Local Hot Spots – The Melbourner’s Picks


So I’m fully aware of how much I’m seriously slacking off on the blog posts of late, which I profusely apologise now for in advance. You see, life in Melbourne has been a little on the busy side these past few months, especially when everything is so new and super exciting. It really is proving hard to say no to so many incredible eating establishments and cocktail bars that are off the hook; (I think you can understand where I’m coming from here). I’ve also been working pretty darn hard at my ‘actual’ day job which hasn’t left me with a lot of time nor the brain capacity for writing, but enough with the excuses already…

Continuing on the subject of eating and boozing, I wanted to share some of my new local hot spots ,which I have recently frequently and worth a mention if you are ever thinking of visiting this wonderful city in the near distant future. I can’t really say that there has been one shoddy or unpleasant place I have experienced thus far (mind due, it has only been 5 months) and I have a good feeling that this city is going to provide all the goodness and meet the high expectations that I had whilst living in L-town. 


Mr Miyagi

Friends of mine had recommended I give this trendy, urban Japanese eatery a go and why not considering that this type of cuisine is part of my diet almost everyday, with my healthy obsession with sushi. 

If there is one thing that stood about for me about this place, its definitely the quality of food that is presented in front of you. The highlight for me was the salmon nori taco which is delivered to your table in a cute little box. Awwwww

Friday and Saturday nights are almost impossible to bag a table if theres only a few of you but there is the option of Yuki’s snack bar located at the back, which offers a variety of delicious snacks including the HIMALAYAN SALT SLAB CURED KINGFISH and tempera runner beans. Yummo oh and don’t forget the beaut cocktails to match. Winner winner. 

99 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181

Jane Doe

Greeted with a white picket fence and velvet vintage sofa chairs, this retro cocktail bar located on Chapel Street is your pre-drink, post drink kind of place. They offer daily happy hour which includes 10 buck cocktails  and 5 dollar wines, so really, whats not to love! 

219 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181 


Bistro Morgan

If you have a killer sweet tooth, then I wont even need to go into too much detail to try and sell this one to you. In the past few months I’ve visited at least three times and that includes an Uber Eats delivery…say no more? The brains behind all of this is a savvy 17 year old entrepreneur called Morgan Hopworth, who has been dishing out an array of decadent, syringed filled donuts at his High Street premises in Prahran. It would be fair to say that these are best around town but who am I to say, pop in and be the judge for yourself. 

190 High St, Windsor VIC 3181


Borsch Vodka & Tears

This Polish restaurant and bar located on Chapel Street actually made my eyes twinkle. After only recently visiting Krakow in Poland my expectations were fairly high and I definitely did not leave feeling bitterly disappointed. Not only are the dumplings heavenly, the stuffed zucchini flowers are to die for AND they have over 9 pages of listed vodkas for you (no jokes) to try. It doesn’t end there, they also have flights with three types of flavours, which you can even choose yourself. How lovely! 

Besides from the appetising food, it’s actually very reasonably priced, oh and hazelnut vodka is next level – no doubt I’ll be back for a few more. 

173 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181


Killing time

Another quirky Chapel Street venue with a cosy, underground vibe, playing some seriously good techno and house music. I’ve been lucky enough to have already experienced a couple of special gigs by my friends, Motion Theory music. Its always filled with the coolest of peeps, DJ’s playing the raddest of tunes, plenty of dancing  and even comes with the decks behind the bar.  I almost feel like I’m at some house party rather than a late night bar. 

11 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181

Revolver Upstairs 

I know some of you are giggling right now but how could I not share the club of all clubs in Melbourne – come on 🙂 The first time I stepped into the infamous club was one Friday night where dinner was still being served – yes there is a Thai restaurant called Colonel Tans and its goes alright. If food isn’t your thing and you are all about raving until the break of dawn, then Revs is calling your name from that lovely steep and scary staircase. Attracting some big name techno DJ’s its by far the best underground club that this city has on offer… and besides, lets not deny the fact that the atmosphere is wicked no matter what time of day it is. 

229 Chapel St, Prahran VIC 3181 


Sash Japanese

Sash is somewhat a modern day version of Nobu, offering a new take on Japanese fusion ranging from sliders, tacos, pizzas, sake and the ultimate cocktail list. Head bartender, Kyle Rose who takes the art of cocktail making to the next level, will most certainly cater for whatever your tastebuds desire.

The restaurant itself stretches over 40 metres, with funky neon signs and a variety of areas to perch including the bar if you’re stopping by for a late night cap….(I highly recommend) 

113 Chapel St, Windsor VIC 3181 


Darling cafe

Offering new and old menu favourites, this cafe is the perfect spot for a Sunday brunch hang with your nearest and dearest. From sweet pancakes, to smashed avo, to vegan quinoa and bircher muesli – there is something for all. I ended up choosing the beetroot ricotta patties with sweet potato, edamame and poached egg on top, which was devoured in seconds and certainly worth it after waiting almost half an hour to get a table.

So yes, you will have to have a bit of patience and no, you cant book on the weekends but this is Melbourne for you and I’m sure in good time I’ll get over it. 

2 Darling St, South Yarra VIC 3141 


38 Chairs

Some people call it a hidden gem but I prefer to call it a diamond. Located in South Yarra, I instantly fell for this petite, intimate Italian eatery very quickly. Firstly, their homemade pasta is delightfully fresh, authentic i taste and the seafood linguine is an absolute must. For dessert try their chocolate filled tortilli which will leave you with some serious food orgasms (don’t say I didn’t warn you). To top it off, the service was on point, a wonderful atmosphere and the wine list was just exceptional. Once again I will be returning. 

PS great for dates! 

4a Bond St, South Yarra VIC 3141 


St Edmonds

Firstly I was recommend this converted garage, come minimalistic cafe by a real estate agent while hunting for properties in the area one Saturday morning. He had advised me that this was the best coffee in the area, which really doesn’t mean a whole lot to me as I am more a tea drinker, however it seems when you live in Melbourne, this is a vital part of everyday life… which I still don’t get it but whatever floats the boat. 

You’ll be pleased to hear that it not only offers great coffee but also fabulous food to go with it. The staff are a friendly bunch and very welcoming, so if you’re ever passing by Greville Street, pop in and say hello. 

154 Greville St, Prahran VIC 3181 



So amazing, I’m going back again for more this week. Another Chapel Street hot spot (yes another one) is I’m informed from the locals, a bit of an institution. Why you ask? Well, once you’ve been you’ll totally understand what I mean. There is no signage out the front which kinda makes it even more intriguing (I must have walked past like an idiot a few times). The menu has a decent selection of veggie/meat/seafood options which apparently is designed for sharing but really when it’s this good, whose down for sharing right?!!! The sticky eggplant with shiitake and black bean sauce is beyond ridiculous and the crab noodles which don’t look overly appealing, are absolutely friggin delicious (don’t ever judge a book by it covers my friends). 

This is some of the best food I’ve eaten since leaving London – massively impressed to say the least. 

363 Chapel St, South Yarra VIC 3141



I have to admit that I do have a massive soft spot for anything European, in particular, French wine, food and the language; which do I miss terribly since leaving London, however Melbs offers the next best thing and that is some fantastic, quality establishments within a stones throw of where I’m currently residing. One of those notable spots is a quaint, converted terrace house/restaurant called Entrecote adjacent to the lush Botanical Gardens, with its own gorgeous alfresco patio area for the optional, outdoor dining experience. I was seated next to the double bay window and treated to a glass of Pinot, a hunk of juicy steak with a mountain of frites in service à la française.  Finishing off with the most extravagant looking dessert, it just has to be done if you want the full French experience.  

131-133 Domain Rd, South Yarra VIC 3141

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