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Playing Hide & Seek in Melbourne

It’s pretty obvious I love Melbourne. I love finding new things to do and places to see and sharing them with you. The authors of Hide & Seek feel the same. They have just released a set of four books devoted to Melbourne; Night Owl for bars and late night hangouts, Treasure Trove for retail therapy, Feeling Peckish for something nourishing and Hit the Streets for all kinds of arts, culture and experiences. The idea is that Hide & Seek will unearth the city’s hidden gems; the really secret places that aren’t quite so hyped. So while a savvy few of you may have heard of a handful of the entries, you’d be hard pressed not to find something shiny and new to discover. The tome’s editor Melissa Krafchek along with contributors Mellie and Dan Teo (of the TummyRumbles blog), Ryan Smith and Lieu Thi Pham took me on a meander through the town to preview some of their recommendations…

…But first some sightseeing fuel; I wolf down the king of cannoli from Footscray’s T.Cavallaro & Sons. The monster treat’s crispy golden exterior is effusive with both chocolate and vanilla crème patissière.

Then we need to get our walking shoes in order for the journey. They are shined by Neill Martin who has turned what was once a boys’ home punishment into a niche luxury service. Find him at renowned Collins Street menswear deparment store Harrold’s (especially on Tuesdays when he will set your pair gleaming for only $5).

Next up, venturing into the Nicholas Building to visit Kimono House for a taste of Japanese culture. Here you can learn how to wear a kimono properly, conduct a tea ceremony and learn Japanese handicrafts all while surrounded by vivid fabrics.

Across the hall is Buttonmania which would be nirvana for collectors (apparently  buttons are the 4th most popular thing in the world to collect). Unexpectedly intriguing, Buttonmania supplies to individuals (which reminds me I need just one spectacular button to finish off a coat hanging in my closet) and labels like Collette Dinnigan.

I’ve introduced you to Melbourne label Zoologie before but this is the first time I’ve had the chance to visit their Manchester Lane boutique. Studded with lego and lined with the designer’s own artworks, the boutique houses a collection of graphic and tribal-infused pieces for ladies and gents.

Ever been walking along Bourke Street during a full moon and heard screaming and howling from the rooftops? Never fear; the ladies at Spell Box Witch’s House are probably just having a gathering around their cauldron (seriously). During the day however you can find potions and lotions made for you, gather some spell ingredients and undergo a reading or two.

We’ve already visited Japan and now we’re off to Copenhagen. The member’s only (you can visit a few times without being a member) Denmark House presents Danish culture and food. Dansk restaurant chef Bente Grysbaek greets us with a forkful of mackerel (yum!) and apple schnapps (I learned the hard way shoot, don’t sip). She scours the Vic Market to find local ingredients to adapt for her menu of savoury smushis, which are like artfully composed little open sandwiches.

You might know Streat for their cart serving up tacos at Fed Square while helping homeless or at-risk youth with training and support. Now they and their trainees are dishing up coffee at Melbourne Central; and it’s darn good!

Saving the best until last, the final stop of the day is probably my new favourite. I adore Design Dispensary. The store is full of cleverly designed things for the home from Germany, Japan, Italy and the UK. Perhaps you need a crushable city map or your potplants desire a different, more upside down perspective? I want to buy out the whole place. A visit to Design Dispensary makes you look at the mundane in a fresh way.

*Hide & Seek are throwing a launch party on Tuesday March 1st from 6pm to 9pm at 24 Moons in AC/DC Lane. Tickets are $20 for advanced sales (or $30 on the door) and include your choice of Hide & Seek book, goodie bag, a cocktail, fingerfood and prize draws. Click here to purchase.*

I’ve got a copy of Hide & Seek’s Treasure Trove to give away to a lucky reader. All you have to do to win is;

1. Subscribe to our newsletter ‘StyleSnap’ to the right or on our homepage if you aren’t already signed up (we check this).

2. Email win@stylemelbourne.com using ‘Seek’ as the subject line. Remember to use the email you subscribed with and include your full name and postal address.

3. Wait to see if you have won this gorgeous prize! The winners will be drawn by 2nd March 2011.

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  2. And the winner is Cynthia L!

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