Three Melbourne businesses to dine, visit, shop and explore post-lockdown this long weekend

DINE: Sixty Smith 
Newly opened Collingwood bar and restaurant, Sixty Smith, will be re-opening this Friday from 4pm, allowing customers to indulge this long weekend in their delicious menu by Head Chef Three Phadungkarn (former chef at MoVida and Syracuse),and their range of hand-crafted cocktails.

This includes their popular dish of cured ocean trout, which is matched with kohlrabi, green chilli salsa, avocado, smoked coconut sorbet and squid ink crackers, and their popular cocktail Juicy Goose, consisting of Grey Goose, Pampelle, strawberry, lime, orange, passionfruit, mango and soda.

Sixty Smith has been closed the full two week period of the lockdown, unable to offer takeaway, so it’s even more reason to support this particular Melbourne restaurant.

Sixty Smith will be open this long weekend on:
  •  Friday 11 June: 4pm–1am
  •  Saturday 12 June: 12pm–1am
  •  Sunday 13 June: 4pm–11pm
  •  Monday 14 June: closed

Sixty Smith
60 Smith Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
03 9417 6864
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You can make a booking via their website, here.

ENJOY A DAY OUT AT: Queen Victoria Market 
The iconic market has been open throughout the Victorian lockdown for fresh produce, takeaway food and everyday essentials for the local community. However, Queen Victoria Market’s specialty retail shops and stalls that were forced to close will reopen this Friday along with the Market’s restaurants and cafés for dine-in service.

With winter in full swing, the Queen’s Birthday long weekend offers metro Melburnians the perfect time to enjoy a day out at Queen Vic Market. Treat yourself to a sit down meal at Cafe Verona (homemade pizza and pasta), Drums Cafe (hearty Indian, Sri Lankan and Malaysian curries), Alex Canteen (warming pho), Gozleme Turkish Cafe (traditional gozleme), Cafe Gilli (porchetta rolls) or Coffea Coffee (coffee and cake).

Stroll the Market’s open-air sheds and laneways for a new winter wardrobe and help support small, family-run businesses. Browse Australian Made coats at Catcher Coats, shop merino wool knitwear at Danny’s Knitwear and Wendy Voon Knits, find a pair of comfy ugg boots at Jumbo Ugg Boots or stock up on a variety of winter essentials like socks, beanies, scarves and gloves at Bruce Goose, The Hat Project and Brother Hatter.

While there, why not pick-up some fresh, seasonal produce to turn into wintery goodness at home. Think sweet and tart citrus fruits (lemons and limes) for baking; root vegetables like carrot, pumpkin, beetroot and leeks for soups and roasting; or secondary cuts of meat like lamb shanks, pork shoulder and beef brisket for braising and slow cooking.

Queen Victoria Market will be open across the Queen’s Birthday long weekend on:
Friday 11 June: 6am–3pm
Saturday 12 June: 6am–4pm
Sunday 13 June: 9am–4pm
Monday 14 June: closed
*Specialty shopping open at 9am.

EXPLORE: Innocent Bystander 
Healesville’s picturesque urban cellar door and restaurant Innocent Bystander will reopen its doors this Friday, allowing metro customers to dine-in and enjoy a glass of one of their beautiful wines, alongside their menu, including paella and wood-fire pizzas. Visitors can choose to dine inside or outside in their ‘Garden of Innocence’.

It’s a common misconception that Healesville is regional, however it’s actually classified within metro Melbourne – so those who live within 25km are welcome to take the opportunity this long weekend to explore what is on offer.

Innocent Bystander
316–334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville VIC 3777
03 5999 9222
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You can make a booking to dine-in via their website, here.

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