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6 beautiful walks in the City of Port Phillip

Whether you’re going out with friends for an active weekend catch-up or taking advantage of some much-needed solo time through the week, take in some fresh air with a nice long walk. These are six walks that we highly recommend taking around the City of Port Phillip.

A Day Of Thrift Shopping

Discover vintage clothing on the op-shop trail through the City of Port Phillip – it’s easy if you know how. Find out where the best bargains are now.

Artisan ice-cream

Ice-cream fanatics on the look out for this year's latest trends need look no further than these artisan specialists.

Best coffee in South Melbourne

I had the pleasure of catching up with Isabel from The Visitor recently. Isabel runs amazing tours through South Melbourne over a half day with her local South Melbourne Flavours Food Tour or 2 hours with her Tastes of South Melbourne Market Food Tour.

Best Smoothie Bowls In Port Phillip

Looking for the best smoothie or acai bowl in Melbourne? This fresh and photogenic brunch option is perfect for summer. Read our top picks now!


Located at the Coventry Street entrance to Chez Dré, Bibelot is an opulent destination for all-things-sweet. Everything in-store is made by hand using premium quality ingredients from around the world.

Bibelot South Melbourne Easter 2019

Bibelot is an opulent destination for all-things-sweet; an artisanal pâtisserie, gelateria, coffee bar and chocolate shop.

Chez Dré

Down an inconspicuous alley near the South Melbourne Market lies Chez Dré, a warehouse converted café, a bustling hub of French-inspired sweet & savoury delights, serving all-day brunch, delicious take away meals & fresh daily baked pastries.,0,2133,1600&w=800&h=600&rot=360

Chillout Travel Tours

Chillout Travel Winery Tours is a leading winery and brewery tour provider in Victoria. Since 2003 Chillout Travel have been specialising in winery and brewery bus tours for groups up to 24 people, showcasing the best of what the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula have to offer.,400,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

22/10/2020 12:00:00 AM

22 Oct 2020

Diabelli Variations

In this innovative presentation, ANAM’s head of piano, Timothy Young, will lead a team of ANAM pianists in a round-robin through Beethoven’s masterwork, at two pianos.,0,2048,1536&w=800&h=600&rot=360

12/09/2020 12:00:00 AM

12 Sep 2020

Dragons in the Sky with Cynthia Yeh

A compelling evening of music for brass and percussion directed by two international symphonic leaders – the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s principal percussion Cynthia Yeh and the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s principal horn, Andrew Bain.

ElliptiGO Experiences

Get outdoors and have some Fun! ElliptiGO Experiences invites you to come and have a go on a guided stand up elliptical bike ride along Melbourne’s most scenic bike paths.

Emerald Threads


Finding The Best Ice Cream In Port Phillip

The hunt is on for the best ice cream in Port Phillip. Check out some of our best spots for grabbing cups and cones from Port Melbourne to Elwood.

Flex Your Mussels (And Jazz)

Mussels in paella, mussels in batter and mussels in chili. Add in some live jazz music and you’ve got the recipe for one delicious free festival in Melbourne. Explore what’s on at this year’s Port Phillip Mussel and Jazz Festival.,0,2048,1536&w=800&h=600&rot=360

18/09/2020 12:00:00 AM

18 Sep 2020

Here, Now, Always with David Walter

In his first residency at ANAM, exceptional musician and oboist David Walter shares his knowledge with ANAM musicians, leading them in two premieres.

James Wine Bar South Melbourne

Blending a Japanese-inspired menu with a wine list that highlights local expert makers, discover Wynyard’s new wine bar, James, a venue for South Melbourne.

Jazz Thursdays with JMQ Jazz Ensemble

St Kilda resident, John Montesante is a leading Australian Band Leader, whose name is synonymous with “Quality” in the Jazz, Soul, Funk & Blues genres.

La Central

Melbourne's first Spanish deli-meets-bodega has opened at South Melbourne Market.

Local Hero: Westside Ale Works

With 30 taps showcasing delicious hop-forward beers in South Melbourne, we chatted to Local Hero, Casey Wagner of Westside Ale Works. Read about it now.

Local Heroes: Alischa Ross

Bringing people together with the simple premise of a welcoming environment and delicious food, Alischa Ross has created something special with a Beautiful Food Experience. Find out more about our latest Local Hero in the City of Port Phillip.

Local Heroes: Gianna Molinaro

Gianna Molinaro champions well made, sustainable and purposeful garments. Inspired by her mother and distant lands, learn more about our latest local hero.

Local Heroes: Pieno Di Grazia

Pieno Di Grazia brings a taste of Sicily to South Melbourne Market. We spoke to local hero, Maria, about her homage to her mother, Grazia.

Local Heroes: South Melbourne Market (Nicky Riemer)

Fancy perfecting your cooking skills with one of Melbourne’s best chefs? Read about our latest Local Hero from the South Melbourne Market, Nicky Riemer.

Local heroes: South Melbourne Market (Suki McMaster)

Discover beautiful illustrations that adorn a collection of homewares and children’s gifts from Suki McMaster – City of Port Phillip’s latest Local Hero.

Lûmé’s Orlando Marzo named the Diageo World Class™ 2018 Australian Bartender of the Year

Orlando is Bar Manager of Melbourne’s eccentric fine-diner Lûmé (Gault & Millau Restaurant of the Year 2016; Australian Chef of the Year 2017).,0,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

11/06/2020 12:00:00 AM

11 Jun 2020

Masters of Minimalism

Anam musicians and faculty, conducted by Ardent Champion of Contemporary Composers, perform two landmarks in the recent history of North American music.,400,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

31/07/2020 12:00:00 AM

31 Jul 2020

Miriam Hyde

This concert celebrates Miriam Hyde’s uniquely Australian voice and features a selection from her vast catalogue of works.

Most instagrammable spots in Port Phillip: #exploreportphillip

Whether you’re visiting Port Phillip or you’re a local looking for things to do, hitting up the most instagrammable spots in the area is never a let down.,135,1080,810&w=800&h=600&rot=360

10/05/2020 12:00:00 AM

10 May 2020

Mother's Day

Mother's Day is fast approaching and finding the perfect experience to enjoy with Mum on the 10th of May has been made easy with Cork and Canvas. Enjoy a BYO boozy art class with Mum at Cork and Canvas in South Melbourne.

New Year’s Fitness Resolutions

Now the holiday season is over, you may have a New Year's resolution to get fit and healthy. Discover the best spots in the City of Port Phillip.,366,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

9/05/2020 12:00:00 AM

09 May 2020

Percussion Music in Full Bloom with Steven Schick

You hear the term ‘living legend’ a lot, but in the world of percussion it is the only term applicable to Steven Schick, Professor of Music at the University of California. He has been a champion of new music for four decades, and has premiered more than 150 new works.,0,2731,2048&w=800&h=600

Portable Iron Houses

The nineteenth century Portable Iron Houses provide an insight into life in Emerald Hill, now known as South Melbourne, during the gold rush years. These remarkable examples of early property development are among the few prefabricated iron buildings remaining in the world.

Relax In Port Phillip’s Best Gardens & Parks

Want to experience the beautiful summer weather in lush green outdoor spaces? Check out the best parks and gardens in the City of Port Phillip.,400,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

2/05/2020 12:00:00 AM

02 May 2020

Rhapsody in Blue with Piers Lane

Prominent London-based Australian pianist piers lane and Anam musicians’ versatility and brilliance will be on full display in this demanding program.,0,6549,4912&w=800&h=600

South Melbourne Market

South Melbourne Market opened in 1867, making it Melbourne's longest continually running market.

South Melbourne Night Market

South Melbourne Night Market celebrates its 10th birthday in 2018 and everyone is invited to join the twilight fun.

South Melbourne Night Markets

It’s not too early to start getting excited about this year’s South Melbourne Night Market. If you’re looking for things to do in South Melbourne, make sure the South Melbourne Night Market is at the top of your list.

Staying fit around Port Phillip: Beyond the Gym

Do you feel uninspired by heading to the local gym and running on the treadmill, but you’re keen to incorporate regular exercise in your life?

The (Magnum) Queens of South Melbourne wine

From online to the streets of South Melbourne, Magnum + Queens is inviting wine lovers everywhere to come have a tipple. Discover more now.,400,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

27/08/2020 12:00:00 AM

27 Aug 2020

The Art of Song with Michael Schade

In a rare and valuable project, tenor Michael Schade will bring decades of wisdom to bear as he works with a team of ANAM pianists, exploring some much-loved works.

The Best Wine And Cheese In Port Phillip

With Wine and Cheese Fest fast approaching, we thought it was a good chance to get our palates ready. Check out our picks for the best spots for wine and cheese in the City of Port Phillip.,0,2048,1536&w=800&h=600&rot=360

16/05/2020 12:00:00 AM

16 May 2020

The Music of Twilight with Steven Schick

You hear the term ‘living legend’ a lot, but in the world of percussion it is the only term applicable to Steven Schick, Professor of Music at the University of California. He has been a champion of new music for four decades, and has premiered more than 150 new works.,400,3200,2400&w=800&h=600&rot=360

4/09/2020 12:00:00 AM

04 Sep 2020

The Power of Eight with Tabea Zimmermann

Led by Tabea Zimmermann, three fascinating musical voices are united in this program that celebrates the viola. Londoner York Bowen, a viola player himself, was also a fine pianist, and often acted as accompanist to the legendary violist Lionel Tertis.

Things to do in South Melbourne in Autumn

Autumn in Melbourne is a magical time of year as we transition from the balmy late-summer nights into cooler mornings amidst the changing colours of the trees and their slow-falling leaves.,0,3114,2336&w=800&h=600

Vinetrekker Wine & Food Tours

Vinetrekker offers a wide selection of private and public touring for small groups. Some of the featured regions include the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges.