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The ultimate guide to isolation activities

You’ve cleaned out your wardrobe, started a blog and sorted your bookshelf from A to Z. What’s next? From in-lounge workouts to virtual events, here are some other ways to stay busy indoors.

Dinner home delivery

Don’t fret if you’re missing Entrecôte’s famous steak with secret herb butter sauce. South Yarra’s favourite Parisian bistro is home-delivering its signature dish for two. The pack includes everything you need, including condiments and that secret sauce. There’s even a mousse au chocolat to bring your meal to a satisfying finale. Simply click to order, and follow the step-by-step prep instructions provided.

If you’re hankering for Chinese steamed buns rather than steak, order a box of baos from Wonderbao. Or perhaps a special dessert takes your fancy? A multilayered crepe cake can be delivered to your door by Carlton’s Millé & B patisserie.

You’ll find more at-home dining ideas in the online food delivery and dessert delivery blogs.

A close up of cinnamon donuts in a brown paper bag

Choose cinnamon churros for your next dessert delivery

Online events

While some events have cancelled, many others have gone online. This year the Melbourne International Film Festival is inviting us to stay home and see the world. Running from 6 to 23 August, MIFF 68½ is streaming more than 40 feature films slated to appear at this year’s fest. Open House Melbourne has also gone virtual, with a digital program of tours and events. The celebration of Melbourne’s iconic buildings runs from 16 to 26 July.

Melbourne Zoo’s Animal House antics have been entertaining us for months now. From keeper talks with pygmy hippos to penguin live cams, there’s plenty of cuteness to raise a smile. For more online events, browse the what’s on(line) in Melbourne right now blog.

An old fashioned projector in the dark

Don’t be miffed that you missed MIFF

Indoor workouts

Are you losing your motivation to hit the mat? Mellöbarre will get you back on track. They take a personalised approach to online yoga and exercise classes. The focus is holistic, embracing inner wellbeing as well as physical stretches. Free movement classes combine pilates and physiotherapy to improve your posture and flexibility. Or take the six-week wellbeing challenge while working from home. You’ll learn new rituals and challenges, and take an in-depth look at sleep, mindfulness and more.

There’s a huge choice of exercise classes out there. To get started, check the online fitness classes and at-home mindfulness activities blogs.

Person stretching in a yoga pose

Stretch and stream your way to wellness

Virtual personal stylist

We all know we can shop from home. But did you know you can shop online with a virtual personal stylist? For the full concierge service, sign up for virtual styling with Harrolds. The luxury department store is chock-a-block with designer labels. Their personal stylists will take you through the latest collections via video. They’ll also offer style advice. Classic fashion icon Kuwaii has closed its city store right now. But they can still share advice on the sizes and styles that might suit you best. Give them a ring on 03 9380 5731.

There’s more online shopping inspiration in the life hacks and iconic indie shops blog.

The interior of a retail store


Green up your life

Other than the odd camellia or premature daff, there’s not a lot blooming in the garden right now. So why not get some plant life delivered to your home. There’s nothing like fresh flowers to brighten your working-from-home room.

At Queen Vic Market, Folia House has home delivery for orders over $50. Folia is more about houseplants than flowers, with swoon-worthy orchids and succulents. Find more suggestions in the indoor plant delivery for your home office blog.

A plant shop

Folia House


There’s coffee and there’s tea. And then there’s iced coffee milk tea from bubble-tea experts Naröcha. You get the best of both worlds, with smooth milk tea boosted by the buzz of caffeine. Plus those essential tapioca balls, boba. Naröcha delivers to addresses in the CBD and Carlton. Throw in a limited-edition DIY bubble-tea pack for good measure.

For a barista-perfect espresso, get your beans home delivered by Axil Coffee Roasters. Select beans for seasonal, espresso or filter roast coffee. Then choose a fortnightly or monthly subscription. They can also fit you up with filters, drippers, AeroPress equipment and grinders. For other home-delivered coffee-care packages, see the coffee delivered to your door blog.

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Power your daily grind with coffee

Pantry staples

If your kitchen shelves are looking lean, order a care hamper from Kinfolk Cafe. Hampers and more can be home delivered via sister cafe, Sibling. There’s a hamper for your mum, best mate, vego cousin or, go on, for your good self. Choose a big breakfast box or staples hamper with eggs, pasta, soap and emergency toilet paper. There’s also a choice of ready-made meals. Do you feel like seasonal soup, cashew-cream butter chicken or Nepalese curry for dinner tonight?

And would you like cocktails with that? Get an emergency stash of daiquiris and negronis home delivered by cosy bar Romeo Lane. Or for the best of both worlds, put in your order for a wine and cheese hamper from Milk the Cow. This licensed fromagerie has a bounteous selection of cheeses, from blue to stinky. Plus crackers, charcuterie and pickles. You’ll find more suggestions in the pantry essentials and isolation hampers blogs.

Fruit and veg on shelves in a grocery store

Spring Street Grocer