What’s new in Melbourne in winter

No matter what the weather, there’s always something happening in Melbourne. Here’s our round-up of the latest restaurants, bars and must-do shopping to hit the city this winter.


The latest addition to the Lucas Group stable (Chin Chin, Kong), Kisume is a new, three-level Japanese restaurant on Flinders Lane. Featuring an upmarket, luxury interior, the venue houses a cocktail bar, private room and degustation table on the top floor. The basement doubles as a bustling kitchen, while guests can enjoy impeccable sushi on the ground floor. As a full reservations restaurant, we’re tipping it will be a hot pick for foodies this winter.

A wooden box filled with egg custard inside an eggshell and a wooden spoon

Tamago Mushi from Kisume


The Meatball and Wine Bar team have ventured from Italy to Hawaii. Dubbed as a raw seafood and cocktail bar, Hana is a pacific haven on Little Collins Street. Piña coladas, lobster and the now-usual poke bowls are dished out throughout the day. Lunch is a casual affair in the neon-pink, leafy interior, while the dinner menu leans towards share-style tapas.

JD Sports

Premium UK trainer and sportswear store, JD Sports has just opened its first ever Australian store at Melbourne Central. Global brands include Nike, Puma, Reebok, Lacoste and The North Face are featured, along with limited edition and internationally sold-out styles.

Dialogue in the Dark

Teaming up with Guide Dogs Australia, Dialogue in the Dark engulfs participants in complete darkness. Led by blind guides, guests will have to engage their other senses to communicate and interact effectively. The experience, which has operated across 39 countries, aims to create positive dialogue around blindness.

A man standing under a spotlight, accompanied by two other person

Dialogue in the Dark


Originally a cult food truck in Melbourne’s booming four-wheeled food scene, Lukumades has opened a store across from Queen Victoria Market. Deep-fried, made-to-order Greek doughnuts can be topped with caramel, Nutella or Oreos. They’re best eaten messy and fresh.

Osteria Ilaria

A new venue from the proprietors of cult pasta bar Tipo 00, Osteria Ilaria recently opened on Little Bourke Street. Reminiscent of a casual Italian bistro, the impeccably-executed menu includes roast pork scotch with apple and fennel crumbs. Nettle gnocchi with blue cheese and almonds is already a favourite.

A grey plate with steak and vegetables and a glass of red wine

Osteria Ilaria

Slide, Skate and Chill at Common Man

Looking for something different to do on a cold winter’s night? Head to Common Man, which has just been transformed into a winter wonderland, including an ice rink and toboggan slide. Rotating events include ‘teach me Tuesdays’ and ‘date night Thursdays’.

Coming soon


A casual, artsy laneway bar backed by Guy Grossi, Arlechin is one to keep an eye out for this winter. Tipped to open in late July, Arlelchin will sit behind Grossi Florentino on Mornane Place. The 40-seat wine bar will focus on impressive drinks (wine, specifically) and a curated, boutique food menu. Street artist Mike Maka has been commissioned to brighten the outside laneway wall.

Rapha Cycling

An experimental two-level space on Guilford Lane, Rapha Cycling is a multi-use venue. A café, store, cinema, bar and event space, Rapha Cycling is tipped to open at the start of July to coordinate with the Tour de France. As one of the world’s leading cycling retailers, Rapha’s space will be a community-focused area for cycling enthusiasts.