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John Dom­jan, concierge at Trea­sury on Collins, lives and breathes Mel­bourne city (he lives over the river in South Yarra); here, his lat­est rec­om­men­da­tions for cof­fee, din­ing and shop­ping. trea­sury­on­collins.com.au

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THE FU­TURE IS NOW

For cof­fee I rec­om­mend Sen­sory Lab at 30 Collins Street; it looks like a Ja­panese fu­tur­is­tic diner, some­thing straight out of Blade Run­ner. It’s a very cool space with a big fo­cus on dif­fer­ent meth­ods of brew­ing cof­fee, and it has a great se­lec­tion of ar­ti­sanal breads and cakes. sen­so­ry­lab.com.au

PER­MA­NENT (IM)PRESSED

Its in­dus­trial aes­thet­ics and clear levels make Har­rolds an in­ter­est­ing des­ti­na­tion for lux­ury shop­ping.The staff are well versed in what’s hap­pen­ing in fash­ion and are knowl­edge­able about their prod­uct. har­rolds.com.au

SMALL BUT SEN­SA­TIONAL

Hakata Gen­suke of­fers a small menu of the most au­then­tic ra­men I’ve eaten out­side of Ja­pan. Step­ping into this restau­rant is like be­ing in a cute ra­men shop in aTokyo back­street. gen­suke.com.au

WHO DARES, GINS

Mel­bourne has a real fo­cus on gin at the mo­ment, es­pe­cially lo­cal craft spir­its, much to my de­light. Pa­tient Wolf is a Brunswick distillery well worth a visit. pa­tient­wolf­gin.com WALK THE WALK Be­ing in a her­itage-listed build­ing within the bank­ing dis­trict, Trea­sury on Collins is sur­rounded by beau­ti­ful ar­chi­tec­ture.We of­fer guests a tour of our build­ing in­clud­ing the lo­ca­tion of the old brass drop safe.

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