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5 ways to save at art galleries and museums

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Top institutions such as the Art Gallery of NSW, Canberra’s National Gallery of Australia, and the National Gallery of Victoria have free entry and some offer free tours. But you may still have to book for a Covid-safe timed visit.

 

 

 

 

Tip # 2

Become a member of major museums to receive money-saving benefits. “An adult annual membership will cost less than $100 but unlocks free membership at sister organisations, sometimes free entry to paid exhibitions, as well as shop, cafe, and parking discounts – ideal when travelling interstate,” Katie Russell says.

 

Tip # 3

Cultural apps guide you for free. Sydney Culture Walks, curated by the City of Sydney, points out 400 historical and public art spots. Melbourne Dreaming offers self-guided tours of the city’s history and Aboriginal points of interest. Soundtrails explores places of Aboriginal significance.

 

 

Tip # 4

Look local. Information and tourist offices in regional towns offer insider information. And if there’s no museum or gallery in town, a local library often acts as a community hub.

 

Tip # 5

Consider a hotel package that includes entry to a touring exhibition. Canberra’s Mercure, Novotel and Ibis Styles have deals for the Botticelli to Van Gogh :Masterpieces exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

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GJ’s Grill

Tucked away in an alley near Queen Victoria Market is a hidden Filipino gem. GJ’s Grill cooks their meat over charcoal to perfection; their roast chicken has a delicious, smoky flavour and their crispy lechon is to die for. They’ve got a number of other authentic Filipino offerings to try out as well.

The efficient staff welcomes guests all year round. Professional service is a strong point that plays a great role for the success of GJ’s Grill. According to the guests’ opinions, prices are attractive. The fancy decor and calm atmosphere let clients feel relaxed here. 

 

 

 

Location: 2/243 Franklin St, Melbourne

Website: www.gjsgrill.com

Phone:(03) 9328 8242

Email:gjsgrill@gmail.com

Price:$ ($10-20 pp)

 

 

 

Jiyu Thai Hot Pot

A beloved Chinese culinary tradition, but with a Southeast Asian twist. Such is the appeal of JiYu, a new restaurant in the heart of Chinatown that’s all about malatang, or Sichuan-style hot pot, done Thai style.

Jiyu Thai Hot Pot started in Phuket, Thailand in 1998. It landed in the Chinese market in 2015 and started out in Chengdu. True to that theme, seafood is a real specialty here. Staff will even peel prawns for you once they’re cooked. At night, take a seat with up to six friends around a hot plate, where a more traditional hotpot set-up means cooking your raw fixings in two boiling broths.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 208 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Website: www.lovejiyu.com.au

Phone:(03) 9639 3669

Price:$$ ($35-45 pp)

 

 

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Four new reasons to visit Melbourne this autumn

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Beautiful in summer, spectacular in winter; Melbourne is a city for all the seasons, here are five great new reasons to visit Victoria’s capital.

 

# 1. The delicious new bars and restaurants

About 15 amazing new venues recently opened in Melbourne, but among those are a few real standouts. These include Chibog in West Footscray, which takes classic Filipino comfort food and dials its flavours up to 11; the 1920s-style Gimlet at Cavendish House, with its extensive cocktail list.

 

 

 

# 2. The game-changing new hotels

Downtown there’s W Melbourne, which looks to be the hotel version of a Real Housewives personality who loves wild fashion, avant-garde decor and cocktails by the pool; Quincy Hotel Melbourne on vibrant Flinders Lane, which wouldn’t be out of place on a bustling street in Bangkok.

 

 

 

# 3. The music, the arts and festivals

This autumn, a bumper crop of events is taking place, including festival RISING; exhibition series NGV’s Melbourne Winter Masterpieces; ACMI exhibits The Story of Moving Image and Disney: The Magic of Animation; the acclaimed play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Princess Theatre; and West Side Place, a new retail precinct dubbed Australia’s first ‘artcade’, featuring works from some of the country’s top contemporary artists. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is also set to kick off in August at Regent Theatre.

 

 

 

# 4. The new spots to explore in old neighborhoods

Beyond the CBD you’ll find a wealth of colourful neighbourhoods to explore, each with its own flavours, culture and community – and they’re still evolving. Footscray in the inner west is a must-visit if you love great Vietnamese food, Windsor has a free-spirited vibe with eclectic bars, and Northcote has a quirky vibe with indie art galleries and vintage clothing stores. Street art mecca Hosier Lane, right in the city, is another spot that’s different each time you visit.

 

 

 

 

 

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CIBI

 

If you are trying to have a delicious and healthy exotic brunch in Melbourne , you must visit this Japanese deli, nursery and cafe warehouse! Cibi means ‘little one’ in Japanese. The brand was established in July 2008 by Meg and Zenta Tanaka.

 

From outside, it looks like  just an ordinary warehouse entrance. As you enter, you will be surprised that the store doesn’t match its name ‘CIBI’ which means ‘little’ in japanese.The internal space is divided into a dining area and a homeware retail store.

Here  , it is a cute and relaxing spot for a brunch date. They provide Japanese traditional breakfasts alongside some contemporary dishes. After enjoying their own roast coffee you can  also shop for a Japanese homewares and some fresh products like handmade pasta or mustard, local apple juice, locally made cheese, tofu etc.

Address: 31-39 Keele Street Collingwood VIC

Website:cibi.com.au

Phone:+61 481398686

Email:info@cibi.com.au

Price range: $-$$ ($45 for two people)  

 

Darifusion Korean Cafe & Bar

 

Yoon-ji is the owner of DARi. She spent her life learning about the culinary art of traditional Korean food. DARI (다리) means ‘bridge’ in Korean. DARI aims to be the bridge between Melbourne’s buzzy and dynamic culture to South Korea’s sensational flavour and style. DARI represents a fine blend of culture and tradition with a modern twist. They serve Korean street-food like inspired toasts and sandwiches along with traditional beverages and fusion desserts. Bulgogi buns and sandwiches is theri top sales. The sandwich was packed full of flavour and texture with crunch from the cabbage within. Their buns and sandwiches are HUGE! You might get a little messy to eat but you wont regret having it!

 

 

Address: 27 Hardware Lane, Melbourne, VIC 3000

Website:darifusion.com

Phone:+61 413101220

Email: ldarikoreanfusion@gmail.com

Price range: $-$$ ($30 for two people)  

 

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