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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?

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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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Billionaire Boy

What would it be like to have a billion dollars? It seems like winning life's lottery (perhaps literally!) would mean an end to any and all problems, but for 12-year-old Joe, mo money does mean mo problems.  Joe has everything a kid could want, including a golden underwater Ferrari (we assume just for show; he is 12, after all) and his very own cinema. But that does not mean his life is gilded. He has altercations with the school bully and has to make his peace with his dad's new girlfriend (no mean feat), as well as facing the scariest thing of all for a kid: the world's worst school canteen. There is an Auslan-interpreted performance at noon on April 6 and a relaxed performance for those with stimulus sensitivities on April 10 at 11am.  Based on the heartwarming book by David Walliams, Billionaire Boy has been adapted for the stage by Maryam Master, who also wrote the play based on Walliams' Mr Stink. The show is appropriate for kids six and up.

Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe
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Win a trip to Jamaica with Red Stripe

Red Stripe is a smooth, full bodied amber lager from the sandy beaches of Jamaica where it was first brewed, over 90 years ago. Named after the red stripe that used to run down Jamaican police uniforms, Red Stripe is an unpretentious drop that goes down nice’n’easy. Fans of the beer have the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Jamaica in July 2019. The prize includes return economy flights, hotel accommodation in Montego Bay, and daily activities. To win one of two trips for two people, simply purchase a Red Stripe from a participating venue, take a creative photo with the Red Stripe promotional coaster that you’ll receive with your purchase, and post it to Instagram, tagging #RedStripeAus and the venue where you bought your Red Stripe. Remember to have your Instagram set to public. The two most creative posts will win. The competition is open from February 1 to May 19, 2019. The prize trip must be taken on July 17-21, 2019, and cannot be changed, transferred or redeemed for cash. Go here for more information and terms and conditions. So, where can you enjoy Red Stripe and get that promotional coaster? Here's the list:  Jack and Bones Island BarJack and Bones Island Bar prides itself on being Melbourne’s “only Hawaiian bar”, but that's not its exclusive focus. Among the tiki drinks you can get yourself a taste of Jamaica’s famous brew. The Barkly HotelTucked in the corner of Barkly and Grey Street, this is a locals’ bar down on street level that does a hango

Peninsula Picnic
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Peninsula Picnic

Roll out your picnic rug and don't bother with the food: The Peninsula Picnic is back. On March 30, Mornington Racecourse will be transformed as the region's biggest food, wine and music event brings the Mornington Peninsula's restaurants, wineries and producers together. Enjoy musical entertainment by the Rubens, Sarah Blasko, Tia Gostelow, Latin band San Lazaro and folk artist Fraser A. Gordon. Make the most of the country harvest atmosphere and see what the local chefs, restaurants and wineries have brought along with them by way of nibbles and tipples. Some of the region's best producers, including Jackalope’s Rare Hare, Montalto, Green Olive at Red Hill, Max’s Restaurant, Tuck’s Ridge and many more. There will be wines from T’Gallant, Prancing Horse, Quealy and Kerri Greens, beers from Wild Yak and cocktails from Pimm's (what would a summer picnic be without them?).  Pack a few shopping bags before you go, as there will be a marketplace selling fresh local produce, wines, and homemade and artisan wares. The Peninsula Picnic is a family-friendly event. Tickets: $89 available from www.peninsulapicnic.com.au.

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Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap
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Time Out Bar Awards 2019: recap

More than 500 people packed into Transport Public Bar in Federation Square on a Sunday afternoon to toast the best in the hospitality business.  Hosted by the very funny Rhys Nicholson (who doesn’t love a free comedy show thrown in with an awards ceremony?), the event saw ten awards given out across a range of categories. Guests were treated to delicious drinks, great food, sweet tunes from DJ Coco Brown, with a copy of the new Time Out Bar Awards issue to take home at the end of the night. Attendees were also in the running to take home their very own crystal glassware from Waterford simply by taking a snap with the Mobsta crew in the Waterford area. The snack game was strong, with Southern fried chicken, pizzas, charcuterie and cheese platters courtesy of Transport Public Bar doing the rounds. People were sipping on free-flowing Espresso Martinis on tap, Malibu Piña Coladas, Altos Tequila cocktails, Urban Alley beers, and a bespoke cocktail from Perrier. As if that wasn't enough they also got to sample Riot Wines’ wine in a can from McLaren Vale, and ciders from Hills Cider Co. So who emerged victorious in the 2019 Time Out Bar Awards? Fitzroy cocktail bar the Everleigh was named Bar of the Year. The Everleigh is where you get the exacting standards, beautiful surrounds and whip-smart service of a high-end bar in London, but right here in the heart of Melbourne. The Everleigh is the very definition of putting our best drink forward.As well as the top gong, the Best C