While many of our favourite winter activities may be off the menu for now, there are still plenty of ways to lift your spirits. Think soothing yoga, steamy mulled wine, some brand new woollies or the ultimate superfood latte.
Brighten your abode with a blooming delivery
Nothing brings winter cheer better than a fresh flower arrangement. Order a bouquet online from Pollon, a laneway hideyhole that’s absolutely bursting with colourful wonders. The team is now doing home delivery, with free postage on orders over $70.
Keep the coffee coming, rain, hail or shine
Can’t live without your latte? Like and subscribe to these regular coffee deliveries for endless caffeination. Ensure a regular source of the good stuff with a Campos subscription from $15. Or give a gift subscription to a friend in need. There’s also a rotating list of single-origin beans and blends for you to choose from at Everyday Midtown. Set up a mail-order coffee subscription to get beans that are perfect for brewing at home.
Dine in with dumplings
Pandemic shmandemic – this city needs dumplings now more than ever. Heaps of Chinese faves are now doing home delivery of their juicy bao, you just need to know where to look. From DIY Wonderbao kits to wontons drenched in chilli oil, find all the steamy goodness with our guide to dumpling delivery.
Pause for a cup of tea
A nice cup of tea doesn’t just warm you up – it’s good for your health and mood too. KUURA Tea Studio isn’t open at the moment, but you can order online from their tea range from China’s Yunnan province. Narocha Tea offers premium loose leaf teas, as well as matcha which is 100% organic and sourced from Kyoto. Order online or grab a takeaway. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Taiwan’s Machi Machi can serve you up their original Black Milk Tea with Crème Brulee. Plus, it’s takeaway only.
Discover the Royal Botanic Gardens’ Wellness Gardens online
The Royal Botanic Gardens’ have always been one of the city’s best places for instant renewal. And while the Gardens have reopened, events are currently on hold. But don’t worry. You can go online and go forest bathing in Virtual Garden. There’s also harp meditation, nature journaling and educational workshops available.
Work out those WFH kinks with Estuary Yoga
Take a deep breath and get your mind, body and spirit back in balance at Estuary Yoga. Start or end the day with a session that meets your needs and goals, like Vinyasa flow or Yin yoga plus meditation. Book in to a live stream class and relax from home.
Explore The Paperback Bookshop’s digital shelves
This independent bookshop on Bourke Street is an icon of our UNESCO City of Literature. Wile away some time browsing the Paperback site for that perfect book to curl up with at home. It’ll be delivered to your door in no time.
DIY day spa
Nothing melts the muscles and lifts the spirits quite like a luxurious day spa. Why not create your own at home? Start with some aromatherapy from Perfect Potion to let your mind drift. Then you can run a warm bath with lemongrass bath salts from Metascent. Pop on a cleansing parsley seed face mask from Aesop while you’re there. When you’re ready to get out, dry off, spritz some pillow perfume from Essensorie on your pillow and lie down. You could even do a short meditation.
Indulge in iconic doughnuts
The Queen Vic Market is open as usual, with social distancing measures in place. When you head through for your essential shopping needs, don’t skip a takeaway treat from the American Doughnut Van before you leave. These little bundles of jam filled foodie bliss are served hot and fresh – which means they taste just as good once you’re back on your way home after a market trip. Plus, The Market’s pre-order and pick up options are still available, so you can do your shopping without leaving the car park!
Treat yourself to a Melbourne-made manicure
Beautiful, colourful nails can brighten up your day, so why not try and DIY while the salon is closed? Nothing beats the ethical, vegan nail products from Kester Black. Melbournalia stock a lot of their range. Pulp Fiction is the perfect moody shade for winter. Luxurious social enterprise, Miei Fiori, stocks vegan Hanami nail polishes. Order a colourful set (and a gorgeous bunch of flowers).
Break out the red
Warming drinks by the fireplace in your fave pub or cosy laneway bar might be off the menu for now. But you can recreate the vino vibes at home, with a little postage patience and imagination. Try the mulled wine from Bar Clara. They’re doing free delivery of this winter-time treat to the Melbourne metro area. San Telmo have also opened an online wine store (you’re welcome). Treat yourself to a top shelf red as you bake their famous alfajores. A match made in heaven. Keen to be your own bartender? Gewurzhaus‘ mulled wine starter pack is the way to go.
Sip a superfood latte
If you want to take a slightly healthier path, MIN can serve you up (or deliver to your door) a superfood latte. Try Red Velvet (beetroot and ginger), pandan, or purple sweet potato, all with your choice of milk. The vanilla-flavoured, blue-coloured Blue Unicorn Latte comes topped with Froot Loops. It may not qualify as a superfood, but it’s super fun.
Buy beautiful winter woollies at Clementine’s
Clementine‘s has a passion for things created in Victoria. Here you’ll find uimi’s made-in-Melbourne woollen delights. Step out for your weekly shop or morning walk in their stylish merino jumpers, cardies, ponchos, beanies and scarves. Then snuggle up at home with their woollen blankets and cushion covers. Private virtual shopping appointments are available, and you can shop in store (up to 2 customers inside at a time).
Due to current circumstances, businesses may close or run out of stock at short notice. Please check with individual stores for details.