Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Gluten-Free Guide to Melbourne’s Best Italian Eats

Italian may not be to go-to choice for those of us incapable of efficiently processing wheat. However no one, and I repeat no one, should have to eat Italian in fear, or settle for an alternative that is more closely... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Grab Your Next Coffee From This Hole-in-the-Wall Brunswick Cafe

For most of us, our local cafe is like a home away from home. But for the Sullivan McNeill’s, this took on a whole new level of significance when they decided to start operating a cafe out of their living... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Shh, QT Has A Secret Garden Bar

I bet you didn’t know that nestled behind the Rooftop at QT Melbourne bar is the hotel’s latest addition, the Secret Garden Bar. This ideal summer destination has landed on Russell St, and is perfect for celebratory, tough day, post-work, and TGIF drinks! The... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Prahran Market’s New Eco-Conscious Workshops

If you have been to the Prahran Market recently, then you may have noticed a new pop-up haven, the Social Food Project. This joint venture pop-up brings together the various vendors at the market and the importance of sustainable food. Prahran Market... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Blink And You’ll Miss This Awesome Loft-Style Venue Hidden On High Street!

Take a wander off Chapel Street, turn the corner onto High Street, and find your new favourite hidden loft-style cocktail bar, Galah. Enter through the boutique bottle shop down stairs, and head to the upstairs bar which provides a delightful setting... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Amazing Wood Fired Pizza At This Authentic Italian Restaurant with a Twist

This little, hard to find food truck is worth the travel. Down the side streets of Pascoe Vale off Sydney Road, Ciccio Pizza is the perfect place to enjoy some authentic wood fired pizzas during summer. This converted shipping container... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Soak Up the Sun at Fed Square’s Summertime Social

Set against the backdrop of Federation Square’s Skyline Terrace, Summertime Social is an outdoor pop-up event for all ages! From the 2nd of January right through to the 5th of April you can check out this colourful and endlessly fun... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Have A Tea Party At This Alice in Wonderland Themed Cafe!

If you consider yourself ‘curious and curiouser’ and perhaps even a little bit ‘mad’, begin your journey to The Hatter and the Hare where you’ll be taken on a trip to Alice’s Wonderland. Located in an unassuming, industrial part of... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
End Your Year in Style at these NYE Events!

With the countdown to 2020 well under way, now is the best time to make some plans. From Great Gatsby style soirees to rooftop bars, these 5 amazing places are perfect for ringing in the New Year. Campari House   Campari... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Most Drool-Worthy Bagels

Bagels are a tricky little thing to nail in the baking world – getting that perfect balance of chewy and soft dough with a tiny hint of sweetness is no easy feat. So you’ve got to hand it to the... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Bring in the New Year at This Rooftop NYE Party

New Year’s Eve is the best night of the year and South Melbourne’s premium function venue The Albion Rooftop is hosting a Rooftop Soiree to help you celebrate the beginning of a new decade. This rooftop exclusive event is a ticketed event... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
6 Socially Aware Eateries That Make The Planet Smile

Sick of not being able to finish off the enormous pile of avocado that accompanied your eggs on toast? Watching as the waiter scoops the remainders into the bin of the local café kitchen. Food waste strikes again. Cue the... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne Music Week’s 10th Birthday is looking like a big one!

There’s nothing we love more than celebrating Melbourne’s arts culture. We have a notoriously talented music scene, and we’re the music capital of the world, which is why there’s an entire week dedicated to it! Melbourne Music Week is not... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Sugar Republic’s Christmasland is Back! A sugary, interactive wonderland for all ages

There’s no such thing as being too old for Christmas, so gather up your nearest and dearest and head down to the Macrobertson’s Chocolate Factory in Fitzroy this November! After the sold out success of its debut year, Sugar Republic’s... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Need those noodles? Get slurping at our favourite ramen joints.

If I could only have one meal for the rest of my life, I’d choose ramen. Noodles + soup = a match made in heaven, especially when you go to the right place. These 5 ramen restaurants have been tried... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
4 Pines Are Giving Us A Welcome To Brunswick

Imagine an oasis with solar powered energy, bio-dynamic composting, reusable plates, recycled furniture, a line-up of glorious food trucks, and an abundance of beer. A place where people can eat without feeling diner’s remorse as their food scraps and plastic... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Going to The Fringe Festival? Check Out These Restaurants Before Your Show!

It’s time once again to revel in the weirdness and uniqueness of Melbourne. Running from September 12th to the 29th, the annual Melbourne Fringe Festival is bigger and better in 2019. There are over 400 exciting and strange acts and... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne Fringe Festival Is Back!

Witness the Melbourne Fringe Festival transform the city into an artistic platform that presents 450+ works in 170+ venues from over 3,000 artists. From September 12th – 29th 2019, the festival will hold events that pushes and breaks artistic boundaries... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Pub Trivia Venues for Every Night of the Week!

Here at Hidden City Secrets, we love our pub trivia. It makes us feel that those hours spent on Wikipedia and reading weird poetry wasn’t a complete waste of time. If you can relate, visit one of these bars that... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Bop and Jive at Bird’s Basement Jazz Venue

Fancy yourself as a jazzy guy? A bit of a hep cat? A big band Betty? A lover of jazz? If you identify as one, or all, of these, Bird’s Basement is where you need to be. One of Melbourne’s best... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
The Ultimate CBD Venue Destination for your Next Event

Set in the cosmopolitan heart of Flinders Lane, Garden State is a multifaceted, beautiful assemblage of spaces that will definitely take you on a wondrous adventure that encompasses full grown trees and illuminous, glowing pendant lighting. Each setting has their... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Collingwood’s Favourite Vegan Pizzeria Opens Its Doors In Prahran

Following their Smith Street success, the cult favourite pizzeria have just opened their doors to the south siders. Currently open 5-10pm Wednesdays through to Sundays, the new location at 260 Chapel Street Prahran is already welcoming a sea of regulars... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Asian Night Markets Return to Queen Victoria Market

There is no need to pack your bags and fly overseas because for a second year in a row the Hawker 88 Night Market is back at Queen Vic Market. You will have definitely have a multifaceted, cultural experience where you... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Satisfy those Pizza cravings at this South Melbourne Italian Restaurant

A charismatic escape away from the hectic streets of South Melbourne, Mister Margherita is the kind of restaurant you can expect to see a chef making a pizza whilst singing along to That’s Amore. The outside light infiltrates through the... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Its the F*cking Catalina Wine Mixer

Call it a nation-wide collaboration if you will, Welcome to Thornbury and South Australia’s Howard Vineyard are bringing the biggest (or smallest) event of the year to our beloved north-side food truck park, on the 14th of September. A perfect... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
5 Things To Do For Father’s Day in Melbourne

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and for most of us this means frantically looking for a way to show the big man how much he means to you. But instead of serving up the remnants of charcoaled toast... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
White Night Reimagined Re-Introduces Itself to Melbourne

Get ready to engage all five of your senses as Melbourne celebrates performance art, music and food across three nights in August. From Thursday the 22nd – Saturday the 24th  of August (this weekend), you will witness the city host large-scale performances, culinary/music... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
5 Fun Bars You Need to Check Out This Weekend

Sometimes, your regular wild weekend drinks need somewhere a little bit “extra” to spice it up. From sinking golf balls to sinking Harry Potter-inspired cocktails, these fun bars  will take your next sesh to the next level. GG EZ Basement... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
5 South-East Asian Restaurants To Ease Your Wanderlust

I’ve been there. You wake up, check Instagram and see that your friend is enjoying the paradise-like weather in Bali. You get out of bed, fighting the freezing Melbourne morning and on the train, you check the app again. Now... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
South Yarra Rooftop, Cocktail Lounge, Bar and Dining All in One Venue

From the outside, The Osborne Rooftop and Bar could have passed as any ol’ south-side hotel. Plonked on the corner of Osborne St and Commercial Rd, with a history dating back to the early 1900’s, the humble white brickwork gave no... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
5 Bar & Restaurant Combos for an Easy Night Out

To the lazy bums, the disorganized and the overly prepared, Do I have the perfect plan for your next night out! Below I have compiled a cute little list for you where I have coupled bars and restaurants within close... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Newest Burger Joint With A Sustainable Twist

Brunswick Street’s esteemed strip of vegan eateries just got its newest addition, and it’s changing the fast food game. Dubbed ‘New world Burgers’, Henry’s Burgers are reinventing what we all know and love with house made, plant-based substitutes, and there’s no... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Win A Double-Pass For Underground Cinema’s Opening Night In Melbourne

*GIVEAWAY TIME! WE HAVE A DOUBLE PASS TO GIVE TO A LUCKY WINNER TO ATTEND UNDERGROUND CINEMA’S OPENING NIGHT IN MELBOURNE* Head to the Hidden City Secrets Facebook page, like the post about the event and tag who you would... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
31 Hot Chocolates in 31 Days? Challenge Accepted

ATTENTION ALL CHOCCY LOVERS! It’s that time of year again, the annual Hot Chocolate Festival has reared its delicious head. Prepare your chocoholic stomachs for all sorts of delicious and twisted flavours to escape the winter chill this August. Held... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
5 Eateries To Beat Those Midnight Cravings

It’s late. You find yourself stumbling around the CBD trying to find a bite to eat. Maybe you just came from a party where the food wasn’t all the great. Or maybe you just finished a karaoke session and all... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Fresh New Look for Souk + Funky New Bar

There’s a brand new project from the team who brought you Melbourne’s popular Middle Eastern inspired Souk. Enter Handsome Bar, a luxe, modern bar where you can escape the ordinary. Souk has moved upstairs after its fresh renovations to make... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
A Taste of Latin America Comes to Prahran

Casa N.O.M. Bar y Restaurante has just arrived in Prahran, offering Latin-American foods among the cultural boutiques of Greville Street. Nicholas and Thomas Welch are the talented brothers that brought us The White Oaks Saloon and The Silverlake Social. Both... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Collins Street Has A New Vegan Wine & Salad Bar

After their opening night just a few weeks ago, Home Vegan Bar are the newest addition and flagship location to the Home Pressed Juices family. A quick two minute walk from Southern Cross station, the new kids on the block... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Melbourne’s Favourite Modern Mexican and Barbecue Restaurants Team Up for One Day Only

ANECDOTE TIME: On a weekend away, one of my friends – you know that friend who always gives the best food recommendations – recommended a restaurant. She said that it was AMAZING and so YUMMY! She gave this place her gold... [more info]


Festival 21  Our Future Through Food
Dating With Dogs Is Officially a Thing and It’s Coming To Your Fave Dog-Friendly Pub

If you’ve thrown in the towel on the horrific dating scene of 2019 and resigned yourself to a life of solitude with your cavoodle, Shamus, as the ‘only soul mate you need’ – then hear me out. The National Hotel... [more info]