Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best Hotcakes Dishes in Melbourne

Best hotcakes in Melbourne? Dessert for breakfast? Melbourne is enjoying a wave of hotcakes, one of the most delicious and grammable dishes on the Melbourne brunch scene. Here are our 7 favourites:

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Four Points by Sheraton Docklands

Four Points by Sheraton Docklands "Brew Off" Showcases Amazing Local Craft Beer

On Wednesday 13 September, 2017, craft beer lovers were treated to a fabulous night of beer tasting, food and entertainment at the new Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands. Four Points by Sheraton, a booming Marriott International hotel brand known for its love of beer, is embarking upon a global tour discovering the world’s best brews. The journey kicked off at the new Four Points by Sheraton Manhattan Midtown West and The World Loves Melbourne was part of the most recent event at Four Points by Sheraton Melbourne Docklands.

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Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne Launch Happy Hour Album at Jazz Lab

Andrew Hagger and Robyn Payne launched their new album Happy Hour at the fabulous jazz Club in Brunswick with exceptional jazz band Catsplay, and The World Loves Melbourne was there. Happy Hour will soon be released on iTunes and can be ordered online at hopeinthislife.com and Readings Carlton. At time of this article the album was No 1 on the Aria Jazz & Blues Albums Chart.

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Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Best Wine and Chocolate experiences in Melbourne

Melbourne's best wine and chocolate experiences - is there any better combination than wine and chocolate. Of course we refer to red wine when it comes to chocolate. In our travels we have hugely appreciated some amazing wine and chocolate moments and we wanted to share them with you. Here are our best wine (red) and chocolate experiences in Melbourne:

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Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan Fun and Playful Japanese Restaurant in Prahran

Tokosan is the new playful Japanese restaurant on the block. In a precinct of Prahran creatives Tokosan is the perfect destination for some cheeky fun and a sake or two, plus casual eats. Tokosan is obviously a reference to son of Toko - or inf act cheeky little sister to the more formal and serious Toko restaurant.

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A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

A Taste Of Singapore Airlines Premium Economy Class

Singapore Airlines is launching out with it's stunning Premium Economy offering on 3 of it's 4 flights out of Melbourne, and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to an exclusive media event to experience the service. It was a unique event with us joining Singapore airlines staff and executives on a plane and checking out the benefits of Premium economy including the superb food offerings.

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Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

Celebrating 10th Anniversary of Nobu Restaurant at Crown

It was a privilege to step into the contemporary, stylish surroundings of Nobu - one of Melbourne’s best restaurants - to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this icon. It was a joy to experience the creative flavours showcased by head chef Sean Tan and his talented team and to imbibe Veuve Clicquot during the salubrious evening.

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Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Canteen in Hawthorn A Compelling Brunch Destination

Rustica Sourdough which began in Brunswick several years ago has been expanding, as one of the most successful bakery cafes in Melbourne. We have followed their journey since the start and from day one they have resonated with quality bakery offerings. The World Loves Melbourne was part of an UberEATS event where we met more of the UberEATS family. Obviously UberEATS is on the rise and the preferred delivery service for many people in Melbourne.

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The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Culture First Look

At the launch of the Dior spectacular Melbourne was referred to as the fashion capital of Australia. Following a series of high profile fashion exhibitions in Melbourne we are now reaching peak fashion - celebrating the seventieth anniversary of the House of Dior, one of the world’s most prestigious couture houses. The World Loves Melbourne attended the National Gallery of Victoria launch of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. The exhibition goes from 27 August to 7 November (admission fees apply).

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Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Dinner at The Modern Eatery in Richmond

Melbourne's new contemporary house of Aburi sushi, The Modern Eatery,  is now open in Richmond, located on Swan Street, Richmond, after huge success with two venues in Perth. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to sample the fare.

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Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader Compelling Cafe/Bar in Collingwood

Smith St. Trader is a compelling cafe and bar on eclectic Smith St Collingwood, full of soul and savvy, with Richard Hands a Melbourne gem and one of its best bar tender/mixologists. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu one lunchtime, including an indulgent cocktail for which we don't apologise for.

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Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic Farmer, Brewer and Publican Lunch at The Lincoln for Pep Events

Epic is an apt description for this Pep Alliance Event hosted by Hilary McNevin at The Lincoln Hotel with publican Iain Ling and Tasmanian farmer and brewer Ashley Huntington. Ashley Huntington is a talented and passionate Tasmanian farmer who looks somewhat like Jon English but has the punk attitude of the Sex Pistols. He stands up for farmers and the industry, encouraging us all to support local farmers - and rightly so!

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Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

Best Raclette Cheese Places in Melbourne

How good is Raclette! The first time we encountered the magical world of Raclette we fell in love. We gathered around the Raclette "machine" where a wheel of premium cheese was blistering and bubbling under the heat in awe. Then with a scrape of a knife the theatre and aroma of raclette drew us in with wonder. Not to mention the taste of the oozy cheese - often paired with pickles, mushrooms or cornichons. Scraping the cheese into a small bowl, you are set for a session of bliss, especially if you pair it with say a dry white wine or a pinot noir. The joy of France and Switzerland is to be enjoyed here in Melbourne. 

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Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

Stunning New Dishes at CH James Cafe in Fairfield

CH James has released several exciting new dishes on their menu and The World Loves Melbourne joined with other leading bloggers in Melbourne to experience the newbie dishes for brunch.

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Best Melbourne Cafes

Best Melbourne Cafes

 

Best cafes in Melbourne is a mix of new and emerging cafes together with icons that are well established cafes.  We celebrate Melbourne's best cafes in the search for perfection. Melbourne is best known for it's thriving cafe scene, often to be found in laneways. We are constantly eating out at Melbourne's top cafes and consider the standard to be high.

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CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE - Melbourne's New Next Level Chicken Shop

CHE taps into the Australian chicken shop dream and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample some of the menu at the launch. We love the name - sounds like the name of a revolutionary (and it is a revolution) - but CHE stands for Chicken/ Heledos/ Empanadas as well as "mate" in Spanish (clever). CHE has a modern fit out and is in the heart of Fitzroy on the corner of Johnston St and Brunswick St (look for the neon letters in the windows at night).

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Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo Restaurant A Pizza Revelation on Brunswick Street

Bontempo is a fabulous option for a catch up to imbibe the best of pizza (one of the best pizza restaurants in Melbourne) in a modern hospitable environment and - wait for it - reasonable drink prices. The World Loves Melbourne was invited along to experience some of the menu.

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The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick Movie Review - Hilarious and Heartwarming

The Big Sick is a must-see hilarious and heartwarming movie, releasing in cinemas on August 3 2017. See the trailer. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to a preview of the film at the Gold Class cinemas at The Jam Factory on Chapel St South Yarra. Seeing the film together in Gold Class as a couple was perfect and the film is so relatable to modern relationships.

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Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown Restaurant - A great Melbourne Dining Experience

Trunktown has been a favourite of ours for several years and is a venue we consider to be quintessentially Melbourne in terms of architecture and expression. The Diner section has been the place for some favourite events and moments but the restaurant offers a delightful casual dining experience that borders on fine dining. We were invited to the restaurant to sample the new menu, which provides both a Middle Eastern selection and an Italian selection, reflective of the owners.

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The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

The Influence of Spain in Peruvian Cuisine Event at Pastuso Restaurant

Pastuso Restaurant was the perfect venue for a cracking event featuring two of Melbourne's best chefs, Alejandro Saravia and Jesse Gerner, and an extraordinary insight into Peruvian cuisine. The event was part of the Pep Alliance series of events hosted by iconic foodie, author and identity Hilary McNevin. The theme of Spain v Peru was brilliant and topical in celebrating Peruvian Independence Day, and it explored the relationship between Spanish and Peruvian cooking. Our table raised a glass or two of Pisco sour to Peru on this great occasion!

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St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz Restaurant and Bar Hits the Mark in St Kilda

St Moritz is a stunning new addition to Acland Street as a top notch bar and casual restaurant for your next catch up. It's a new addition but pays tribute to yesteryear with a neon replication of the dancing dirl from the St Moritz Ice Rink that used to exist at the location from 1929 to 1981. The venue is modern but also incorporates St Kilda grunge with exposed brick and quirky artwork. 

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Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's A Crowd Pleaser Cafe in Cheltenham

Frank's is one of the best cafes in Melbourne and The World Loves Melbourne was invited to sample dishes from the ever evolving menu. The cafe is called Franks partly because it offers frank and authentic honest food. It seeks to give the punters what they want, and we think it successfully does that. No pretension, just fine food in a chic modern environment, with owner Harry Butler at the helm.

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The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food Restaurant Making A Mark in Port Melbourne

The House of Wine and Food is a distinctive foodie destination in Melbourne. How many restaurants can actually claim that? Often there can be a sameness about Melbourne dining experiences - many cafe menus are mirrors of each other and even restaurants serving up similar dishes. But for the discerning diner, The House of Wine and Food is a unique and exciting dining experience in Melbourne bringing French, Italian and Mediterranean classics and compelling bar and dining spaces.

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Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Kathmandu the legendary lifestyle and adventure brand recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. The World Loves Melbourne was invited to the celebration at stylish Smart Artz Gallery. 

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Travel, Top 10

Top 10 Reasons to Visit Melbourne

(Home page photo courtesy of Oli Sansom)

The Top 10 Reasons to visit Melbourne are - 

1. World's Most Liveable City

Melbourne has been voted the world's most liveable city out of 140 cities measured worldwide. Come and see why. Melbourne is an attractive city and brims with great facilities and infrastructure. Living conditions are sublime in this city of just over 4 million people. There's a low population density for a large city and several high profile infrastructure projects in action. The liveability measure looks at 5 main categories - stability, health care, culture, environment, education and infrastructure - and Melbourne comes up trumps. You might visit Melbourne and want to live here! (Photo courtesy of Oli Samson)

2. Global Gourmet City

Melbourne is a stunning food destination. Melbourne boasts restaurant Attica in the San Pellegrino top 100 but it's the quality and breadth of cuisine that impresses. Nearly every type of food is represented in Melbourne with quality restaurants.  From the French influences of Vue De Monde to the world acclaim of Attica, to the Middle Eastern brilliance of Maha, to colourful eateries in Chinatown, and the variety of fine dining along Flinders Lane.

While Melbourne has it's share of fine dining most of the top restaurants are casual and accessible with stunning food at reasonable prices. There is a strong culture in Melbourne of eating out. In Melbourne just about everyone is a food blogger and there are more food bloggers in Melbourne on say Urbanspoon than any other city. Juggernaut TV series Masterchef has just moved to Melbourne from Sydney... Visit Melbourne for unforgettable food adventures.

3. Global Shopping City

Melbourne boasts many high end shopping precincts as well as factory outlets for the bargain hunter. Chadstone is a massive shopping emporium in the suburbs with many of the world's top brands. The city is also a great place for shopping featuring Bourke Street Mall with its iconic buildings and brands such as David Jones, Myer and Spanish brand Zara. Melbourne Central is accessible as a major railway station in the heart of the city but has over 300 shops. Chapel Street is another iconic strip with great boutique shopping and great cafes and restaurants. Along with boutiques there is the popular Op shop stores where you can score some great retro items at bargain prices. Collins Street is an iconic Melbourne street with international brand name stores as well as The Block Arcade - an iconic arcade with boutique shops in one of Melbourne's most impressive heritage arcades. Visit Melbourne for accessible and attractive shopping precincts and availability of world leading brands.

4. Global Sporting City 

Melbourne is known for its world class sporting facilities and a sporting mad population. Few cities in the world can match Melbourne's status when it comes to major sporting events. It's amazing to spend a week at The Australian Open to enjoy the matches but also the entertainment and facilities around the stadium. There's a real fastival atmosphere.

Or come to the iconic MCG which is walking distance from the city for a game of Australian Rules Football. You might be in a crowd of 100,000 excited spectators as we were at the AFL Grand Final. Catch a game at AAMI Park which is a state of the art premium rectangualr sports and entertainment stadium housing 30,000 spectators. Rod Laver Arena with a retractable roof is home of the iconic Australian Open tennis each January and houses 15,000 in a state of the art stadium. Hisense Arena also has a retractable roof and holds 10,500 spectators, a premier stadium for basketball and netball. Visit Melbourne for its sporting facilities and sporting passion.

5. Laneway and Precinct City

 

Melbourne has an amazing number of eclectic laneways full of great restaurants, cafes (including hole in the wall cafes) and art. Visit the laneways of the CBD as being a major characteristic of the city. The CBD itself is an impressive precinct rich in arts, bar, cafes, shopping and boasts iconic buildings and attractive parks.

It's a thrill of discovery when you visit Melbourne laneways.

Check out the famous street art in Hosier Lane. Visit Flinders Lane for a line up of great restaurants. Go to Rankins Lane and Somerset Place for great cafes, or the hub of Degraves Street and Centre Place. Section 8 in Tattersalls Lane is one of Melbourne's many quirky bars. Visit Melbourne for memorable encounters in mysterious laneways.

6. Global Arts City

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Melbourne has an incredible arts precinct and is a great city for exhibitions, festivals, displays, museums, galleries and live performances. 

Visit St Kilda Road on the edge of the CBD for the arts precinct. Check out a performance at the iconic Arts Centre which is also the home of the Australian Ballet. Visit NGV International for world class art and check out the Victorian College of the Arts. Keep walking south to the Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Theatre Company, along with the innovative Malthouse Thatre and Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. Check out the many theatres around Melbourne including Princess Theatre and Regent Theatre. The Melbourne Museum is a world class museum with ever changing displays. Visit Melbourne for its spectacular Arts culture and facilities. 

7. Global Fashion City

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Melbourne is a fashion capital with two major fashion shows each year as well as the availability of major international brands and great local designers. The L'Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival is Australia's premium consumer driven fashion event offering a series of events that celebrate fashion. The Melbourne Spring Fashion Week is a poular fashion festival in the first week of spring each year. It should also be said that the dress standard in Melbourne is high. People dress well, particularly in the CBD, compared to some other cities. Visit Melbourne for a fashion fix.

8. Multicultural City

Melbourne is one of the most multicultural cities in the world with significant populations of over 150 of the world's nations represented. Our community includes people from Somalia, South Korea, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, the United Kingdom, Vietnam, Italy, India, Greece, Japan and more. Melbourne has the third largest Greek speaking population in the world. The Chinese flocked to Melbourne in the 1850's when gold was discovered and Chinatown around Little Bourke Street is a bustling popular precinct. Many Italians came to Melbourne from the 1920s to the 1950s and Lygon Street is famous for it's Italian eateries (also some great Italian eateries in the CBD). There's also a strong Vietnamese community and it is highly recommended to visit Victoria Street for some pho soup.

Melbourne is also a great student city with 55% of students living in the city being international students. Visit this city for the eclectic community that is multicultural Melbourne.

9. Global Hotel City

Great hotels abound in Melbourne. The top 20 are all impressive. Visitors appreciate staying in luxurious hotels in the CBD with easy access to attractions, shopping and restaurants. There are some great luxury hotels such as the iconic The Langham, the vibrancy of Crown Towers, The Westin, The Park Hyatt Hotel Melbourne, The Sofitel Hotel Melbourne and the boutique The Lindrum. Visit Melbourne for quality accomodation close to attractions and facilities. 

10. Easy Travel City

Melbourne is an easy place to travel between destinations. The road system is excellent  and there are an abundance of trams, trains and buses. In fact you can get to most things in the CBD by walking.

Not far outside Melbourne is the incredible Great Ocean Road, Philip Island, Mornington Peninsula, as well as Yarra Valley Wineries, Gippsland and the Snow Country. An abundance of riches.

Visit Melbourne for easy of travel to so many experiences within the CBD as well as in nearby surrounds.

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