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Melbourne chef Shannon Bennett is the talent behind award-winning Vue de Monde. A fine-dining eyrie on the 55th floor of the skyline-scoping Rialto building, it’s arguably the city’s best restaurant. As well as glam adjacent cocktail bar Lui, Shannon’s Melbourne empire spans Bistro Vue and a clutch of informal cafés, including Café Vue Heide set […]

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At Mr & Mrs Smith, we have a serious love affair with Italy: the history, the food, the architecture, the lifestyle, the food. Thankfully, the Italian Film Festival has hit Australian shores, with screenings at Palace Cinemas across the country. Whether you want to catch a movie in Melbourne, Canberra, Byron Bay, Brisbane or Sydney, […]

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Lyall Hotel, Melbourne: hotel of the week

Friday, December 28th, 2012

In Melbourne‘s fashionable South Yarra, Lyall Hotel and Spa is a classy cocktail of sleek rooms, sensual day spa and chic bistro-cum-bar. It’s the go-to destination for a swathe of stars – Gwen Stefani and Paris Hilton included – as well as savvy magazine editors, who we’re sure adore the within-walking-distance designer label boutiques. Style […]

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If you’re planning your diary and looking for things to do in Melbourne, take a peek at the Malthouse Theatre’s sensational season opener, The Wild Duck. Running from 17 February to 17 March, this cutting-edge play has picked up a slew of awards, including three Helpmanns and four Sydney Theatre Awards (that’s serious stuff down […]

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Best coffee in Australia?

Saturday, January 14th, 2012

Think you know your coffee? Tell us where to find the best coffee in Australia for your chance to win a copy of new book Coffee Trails by Toby Smith. Not only does this java master sport our favourite name, his cool cafés in Sydney and hip espresso bars in Melbourne make our mornings much […]

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Melbourne day trips: top five art galleries

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Check out Smith’s style-savvy selection of Melbourne day trips, including our top five art galleries within easy reach of the city. Base yourself in a boutique hotel in Melbourne, then mission out to rural Victoria to slake your culture lust. Alluring architecture and design, gorgeous gardens, enticing vineyards and cool cafés await, as well as […]

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And they’re off! The Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival is underway, with all eyes on the major prize, the Melbourne Cup on 1 November. Saddle up for our guide to the big-ticket races and boldly bright fashions… THE FIXTURES They don’t call it the ‘race that stops a nation’ for nothing: on the first Tuesday in November, […]

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Postcard from St Kilda, Melbourne

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Sorry London lovelies, but as you dig around for your winter coat, down-under Smiths are getting set for a scorching summer in St Kilda, Melbourne. This seaside suburb beckons with a host of hot new places to eat, drink and play. Make a weekend of it and stay at St Kilda boutique hotel The Prince, […]

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For an indulgent minibreak, a Daylesford escape in Victoria’s Spa Country delivers the goods: fabulous food, stress-melting mineral springs and a host of boutique holiday houses. FEAST A brisk walk up Wombat Hill, through Daylesford’s blissful Botanic Gardens, brings you to Wombat Hill House (pictured above), the latest venture from Alla Wolf-Tasker of Lake House […]

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With the State of Design Festival currently serving up a stylish smorgasbord of events in Melbourne until 31 July, we’re celebrating the best design stores in town. Our top tip for a one-stop shop is fast-gentrifying Gertrude Street in inner-city north’s grunge-cool Fitzroy, the ideal stamping ground for local or visiting design fans alike. You’ll […]

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