• The Garden Club, a new cafe in Collingwood, is inspired by hedge mazes and French topiary gardens.

• We’re past the halfway mark of 2017. What are the best cafe openings of the year so far? Here are our picks.

• One of the city’s biggest names in food, Dandelion’s Geoff Lindsay, has taken over South Melbourne pub Lamaro’s.

• Southall Cafe has opened in St Kilda. It’s a stylish Indian diner from the family behind the acclaimed Bombay by Night.

• Michelin-starred street vendor Hawker Chan is bringing its famous soy chicken to Melbourne in October with a new restaurant.

• Syracuse has been going for more than two decades, but it might be one of Melbourne’s best kept dining secrets.

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• Bored of your CBD lunch regime? 360 Collins is the city’s newest food hub, with 8bit burgers coming soon.

• Taste 100 whiskies from some of the best independent distilleries across Australia and the world at Independent’s Day.

• In the mood for a 19th-century feast experience? Head to Syracuse for its special Bastille Day dinner.

• Wings of Glory – a paean to American-style Buffalo chicken wings – has opened a new store in the CBD. Wings are $1 on Wednesday nights.

• Grub Food Van is uniting with Flour Market and some of Melbourne's best pastry chefs to host Sweet Set – a series of eight high-tea afternoons.

• A Japanese biker-inspired bar has opened in the south. There are burgers, karaoke, cocktails and an indoor spa.

• Deliveroo has launched alcohol-only delivery.