What’s New in Melbourne Right Now

By Pip Jarvis
20th Nov 2014

Good golly, Melbourne is going off with hot new openings right now! 

Here's what's opened two minutes ago, is opening right this second, and the exciting new ventures we've just gotten wind of! They'll be here in a jiffy!

Late last week, Beermash opened in Collingwood—a great little craft beer store, where you can stock up on growlers or howlers (Google is your friend) of your favourite small batch beer or cider. Crafty buggers.

If you've strolled past Dukes café on Chapel Street recently, you may have been befuddled by the new signage proclaiming Journeyman. Well, that's cause she's rebranded and moved the coffee-roasting operation northside to Collingwood. But fear not, Journeyman cafe it may be by name, but the goods are still the same, like the amazing smashed avo' and some of Melbourne's best coffee. 

Last week in the CBD, East restaurant quietly threw open its doors. Heard of HuTong Dumpling Bar? East is the new sister restaurant, dishing up moreish Chinese-style tapas and killer cocktails. Look out Little Collins Street, we're coming atcha!

We announced the imminent arrival of a stand alone 5 & Dime bagel store way back in August and had a chin wag with owner, Zev Forman. And this week, 5 & Dime has arrived at last! 5 & Dime is dishing out doughy circular goodness (aka traditional NY-style bagels) from 16 Katherine Place in the CBD. Pass the cream cheese, please! 

Yesterday, Windsor got a whole heap healthier, as The Nutrition Bar opened its second Melbourne outpost. Like the Swan Street Nutrition Bar, the newbie will be administering acai bowls, superfood smoothies, protein bowls and salads to all the #cleaneaters on Chapel. Plus there will be more easy take-home meal options. Oh, and there's a third Nutrition Bar opening in St Kilda Road's Oracle Office block in December. Global domination, one wheatgrass shot at a time.

In more stealth health news, George Calombaris is opening his clean-eating café, Mastic, in Kew next week. We've all watched the superchef slim down before our eyes in recent years, and now he's putting his healthy lifestyle on a plate for Melburnians to, err, lap up. Cotham Road's new healthy café will be open 'til 4pm each day, and dishes such as wholemeal flour organic crumpets with sweet potato butter and ricotta, plus salted and toasted pumpkin seeds, have us drooling in anticipation. 

Speaking of Georgey Porgey, news has just landed that Jimmy Grants will be setting up shop in Ormond in the first or second week of December. And Church Street revellers need no longer resort to a dirty kebab, with another Jimmy Grants due to open imminently. Melbourne's best souvlaki has a new home. 

Forget about clean-eating for a second, what about delicious, fatty, fast, fantastic food! We're talking alcoholic milkshakes and burgers, and we're getting them from The Grand Trailer Park Taverna! Just opened up on the corner of Bourke and Exhibition Street in Melbourne, this retro, caravan-esque set up is slinging out some seriously sexy patties and shakes. We're dieting for a week just to try their salted caramel, maple bacon and Makers Mark bourbon shake, but boy is it worth it!

If you're feeling fickle, you're bound to find something to change your tune at Bickle, a new Caribbean canteen and cocktail bar on High Street, Prahran. Opening tomorrow (Friday 21st), Bickle will be serving family recipes of deliciously naughty treats such as jerked chicken, soft shell crab and buttermilk fried chicken. Also an option are 'Ickle Bits', which are scrumdidliumptious Caribbean tapas dishes. We didn't know such a thing existed, but we're keen as heck to try it out!

If you haven't made it along to the Melbourne Night Noodle Markets yet, make tracks fast and grab a Gogi Dog from Hammer & Tong's latest Korean foodtruck, Gogi. You won't get berries here, just delicious meaty Korean barbequed goodness. Nom. 

Speaking of simple street food done well, we are cray(fish) over the new Mr Claws lobster roll pop-up on Smith Street in Collingwood. Brought to you by the dudes behind Huxtable and Huxtaburger, Mr Claws launched at Taste of Melbourne to rapturous reviews. Here's why—you know that Huxtaburger bun? This bad boy is the same style. Fill that with chunks of sustainable lobster, then top it with one of three lip-smackin' sauces. We can't go past the Sriracha-spiced mayo. 

But wait, there's more. 

Cheese fiends, rejoice! Our favourite St Kilda Fromagerie and bar, Milk the Cow, opens in Carlton next week. Milk The Cow Carlton, located on Lygon Street, will be twice the size of the original, meaning heaps more cheese! Over 150 to be exact, with a cheese and wine bar on each of the two levels. Sweet Baby Cheeses. 

Cuckoo for cocktails? No need to go loco, because El Coco is shaking (and maybe stirring) things up with a Cuban style cocktail pop-up bar! For one month only, El Coco will be serving Cuban food, Bacardi cocktails and summer beats! Taking over the old Exchange Hotel on King Street in the CBD, El Coco will be open from Monday to Saturday, dishing up lunch, dinner and late, late nights. You've got the expertise of mix master Sebastian Raeburn (1806), and Simon Ward (Hammer and Tong) tantalising your taste buds, and for a full sensory experience, El Coco will host a range of local DJ's and bands. It all kicks off on Friday the 28th of November. So if you want some action, you love the nightlife, and you've got to boogie… then get your butt to El Coco!

You know that gorgeous white double storey building on Domain Road that you just wish could get it right? It is so drop dead divine but none of the establishments housed in it (The Millswyn, Louie) seem to stick. You know the one. 

Well, by George, we think the new owners might have cracked it! All hail the imminent arrival of Entrecôte – a Parisian-style steakhouse by Melbourne restaurant royalty, Jason M Jones (he of Friends of Mine et al). 

Currently under renovations, a December opening is slated for the new South Yarra restaurant. So what can we expect from Jones's latest undertaking? Steak frites, aka steak and fries, apparently. Enchantée Entrecôte—we'll be seeing you soon. 

With all this eating, you'll be needing to do some exercise! Thankfully, One Hot Pilates has just thrown open it's architect-designed doors on River Street in South Yarra. An offshoot from the ever popular One Hot Yoga, at One Hot Pilates you can lengthen, strengthen and tone in truly stunning surrounds with truly amazing instructors. Choose from hot mat pilates at 27 degrees (you core body temp, donchaknow), or reformer pilates in a cooler 21 degrees. 

Interiors addicts are also in luck – next Friday sees the opening of The Assembly Hall in Flemington. The team and currently working away madly before the great reveal. What to expect? The Assembly Hall Showroom will showcase a rotating selection of lifestyle and interiors products—think unique products from all over the globe. There will also be an interior design service, a super groovy section for outdoor furniture and bits and bobs, and a kiosk serving healthy fuel, like raw salads and juices. 

Scando fan(do)s – on your marks... COS is coming to Melbourne! Opening on Friday 28th November, the Melbourne COS store will stock chic, minimal pieces for both sexes, plus the kidlets. This is one for those who went nuts over the arrival of H&M. COS is, after all, part of the H&M group. Head straight to the Melbourne COS store in The Strand to streamline your summer wardrobe. 

Last but not least, the cool dudes behind the two Up There Stores in South Melbourne and McKillop Street in the CBD have opened a third store on Little Collins. Stocking hip menswear, you'll find the usual suspects at Up There Store Little Collins Street, including Norse Projects, Bleu De Paname, New Balance, and Converse. Excitingly, the boys have also introduced us to an exciting New York brand, Public School. Get your man there, stat. 

So, Listers, there are just a few new Melbourne openings we thought you might like. Get. Excited.

Main image credit: Cuisine Campagne.

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