With new bars, restaurants and boutiques springing up around Melbourne like your grandmother’s wildflowers, you’d be forgiven for falling behind. Here’s our April round-up of what’s new in Melbourne.
Once a quiet car park, this space on Whitehart Lane has been repurposed into a chic, industrial bar. Made from shipping containers and enormous steel beams, Whitehart spans two storeys and includes designs from Melbourne-based Daisylegs. Along with craft beer, cocktails and wine, there is a rotating selection of food vendors to curb post-work hunger.
Embla now open on Sundays
Crowd favourite Embla is officially open on Sundays, offering a $50 set lunch menu every week. Sundays also features a special wine offering – ranging from something especially affordable, to a wine that’s particularly rare. Embla’s upstairs dining room is also undergoing construction, so keep an eye out for the latest developments.
Burger Project opens at Melbourne Central
Neil Perry’s Burger Project just has opened a much-anticipated new store at Melbourne Central. Spread over two levels with a large open kitchen, the menu revolves around delicious hand-crafted burgers. Options include grass-fed Cape Grim beef, Lilydale chicken and crumbed confit mushroom. If you’re scouring for sugar to keep your shopping energy up, hand-churned soft serve will do the trick.
Bligh Place is now home to yet another delicious new venue. Championing Middle Eastern cuisine with hints of Arabic and North African influences, Souk is a two-level food haven. Arabian tacos are rich and more-ish, while ‘KFC: Kuwaiti fried chicken’ will please the crowds. Cocktails lean to the sweet side, like the Turkish coffee martini with vodka, bal küpü sugar and Turkish coffee.
Now spanning three-levels on Collins Street, Harrolds is one of the biggest luxury fashion brand names in Melbourne. Explore the ground floor, now dedicated to womenswear, with the introduction of world-class store-in-stores from Balenciaga and Tom Ford. Then discover the newly-opened lower ground floor, which houses contemporary menswear and womenswear within 450 square metres. Australia’s first and only Stella McCartney store-in-store is coming soon.
Rag & Bone
Australia’s first Rag & Bone store has landed, and city fashion will never be the same. Located in the Strand on the corner of Elizabeth and Bourke Streets, Rag & Bone brings their modern, effortless style to Melbourne. The airy store itself is balanced with towering ceilings and luxe concrete floors.
Common Man sausage-making masterclasses
If you’ve ever wondered how sausages are made, take a class at Common Man at South Wharf to find out. Learn the right balance of meat and fat, which cuts to use, and how to make them gluten and preservative-free. You’ll also learn the tricky-but-fun technique for forming the sausages and how to tie them into neat-looking links. Then end your morning with a delicious lunch and beer in the autumn sunshine.
The team that brought the New-York style Bowery to Williamsburg is back with another café. This time it’s a nod to the Israeli city, Tel Aviv. The menu feature soft pitas filled with everything from beef kofta and prawns, to haloumi and calamari. A range of salads, shakshuka and Israeli-inspired breakfasts are also available.
Holey Moley Golf Club (coming soon)
Combining two of everyone’s favourite things, soon-to-be-opened Holey Moley is a cocktail bar and (you guessed it) mini-golf club. Home to 27 themed mini-golf holes, there’s also a karaoke room on-site if you’re keen to keep the night going. Opening 20 April.
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Long Chim Melbourne
The latest restaurant to join Crown’s fleet of flavours, Long Chim is the new venture from Thai food guru David Thompson. Think authentic flavours of Bangkok, a super stylish interior and a perfect riverside view.
Black Star Pastry pop-up
With a huge cult following in Sydney, Black Star Pastry’s insta-famous desserts have crossed borders to in Melbourne. The patisserie’s Carlton pop-up store is here to stay until late May – for now.
Melbourne Whisky Room
An addition to Whisky and Alement, the Melbourne Whisky Room specialises in rare, vintage whiskies you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. Find it on the level above the original bar.