The togarashi-dusted fried chicken at Lygon Street newcomer Lagoon Dining is arguably the best salty snack in town right now. Order a plate – or two – and a snappy Japanese-leaning cocktail. A close second: Rascal’s fried chicken thighs with house-made hot sauce and caviar. The Sydney Road spot is by a former Doot Doot Doot chef and one-half of the team behind Fitzroy nightclub Glamorama.

Aussie beauty label Grown Alchemist is opening its global flagship in Carlton. There’ll be a “clean room” pumped full of purified air, organic skincare products and beauty supplements, as well as LED-light treatments, IV drip therapy, facials and oxygen treatments.

The team from the Mulberry Group is on one heck of a trajectory, opening light and bright Flinders Lane restaurant Hazel and its evil twin, basement bar Dessous, within a week of each other.

Zombie cocktails, leopard print and tikis everywhere – it must be the LuWow. The tropical drinking den closed its Johnston Street doors in 2016, but now it’s back in the CBD.

Black Star Pastry, the Sydney patisserie with a cult following, has opened a temporary St Kilda shop serving that strawberry watermelon cake, and a handful of savoury pastries (such as a ratatouille danish).

We were devasted when beloved rock’n’roll institution Cherry Bar announced its closure. But there’s good news – it’s reopening at the old Boney site, just a few blocks away. And with a 24-hour licence.

Monte is the local footwear label that gave us effortless, affordable-luxe slip-on loafers we can wear to the pub. Now you can try on all the colours in the range in its new, light-filled Cremorne store.

The team behind horror theatre show Séance is back with an immersive psychological thriller inside – yep, another shipping container. Flight is just like being on a real plane, except that from the outset everything is, deliberately, a little bit wrong.

A lobster roll and champagne bar has taken up residence in a neon-pink CBD space. Pinchy’s has a huge 100-square-metre open-air balcony, a menu with Michelin cred, and a tonne of oceanic snacks.

A sensory sugar exhibition has landed in Fitzroy. At Christmasland, you can have an awkward festive family photo taken, explore the scratch’n’sniff wall and slide into a giant marshmallow pit.