When I catch up with my dames, here's how we take on the Big Little City.

Get your hair done at Dry & Tea:
The dream team at Dry & Tea are responsible for the best blow dry I have ever had. Book yourself in for a wash and blow wave for the thrifty price of $40. It's essential to pick a pot of tea to sip while you're being primped. I love the ruby red rosehip (a healing brew packed with vitamin C - perfect for winter). If you've got time to treat yourself a little more, add on a ten minute massage or a quick lick of nail lacquer.

Gather the girls at La Zeppa:
These guys boast a huge, heated outdoor space, perfect for gathering the girls before you do dinner. I love the casual seating with lanterns hanging overhead. La Zeppa has a very chilled out vibe and table service - at a watering hole that's a massive drawcard for me. Grab a bottle of local pinot noir while you wait for your gal pals to get on board.

Share fresh food at Café Hanoi:
When you eat a meal at Café Hanoi you leave feeling satisfied but not stuffed. Inspired by the Vietnamese city's Old Quarter - the fresh, light flavours are perfect for sharing. I reckon you've got to add some seafood to your menu - the tiger prawn cutlets coated in young green rice are magic. Throw in some summer rolls, market fish and a warm salad. Sample of a few of the signature cocktails - the list is cool and creative.

Try The Shaman if you like something with a bit of a kick.

Have an after dinner debrief at Racket:
This is a sexy little spot to relax after dinner. Dimly lit Racket prides itself on being a rum bar, with over 85 premium varieties available in house. Sure, this isn't the most ladylike drink, but I think there's something kind of cool about picking a gentleman's tipple. Ask the clever bar staff to whip up something to suit and unwind with your dames.

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