Keeping up with the best events, new openings, pop ups, and good things to eat in Melbourne is no mean feat (and we would know!). To make your life that little bit easier, and because we love a good list, we’ve teamed up with Peroni to bring you What’s Trending: A one-stop guide to everything worth checking out in your city this month, so you won’t miss a thing.
We’re well and truly into the swing of 2017 and so far, (politics aside) we’re big fans. With more festivals than you could dream of, plenty of new restaurant openings and the glorious activities to pencil into the diary, our prioritisation skills have been put to the test. We’ve done the hard yards for you and come up with a list of 10 of the very best things to fill your February with.
#1. Have An All-Nighter At White Night
One of Melbourne’s favourite nights of the year, White Night is back again and the line of displays, exhibitions and events is bigger and better than ever. There’s so much on that you’ll need to be strategic if you want to fit as much as possible into your night. Our top pick is The Sonic Light Bubble at Carlton Gardens. You’ll find the full program here.
#2. Enjoy The View With Rooftop Dining
We’re all familiar with rooftop drinks, but how about rooftop dining? We’re absolutely smitten with Hawthorn’s Sagra. Sitting pretty on Glenferrie Road, this mammoth venue combines a restaurant, deli, art gallery and sublime rooftop into one stunning package. Grab a drink and a few share dishes and enjoy the view.
#3. Get Green At The Sustainable Living Festival
We live in a fast, fast world, where everything is instant and disposable. Well, this month we’re committing to slowing down a little, leaving a smaller footprint and having a helluva time while we do it. The Sustainable Living Festival has a huge range of events and talks—everything from talks from moral philosopher Peter Singer and environmentalist and author Tim Flannery, to sustainable lunch feasts and gardening seminars. You can find the full program here.
#4. Enjoy All The Free Gigs At St Kilda Festival
Melbourne’s favourite beach-side suburb pulses with activity (more than usual) during St Kilda Festival. At this free festival, you can expect to find some of the world’s best street artists, plenty of music and all the epic good-feels and summer vibes imaginable. In terms of music, buckle up and prepare yourself for the likes of Emma Louise, Drapht, The Smith Street Band, The Aston shuffle and…. Drum roll…. Darryl Braithwaite!
#5. Get Your Fill Of Summer At Apollo Bay Seafood Festival
Summer and seafood go hand in hand so perfectly; we can’t imagine a better way to end our warmest season than with a full-blown seafood festival. While technically not in Melbourne, the glorious drive down the Great Ocean Road is well worth it to hit up the Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. You can expect to find hero dishes from local cafes and restaurants, food from nearby markets and plenty of delicious produce from surrounding ranges and areas. Lock in a road trip!
#6. Chill Out At The Inflatable Regatta
We’ve all seen the Yarra from the banks, but how about a different perspective? The Inflatable Regatta is back again—think 1000 inflatable boats idly floating down the Yarra with a bit of a light paddle every now and then. You can either grab a mate or go solo. It’s not a race (despite the word ‘regatta’ in the name.) You’ll need to book ahead, there are double or single boats available and it’ll take around two and half hours to float merrily, merrily down the stream.
#7. Head River-Side For Melbourne’s Newest Thai Restaurant
Melbourne’s Crown precinct has a newcomer in the form of sleek Thai restaurant, Long Chim. The hawker-style menu is a nod to the markets of Bangkok and features aromatic dishes that include charred rice noodles tossed through tender beef, basil and Sriracha sauce or grilled pork and banana roti (trust us, it works).
#8. Catch A Flick At The Gardens
Everyone’s favourite moonlight cinema continues to roll on, wrapping up at the end of February. With an epic program of flicks, including plenty of new, in-cinema movies all surrounded by the Botanical Gardens. Moonlight Cinema has a few seating options to choose from, including fully serviced, beanbags with prime viewing positions. Book your tickets, pack a picnic and grab a friend to head along.
#9. Head To Fitzroy North’s New Luxe Bistro
Just when we thought that no more to-die-for dining options cold be squeezed into Fitzroy North, we were proved wrong with the opening of The Recreation. Split in to bar, bottle shop and bistro The Recreation is a stellar option for the serious wino and foodie. The bistro seats 55 and is dishing up an extensive menu of interesting dishes. Our pick would have to be the suckling pig with piquant dressing.
#10. Dine At South Yarra’s Hottest New Restaurant
The north-side aren’t the only ones getting lucky in the new opening department. South Yarra’s Gilson has sworn in 2017 with a bang as the shining new light on Domain Road. Finding home in what was previously Café Domain, the venue has undergone a complete renovation and is now dishing up elegant, modern French dishes. The food is beautiful, the drinks list is extensive and the interior is seriously on point—what more could you as for?!
We're beyond thrilled to partner with Peroni to bring you the What’s Trending series—our monthly guide to the hottest new openings, events, and Instagrammable happenings in Melbourne. Each edition of What’s Trending is researched and recommended by The Urban List, and served to you by Peroni—our go-to beer when we’re after something deliciously crisp to sip. Look out for our monthly Peroni What’s Trending hit-list for everything hot in your city right now, and while you’re working your way through the list, relax with a long cold Peroni at the hotspots marked with a ribbon. Buon Appetitio!
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