80 Collins celebrates retail and dining openings with a new Melbourne Food & Wine Festival event series, an installation from designer Şener Besim and more
Melbourne’s newest destination for luxury, 80 Collins, reinvigorates the ‘Paris End’ of Collins St with a new network of laneways leading to a discovery of highly curated flagship and concept fashion brands, unique restaurants, and considered bars and cafes.
With Melbourne CBD visitation increasing day by day, 80 Collins is playing a central role in reinvigorating Melbourne’s vibrant heart. Eating 80 Collins, in partnership with the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival, features three ‘Light Up the Night’ experiences on Wednesday 2 June, and a coveted ‘Lunch Illuminated’ experience on Saturday 5 June. More information available via 80 Collins.
“The Melbourne Food & Wine Festival is pleased to present this program in partnership with 80 Collins, an introduction to one of the city’s premiere dining and retail precincts, to food and drink lovers of Melbourne,” says Melbourne Food & Wine Festival CEO Anthea Loucas Bosha.
From barrel aged negronis at an Australian first in hotel barrel aging room, to tasting the first drops of a newly arrived Oregon pinot at a winemaker masterclass to frozen capped liquid nitrogen cocktails, the drinks are just one element of what’s on offer for the traveling degustation like no other, encompassing four 80 Collins venues, all mere steps from one other: Farmer’s Daughters, Handpicked Cellar Door, Nick & Nora’s and Next Hotel Melbourne’s La Madonna.
Designer Şener Besim will present his first ever large-scale sculptural work, Light the Way, to be installed in each of the three laneways at 80 Collins, visible from Collins, Exhibition and Little Collins streets. Taking inspiration from one of Şener’s iconic pieces of jewellery, the public design installation will light the way to winter for the month of June. The six, 2.4 metre high works are inspired by the geometric patterns used in Ottoman heritage and architectural shapes, a major influence across all Şener’s work.
“The idea of ‘framing space’ is central to the beginnings of our visual language and always has served as a main inspiration for our work, a conversation so to speak. My hope is that these new public works act as ‘VISUAL FRAMING DEVICES’ for our visitors,” says Şener.
Fridays at 80 Collins will feature a range of surprise offerings every Friday from 14 May – 4 June. Enter your details at ‘The Vault’ on Benson Walk to win your share in $10,000 worth of coffees, lunches and after-work-drinks, distributed via premium gift cards.
Nine food and drink destinations are now open at 80 Collins (Farmer’s Daughters, Handpicked Cellar Door, Nick & Nora’s, Next Hotel Melbourne’s La Madonna and Ingresso, Maverick, Bowls Baby, People’s Coffee and Upstate Coffee) alongside six fashion, jewellery and footwear stores, including flagship stores for Saint Laurent, Golden Goose and FEIT, as well as Mulberry, Georg Jensen and Şener Besim’s eponymous concept store, Şener Besim.
Set to open in July and August are The Lucas Group’s highly anticipated restaurant Society and eating house Yakimono. More retail and dining destinations are still to be announced.