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The best school holidays activities in Melbourne

The best school holidays activities in Melbourne

School's out for the summer, so if you don't want bored kids on your hands, it's time to start planning. We've put together a list of the best family-friendly things to do right now, catering to a range of price points and ages. There are a few that you can do from the living room, too.  Need more things to do? Here’s what’s happening across Melbourne this week. 

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day

Perhaps you just can't face the kitchen this Christmas, or maybe you don't have somewhere to go for a festive lunch? It could be that Christmas simply isn't for you and you're just looking for somewhere to hang out on December 25. Melbourne can sometimes feel like a ghost town on the most merry day of the year, but we've rounded up a selection of restaurants and cafés that will be open and sharing in the Yuletide spirit. If you are looking for other great ways to spend the day, these are the best things to do in Melbourne if you don't celebrate Christmas. 

Where to go glamping in Victoria

Where to go glamping in Victoria

There's nothing quite like escaping the rat race, going off-grid and getting back to nature. Of course, going bush doesn't have to mean going without. Enter glamping. A number of businesses around Victoria now provide spacious, comfortable and (importantly) already set-up tents for folks to hire out.  Amenities can vary from site to site, but glamping tents often entail everything from proper beds, to air-con and full plumbing. Whether your ideal outdoor getaway involves exploring gorgeous gardens, waking up to ocean views or even glamping on top of a Melbourne CBD rooftop, there's a little something for everyone on this list.  For more fun getaway options, check out these ten quirky Airbnbs in country Victoria. Stretch your legs with our guide to Melbourne's best day hikes, too.

Weekend getaways: Mansfield

Weekend getaways: Mansfield

You may have heard of Mansfield or even driven through it on your way to Mt Buller and not really given it much thought. Let’s change that. Mansfield is home to horse riding adventures, world-class patisseries, cooking classes and some of regional Victoria's most luxurious accommodation.  Looking for more weekend guides? These are Victoria's best getaways to try.

The best online plus-size clothing brands in Australia

The best online plus-size clothing brands in Australia

Finding cute plus-size fashion is no easy task. You can go to shop after shop, scour rack after rack and still come up empty. But that doesn't mean¬†there are no stylish plus-size options out there ‚Äď you just need to know where to look. Australia is full of small businesses and local designers offering plus-size options for every occasion, but shop frontage is expensive and being stocked in mainstream stores just isn‚Äôt possible for many brands. So where can you find these brands? Online. I know online shopping is a daunting thought for many people, especially if you‚Äôve had negative experiences before. But I‚Äôm here to tell you that you can do it. You just need a tape measure and this handy guide to Australian-based plus-size brands. Why the tape measure? Because the sizing of clothes across brands is inconsistent. So it‚Äôs time to ditch the number on the tag and pay closer attention to the size chart. Do yourself a favour; take your measurements, write them down somewhere handy and use them to choose your clothes from now on. Ignore the number on the tag. It has no moral value. After more of our city's best shopping? Check out our shopping guide here.

The best facials in Melbourne

The best facials in Melbourne

Are you a glow getter? Or just need to take some time out from your busy schedule? Tick both boxes with these luxurious skin treatments delivered by the city's best practitioners.  We've rounded up some of the most highly regarded facials that also appeal to a broad range of skin types, from dry skin and fine lines to acne and stressed skin. Whether you prefer a science-based approach, or something a little more holistic, there's a treatment for everyone here.  Get ready to hydrate, exfoliate and massage your way to complete rejuvenation.  After more R&R? Here are Melbourne's best spas and bath houses. Want an overnight experience? These are Melbourne's best hotels with spas.

Caring for Covid at home: how to build your own home care kit

Caring for Covid at home: how to build your own home care kit

The following article is for general¬†information only and not intended as a substitute for medical advice.¬†Lacey-Jade Christie is a contributor to Time Out Melbourne and a trained nurse. For more information on the latest government advice on Covid-19, click¬†here. With Covid-19 case numbers on the rise, it‚Äôs important to be prepared. But in 2022, being prepared is more than wearing a mask, social distancing and hand hygiene ‚Äď it also means having a Covid home care kit ready, just in case. The unfortunate reality for many, especially those living in metropolitan areas, is that we may all be¬†directly affected by Covid at some point. Fortunately, thanks to high vaccination rates, the majority of people diagnosed with Covid-19 will be able to isolate and recover in the comfort of their own homes. If you return a positive Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) or a positive Polymerase Chain Reaction test (PCR) and have been instructed to isolate at home, there are a few things that can help you manage your symptoms safely. Here's what your Covid home care kit should include: Pain relief Make sure you have paracetamol (eg Panadol) and ibuprofen (eg Neurofen) on hand to help reduce any fevers and body aches ‚Äď as well as a two-week supply of any regular medications. If you find yourself without access to your medications or have run out, speak to your GP or pharmacist about having them delivered.¬† Hydration Water is essential, but as Covid often comes with fevers and chills you might want to add

Restaurants and bars now doing takeaway in Melbourne

Restaurants and bars now doing takeaway in Melbourne

With many Melbournians stuck in iso or opting to stay in, there's no better time to sample takeaway offerings from many of the city's most beloved venues. We've compiled a rolling list of some the best, so you can eat well and support local businesses at the same time. Please be sure to check the social media accounts of your favourite venue to keep up with what they're doing. We endeavour to keep this list as up to date as possible. If you would like your venue featured or know of any changes, please get in touch via email. Keep track of what else is going on. Here's what you can and can't do in Melbourne right now. Keep supporting your favourite restaurants even when you can't dine in. Here's how you can do it. Jump to a section: CBD NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST  REGIONAL

PSA: Tash Sultana and Amy Shark are playing secret city gigs today

PSA: Tash Sultana and Amy Shark are playing secret city gigs today

Have you caught one of City Live Music's pop-ups? If not, today may be the day to do it because Tash Sultana and Amy Shark are both playing pop-up gigs in the CBD. When and where haven't been announced yet, but What's On Melbourne will be releasing more information on their Instagram tomorrow. The pop-ups are brought to Melbourne by the Victorian Government’s On The Road Again live music program. The program is giving an opportunity to Aussie artists to perform and for fans to see them live and for free at secret gigs in surprise locations.  A few lucky Melbournians may have seen Tones and I, Missy Higgins and the Pierce Brothers at their pop-ups as Melbourne came out of lockdown. Now it's Tash Sultana and Amy Shark's turn, so keep your ears open and your eyes peeled. Looking for more live music in Melbourne? Check out our live music gig guide.

Smith & Deli reopens in Collingwood

Smith & Deli reopens in Collingwood

You might not know the name Shannon Martinez, but if you're vegan and live in Melbourne, we bet you've heard of her businesses Smith & Daughters and Smith & Deli. After eight years of providing Melburnians with take-away vegan treats at Smith & Deli and sit down meals at Smith & Daughter, Martinez is merging the two locations in a 500-square-metre space in Collingwood. This is the first time that the businesses will combine and they are doing so in a venue that Martinez hopes will become one of the largest vegan food hubs in the world. The venue will be divided into a deli with cafe-style seating, a large production kitchen, a grocery store and an elevated restaurant. The recently-opened deli offers ready-to-go meals, a deli providore, the vegan delights that Smith & Deli is known for and Smith & Deli dining. The new location includes 30 seats, tables and benches where Smith & Deli customers are able to sit and eat their deli plates that include a main, two sides, a dessert and a drink. Customers can make their selections from Smith & Deli's cafeteria-style serving station. The deli will also be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to eat in or take-away. The production kitchen features glass-frontage that was designed to help dispel the myths about vegan food being heavily processed. Sit back and watch the chefs at work while you eat. The restaurant will open in early 2022 and will reportedly offer an elevated vegan dining experience with a touch of glamour.  Keep up to date

Ellen Porteus and Bombay Sapphire launch 'sippable art' cocktail series

Ellen Porteus and Bombay Sapphire launch 'sippable art' cocktail series

Bombay Sapphire and Australian artist, Ellen Porteus,¬†are¬†bringing sippable artworks to Australian bars this summer. That is, artworks in the form of bespoke garnishes. As part of its ‚ÄėStir Creativity' campaign, Bombay Sapphire has commissioned artist Ellen Porteus to use a selection of Bombay Sapphire-inspired cocktails as a canvas and create artworks that both top the cocktails and compliment their gin base. But not just any gin, the artwork is inspired by Bombay Sapphire, Bombay Bramble and Bombay Sunset, three of Bombay Sapphire's most notable gins. Ellen Porteus is an Australian artist who¬†creates clever, bold and colourful works across¬†illustration, animation and installation. Porteus‚Äô sippable artworks¬†are only available for a limited time at venues across Melbourne and Australia via¬†the ‚Äėpop-up‚Äô Bombay Sapphire cocktail menu¬†this summer.¬† Recognising that¬†the arts and hospitality industries faced intense hardships during the pandemic, Bombay Sapphire¬†is donating $1 per cocktail sold to TipJar¬†and to¬†Arts Project Australia. So you can¬†enjoy your¬†sippable art¬†and support a¬†good cause. The cocktail art experiences¬†are¬†available at¬† 52 venues nationally. The Victorian bars participating are: Attria Bar, Pigalle, Beneath Driver Lane, Cru Wine Bar, Frankie, Life‚Äôs Too Short Bar, Mongkok Tea House, Montrose Social, Prohibition Food & Wine, Purple Emerald, Rice Paper Scissors, Smitten Kitten, Sparrows Cocktail Bar, The Covenant Wine Bar, The Kyn Torquay and Wyuna. In the mood

Four Pillars saves the holidays with a Christmas gin delivery service

Four Pillars saves the holidays with a Christmas gin delivery service

We don't know if you've noticed, but Christmas is just around the corner and the deadline for Australia Post delivering your presents on time is looming. Try not to panic while you think about all of the Christmas gifts you still have to buy. However, we might have an alternative for you. Australia Post's regular parcel post deadline has already passed (on December 13) and while their express delivery service is offered up until December 20, Four Pillars has entered the chat with a different option. The option of gin delivered to your door (or the door of any Melburnian) just in time for Christmas.  You can have bottles of gin, made-from-gin products and ready-made cocktails delivered right up until Christmas Eve ,with the help of Wilma’s Melbourne Gin Delivery Service. Meaning you can keep your bar cart stocked and your gin-loving friends happy this festive season even if you thought you'd left it too late in the shopping game. Orders heading to the Mornington Peninsula can be placed up until 3pm on December 17 so be quick. Melbourne-based orders will close on December 21 at 3pm in order to guarantee pre-Christmas delivery.  Order your Christmas Gin or Olive Leaf Gin (for that post-Christmas lunch Martini) by calling Four Pillars' Healsville Distillery weekdays between 9am and 5pm. There's a flat $15 delivery fee and please keep in mind that delivery can take two to three days. Find the menu and more details for Wilma’s Melbourne Gin Delivery Service on the Four Pillars Webs

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Industry Beans Fitzroy

Industry Beans Fitzroy

4 out of 5 stars

 A Fitzroy staple since 2013, the beloved Industry Beans has officially moved into a new building just around the corner from its original location. The new space is a light-filled warehouse that features a larger cafe, a dedicated retail store, a coffee quality and training room and a roaster.After you've ordered your coffee, you can take a peek through the large glass windows from within the cafe to catch a glimpse of the roasting process.  Those familiar with Industry Beans' other stores in Syndey, Brisbane and Melbourne should feel right at home in the new location. The venue is the brand's fourth project with Melbourne architects March Studio, who have also designed spaces like the Jackalope Pavilion. The interior is meant to reflect the journey of the brand over the past ten years and celebrate its triumphant return to Fitzroy. Think industrial features, steel mesh, recycled timber tabletops paired with sleek white booths and a lot of plants.  The menu includes Industry Bean staples like smashed avocado on toast as well as new additions like the very Instagrammable porcini nest. Perhaps most importantly, you can also grab a cup of Industry Beans' signature coffee with options like espresso, filter or even cold-brew.

A-Plus Market

A-Plus Market

On Sunday, March 20, Coburg Town Hall will be transformed into a hive of excitement, good vibes and cheap plus-size fashion and accessories. Bring your wallet and reusable shopping bag for an afternoon browsing rows and rows of stalls at A-Plus Market. Plus-sized babes will be selling high-quality and pre-loved clothing, shoes and accessories, and there will be clothing on offer from local brands with inclusive size ranges including SUK Workwear, Joolz Fashion, Lucy Wilkins and Chasing Springtime. Coffee will be available for all your caffeine needs, plus gourmet pizzas and brekkie treats from Porcupine Eatery. Tickets are $5 or pay as you can afford and can be purchased at the door. Want to learn more? Head to the A Plus Instagram or Facebook page.

Eppalock Hilltop Retreat

Eppalock Hilltop Retreat

So you’re looking for a mini-break to escape the hustle and bustle of the city? Allow us to direct you to Eppalock Hilltop Retreat, an eco-friendly tiny house.  Located in the secluded bushland of the Lyell State Forest, you'll get to enjoy unparalleled views of Mount Alexander and the Eppalock ranges. This tiny house is the perfect place to switch off and escape without forgoing your creature comforts. A fully self-sufficient house, Eppalock Hilltop Retreat runs on 12-volt solar power and LPG gas. There is also a generator on-site to run the wall-mounted air-conditioner, should the Australian bush become too hot. The tiny house features a loft-style bedroom with a queen-size bed, a full gas kitchen and bathroom with shower and vanity and a compost toilet. There is also a lounge and dining area with a mini log fire and wall-mounted television. While the tiny house and decor are exquisite, the real hero of this accommodation is the outdoor hot tub and chiminea fire. These two elements mean that you can soak away your worries under the light of the stunning sunset or at night in the glow of a roaring fire.  Eppalock Hilltop Retreat is located 25 minutes out of Bendigo and is perfect for your next off-the-grid micro-adventure. And if you're looking for things to do while you're in the area, check out our guide to having the perfect escape in Bendigo and surrounds.

Happy Place

Happy Place

Melbourne is about to get a lot more Instagrammable with the opening of Happy Place. The larger-than-life immersive exhibition is an influencer's dream. Grab a friend to take with you, this is an experience that is meant to be shared both IRL and on the grid.¬†You'll need someone to take cute pictures of you in the world's largest confetti dome, someone to play six-foot-tall¬†noughts and crosses with, and someone to help you in and out of the rubber ducky bathtub (and do the same for them). While you're there, take a bit of time to appreciate the elements that can't be posted to your grid. In the absence of smell-o-vision, your followers won't be able to appreciate the Cookie Room that actually smells like freshly baked cookies ‚Äď but you can. Happy Place has multiple sessions a day to keep capacity both Covid safe and to ensure that everyone has a chance to get the perfect pic for your grid. The pop-up has sold out all around the world, so make sure you get your tickets quickly. And for Pete's sake, clean your camera lens.

Four Pillars Gin x Marko Pop-Up

Four Pillars Gin x Marko Pop-Up

There are few things Melburnians love more than gin, except maybe brunch. Luckily for us, Marko and Four Pillars are combining the two to create the cocktail and boozy brunch pairing of your dreams.  From January 12 to April 25, the two Melbourne institutions are joining forces in a gin-spritz garden pop-up at South Melbourne Market. That means you can get your cocktail with a side of brunch while you shop. Plant-based dining hub Marko will be serving four signature gin-based cocktails that hero the Four Pillars Gin range. Sit back, relax and enjoy the faux grass and mini palm trees in an open-air setting that seats more than 50 people. The Four Pillars Gin x Marko pop-up menu includes a Yuzu Spritz, Blue Tingle, Grapefruit Spritz and more And while gin is definitely the star of this pop-up, customers will find a drinks menu full of local and small producers like Marionette and its amazing Blue Curacao, Unico and its Limoncello and Capi and its range of mixers. The garden will be open from 11.30am on Wednesdays through Sundays, and visitors can enjoy a spritz happy hour from 3pm to 6pm on Thursdays through Saturdays. 

Good Fest - A Westside Block Party

Good Fest - A Westside Block Party

Mr West is throwing a party and everyone is invited. Head to Footscray's Nicholson Street on January 22 for Good Fest ‚Äď a day of good tunes, good food and good booze. There will be local¬†snacks to satisfy your hunger, booze to quench your thirst and live entertainment to groove the afternoon away to. Among the huge array of food¬†on offer, you'll find¬†Dingo Ate My Taco, a food truck¬†founded by¬†Paul Walcutt ‚Äď a criminal defence attorney turned taco aficionado. Drinks will be served at the Mr West and Homegrown pop-up bar, where you will find cocktails designed by the legendary team from Fancy Free.¬† Good Fest is also showcasing an electric range of¬†funk, RnB, neo-soul and Afrobeat performers ‚Äď featuring Amin Payne, nine-piece ensemble Ausecuma Beats and¬†DJ Petra just to name a few. Good Fest is a free event. More information about the lineup and event can be found on the Mr West website.¬† ¬†

Peninsula Film Festival

Peninsula Film Festival

The Peninsula Film Festival is a three-day festival of film events founded by actor and Rosebud local Steve Bastoni. The festival kicks off with a launch night screening on March 11 hosted by Rosebud Cinema. Although the featured film is still to be announced, this year’s judging panel includes a multitude of Australian household names. Keep an eye on the Peninsula Film Festival Instagram for the judging panel lineup.Then on Saturday, March 12, Dromana Drive-In will turn into a short film festival as 20 short films are screened for the public. Tickets are $40 per car which includes the screening, watching the judging process and access to local food and wine from gourmet food trucks. For those wanting to learn more about filmmaking, the last day of the festival offers a workshop with experts sharing their insights into the industry. Visit the Peninsula Film Festival website for a detailed festival program and to purchase tickets to screenings.

Sandy Twilight Market

Sandy Twilight Market

Following the success of their inaugural Makers Market in 2021, Sandy Market is bringing twilight markets to Sandringham with the launch of the Sandy Twilight Market. The market will take each month starting in February and ending in April. Commencing on February 12, the Sandy Twilight Market will showcase more than 30 stallholders on the Sandringham foreshore and will include entertainment and performers throughout the evening. The market starts at 3pm, so pack a picnic and make a day of it. Stallholder applications are still open and can be submitted via the Sandy Twilight Market website.   

Kingdom Festival

Kingdom Festival

School holidays are here and with weeks of holiday time comes the constant need to find activities to fill the day. For those looking for a new way to entertain the kids, Eynesbury's Kingdom Festival is open from January 22. The four-day festival is taking place at the Eynesbury Homestead and includes a program jam-packed with vibrant children's entertainment. The program includes face painting, rides and special guest appearances by Micky Trickstar, Professor Buns and more. Kingdom Festival promises something for everyone with an array of gourmet food and cocktails available for the adults as well. The food and beverages will be provided by Ms Peacock and Bird Bar(th) so adults can sit back and relax while the kids enjoy the jumping castle and pony rides. Eynesbury's Kindom Festival is part of the Eynesbury Summer Festival, an event series that is taking over Eynesbury until March 26, 2022. Other events in the series include food truck festivals, pet markets and the Eynesbury Australia Day party. For more information and to book your tickets head to the Eynesbury website.  Looking for more things to do with the kids at home? Check out our list of virtual and at home kids activities.

Plenty of Fish in the Sea - Seafood Sessions

Plenty of Fish in the Sea - Seafood Sessions

Plenty of Fish in the Sea - Seafood Sessions is coming to Prahran Market every Friday evening in February. From 5pm onwards, you'll find food pop-ups, games and DJs to ensure that you have a fun summer night out.  From February 4, Prahran Market's market square will transform into a hive of food and fun, serving up prawn and lobster rolls from Claw and Tail, fish tacos from Dingo Ate My Taco, seafood paella from The Que Club and so much more. Grab a drink from the mezzanine bar, where bartenders will be pouring cocktails made with Patient Wolf gin and glasses of sparkling from the Prosecco Van in the Square. Let your competitive flag fly with a few rounds of quoits and corn hole while listening to DJs spin the latest and greatest tunes throughout the night.  Regular Prahan Market customers will also be able to enjoy delicious food pop-ups over the weekend as well. Tickets are free but booking is recommended. You can book a ticket via TryBooking.

Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo

Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo

The Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo is coming to Melbourne in January bringing with it a host of stallholders and service providers in an effort to make navigating the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) a little easier. This free event has been designed so that carers, family members and those living with disabilities and requiring support from the NDIS have a chance to connect with service providers. More than 130 providers will be in attendance as well as Expo staff to help you navigate the complexities of the NDIS. Participants will be able to make one on one appointments with providers via an online booking system which will grant them the freedom to ask questions and make arrangements appropriate for their needs.  Almost 130,000 Victorians receive assistance from the NDIS and with more than 55,000 people with disabilities accessing the scheme for the first time, navigating the NDIS can be a bit overwhelming. Especially when it comes to searching through the hundreds of providers and trying to connect with the right one. This is why the Disability Service Provider and Participant Connection Expo is so important.  The expo is in Melbourne on January 18 and 19 and will be located at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The venue is fully accessible.  Visit the Developing Australian Communities website to register and to find more information. 

Hyatt Centric

Hyatt Centric

The opening of Hyatt Centric on Downie Street means Melbourne is now home to another gorgeous boutique hotel. Featuring 278 guest rooms across 26 levels, the hotel also houses a gym, lap pool, steam room and restaurant.  The building was designed by Architectus, an architecture and design studio specialising in commercial and urban design, with interiors by Hecker Guthrie. The result is a space that exudes a contemporary and cosmopolitan feel.  The spacious rooms and suites feature a soft colour palette with uncomplicated design, and you'll notice locally inspired design elements that are intended to reflect the Melbourne urban landscape. From the Melbourne, I Love You coffee table book to the bar fridge stocked with Rob Dolan wines, the rooms feel very 'Melbourne'.  On the 25th floor, you'll find a rooftop bar and restaurant TOMA. Take in the panoramic views of the Yarra River while enjoying a hand-crafted signature cocktail made from locally sourced spirits and ingredients. TOMA's menu is full of Mediterranean-inspired delights including kingfish ceviche, Coffin Bar oysters and slow-cooked lamb shoulder.  Guests can also enjoy a coffee at Allie Lane Café located on the ground floor, or they can choose to host an event in one of the available function rooms. Entry to the building is via an inconspicuous sliding wooden door on the corner of Downie Street and Flinders Lane. You'll truly be in the heart of the CBD, with places like Southern Cross Station and the Melbourne Conve

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Lobster rolls are back at Betty's Burgers if you want a fancy feed without breaking the bank

Lobster rolls are back at Betty's Burgers if you want a fancy feed without breaking the bank

Betty's Burgers Luxe Lobster Rolls are back but for a limited time (last year they sold out so this year we aren't messing around). From November 11 you can get Betty's Burgers Luxe Lobster Rolls in-store. Recognising the clear demand for the diamond of the Betty's Burgers menu, they've upped their quantities and Betty's Burgers estimates that this year's supply should last approximately two weeks. But, we wouldn't risk it.  At $19 each, you get a warm, buttered brioche bun topped with lobster, mayo, shallots and fresh lettuce. Just one Luxe Lobster Roll will have you setting calendar reminders for lobster roll week after week for the rest of your life. Not wanting to leave your furry buddy out, Betty's Burgers have teamed up with Big & Little Dogs to create lobster rashies for your furry friend.  Order your rashie here and be quick to wrap your hands around our favourite lobster roll before they sell out. That's not the only cheap eat in town. Check out our list of the best snacks in Sydney for $15 or less. 

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