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The best gift delivery services in Melbourne
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The best gift delivery services in Melbourne

Sometimes you just want to do something nice for someone else (or yourself!)

Love Local: Time Out pledges support for local food, drink and culture in Melbourne
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Love Local: Time Out pledges support for local food, drink and culture in Melbourne

Back in March, Time Out changed its name to Time In, as, all over the world, people were suddenly asked to stay indoors to protect themselves and others. Now, lockdowns are being relaxed in many countries, and many Melbourne businesses are open. But it’s becoming clear that social distancing in some form will be with us for the long run – and that spells danger for the places that make city life worth living. Our editors have been seeking out the best of city life since 1968. We know that our cities are nothing without their restaurants, cafés, bars, pubs, theatres, music venues, nightclubs, cinemas, art galleries – and all the other local, independently run places where people come together to eat, drink, laugh, think, create, cut loose and fall in love. If we don’t take action right now, countless places like this will have to close their doors forever. Many venues, already struggling to pay their bills, face a total collapse in footfall or a huge bill to adapt to social distancing. And millions of bartenders, waiters, cooks, artists, musicians, actors, filmmakers, designers and other creatives and makers have been left unable to earn a living. We’re determined to help. That’s why, today, we’re launching our Love Local campaign by officially lending our voice to a number of crucial campaigns that are fighting to support local food, drink, culture and entertainment in cities worldwide. First off, we're working to raise funds for Support Act. The Australian charity has been p

How to recreate Melbourne experiences at home
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How to recreate Melbourne experiences at home

We’ve gotten creative/stir-crazy and devised a series of extremely low budget ways that you can recreate some of the “most Melbourne” experiences at home.

Time Out staff share what they're reading, watching and listening to right now
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Time Out staff share what they're reading, watching and listening to right now

In the first lockdown, we decided to share some of the ways we were passing the time. Well... we've done them all. And now, like I'm sure everyone else in Melbourne feels right now, we're out of ideas. So, in the interests of sparking some new fiery passion for reading autobiographies or escaping into a Disney re-watch, we thought we'd share some of the things we've been reading, watching and listening to lately. Hopefully, you find something new to keep the next couple of weeks loaded with great content.  Nicola Dowse, arts editor, Melbourne About a month ago my partner and I started working our way through the 100 Best Movies of All Time, if only so we have a better understanding of cultural references. However, with Melbourne becoming progressively grimmer, that cerebral pursuit has been replaced by binge-watching Parks and Recreation on Stan. My lockdown persona is definitely more April Ludgate than Leslie Knope mind you.  Delima Shanti, audience development manager, Australia I’m listening (and re-listening) to this excellent Triple J show that’s all about music to soothe your frayed nerves and features Enya, ambient electronic music from Four Tet’s soothing new album. Also weirdly, listening to a radio host talk right now is really helping the loneliness. After work, I’ve been rewatching old episodes of Broad City and laugh-crying with Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer. God, I want them to be my friends. Nick Dent, associate editor, Australia I have three books on the

Everything that's changed between lockdown one and lockdown two
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Everything that's changed between lockdown one and lockdown two

Here's a look at some of the ways we've changed between this shutdown and the last.

The best at-home activities

Restaurants and bars doing takeaway
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Restaurants and bars doing takeaway

With restrictions to the trade of Melbourne venues, this is an up-to-date list of restaurants and bars now offering takeaway

Online exercise classes to do at home
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Online exercise classes to do at home

We've found Melbourne's best online workouts

The best online workshops and DIY kits
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The best online workshops and DIY kits

Learn something new with all this free time

Melbourne events you can stream online
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Melbourne events you can stream online

The best events and festivals being livestreamed

Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne
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Alcohol delivery services in Melbourne

For when you need the bar to come to you

Restaurants and bars now selling groceries
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars now selling groceries

These venues are selling stellar produce

City pride

The 21 things you learn in your first year in Melbourne
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The 21 things you learn in your first year in Melbourne

Whether you've come from interstate or overseas, Melbourne has some quirks you need to learn

The 33 moments that give every Melburnian anxiety
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The 33 moments that give every Melburnian anxiety

There are heaps of little things that can make Melburnians inexplicably anxious – here's just 33 of them

The 33 ways to not be a dick on Melbourne public transport
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The 33 ways to not be a dick on Melbourne public transport

There are things all good commuters in Melbourne should know – these are the most important

The 19 things every Melburnian has Googled at least once
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The 19 things every Melburnian has Googled at least once

We're local experts, but there are still mysteries even life-long Melburnians need help with

The 14 things Melburnians take for granted (but shouldn't)
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The 14 things Melburnians take for granted (but shouldn't)

Ever complain about a crowded train? Betcha wish you could board one now, hey?

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Love Local: Time Out pledges to support Melbourne
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Love Local: Time Out pledges to support Melbourne

Restaurants and bars doing takeaway in Melbourne
Restaurants

Restaurants and bars doing takeaway in Melbourne

What you can and can’t do in Victoria right now
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What you can and can’t do in Victoria right now

Government package deemed insufficient
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Government package deemed insufficient

Outdoor activities in Melbourne

The best parks in Melbourne
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The best parks in Melbourne

Craving some closeness to Mother Nature? There's nothing like a romp through a local CBD park to restore some balance

The best day hikes from Melbourne
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The best day hikes from Melbourne

Grab your comfiest shoes and head to one of these awesome hiking spots near Melbourne

The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria
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The 8 best swimming holes in Victoria

Check out nature’s swimming pools, carved naturally out of rock and featuring some very refreshing waters that are ripe for splashing around in

The best beaches in Melbourne
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The best beaches in Melbourne

Don't scoff: Melbourne has some beautiful beaches and splendid spots to cool down on a hot day

The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne
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The best sunset and sunrise spots in Melbourne

Check out our ten best spots to enjoy the view of the rising and setting sun around the city

See Melbourne's best picnic spots

The best of Melbourne

The best beaches in Melbourne
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The best beaches in Melbourne

Switch off the aircon and head outside to one of Melbourne's best beaches where you can cool off in style. 

The best free things to do in Melbourne
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The best free things to do in Melbourne

Check out these expert tips for exploring the city's best attractions and events for zero dollars.

The best waterslides in Melbourne
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The best waterslides in Melbourne

From spiralling towers to rides that will make you weightless, here's our list of the best waterslides around Victoria.  

The best escape rooms in Melbourne
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The best escape rooms in Melbourne

The door is locked. The room is dark. The clock is ticking. Can you get out in time?

Where to go ice skating in Melbourne
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Where to go ice skating in Melbourne

Whether you're an edge-clinger or a total pro, ice skating is a cool way to spend a day.

Our guide to Melbourne's best toilets (seriously)

Dating in Melbourne

Dating IRL
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Dating IRL

Time Out wants to send single Melburnians on blind dates in the hopes of finding love

The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne
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The best date-night restaurants in Melbourne

Our favourite places for frocking up and impressing the pants off someone

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars for first dates in Melbourne

Sit close, sip a cocktail and get to know one another at these cosy Melbourne drinking spots

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne
Sex and dating

The most adventurous dates in Melbourne

From cycling tours to rooftop glamping, here are our suggestions for dates with a difference in Melbourne

The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne
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The 13 best make-out spots in Melbourne

This city's full of nooks and crannies, so lock lips and make the most of them

The best bars with board games in Melbourne
Bars

The best bars with board games in Melbourne

Long, tipsy games of Connect 4, Scrabble and Balderdash: now that's a foolproof date idea

Or try a romantic weekend getaway