Nab a glass of champagne, a plate of $2 oysters and a spot at the marble-topped bar at a new French-leaning eatery in Cremorne. Restaurant Frederic and its casual counterpart Fred’s Bar – both by the Reymond siblings – are elegant and intimate.

From images of futuristic, augmented humans to an algorithm that makes your face “perfect”, a new exhibition by sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae asks how technology is changing our bodies. It’s on at NGV Australia, Fed Square, until February next year.

Saint Francis Place is Fitzroy’s new, all-natural beauty and skincare store, stocked with multi-use make-up, and products made using cold-pressed and small-batch components that won’t harm sensitive skin.

The city’s best-loved buoyant bar, Arbory Afloat, is back for the warmer months. This year the sun-kissed tropical oasis has a Miami Vice palette, lush greenery and cabanas for lounging by the new swimming pool.

If your idea of a holiday involves a vineyard or two, Hecker Guthrie-designed cottage Polperro Farmhouse is a converted 1950s cottage with a stack of modern comforts at a Mornington Peninsula winery. And for summer dinner parties its outside kitchen puts many indoor ones to shame.

Scott Pickett (of Northcote’s Estelle and South Yarra’s Matilda) has announced his next endeavour: Pastore, a fire-fuelled restaurant he hopes will challenge our notions of woodfired cooking. Think dishes infused with charcoal or cooked on hot coals, charred pastas and smoked dairy.

Flight is a disturbing new immersive theatre experience inside a shipping container, due to touch down at Southbank in October. The show takes place in complete darkness, 30,000 feet above the air. This is not one for nervous fliers.

For physiotherapy with a side of Pilates, yoga and more in one of the most beautiful spaces in town, head to Universal Practice’s third studio, in Glen Iris. It’s all high-ceilings, natural light, Mark Tuckey furniture and Mud ceramics.

Ambitious 725-person is-it-a-theme-park-or-is-it-a-brewery Moon Dog World, complete with tiki bar and indoor lagoon, has landed in Preston. On the menu? Rotisserie chicken, slow-cooked lamb and pavlova.

And Australia’s only contemporary gallery dedicated to women artists has opened in an industrial basement in Prahran. Its debut show offers bold pop-art collages; still-life paintings; vivid, eye-catching sculptures; and more.

This story originally appeared in print issue 28.