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Daily Detours for the Week of November 6

Featuring Thursday night Japanese snacks and karaoke.
By Yelena Bidé
November 05, 2017
By Yelena Bidé
November 05, 2017


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Featuring Thursday night Japanese snacks and karaoke.

When your nine-to-five plays out like a well-oiled machine, it can sometimes feel like each week is a little same-same. But Melbourne is brimming with a fine bounty of things to experience and explore each and every day. So aside from casual laziness and a little lack of inspiration, there's really nothing stopping you from squeezing some adventure and spontaneity into your schedule.

We've teamed up with Mazda3 to help you celebrate the little things that bring a sense of adventure to life. Shake things up, as we give you seven different detours to take each week in Melbourne. From Monday to Sunday, enrich your everyday with one completely achievable activity that inspires you to take the scenic route as you go about your daily routine.

This week, eat the best pizza in the world, go barefoot bowling and try out a float tank. Plus, we've got your future detours sorted for the new few weeks here.

All require no more effort than a tiny break from the norm — what's your excuse for not trying them all?

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    Dinner and Boardgames at Queen of Spades

    Board games are back in vogue and Fitzroy’s newly opened Queen of Spades has got all your tabletop games needs sorted. Following a successful pop-up stint in 2016, owner David Quin found the café and bar a permanent home on Smith Street this past July, quickly becoming a hit amongst locals. We aren’t just talking Connect 4 and Jenga here, but an assortment of board and card games that caters to everyone — from those just after a simple game of Uno, as well as seasoned ‘tabletopers’ battling in advanced games such as Settlers of Catan, The Princes of Florence and A Game of Thrones. Queen of Spades knows that outwitting your opponents can be strenuous work and they’ve got you covered with expertly made coffee and an evening menu that features a range of hearty burgers, deep-friend crumbed brie and Georgian meatballs. Staff are always on hand to keep you topped up — as well as settle any disputes over the rules.

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  • 6
    Picnic and Bike Ride on the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail

    Melbourne Cup not really your thing? If you’d rather be outdoors than cooped up inside watching the races, take advantage of the public holiday to get your nature fix with a ride along the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail. Pack a picnic, some water and your bike, and drive over to this iconic 40-kilometre path that’ll have you testing the gears on your bike (and the muscles in your calves) as you climb and fly from mountain to valley to river. Following the historical railway, the trail winds through the vineyards of the Yarra Valley, over quaint bridges, and through lush forests, before finishing at the picturesque little town of Warburton.

    Image: Brook James.

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  • 5
    Mid-Week Relaxation in a Float Tank

    If it’s one of those weeks that feels like an eternity when the weekend is barely in sight, it’s time to up your relaxation game with a session in a float tank. Beyond Rest is a gorgeously-designed space — all low lighting and clean lines — in Prahran, where a 60-minute float will set you back $79. First time giving flotation a try? Expect to spend about an hour bobbing in an egg-shaped bath filled with warm water and heaps of Epsom salts. Designed to block out all external distractions and give a sensation of weightlessness, flotation has been shown to alleviate aches, stress, anxiety and depression, and even stimulate creativity. Just what your mid-week slump needs.

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    Japanese Snacks and Karaoke at Tokosan

    Matt Yazbek’s new venture, Tokosan, is the perfect place to spend your Thursday evening. Celebrate almost-Friday in the karaoke room, bookable for functions of 20 people, and give your lungs workout. When you’ve worked up an appetite singing Back Street Boys and Prince, make a beeline for the menu. The pub-style Japanese menu features sticky grilled pork ribs with a jacket potato, Japanese-style chicken burgers and popcorn shrimp with spicy aioli.

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    A Slice of the Best Pizza in the World

    Italy, eat your heart out. According to the experts, our fair city is home to the best pizza in the world. To get your hands on the faultless stuff, make your way to 400 Gradi, where the man who won the 2014 World Pizza Championships serves up his award-winning fare to the Melbourne masses. Expect light, yeasty bases cooked to perfection and topped with delights like creamy buffalo mozzarella, prosciutto or marzano tomato. Simplicity is king here, though, with the margherita coming out tops. Follow up your feast with gelato at sister spot Zero Gradi, where classic flavours like pistachio and espresso are served alongside seasonal options. Produced in-store daily and topped with whipped cream, this is Italian gelato at some of its most delicious.

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    You might recall this deconstructed coffee causing a bit of a stir last year with pictures setting social media ablaze, leading to declarations that ‘hipsterdom’ had finally gone too far and that the apocalypse was nigh. But one year later, we’re still here, and the deconstructed coffee — or a long macchiato separated into three beakers of espresso, milk and water — has gone on to become quite the hit. Deconstructed coffee has been around for a few years now, first popping up in Seattle, New York and parts of Europe, but Abbotsford café and furniture showroom The Kitchen at Weylandts is where to give it a shot in Melbourne. The idea behind deconstructed coffee is aimed at appeasing coffee snobs, giving you the option to combine the elements to suit your own tastes. Don’t forget to check out the furniture – Weylandts is a South African designer that for more than 60 years have been combining Scandinavian influences with an African heartbeat.

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    Bowls with Mates in Fitzroy

    Take advantage of the Sunday sunshine and gather your mates for an afternoon of bowls at the Fitzroy Victoria Bowls Club. Whether you’re an aficionado or barely understand the rules of the game, you’ll love this iconic spot that’s the self-proclaimed unofficial home of barefoot bowls. This Melbourne institution offers lawn and ball hire in two-hour blocks for $20 per person, and has space aplenty for between-game picnicking and relaxation. If this century-old sport isn’t really your thing, though, no worries. Just grab some of their classic pub fare from the bar and watch your mates battle it out.


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