The time-honoured Melbourne Cricket Ground has made history of its own with the opening of a landmark transformation of the Australian Sports Museum.
Opening just in time for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Final, featuring Katy Perry, the museum is home to Australia’s largest collection of sporting memorabilia, including Don Bradman’s baggy green cap, Cathy Freeman’s unforgettable running suit from the Sydney 2000 Olympics and the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games cauldron.
The new museum has been a year in the making and includes an Australian football section with an interactive Hall of Fame.
There’s also an upgraded education zone for school groups, new characters added to the popular ‘Pepper’s Ghost’ holograms, including Richmond Football Club premiership hero Bachar Houli and Carlton AFLW star Tayla Harris, and a new gallery celebrating Australia’s sporting culture.
Australian Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground - Brunton Ave, Richmond
Chef David has a vision is to propel Sichuan hot-pot into the 21st century.
Enjoy an authentic menu surrounded by neon blue staircases, chrome chandeliers and marble-topped hot pot tables. There are more than 100 ingredients on offer to cook in your choice of eight different soups.
Boasting a capacity that welcomes up to 200 customers at any given time, Chef David delivers a unique and tantalising experience that features and impressive cocktail menu plenty of floor space to dance the night away to house bands and DJ’s.
Level 1, 462 Elizabeth St, Melbourne
The team behind Hanoi Hannah, Neptune and Tokyo Tina bring you Firebird, the latest offering from the Commune Group on the south side of the Yarra River.
A Vietnamese menu with a focus on small, shared dishes, cooked predominantly using flames, the offering here will be impressive to say the least.
Firebird is set to open on Thursday 5 March, just in time for the long weekend!
223 High St, Prahran
Maha Bar is a Melburnian expression of a meze bar, from chef Shane Delia.
Bespoke cocktails with a middle eastern soul are complemented by a menu that lets diners explore as many snack items as you can handle.
A cork-topped bar that’s a nod to the one found in his father’s home is the signature centre to the venue and it’s hear that you take up residence here before tasting signature cocktails including a Turkish delight martini and a za’atar infused margarita.
86 Smith Street, Collingwood
To Be Frank brings an artisan bakery to the heart of Collingwood with an emphasis on sustainability and the community.
From sourdough, to slow-fermented breads from wholegrain flour and yeast when you need a change of scenery, To Be Frank a wide range including traditional baguettes and ciabatta, an Incan-influenced loaf made with quinoa, amaranth and maize flour, and a Ukrainian-inspired one with caraway seeds.
Sweet toots will be satisfied by almond croissants, pain au chocolate and two kinds of escargot including a walnut and fid and a chocolate-cranberry.
The oven isn’t separated from the rest of the bakery, so time your visit before 10am to watch the action.
1/4 Bedford Street, Collingwood
Grazeland is Melbourne’s most exciting new culinary destination: a playground for foodies and families that brings tantalising food and entertainment together in one fabulous location.
Situated just 5-kilometres from the heart of the city and set to open late this month, Grazeland will provide a rotating weekly festival environment featuring live performance stages, roving entertainers, and an incredible atmosphere that celebrates food culture.
Given its size, quality, and unrivalled food festival atmosphere, Grazeland is set to quickly establish itself as an enduring and cherished Melbourne icon.
20 Booker Street, Spotswood