The HOT List: Top 10 Beach Playgrounds in Melbourne

Make the most of summer with my favourite beach playgrounds in Melbourne. It doesn’t get better than sunshine, play equipment and then the beach – really just one giant sandpit!  Click here to check the daily water quality of Melbourne’s beaches. Logan Reserve + Altona Beach Stunning, serene and expansive, Altona Beach is my favourite […]

HOT: Huxtaburger, 32 Leeds St, Footscray

Huxtaburger really needs no introduction. It’s the super-popular burger chain by chef Daniel Wilson which has grown from its small venue on Smith Street Collingwood to six locations in Melbourne. Like other burger chains, consistency is the key. And you know what you’re getting with Huxtaburger – reliably good burgers and fun surroundings. Though each […]

HOT: Harley and Rose, 572 Barkly St, West Footscray

Harley and Rose, a restaurant named after a Black Sorrows song, is bringing pared back Italian cuisine to the former Ovest site in West Footscray. The unique modernist building on Barkly Street is now a relaxed local Italian diner, bar and wine shop. The business is owned by two ex-Andrew McConnell group chefs, Josh Murphy and Rory Cowcher, […]

HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s booth seating for groups, smaller tables in the dining room and a small airy internal beer garden. The menu includes classic pub meals […]

HOT: Habitat, 40F Victory Boulevard, Ashburton

Habitat is a small neighbourhood cafe in Ashburton, down the road from the awesome Markham Reserve playground. It’s a small, quiet and cosy place but still manages to squeeze in prams, high chairs and toys for little ones. There’s a courtyard at the back which is still a work in progress but will hopefully include […]

HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon

Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]

HOT: STREAT Cafe, 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

Tucked away in the industrial backstreets of Collingwood is a green oasis – the dining hub of hospitality social enterprise STREAT. STREAT is a Melbourne-based organisation that offers disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. Since it started in 2010, STREAT has trained more than 520 disadvantaged youth […]

Taste of Melbourne Family Fun Day – Free tickets!

Are you a Foodie family? Then don’t miss out on this year’s Taste of Melbourne with the launch of the first Family Fun Day on Sunday 3 December. Even better – I have an exclusive offer for you where you can receive complimentary tickets to the session (first in, best dressed)! Register now for your complimentary […]

HOT: The District Docklands, Food Truck Park Summer Residency, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands

The District Docklands, formerly Harbour Town Melbourne, is launching its $150 million redevelopment with a bang! This weekend is The District’s launch weekend with lots of free activities and giveaways happening and the opening of a new pop up food truck park. The District’s Food Truck Park Summer Residency opens Friday 17 November, Saturday 18 […]

HOT: Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington

Local Folk is a cosy family-friendly cafe in Kensington and as its name suggests it’s a place for local residents looking for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The cafe is split over two levels, with the sunny upper level more suitable for families. Haul the pram up a few stairs and you’ll find a little […]

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