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Melbourne International Flower and Garden show

March may mark the start of autumn, but at the Royal Exhibition Building activity is blossoming with the return of the Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show (MIFGS) Presented by Lawn Solutions Australia, March 27 – 31, 2019. The event is predicted to attract over 100, 000 visitors from across the nation and overseas. The annual convergence of the most talented landscape designers, progressive florists, emerging design talent, DIY specialists, well over 200 exhibitors and thousands of flowers provides evergreen inspiration for the year to come. With new charity partner Beyond Blue aligned with the Show, visitors can expect gardens that are not only visually arresting, but are emotionally stirring as they tap the sense of tranquillity and wellbeing that comes from connecting with nature. The annual Landscape Design Show Gardens welcome an impressive line-up of local and international talent with confirmed designers including: NZFGS Gold Medallist Bayley LuuTomes, a collaboration between Candeo Design, Jason Hodges for Lawn Solutions and Semken Landscaping, MUSA Landscapes in partnership with Beyond Blue, Inge Jabara, Christian Jenkins, Waddell Landscapes, …

The best hot chocolates in Melbourne

Oh Winter… sometimes you wonder if you actually hate this cold season or in fact love it to bits. Despite the coldness, there are a few things we know you love about Melbourne Winter – the fashion, the mulled wine and of course the hot chocolates. We have hand picked our top five favourite venues in Melbourne, where the best hot chocolates are served. Warm up this winter with our favourites below and tell us which one is your favourite, or maybe share YOUR favourite hot chocolate venue with us if it is not already mentioned below! Atypic Chocolate, South Melbourne Based out of South Melbourne Market, Atypic follow a profound ‘bean-to-bar’ process, showing off the chocolate making process through their street facing window. They welcome picky patrons, inviting you to customise your winter warmer by selecting your milk and your chocolate blend. Make your selection from white chocolate matcha, Solomon Island dark chocolate, spicy dark chocolate or a seasonal dark chocolate blend and enjoy. More info: here. Little Big Sugar Salt, Abbotsford Looking for …

The Glen Food Gallery, the newest dining destination on the East side.

Since its opening on the 28 of March 2018, The Glen’s Food Gallery has been buzzing non-stop with local foot traffic. Just a short 40 min train ride from Melbourne CBD, this refurbished shopping centre is packed with numerous delicious cuisines at its Food Gallery. Let’s start with the presentation of The Glen Shopping Centre. It is full of greenery, open space, natural sunlight and modern design. You can see plants on every corner you turn, an amazing incorporation to bring the outside in. The Food Gallery is a 2,200 square metres open dining space, catering for over 850 seating space. This unique space is on the ground level of the shopping centre with floor to ceiling windows where you can look out to the beautiful Dandenongs and Yarra Valley. You can find 16 casual dining eateries including HuxtaGo by Huxtaburger, Capricho, D’elephant Thai and so much more; one of our favourites would be Omi Wagyu, the Japanese fusion restaurant. Omi Wagyu is where you get a chance to taste premium wagyu for a reasonable …

Take a ride on Tram 96

Melbourne loves a good tram route and one of our favourites is Tram 96. it is one of Melbourne’s busiest tram routes and will take you to many of Melbourne’s popular tourist attractions such as St Kilda Beach, South Melbourne Market and into suburban Brunswick East. Whether you travel north to Brunswick East or south to St Kilda, we’ll guide you to the local cafes, mainstream shops and the must see spots while on route. So grab your Myki card and get onboard. Head North to Brunswick East. Grab your morning coffee and something to eat at Self Preservation a creative and inviting space that sells more than just coffee, just a short walk from tram stop 9. It is one vibrant yet relaxing place where you get to enjoy one of Melbourne’s best coffees, fresh seasonal dishes while you take in the showcases of local jewellers and artists. After a satisfying breakfast, jump on the tram towards Brunswick East and hop off at stop 12. Here you will find Melbourne Museum with something suitable …

What you’re doing this weekend

If you’ve already binged watched the new season of OITNB and House of Cards, it’s time to get out of the house – here are our top picks for this weekend: Italian Food and Wine Festival: If the weather is getting you down, heat up with a festival devoted to the world’s favourite cuisine. The Italian Food and Wine festival will tempt you with over 200 wine makers, importers and chefs, ready to stuff you full of carb loaded love. Where: The Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton More: www.italianwinefoodfestival.com.au/melbourne/   Ru Paul’s Drag Race VAC-stravaganza trivia night: If you’re up for a sickening night and want to show off your Ru Paul’s Drag Race knowledge while supporting the Victorian Aids Council, lend your gag worthy smarts to an incredibly outrageous trivia night at Meat Market. Half price tickets if you show up in your best drag – but please, no kimonos. Where: Meat Market, 185 Blackwood Street Melbourne More: Tickets here   Melbourne Design Market: This Melbourne event staple returns this weekend to offer Fed Square a taste …

Rainy Day Activities in Melbourne

Don’t let Melbourne’s four seasons in one day get you down. So it’s a little wet outside, no problem, we’re used to the changes in weather here (it’s why we layer, it’s in our DNA), so to help with your rainy day plans, we’ve gathered our top 5 rainy day activities here in Melbourne, so you can still enjoy the day, AND stay dry. Enjoy… 1. Hit the Arcarde Games up at Bartronica Bar This place will take you back to your teenage years on a rainy day, enjoy drinks from the bar whilst playing your favourite arcarde games from the 80’s and 90’s . Classic games on offer include the original Mortal Kombat, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and our favourite, the Simpsons. Wizards can also test their skills on the bar’s collection  of  pinball machines that date back to the seventies. 335 Flinders Ln, Melbourne 2. Go Indoor Rock Climbing Not only will this activity keep you out of the elements, but it’s fun AND you’ll get fit at the same time. (Bonus) Bring a …

Keeping Fit Like a Melbournian

We’ve gathered together five, true-Melbourne-style ways to keep fit all year round, like a true-blue Melbournian would…. 1. Run the Tan For the uninitiated, the tan is that fabulous dirt running track which encircles the city Royal Botanical Gardens. If you are lucky, you’ll enjoy looping past the Yarra River section whilst a concert is on at the Sidney Myer Musical Bowl, if you aren’t… you’ll come a-cropper on Heartbreak Hill like most of us end up doing. The tan is an easy stroll or short tram ride from the city, is around 3.85km for one loop, and the quickest lap ever was 10 minutes and 12 seconds, run by Craig Mottram in 2004. At 7.30am on the first Saturday of every month, the Victorian Road Runners offers 4 km and 8 km time-trials around the Tan Track.   2. Try something different – like Silent Disco Yoga Yep, how cool does that sound? On 21 March, Melbournian yogi’s can hit up an After Dark Silent Yoga Disco, 90 minutes of Vinyasa style yoga hosted …