• A colourful suburban diner plating up a pan-Mexican menu of favourites. There are tacos al pastor (and plenty of other regional styles), Mexico City-style street snacks and a front bar stacked with mezcals and tequilas.

  • At this healthy cafe from a former boxing world champion – choose from a cup of coffee or broth.

  • Meat in all its glorious forms is the speciality at this restaurant and bar.



  • A horseshoe bar takes pride of place at this 1874-built pub. It’s a real local’s local – with hearty Sunday roasts, standout steaks, and plenty of west-side pride.

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  • A dynamic list of more than 500 bottles will always keep you guessing at this hybrid bar and wine shop. But the knowledgeable staff are quick to recommend something – perhaps some cheese, cured meat or tinned seafood as well if you’re sitting at one of the shop’s 20 seats.

  • This 30-seat nook attached to Southeast Asian diner Luxsmith is more than just a spillover wine bar for the restaurant. Set in a former vintage clothes store, it’s got a broad wine list with big love for Europe, plus Asian-influenced snacks powered by the kitchen next door.

  • Expert cocktails and Greek snacks hidden inside a clothing store.

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  • A mum (and fashion designer) noticed a lack of physical clothing stores for babies and toddlers in Melbourne’s west, so she opened her own. Our suggestion? Go for a cute, matching hand-knitted cardie and beanie.

  • Since 2014, this vintage store has been selling considered clothing, accessories, footwear and bric-a-brac from the ’20s through to the ’90s. Its multi-coloured tiles, nostalgic window display and chic vintage mannequins truly make it feel like a step back in time.