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This Week In Melbourne

By Iro Kotsimbos
18th Nov 2013

Who would have thought – it's the start of another week in Melbourne, and there's another cracking series of events around town. From food and shopping, to fundraising and film festivals, this city always has something on god forbid you should ever feel bored (HIGHLY doubtful in this city, but you never know!)

So if you're scouring the web for something to do, halt your search! We've done all the hard work for you – read on Urban Listers for This Week In Melbourne… 

Monday 18th November

The Night Noodle Markets are coming to Melbourne! Image Credit: Night Noodle Markets.

We know how crazy you Urban Listers are for anything noodle related, so you are going to lose your mind at the Night Noodle Markets! Starting tonight and running until Saturday 30th November, the banks of the Yarra will be transformed into a hawker-style food market serving up mouth-watering Asian dishes including Peking duck pancakes, Shanghai-style soup dumplings, Thai desserts and, of course, oodles of glorious noodles!

Night Noodle Markets | 18th – 30th November

Open from 5pm daily | Alexandra Gardens, Boathouse Drive in Melbourne

For more information, click here

It's no secret that Sake Restaurant & Bar is one of our favourite restaurants, so we were more than a little excited to hear about their "Let's Do Lunch" offering. As part of November's Good Food Month, you can dine on pan-seared barramundi served on sweet ponzu buckwheat and tomato salsa, with a glass of Yalumba wine, Coopers beer or sparkling/still mineral water for only $38 per person! Bookings are essential and are filling up quick, so make sure you reserve your table now.

Let's Do Lunch at Sake Restaurant & Bar | Hamer Hall Riverside, 100 St Kilda Road in Melbourne

Available Monday – Friday during November lunch trading hours only

To book, please call 03 9687 0755 or email

Credits cards and elbows at the ready, LIFEwithBIRD are having their annual warehouse sale! You'll be able to bag plenty of bargains with some of LIFEwithBIRD's most popular clothing, shoe and accessory styles available at up to 90% off. You'd better hurry because this warehouse sale is shutting up shop on the 25th!

LIFEwithBIRD Warehouse Sale | Now on until 25th November

368 Chapel Street in Prahran | Cash, Eftpos and Credit accepted (excluding Amex and Diners)

Opening hours:

Mon – Thu, 10am – 6pm

Fri, 10am – 8pm

Sat, 10am – 6pm

Sun, 11am – 5pm

Registrations close today for the Red Bull Music Academy Tram Jam! See Sunday 24th November (below) for further details.

Tuesday 19th November

Better be quick - tickets to Grinder's Greed are selling fast! Image Credit: Hammer & Tong 412.

We are fiends for a good degustation at The Urban List, and even bigger fiends for Fitzroy's Hammer & Tong 412, so just imagine how excited we are about their Grinder's Greed degustation event! Inspired by the rich, decadent scent of house-roasted coffee beans (oohh yeahhh), head chef Simon Ward and front of house manager Dennis Ferreira have put together a downright delicious three-course menu with each dish complemented by a matching wine or cocktail. Seriously, combining food with coffee? Someone just found the way to every Melburnians heart.

Grinder's Greed degustation event | 7pm – late

Hammer & Tong 412 | 412 Brunswick Street in Fitzroy

To book, please call 03 9041 6033 or email

Tonight is Anglicare Victoria's 'Dinner with the Angels' and there are still a few seats left! An evening of fabulous food and wine from some of Melbourne's top restaurants (think Coda, Pei Modern, Huxtable, The Smith and more) plus top entertainment, Dinner with the Angels is one of the city's hottest tickets with proceeds going towards Anglicare Victoria's efforts supporting children, young adults and families across the state.

Dinner with the Angels | 6:30pm – 11:45pm | Tickets $300 pp

Peninsula | Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade in Docklands

To book, please call 03 9412 6157 or email

Wednesday 20th November

Don't miss the best in British film! Image Credit: British Film Festival Facebook.

Get ready for a Pommy invasion – the British Film Festival is here! Hosted by Palace Cinemas, the festival celebrates the best in British cinema with all sorts of brilliant movies that'll make you laugh, cry and everything in between. For all the deets on the British Film Festival, don't miss our guide, including all our top picks!

British Film Festival | 20th November – 1st December

Palace Cinema Como | Corner Toorak Road and Chapel Street in South Yarra

Palace Balwyn Cinema | 231 Whitehorse Road in Balwyn

To view the program and purchase tickets, please visit the website

Thursday 21st November

Need some design inspiration? Want to stock up on amazing art and homewares? Just want to have a sticky beak at an amazingly furnished, warehouse style dream home? Then make a beeline for the 3rd annual The Design Files Open House! The brainchild of Lucy Feagins, creator of The Design Files website, the open house brings together over 70 of Australia's best design, art, furniture and homewares talents in a yet to be disclosed Hawthorn home. The best part? Everything you see is available for purchase (nope, we're not kidding you)! Somebody pinch us.

The Design Files Open House | 21st – 24th November

Hawthorn, Melbourne (stay tuned for the address)

Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm

For more information, click here

Cocktails and a spot of shopping - it's a hard life! Image Credit: Belize/AMPR.

The Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival is on today and while we're excited about the exclusive discounts and retailer offers, what we're really pumped for is the pop-up Caribbean Belize Bar. What better way to chill out and relax after a long, arduous day of shopping than with a Belize, a mix of coconut water and rum, in hand? To add to that, Taco Truck, Beatbox Kitchen and Round The Way will also be on hand to satisfy any food truck cravings you may have – perfect if you need to refuel. Shopping, eating and drinking…sounds like the perfect night to us.

Melbourne Central One Day Shopping Festival | Corner Swanston & Lonsdale Streets | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Caribbean Belize Bar | From 6:00pm | Level 2, The Corner

Taco Truck & Beatbox Kitchen | 11:30am – 3:30pm | McIntyre Alley

Round The Way Bagel Burgers | 4:30pm – 9:30pm | McIntyre Alley

For more information, click here

Friday 22nd November

Melbourne is undoubtedly Australia's cultural capital and NGV's latest exhibition – Melbourne Now – perfectly captures this. Opening today and running until March 2014, Melbourne Now showcases a brilliant cross-section of art, design and architecture, demonstrating how creative expression has helped shape our city and cultural identity. There's a mindboggling 300 artists/projects involved in Melbourne Now so it's definitely an exhibition that'll keep you coming back for more.

Melbourne Now | 22nd November 2013 – 23rd March 2014

NGV | 180 St Kilda Road in Melbourne

Open daily 10:00am – 5:00pm (closed on Tuesdays)

For more information, click here

Sunday 24th November

Red Bull Tram Jam is set to be the highlight of Melbourne Music Week! Image Credit: Red Bull.

Trust Red Bull to come up with a super cool, completely out-of-the-box idea to grab your attention during Melbourne Music Week! In a nutshell, the Red Bull crew will be taking over three Melbourne trams and decking them out to create the ultimate Sunday session on wheels! (Editor note: Or, errrr, tram tracks.) Anyhoo…the trams will be departing from The Espy, Howler and The Corner Hotel, taking guests on the coolest party around town before ending up at The Residence, a space purposely built for MMW by The People's Market. It's like the tram restaurant, but much cooler and waaaay more fun.

Red Bull Music Academy Tram Jam | 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Departs from either The Espy, Howler or The Corner Hotel

To register, please click here (registrations close 18th November)

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