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 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
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.
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Amex Eats: Dim sum to try in Melbourne
Melbourne is home to excellent Chinese restaurants that serve up dim sum with serious style. Whether you're after an elegant banquet, a hangover-soothing repast or some steaming hot dumplings, these restaurants have some seriously great dim sum dishes. At all these venues, you’ll be able to dine in confidence with the knowledge that they welcome American Express.
Fringe Hub: Festival Club
The beating heart of the Melbourne Fringe Festival is its raucous club, where art-loving audiences dance and drink at themed parties presented by different performers every night. The Melbourne Fringe Festival Club kicks off with the Opening Night Party on Thursday, September 13, complete with an opening ceremony lead by DJ Andrew McClelland of Finishing School fame and the Sydney duo the Dollar Bin Darlings. Other highlights of the program include All that Glitters is Blak, Fringe's very own First Nations dance extravaganza, as well as Queen of the Night a celebratory tribute to Whitney Houston. If you're after more nostalgia make sure you head along to the Year 10 Formal night, or 1992-1-OMG!, a super fun '90s themed pop party. If you're not into dancing, head in for the Test Drive comedy night hosted by Nath Valvo, the theatrical Circus Battle Royale, or sign up for All Gender and Sexuality Speed Dating. And that's far from it. For the full list of parties, head to the Festival Club website. It's open every Tuesday to Saturday night and it's totally free! It's not uncommon for queues to snake out of Arts House, so arrive early to avoid disappointment. Find out more about the Melbourne Fringe's Festival Club here.
A celebration of retro gaming has landed at QV Melbourne
Do you long for the days of classic arcade games? QV Melbourne has heard your pleas and they’re hosting a free, three-week retro gaming festival called Game/On. From August 31 to September 23 QV Square and its surrounding laneways will be transformed into a gamer’s paradise complete with retro '80s fitout, a live game art mural, competitions and a selection of old-school arcade games. Here’s what to expect from the free Game/On festival at QV Melbourne.
Five experiences you can have travelling north-south on the Route 96 tram
The route 96 is one of our favourite tram routes in Melbourne. It stretches from St Kilda to East Brunswick, going along Bourke Street in the city, and the light rail component means it's one of the fastest ways to get around. You also don't have to deal with traffic or parking, and tools like the PTV app allow you to find real-time departure info, so you'll never miss your tram. And even if you linger over your coffee and miss one, there's no need to stress – this is one of the most frequent routes in Melbourne, with trams as often as every five minutes. Sorted. There's heaps to do along the route, too. From bowls clubs to brilliant street art and everything in between, here are five awesome adventures you can have on the 96 tram. Plan your journey and have a brilliant Melbourne adventure.