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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city and an international culinary sensation. He blogs about all things Melbourne at


Silo by Joost: sustainable cafe, Melbourne

What does it mean for a cafe to be sustainable? Silo by Joost is creating its own definition, making dreams a reality with its no-waste, sustainable and eco-friendly philosophy. It may be just a dot on the Melbourne map but this unique and inspiring cafe is making the right kind of waves. Find out more after the break.

Melbourne restaurant scene: Huxtable

"Life is too short for mediocrity in the mouth," says Huxtable owner and Chef, Daniel Wilson. And quite rightly, mediocrity is not what you'll find at this stellar Fitzroy eatery. Engaging, welcoming, and built around the simple philosophy of fantastic food to be shared with special people, Huxtable just may leave you on a high.

Melbourne cafe scene: Chez Dre

The pastries are out of this world, but Chez Dre is more than just a patisserie. With oodles of character and outstanding food and coffee to match, this off-the-track cafe in Coventry Street, South Melbourne, is worth a visit.

Melbourne restaurant scene: Spoonbill

Part of the Art Series Hotels, Spoonbill at The Olsen is both modern and classic. This chic restaurant features works from acclaimed artist John Olsen, not to mention his famous (and certifiably delicious) recipe for paella. Like the hotel itself, Spoonbill delivers a great combination which highlights the best of Melbourne – art and food, and fashion. Read the full review after the break.

Melbourne cafe scene: Patricia

Another nondescript entrance greets the coffee lover from one of Melbourne's hidden laneways. Forget the bells and whistles: Patricia sticks to doing coffee, and doing it well. With standing space only and 3 coffee options, it's fast becoming a drop-in favourite for the busy city crowd. Read the full review after the break.

Melbourne cafe scene: Auction Rooms

A powerhouse cafe in a coffee-mad city, Auction Rooms exudes industrial chic both inside and out. Housed in the old WB Ellis Auction House in trendy North Melbourne, it's both a roastery and serious coffee haven, with plenty of great food options to boot. Read the full review after the break.