Sugar Republic’s New Pop-Up, Bloomville, is Now Open in Melbourne

Bringing us some necessary joy and sparkle.

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After a two year hiatus, the Sugar Republic team are back and giving us the good stuff—endless colour, joy and Instagrammable moments.

Popping up at Melbourne’s Woodlea Estate, is their latest venture; Bloomville. Yep, it’s a bubbly and pretty as it sounds.

Taking over shipping containers in Woodlea, they’ve created an immersive confetti shower, a retro floral topsy turvy bedroom—live out that Magic Faraway Tree fantasy—fun neon signs, an entire cherry blossom installation, rain and sunshine rooms, not to mention all the colourful dreamscapes and outdoor play spaces.

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Inspired by hope, the theme of Bloomville is designed to help us emerge from the pandemic, by bringing joy and raising funds for local charities.

“It’s been a difficult past few years with most of our events at Woodlea being cancelled or postponed,” said Woodlea Project Director Matthew Dean to Secret Melbourne. “These are events that not only Woodlea residents, but Melbourne’s west looks forward to each year, so being able to bring Sugar Republic to Woodlea is a really exciting milestone; to give back to charities in the process is just the cherry on top,” he added.

100 percent of all ticket sales will be donated to three local charities, which visitors will be able choose between: Alex Makes Meals, the Lort Smith Animal Hospital or the Good Friday Appeal.

“When Woodlea approached us to create a pop-up with them, I jumped at the chance,” said Allison Jones, Director and Creator of Sugar Republic to Secret Melbourne. “My own childhood took place in a new suburb like Woodlea, and I was inspired by the sense of new beginnings and putting down roots for a brighter future.”

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And just when you think it can’t get any more wholesome… there’s also a dedicated day for dogs(!!!).

Tickets for Bloomville are selling out quickly (we all need a bit of joy and sparkle right now), so jump onto their website and book today.

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The Best Sandwiches To Chow Down On In Melbourne

More than just ham and cheese.

Some say sandwiches are really having their moment, but did they ever go out of style? 

A sandwich is one of the world’s most simple culinary pleasures. Whoever first decided that putting stuff between bread means a yum time is a gosh darn genius. Although sandwiches can seem simple to make, there are people out there that have been studying the art of the sandwich and it shows.

The difference between a good sandwich and a shit sandwich is huge. We don’t want you to suffer, so we’ve put a list together of our favourite sandwiches in Melbourne.

Here are the best sandwiches in Melbourne right now.

Hanoi Hannah’s Drip Drop Banh Mi 


The Drip Drop Banh Mi is Hanoi Hannah’s new lunch sandwich that is messy in all the right ways. Think white bread roll with a crispy crust and soft centre, laced with pâté and lemongrass satay sauce and a nice juicy hunk of lemongrass chargrilled chicken.

Most importantly, a warm pho-inspired gravy is served on the side to dip, drizzle or drown the sandwich. This mouth-watering sandwich is available from today, July 8, at Hanoi Hannah’s Windsor and Elsternwick locations. It’s crunchy, it’s messy, it’s fragrant and an all round multisensory, hands-on journey. Roll your sleeves up and get to it.

Dine in or take it home.


Nico’s Sandwich Deli’s Cubano


Get your hands around this combo: smoked pork belly, grandma ham, original salad creme, picks, American mustard and cheese. Recommended to be eaten with pickled chilli and hot sauce, this Cubano is downright juicy in the best way. Nico’s Sandwich Deli has a rotating menu that heroes classic flavour combinations with a little twist. You can’t really go wrong, especially if you pair your sandwich of choice with one of their Malted Caramel Shakes. It’s a whole lotta yes.

You can dine in or take away.

Photo: @stansdeli

Specials at Stan’s Deli


Every weekend, Stan’s Sandwich Deli put up incredible sandwich specials and honestly, we can’t pick a favourite. One week you might be dazzled by a veal schnitzel bun with tomato and fennel slaw, and the next you’ll get a Jerusalem artichoke toastie with aged parmesan, horseradish mayo and Guindilla peppers. Located in the lush streets of Malvern, Stan’s has a real diner-on-an-American-highway feel to it, but slightly more aesthetically refined, refill filter coffee and all. 

Dine in or take away.

Photo: @kingwilliam_takeaway

King William’s Brigadier

Flinders Lane

This sando pulls rank on the Colonel. From a hole-in-the-wall sandwich deli in Melbourne CBD’s Flinders Lane, comes a soft white roll filled with roast free-range chicken, crispy chicken skin, traybake stuffing, zucchini slaw and their infamous secret gravy. It’s the chicken rolls of all chicken rolls. You’ve never had a chicken sandwich until you’ve had King William’s Brigadier. It’s the perfect combination of juicy chicken breast and crispy chicken skin. Should I keep going? I can.

Only available for pick-up.

Photo: @saulssandwiches

Saul’s Muffuletta


The Italian stallion of sandwiches. Saul’s Sandwiches do some bangin’ bites – pretty much every sandwich they do, they do right. But the Muffuletta is a fan favourite and it’s off the charts. Think stacks of mortadella, artichokes, provolone cheese, salami, pesto, spinach and chilli. It’s an antipasto board in a sandwich and it’s goddamn good. 

You can dine in or takeaway.

Photo: @palette_melbourne

Palette’s Candied Bacon & Cheese

North Melbourne

Palette in North Melbourne is inspired by Korean aesthetics and lifestyle, and they aim to bring different cultures together. Everything about this place is beautiful and delicious (especially the coffee), but we can’t get past their Candied Bacon & Cheese sando. Imagine: scrambled eggs with corn, candied bacon, sliced cheese and chilli jam in toasted brioche. Uhhh. Name a better breakfast sandwich, we’ll wait.

Available to dine in or takeaway.

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