The best things to do in Melbourne in May

A new lodge in the middle of nowhere. A room full of 100 giant skulls. Exceptional Japanese breakfast. And more. this is what pamphlet Melbourne editor Tomas Telegramma will visit Melbourne in May.

Join the food “scrap” revolution

Parcs, the small but mighty new wine bar and diner from the Sunda and Aru team, does things differently. And excellent. Groundbreaking chef Dennis Yong leads the pack, who has worked in some of Melbourne’s most notable cuisines, including Sunda, Amaru and Tulum. He wants to challenge how we think about food waste, so he creates smart, thoughtful dishes using products that other restaurants might push aside — or overlook altogether. (Seventy percent of the menu is made from “leftovers,” ranging from cucumber peels to the outer leaves of cos lettuce, to mangoes on the cusp.) Beeline for the signature “umami e pepe,” a riff on cacio e pepe that adds the cheesy , peppery pasta dish with a secret recipe centered on miso made from leftover bread.

set up camp

Too late for a camping trip? Or do you just want to get rid of it just a little bit? Escape the city, pitch a tent and enjoy breathtaking coastlines, rugged mountain ranges and remote bushland at these 13 new (and 28 upgraded) Victoria campsites. Among them: seven new hiking destinations along the Grampians Peaks Trail, which is finally fully open after more than a decade. It is arguably Victoria’s most spectacular walk. And while far from rudimentary, there are also some impressive new trekking lodges from Australian designers McGregor Coxall and Noxon Giffen – the one at Lake Wartook has some great views. For more Victorian camping inspiration, check out our guides to where to camp by the water and where to camp (legally) in a van.

Cook like Yiayia Next Door

The Yiayia Next Door story is a healthy one: a Greek grandmother hauling home-cooked meals over the back gate to two Melbourne brothers. But what you may have seen on Instagram is just the tip of the iceberg. When Luke and Daniel Mancuso lost their mother, their remarkable neighbor started cooking to help them cope. I recently visited the trio to find out how their unlikely friendship turned into a beautiful cookbook – a triumph in the face of a tragedy dedicated to their mother’s legacy. The book includes comforting classics such as spanakopita and moussaka, hearty chicken and rice, and a special recipe their mother taught Yiayia to make. I can’t wait to work my way through it.

View these art exhibitions

This month you can explore the NGV, ACMI and more – after dark – at a new, largely free festival, returning the room of 100 giant skulls that Melbourne-born artist Ron Mueck presented at the NGV Triennial in 2017. a major photo festival, which only takes place every two years, features iconic Melbourne sites; there are large-scale installations in Old Melbourne Gaol and a show by the visionary fashion photographer Helmut Newton – dubbed the ‘king of kink’ – who shot Grace Jones, Claudia Schiffer and even Margaret Thatcher. Plus, an Australian artist is turning an Armadale gallery into a milk bar (of sorts) for his latest exhibition, The milk bars are mine† His works are nostalgic and seriously hyper-realistic.

Breakfast, Japanese style

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that pamphlet Melbourne readers love Japanese food. But your obsession runs deeper than the ubiquitous, which has just been reinforced by the huge response to a recent story about Kissaten, a cozy Japanese-inspired cafe – in the leafy area of ​​Alphington – where your big brekkie comes in ramen form. It’s earned its place in our guide to the best Japanese cafes in Melbourne, some (like Kissaten) taking an unconventional approach and others sticking to tradition. However, they are all delicious. Two of our ride-or-dies—both serving a classic Japanese breakfast of grilled fish, miso soup, steamed rice, and countless side dishes—include Carlton’s Ima Project Cafe (on weekends you have to queue, but it’s always the worth seeing) and Collingwoods Cibi.

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