More on Melbourne’s dining variety

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There are two things we look forward to when visiting Melbourne. The first being the hospitality: all those colourful coffee shops, small bars and restaurants, each decked out so uniquely, and – on that aesthetic note – the rawness of the city’s streetscape: tiny alleyways whose walls are decorated by bold graffiti, and long strips like Acland and Chapel Streets, dotted with must-try eateries and the coolest of giftware stores and fashion boutiques.

So when a book comes along, like Flavours Of Urban Melbourne, that combines the art, the culture, the food and broad spectrum of personalities that make up one of Australia’s most multicultural cities, we’re fairly certain it’s going to get the thumbs-up.

Brought to you by Smudge Books, the same publishing house that released Flavours Of Melbourne last year, this decidedly more urbane version of what-do-to-where in the Victorian capital is a must-read before taking your next trip there. And if you happen to be a local, you’ll love the sheer volume of familiar, fabulous haunts referenced throughout.

The culinary and artistic journey kicks off with a little history of Melbourne, from early dwellings beside the Yarra River to sprawling suburbs, each now equipped with their own distinctive watering holes and chow houses.

From St Kilda, south of the city, to northside Brunswick, Footscray in the west to Toorak in the east, all the best venues Melbourne has to boast are presented here in glorious colour and seductive prose. And it’s not just the posh venues written up about: but the full spectrum of hospitality, from the humble and most affordable, to the lavish and expensive.

So whether its sushi or a pizza, a six-course Asian degustation or a couple of inventive cocktails you’re after, check this culinary bible before stepping out onto the proverbial tiles in Melbourne city and its vibrant suburban surrounds.


Flavours Of Urban Melbourne is available in hardcover through Smudge Publishing, RRP $70 from quality bookstores.