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13° & CLOUDY ON FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER IN MELBOURNE
By Concrete Playground
November 10, 2019
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New Melbourne Openings to Put in Your Diary

The newbies we're counting the days for.
By Concrete Playground
November 10, 2019
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  • Arts & Entertainment

    A $15-Million Multi-Sensory Digital Art Gallery Is Opening in Melbourne

    The Lume will showcase the works of artists like Van Gogh and Da Vinci using moving images, music and smells.

  • Food & Drink

    Canberra's Legendary Coffee Roaster Ona Is Opening Its First Melbourne Cafe

    Featuring an interactive, open-plan coffee bar and a coffee 'reserve list' full of rare beans.

  • Design & Style

    Alphington Will Soon Be Home to a Community Beekeeping School

    Spreading the love for our apian allies and inspiring a new wave of backyard beekeepers.

  • Food & Drink

    Acclaimed Chef Andrew McConnell Is Opening a New CBD Restaurant and Cocktail Bar This Summer

    The yet-to-be-name venue will open in Russell Street's heritage Cavendish House early next year.

  • Food & Drink

    Famed Sydney Burger Joint Mary's Is Opening Its First Permanent Melbourne Restaurant

    With its famous beef and vegan burgers, rock 'n' roll vibes and a giant chandelier covered in 24,000 dead roses.

  • Design & Style

    State Library Victoria Is Almost Ready to Unveil Its Full Multimillion-Dollar Makeover

    After almost five years of planning and construction, the CBD site will reopen this December.

  • Food & Drink

    Brunswick Is Getting a New Food Truck Park from the Minds Behind Welcome to Thornbury

    It's aiming to be Melbourne's most sustainable food precinct.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Will Soon Be Home to Australia's Largest Video Gaming and Esports Venue

    Opening in 2020, Fortress Melbourne will sprawl over 2700 square metres, complete with two bars, an arena and spaces dedicated to PC gaming, consoles and board games.

  • Food & Drink

    Taco Bell Is Opening Its First Melbourne Store This Summer

    After five Queensland openings, the Tex-Mex giant is finally bringing its tacos and frozen margaritas south.

  • Food & Drink

    Westfield Doncaster Shopping Centre Is Getting a New $30 Million Rooftop Food Precinct

    With 14 restaurants, a sculpture garden and lots of leafy spaces.

  • Design & Style

    German Supermarket Giant Kaufland Has Plans to Open 14 Huge Victorian Stores

    The chain now has five confirmed local stores in the works, with another nine up for approval.

  • Food & Drink

    Mornington Peninsula's Jetty Road Brewery Is Opening a Multi-Storey Brewpub in South Melbourne

    The Market Street beer oasis will boast a fully operational microbrewery and a 250-seat restaurant.

  • Food & Drink

    The Yarra Valley's Jamsheed Is Opening a Ground-Breaking Urban Winery in Preston

    Complete with a fully functional winery, cellar door and woodfired pizza.

  • Food & Drink

    The 160-Year-Old Tooborac Hotel Is Opening a Pie Shop and Pub in a Carlton Warehouse

    The historic country pub is bringing its famed beers and pies to the city.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney's Three Blue Ducks Are Opening an All-Day Diner Inside Melbourne's New Surf Park

    The two-storey restaurant will have wine on tap, a charcoal grill, a garden and a big greenery-filled balcony with views of the surfers.

  • Food & Drink

    Collingwood's Stomping Ground Is Opening a Brewpub at Melbourne Airport

    In an Aussie airport first, it'll even have its own on-site brewery.

  • Food & Drink

    Stomping Ground Is Set To Open a Second Brewery and Pub in Moorabbin

    The Collingwood brewery's next outpost will be part of the historic Morris Moor development.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne Central Could Be Getting Its Own Open-Air Rooftop Filled with Art and Food Stalls

    The greenery-filled rooftop is part of a dramatic plan to reinvent the precinct by 2021.

  • Food & Drink

    A Huge New Three-Storey Asian Dining Precinct Is Coming to Box Hill

    It's being touted as Melbourne's new 'Chinatown'.

  • Food & Drink

    A Pokemon-Inspired Bar Is Popping Up in Australia So You Can Catch 'Em All Over a Cocktail

    The Pokebars will pop up in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane with themed food, cocktails and 'battles'.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne Is Getting a 2000-Square-Metre Rooftop Farm and Cafe on Top of a City Car Park

    Melbourne Skyfarm will boast a working farm, an education centre and an on-site cafe and bar.

  • Food & Drink

    A Dessert Bar and Urban Cellar Door Are Opening in the CBD's 80 Collins Food Precinct

    They'll open alongside an urban farm by Pastuso's Alejandro Saravia and a Champagne bar by the Eau de Vie team.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Collingwood's About to Score a New Bathhouse Championing a 'No Bullshit' Approach to Self Care

    With affordable spa and mindfulness offerings, Sense of Self will a place for regular self care, rather than a one-off.

  • Design & Style

    This Is What Melbourne's Huge Soon-to-Open Urban Rooftop Farm Will Look Like

    The new 2000-square-metre space will sit atop Burwood Brickworks sustainable shopping centre when it opens later this year.

  • Food & Drink

    This New $800 Million CBD Development Will Include a High-End Restaurant Precinct

    80 Collins will feature the highly anticipated new venue from Sepia's Vicki Wild and Martin Benn, and a rooftop restaurant and urban farm from Pastuso's Alejandro Saravia.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Melbourne Fringe Festival Is Launching a Permanent Bar and Live Music Venue in Carlton

    Opening in Trades Hall this November, the licensed venue will play host to nightly cabaret, comedy shows, dance parties and live music.

  • Design & Style

    The World Heritage-Listed Royal Exhibition Building Is Reopening Its Rooftop Deck

    It'll be open to the public and have 360-degree-views — just like the one it boasted back in the 1880s.

  • Design & Style

    South Yarra Will Soon Be Home to Australia's First Moxy Hotel

    The youth-focused hotel by Marriott International will have 180 suites, a rooftop bar and "furiously fast, free wifi".

  • Food & Drink

    US Bakery Chain Cinnabon Is Bringing Its Sticky Scrolls to Australia

    The first two outposts will open in Queensland later this year, with many more to follow in other states.

  • Travel & Leisure

    South Melbourne Will Soon Be Home to a Six-Storey Designer Ovolo Hotel

    Construction will start in 2019 for a planned 2020 opening date.

  • Travel & Leisure

    MONA's Ambitious Giant Five-Star Hotel Is One Step Closer to Becoming a Reality

    David Walsh's plans for Motown hotel include indoor and outdoor theatres, a giant library and a spa designed by James Turrell.

  • Design & Style

    Melbourne's CBD Could Score a Huge New Precinct with Plant-Filled Rooftops

    The proposed $232 million project would see a new green precinct built between Bourke and Little Collins streets.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne's Vintage Tram Restaurant Could Be Returning to the Tracks

    Colonial Tramcar Restaurant has the opportunity to borrow a newly upgraded W8-class tram to use while its own carriages get much-needed safety upgrades.

  • Design & Style

    Sorrento's Historic Continental Hotel Is Set to Be Reborn as a Luxe Restaurant, Wellness Centre and Hotel

    The first stage of the $80 million redevelopment — including a Champagne bar, fine diner and bistro — is set to launch in September 2019.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Hamburger Haven Huxtaburger Will Open 20 New Stores Across Australia

    It's aiming to open more stores in Vic, WA, the ACT and NSW over the next four years — and has plans to expand across Asia, too.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Australia's First Super-Luxe St Regis Hotel Will Be Built in Melbourne

    The 168-room hotel will be part of the Flinders Bank towers and will open in 2022.

  • Design & Style

    This Garden-Topped Melbourne Skyscraper Could Soon Be Australia's Tallest Building

    If it goes ahead, it'll feature apartments, offices, a hotel, retail spaces, an entertainment centre, restaurants, bars, a BMW showroom, a school and even a cinema.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Pentridge Prison Site Will Soon Be Home to a 120-Suite Hotel

    You'll soon be able to spend the night in a luxurious prison cell

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Bennetts Lane Will Soon Be Home to a Jazz Era-Inspired Boutique Hotel

    The new laneway hotel will even have its own basement speakeasy.

  • Travel & Leisure

    An Opulent New Hotel and Gin Distillery Is Coming to the Yarra Valley

    The 170-room 'voco' hotel will also be home to a lavender field and a mirrored maze.

  • Food & Drink

    Japan's Much-Loved MOS Burger Is Set to Open More Stores Across Australia

    After testing the waters with six stores in Queensland, the Japanese chain will open 100 eateries in the next five years.

  • Food & Drink

    Melbourne Is Getting a New Riverside Food Precinct Curated by Acclaimed Chef Scott Pickett

    The 2000-square-metre food precinct will be part of a new residential development in Melbourne's north.

  • Design & Style

    W Hotel Is Opening in Melbourne as Part of a Dramatic New CBD Precinct

    It's set to open in 2020 with an in-house bar, restaurant and something called an 'Extreme Wow Suite'.

  • Design & Style

    The Roof of The Glen Shopping Centre Will Be Turned Into an Enormous Sky Garden

    The 4000-square-metre Sky Garden will be part of a huge new residential complex.

  • Design & Style

    The Queen Victoria Market's Community-Focused Munro Development Has Been Given the Go-Ahead

    The site that previously held The Mercat will be developed to incorporate $70 million of community infrastructure, including 1.5 hectares of public open space.

  • Food & Drink

    Docklands Is Getting a New Artisan Market And Food Hub in a Seven-Storey Car Park

    Modelled on the likes of New York's Chelsea Markets, it'll feature a selection of Melbourne's 25 specialty food retailers.

  • Design & Style

    This Super Slender Melbourne Tower Could Soon Be Australia's Tallest Building

    The soaring residential tower will form part of the Royal Society of Victoria's new science precinct.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Coburg's Getting a Sleek New Design Hotel

    The new addition to the Holiday Inn group is set to open on Sydney Road by 2020.

  • Food & Drink

    One of Sydney's Longest-Running Italian Institutions Is Expanding to Melbourne and the Gold Coast

    After 50 years in Darlinghurst, Bill & Toni's is heading interstate for the first time.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Melbourne Is Getting an Opulent New Designer Hotel

    Featuring 32 luxury suites and a rooftop cloud bar.

  • Food & Drink

    Sydney's Sepia Team to Open Melbourne Restaurant with Chin Chin's Chris Lucas

    They'll closed their hatted Sussex Street restaurant at the end of the year.

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