Coming from interstate or NZ?

There is more to life than tango (or so we hear……)

Given the fact that there are a fair few interstate participants coming to the Melbourne Tango Weekend, we thought we could offer a few local non tango suggestions for your spare time:

Just a block or two from our venue  is


Great place to get a quick meal and enjoy the diversity Melbourne can offer. If you click on the above link it will give you the history behind this precinct and suggest some eateries, although there are many.

Abbotsford convent

Spend the morning exploring the grounds of the Abbotsford convent with one of their self guided tours. Have brunch at the Bakery or lunch at one of the restaurants.. if your body is feeling a bit tango weary, book yourself in for a session with the massage therapist, or join one of the yoga sessions for a bit of a stretch

Stroll along trendy Smith Street and Brunswick Street , both with lovely places to eat and drink

Smith Street favourites

Wabi Sabi Salon for delicious Japanese food

The Noble Experiment for cocktails

Brunswick St favourites

Babkas bakery – delicious breakfasts, borscht and pastries- be sure to leave room for some lemon brulee tart….

Naked for Satan – for drinks and nibbles and beautiful views from their rooftop bar

The Elysian – for exquisite whisky( recently won Timeout Bar of the Year  People’s Choice Award)


Visit the Escher X Nendo l Between two Worlds  exhibition. Combine this with a stroll through the Royal Botanic Garden

In the City

Melbourne is famous for its city laneways and graffiti art. Discover the city’s nooks and crannys and laneway cafes. Have a look at for a suggested  route

Favourite food places

San Telmo on Myer place for delicious Argentinian food

Cafe baba budan on liittle bourke st for great coffee

Om Noms on Flinders Lane for decadent desert



There is always a plethora of things to see and do here, with lots of interactive exhibits. Have a look at their website to see what’s on

Tango Shopping

Ok , I know this was meant to be a non tango list of suggestions, but I just couldn’t resist

Joan at Tango Moment brings in Turquoise men’s and women’s shoes, and is also starting to bring in Madame Pivot shoes as well. Unfortunately she is away during the MTW event, but do check out the website at

Rina at Tango Esencia is the stockist for Angelina tango shoes, with a supply at the studio, and also the option of ordering something from the Angelina website, contact Rina at 0477997337 for more details.

Leigh brings in Bandolera tango shoes, both women’s and men’s styles. Have a look at her website for more details or contact her on 0410257855 for a viewing

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon!!!

This information was compiled by the lovely Niki P – Thank you for the great job done !!!!