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.
Summer is nearly here and Melbourne is well and truly ready. With luxe new openings, and top-notch food festivals, there's plenty to celebrate this November.
#1. Scott Pickett’s Deli Has Become The Ultimate Market Deli
Scott Pickett—the man behind Estelle By Scott Pickett and Estelle Bistro—has opened his newest project at Queen Victoria Market. Inspired by childhood memories of trips to the market, Pickett has opened Scott Pickett's Deli, which has a New York-meets-Paris vibe about it. The star of the show is the centerpiece rotisserie, from which you can take home a roast and veg.
#2. Get Luxe Fish And Chips From Paper Fish
You know that when one of Melbourne best restaurants is forced to close its doors, but re-opens with a luxe fish and chip shop that they’re not going to be your regular ol’ fish and chips. Stokehouse’s latest love child has opened as Paper Fish, a low-key affair on St Kilda boulevard that opens out towards the beach. There’s plenty of seating, but we recommend you grab a paper cone of your favourite and head for the sand. Now THAT’s what we call summer dining.
#3. Japanese Film Festival Has Come To Melbourne
The 20th Japanese Film Festival will kick off in Melbourne on 24 November. There’s a stack of interesting, and downright quirky films on offer—everything from anime to Japanese horror. Interestingly, there are two food-related documentaries that give an intriguing insight into Japan's most synonymous dishes. The first doco, Kampai! For the Love of Sake, offers an insight into the making, history and cultural significance of the drink. The second, Tsukiji Wonderland, offers a behind-the-scenes look at Japan’s most famous fish market—Tsukiji—and the inner workings of a market that is home to 700 individual wholesalers.
#4. Victor & Rolf Has Opened At NGV
Even if you don’t consider yourself a fashion aficionado, don’t be afraid to pop into the National Gallery of Victoria to take a look at their latest exhibition—Victor & Rolf Fashion Artists. The exhibition is a peek into the creative masterminds behind the brand and showcases over 40 signature ensembles from the designers’ haute couture and ready-to-wear collections and early installations. It’s the perfect taster exhibition without being too overwhelming. You can catch the Victor&Rolf exhibition at NGV until 26 Feb 2017.
#5. Get Giant Xiao Long Bao From Din Tai Fung
Novelty food doesn’t get much better than a giant dumpling from Australia’s best dumpling masters. For the whole of November Din Tai Fung are dishing up oversized Xiao Long Bao. Filling a whole steamer dish, the bao are seven times larger than your regular pork dumpling. The filling is a classic combination of prawn and pork, and it’s even served with a jumbo straw so you can slurp all of that steamy broth goodness right from its delicious belly to yours. One giant Xiao Long Bao will set you back $8.90 (totally worth it) and you’ll find them at Din Tai Fung in Emporium. We recommend that you treat yourself to a little luxe shopping while you’re there.
#6. Melbourne's Hottest Sneaker Store Has Opened
Call us sneaker freakers but we’re total suckers for a sweet pair of kicks. Good news is that Brunswick has been treated to a new sneaker store—Concrete Jungle. Stocking a huge range of super stylish sneakers, including Italian brands Superga and Diadora Heritage, we’re pretty darn excited about this opening.
#7. A New Hannoi Hannah Has Opened In Elsternwick
Melbourne’s favourite modern Vietnamese has opened another venue, this time in Elsternwick. Hanoi Hannah was chosen after people voted between Hanoi Hannah, Saigon Sally and Tokyo Tina. The menu is virtually identical to its older sister, so you’ll be able to tuck into all your old favourites. There’s also an option to order online and takeaway.
#8. Summer Night Market At QVM Is On Again
You know summer is here when the Summer Night Market kicks off at Queen Victoria Market. Jam-packed with live acts, food from some of Melbourne’s most loved restaurants and a top-notch selection of market shops, it’s the perfect way to get in the mood for summer and make the most of balmy evenings.
#9. Fancy Hanks Has Found A Permanent Home In The CBD
We loved Fancy Hanks when it was a pop-up, but now that that it’s found a permanent home in the CBD we’re head over heels. Sitting at the top end of Bourke street, they’re using their two tonne smoker to dish up American-style, slow cooked barbecue—think brisket, pulled pork and ribs with a heap of traditional unique sides.
#10. Night Noodle Market Brings Hawker Food At Its Best
The Night Noodle Market at Birrarung Marr offers Asian hawker-style market food at it’s very best. Spread out over two huge levels of the river-side location, you can expect to find food from all your favourite Melbourne Asian restaurants like Mr Miyagi, Sake, Wonderbao, Blackstar Pastry, Gelato Messina and a stack load more. It takes place until the 27th of November, we suggest you lock in more than one visit!
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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