First published on 26 Mar 2013. Updated on 19 Feb 2014.
Now that the year’s settling in and we’re all trying to spend as much time as humanly possible in air conditioning to escape the heatwave, Time Out Melbourne has landed on the solution: multitasking!
There can be something missing from the regular movie experience if you’ve got a heap of gossip to catch up on, yet you’re sitting next to someone who shushes you when you try to relay information to your friends during pivotal scenes. Well, this is the multitasking movie-goer’s dream: High Tea at Cinema Nova is only $39 including film admission. Choose from sparkling wine, Pimms, or your choice from a range of teas or iced tea, then pig out on cakes, sandwiches and finger food to enjoy in the comfort of Nova’s Deluxe lounge seating.
Finally, someone who understands that an epic redo of your look requires adequate nourishment! Introducing Ique Salon Café: a hybrid of sleek salon and spacious café designed to ensure you spend your whole Saturday pre-event here. They serve sliders and espresso while you get your hair did!
Got a fixie? Does it fall apart as much as ours? Then this is definitely the repair shop for you: The Cycling Supermarket & Le Velo Café is only 200 metres from one of the area’s most popular bike tracks – the Bayside Ride. Grab a Diamattina blend Espresso while they tinker with your gears, and take a bit of cake on a browse through the bike supermarket, which stocks everything from training wheels to BMX racers, and brands including Campagnolo, BBB, SRAM, Edge, Race-Tech and Stealth.
Besides selling glorious parrot and pineapple printed cushions amongst other unique homewares beauties, Shelley Panton’s studio in Middle Park offers an opportunity to fuse the other thing that the home is all about: food. Good food. Check out her website and online store to find out more about regular foodie events – she just recently held a cheese tasting and two degustation dinners.
Eureka Rebellion Trading's spacious surrounds house a tattoo studio (with two artists on board and two more to come), a barbershop and a general store stocking the best in heavy metal/hard rock, horror, art, apparel and gifts. Poster art lines the walls (we love the Bill Murray trilogy in particular), and you can also buy hot sauce and cookery books by the likes of Coolio while you get inked. Now that’s what we call a Gangster’s Paradise (sorry).