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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
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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?

More health and beauty in Melbourne

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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Cosy igloos are popping up at this Melbourne pub for winter
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Cosy igloos are popping up at this Melbourne pub for winter

Melbourne takes to winter like a duck to (icy) water. Over at the Auburn Hotel the team is fully embracing the city’s seasonal chill, but don’t expect the same old winter pub hallmarks. The Auburn Hotel is celebrating winter this year by setting up igloos in their beer garden. Yes, those super popular igloos are back again for 2019. From May 1, guests at Auburn Hotel will notice new additions to the beer garden: igloos. Don’t stress that you’ll catch a cold in these igloos though – they’re the non-icy kind and come complete with comfy chairs, cushions, faux-fur throws and candles for an extremely snug igloo experience. They’re also completely see through so you can enjoy those crystal clear winter night skies without the accompanying shiver-factor. Bit of a social butterfly? There are two igloo packages: the regular igloo (which can fit groups of eight or less for $49 per person) or the large communal igloo (which fits 12 to 28 people or can be booked exclusively for big groups). When you book a regular igloo package you get a drink on arrival (your choice of American Honey Bourbon Hot Toddy, Espresso Martini, wine or a pint of Hawthorn), a chef's selection tasting board and a chocolate and honey fondue pot to share. Photograph: Supplied If you're opting for the large igloo package, you'll get a three-course feast with canapés on arrival. There's salt and pepper calamari, cured meats, soft and hard cheeses, sticky chicken wings and mains like 18-hour braised lamb s

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Wunderage

Every circus is set up basically the same, right? You take one big top (preferably red and white striped), add a stage for the performers, some seats for the audience and maybe some barriers to separate the two. Circus Oz isn’t one for doing things like everyone else though. Circus Oz is shaking up the rules of circus with Wunderage: an immersive new show with no seats and no barriers between you and the performers. In Wunderage the audience isn’t just watching the show passively from the sidelines – instead they see it unfold all around them. Through mind-boggling physical feats, humour and an inspiring live score, Wunderage treads a tightrope (literally and figuratively) between who we are and who we might become. Step into the performance space and discover a room filled with giant blue boulders and tightropes up to four metres high. The performers move freely throughout the space – it’s hard to predict where they’ll appear next as they effortlessly ride bicycles on highwires, do handstands on teetering towers and flip, twist and somersault off precarious platforms. Try to keep calm as the acrobats twirl majestically in aerial slings and clamber up and down Chinese poles. The show is a collaboration with Brisbane performance art group Company2, who have infused it with the group’s sense of poetic theatricality, humour and fondness for pushing boundaries. Wunderage is a playful, heart-warming show that explores the desire for people to be something they are not. Wun

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12 amazing holidays that will earn you Qantas Points to use towards your next one
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12 amazing holidays that will earn you Qantas Points to use towards your next one

It’s right about now, towards the middle of working year, that you’re probably craving a getaway. But before you rush to book accommodation on your usual go-to booking platform, stop to consider this: you could be earning Qantas Points for every dollar you spend^ on hotels. And you can use those points to book your next getaway. Qantas Hotels has more than 200,000 hotels to book internationally. They also have a Price Match Guarantee* so you never need to worry about paying more for your stay. So whether you’re taking the family on that dream trip, seeking a romantic retreat for you and your squeeze, celebrating with a group of your besties or living the high life at a hotel that everyone has heard of, book it through Qantas Hotels – and your Qantas Points balance will have the same healthy post-vacation glow as you do. 

Win the ultimate trip to Dark Mofo with Spirit of Tasmania
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Win the ultimate trip to Dark Mofo with Spirit of Tasmania

Every year, Hobart comes alive with Dark Mofo, the weird and wonderful festival by the city's Museum of Old and New Art (Mona). Whether you consider yourself a first-timer or veteran of the winter celebration, this is one trip you won't want to sleep on. Spirit of Tasmania, the official travel partner of Dark Mofo, is giving away the ultimate weekend getaway in Hobart and one lucky winner will get to bring three mates along with them. Dark Mofo has become the modern equivalent to winter solstice rituals, with its annual programming of gigs, feasts, exhibitions and free installations accompanied by popular events like the fiery eight-night Winter Feast, late-night parties and of course the Nude Solstice Swim. What better way to start the experience than by travelling to Tassie via the Spirit of Tasmania?   All you have to do for a chance to win is to tell us why you'd like to party at Dark Mofo and why Spirit of Tasmania is the best way to get there. The winner will receive a return trip on Spirit of Tasmania for four adults, departing Melbourne on Friday June 14 and returning from Devonport on Monday June 17. You'll get to share a four-bed porthole cabin, a car spot on the ship, and eight dinner vouchers for the Tasmanian Market Kitchen onboard the ship. Don't worry about finding somewhere to stay in Hobart, because you'll also receive two nights' accommodation in Hobart for June 15-16.  Been kicking yourself over missing those sold-out events at Dark Mofo? If you win this