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The Royal Mail Hotel is changing
28.03.2017

Executive chef Robin Wickens has a stronger influence at the Royal Mail Hotel's upcoming restaurant, slated to open later this year.

Adventuring along America's north-west rivers
28.03.2017

The rivers of America's north-west running through Washington state and Oregon form the arteries of epic landscapes and bold discovery routes. Emma Sloley follows in the wake of Lewis and Clark.

The World's Best sommeliers are coming to Australia
28.03.2017

For the first time, the world's top international sommeliers will take part in the World's 50 Best Awards too.

Seven Italian dishes that shaped fine dining in the 2000s
28.03.2017

Italian food in the restaurants of Australia blossomed into maturity in the new millennium, as the work of these trailblazers shows – dazzling and diverse, a successful balance between adaptation and tradition.

Steam ovens: a guide
27.03.2017

Billed as the faster, cleaner way to cook, are these on-trend ovens all they’re cracked up to be? We take a close look at their rising popularity, USP versus the traditional convection cooker and how each type rates in terms of form, function, and above all, flavour in this buyer’s guide.

Our chocolate issue is out now
27.03.2017

Our April issue is out now. In his editor's letter, Pat Nourse walks you through what to expect.

Roast pork with Nelly Robinson
27.03.2017

Nelly Robinson of Sydney's nel. restaurant talks us through his favourite roasting joints, tips for crisp roast potatoes and why, when it comes to pork, slow and steady always wins the race.

Water carafes
24.03.2017

More than mere vessels, these pieces bring a cool breeze of style from the fridge to the table.

Fast autumn dinners

Autumn weather signals the arrival of soups, broths, roasts and more hearty meals.

Flour and Stone Recipes

Baker extraordinaire Nadine Ingram of Sydney's Flour and Stone cooks up a sweet storm for Easter, including the much loved bakery's greatest hit.

Roasted cauliflower salad with yoghurt dressing and almonds

The cauliflower is roasted until it starts to caramelise, which adds extra depth of flavour to this winning salad. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

All Star Yum Cha

What happens the morning after the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards? We treat the chefs to a world-beating yum cha session, as Dani Valent discovers.

New cruises 2017

Cue the Champagne.

1980s recipes

Australia saw some bold moves in the ’80s, and we’re not just talking hairstyles. Greater cultural references started peppering the menus of our restaurants, and home-grown ingredients won a new appreciation. The dining scene was coming of age and a new band of pioneers led the charge.

Melbournes finest meet Worlds Best

Leading chefs descend on Melbourne in April for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. We asked local hospitality folk who they’d abduct for the day and where they’d take them to show off their city. There may be coffee, there may be culture, but in the end it’s cocktails.

Savoury tarts

Will your next baking project be a flaky puff pastry with pumpkin, goat's curd and thyme, or a classic bacon and Stilton tart? As autumn settles in, we're ticking these off one by one.

Where to stay, shop and eat in Trieste

Canal Grande, Trieste

Canal Grande, Trieste

On the border with the Balkans, Trieste, one of Italy’s most storied cities, matches its rich heritage with Old World charm.

STAY

Savoia Excelsior Palace
The ornate Excelsior is a reminder of the city's Belle Époque past as a key port of the Austro-Hungarian empire - Emperor Franz Josef has been among the hotel's illustrious guests. Most of its spacious rooms have impressive views over the Gulf of Trieste to the Adriatic.
Riva del Mandracchio, 4, starhotels.com

L'Albero Nascosto
Located amid the steep, winding streets that were once home to the city's Jewish merchants, the area surrounding this boutique hotel is a hive of bars, restaurants and bespoke retailers, and the best place to witness the city's revival. Each of the 10 large, modern rooms is individually styled with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. 
Via Felice Venezian, 18, alberonascostotrieste.com

SEE

Castello Miramare
Follow the coastline east to this castle atop the promontory of Grignano, a 10-minute drive from the city centre. Built by Archduke Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg for his wife, Charlotte, in 1860, it's an eclectic blend of medieval, Renaissance, and Gothic styles. The real attraction is the view and the chance to swim in crystal-clear water, if the season allows.
Viale Miramare, castello-miramare.it

Teatro Verdi
Like many of the city's most notable buildings, and the city itself, Teatro Verdi has had various name changes over the years. The glory of this building, however, has never changed. Opened in 1801, Trieste's stunning opera house was modelled on the famed La Scala in Milan and still stages regular seasons of opera, dance and classical music.
Riva 3 Novembre, 1, teatroverdi-trieste.com

SHOP

Katastrofa
Pop a couple of classic Italian labels in your suitcase during your stay. Katastrofa stocks a range of travel-friendly trinkets such as tortoiseshell eyewear cases and Pucci-print scarves along with highly covetable designer vintage furniture and collectables
Via Armando Diaz, 4, katastrofa.it

Liberty
Boutique jeweller Liberty specialises in Art Deco items such as Lalique and vintage brooches, earrings and cufflinks by Cartier and Verdura. 
Via del Ponte, 7.

Libreria Antiquaria Umberto Saba
Once managed by celebrated Trieste poet Umberto Saba, this place is heaven for bibliophiles and anyone who loves first editions and service with Old World charm
Via San Nicolò, 30, libreriasaba.it

EAT

Al Bagatto
There's inventiveness in the menu, and also behind the bar. An impressive "wine library" holding more than 1500 mostly local wines stretches from floor to ceiling behind the central dining room. The dégustation demonstrates the city-wide culinary reputation for artfully combining "acqua e terra", seen in dishes such as gnocchi with sea urchin, tomato, celery and pine nuts.
Via Cadorna, 7, albagatto.it

Al Bagatto

Eppinger
This elegant pasticceria is known for its house specialty, presnitz - a rich pastry filled with dried fruit and nuts and laced with grappa - paired with a "capo in B", a tiny cappuccino served (for reasons obscure even to the locals) in a shot glass.
Via Dante Alighieri, 2/b, eppingercaffe.it

Buffet da Pepi
A Trieste-style buffet is nose-to-tail eating with no salad bar in sight. Prop yourself at the counter at this old-school eatery between 11 and 11, order una birra and a mixed plate of pork shoulder, tongue, and rich, fatty musetto sausage.
Via Cassa di Risparmio, 3, buffetdapepi.it

DON'T MISS

No trip to Trieste is complete without a visit to Caffè San Marco. Founded in 1914, the Viennese-style coffee house remains a magnet for young intellectuals - James Joyce held court here. Its Sacher torte is the best this side of the Austrian border.
Via Battisti, 18, caffesanmarcotrieste.eu

DAYTRIPPING

About 45 minutes' drive south-east of Trieste, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region, are the vineyards of the Collio and Isonzo zones.
One of the most picturesque wineries is Tiare Wines, on the Slovenian border, best known for its malvasia. Località Sant'Elena, 3a, 34070 Dolegna del Collio (Gorizia), tiaredoc.com

Getting there

Airlines including Qatar, Etihad and Emirates-Qantas fly one stop between select Australian capitals and Venice, then it's a two-hour train to Trieste. trenitalia.com

DON'T MISS

No trip to Trieste is complete without a visit to Caffè San Marco. Founded in 1914, the Viennese-style coffee house remains a magnet for young intellectuals - James Joyce held court here. Its Sacher torte is the best this side of the Austrian border.
Via Battisti, 18, caffesanmarcotrieste.eu

DAYTRIPPING

About 45 minutes' drive south-east of Trieste, in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia wine region, are the vineyards of the Collio and Isonzo zones.
One of the most picturesque wineries is Tiare Wines, on the Slovenian border, best known for its malvasia. Località Sant'Elena, 3a, 34070 Dolegna del Collio (Gorizia), tiaredoc.com

Getting there

Airlines including Qatar, Etihad and Emirates-Qantas fly one stop between select Australian capitals and Venice, then it's a two-hour train to Trieste. trenitalia.com

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