full swing at Caulfield Racecourse. And what's more, this event is your first opportunity to experience Caulfield's new Bondi Sands Beach Club when the summer activation launches at the Australia Day races.  The Melbourne Racing Club is throwing a super-luxe Australia Day barbie on Saturday, January 26 featuring dishes like Wagyu brisket, Flinders Island lamb souvlaki, and flame-grilled octopus. Of course, there will be plenty of delicious cocktails to keep you hydrated. Or, if you’re after something a little finer, make a booking at the Black Caviar restaurant, where you can opt for a four-course luncheon by executive chef Julian Robertshaw and his talented team. Kick back and enjoy the racing action and celebrate the launch of the Bondi Sands Beach Club this Australia Day. Racegoers at Caulfield can cool off in between races in the Bondi Sands Beach Club which is decked out with sand, cool water, deck chairs and luxe bean bags (minus the seagulls). Chill out while enjoying live tunes from the Ash James Trio. The day kicks off at 11.30am, Saturday January 26 (in case you forgot when Australia day is). General admission tickets are $10 per adult and kids under 16 enter free. Book your tickets now at the Caulfield Races website here.

Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon
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Five ways to perfectly pair your next night out with Blue Moon

A lot of fuss is made about pairing your food to your wine, but not everyone likes wine. Luckily, beer is often the perfect match to a meal, especially when you’re talking spicy food and delicious salty bar snacks. Blue Moon Belgian White is a refreshing, citrus-laced brew that is increasingly finding its way behind bars across Melbourne’s drinking and dining scene. Next time you find yourself at one of these Melbourne establishments pair your schooner of Blue Moon Belgian White with one of these meals to experience the beer (and your food) at its best.