Captivating Cairns

Suzie Luddon reflects on her recent travels in Northern Queensland

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Harar: city of culture, coffee and kyat

  by Bill Adamson Harar, the ancient Muslim city, is different from anywhere else I’ve been in Ethiopia. I’ve been here for nearly a month and I’m feeling a little reflective. It’s old; you can feel its age everywhere you go. The Islamic-designed crumbling grey walls are set next to pink walls, which are next…

Hot Poppy

  by Meegan Waugh If there’s one thing that isn’t lacking in Melbourne, it’s great breakfasts. With this city’s brunch and coffee obsession, it seems like every week there’s another hot new place to get your Sunday morning fix. The one downside to the constant stream of shiny new venues is that it can be…

Katie’s Crab Shack

  by Meegan Waugh What do you do if you have a family from Maryland and Louisiana, your great-aunt’s cookbooks, a bunch of family recipes and a passion for seafood? If you’re Katie Marron, you open Miss Ka­tie’s Crab Shack. Located on Johnston Street in Fitzroy (look out for the neon crab sign), Miss Katie’s…

Mörk Cacao Artisans

  by Michael Hockstein There is a place along Errol Street, a little north of the central ‘plaza’ of cafes, stores and restaurants. A provocative place, luring you into indulgence. Recently I succumbed to desire and en­tered, and my tongue, stomach and mind have thanked me for it. At Mörk Cacao Artisans they deliver an…

Cafe 99

  by Alpha Barratt A little spot for the local North Mel­bourne community to enjoy a myriad selection of tasty delights is Cafe 99. Located in the Victorian Archives Centre on Shiel Street and owned by local Tony Tiganis, it’s the perfect place to go for a simple coffee and a quick pastry. Cafe 99…