HOT: The General Food Store, 377 Belgrave-Gembrook Rd, Emerald

The General Food Store is THE place to eat in Emerald if you’re serious about your food. It’s often named in good food lists and Dandenong Ranges travel guides and is popular with locals and visitors.        The reason? They focus on using seasonal ingredients sourced from Victoria. Their coffee is by Coffee Supreme […]

HOT: The Hub 3070, 58a Victoria Road, Northcote

The Hub 3070 is a cafe and food store providing Northcote families with Toby’s Estate coffee, a focus on healthy eats and an awesome indoor play area. You can’t spot much from the black brick street frontage of The Hub 3070. But once you enter it unfolds with bright light and lots of seating options. […]

HOT: Koonwarra Food and Wine Store, South 2 Koonwarra-Inverloch Road, Koonwarra

You’d never imagine that a tiny Gippsland town of Koonwarra can boast an artisan bakery, homewares store, organic produce store and a food, wine and produce store. The picturesque village is located on the South South Gippsland Highway between Foster and Leongatha and the reason for its existence is that there was one a train […]

HOT: New Shanghai, Emporium Melbourne, Level 3, 287 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

My kids are half Chinese but I have to confess that they don’t get a lot of exposure to Chinese culture in their day to day lives. One way I try to rectify that is to feed them Chinese food at every opportunity when we eat out as I’m not a particularly knowledgeable Chinese food […]

HOT: Afternoon Tea, Windsor Hotel, 111 Spring St, Melbourne

These winter school holidays enjoy a very special treat with afternoon tea at the Windsor Hotel where kids aged 3-12 years only pay the price of their age when one full paying dines on a weekday. Usually, children aged 3-6 years pay $25 and 7-12 years pay $40, so it is a significant saving. The historic Hotel Windsor has […]

HOT: Wilfred and Smith, 23 Albion Street, Essendon

Wilfred and Smith is a popular local cafe in the middle of residential Essendon. It’s petite and the interior navigation may be tricky for prams, but it does have high chairs and a large disabled bathroom with change table to cater for families. When it’s warm the cosy front courtyard is the best place to […]

HOT: Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Something’s a-buzz at Melbourne Museum…it’s Bug Lab! Discover the world beneath your feet with Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, an exhibition which brings the secret world bugs to life. Learn about and admire these tiny creatures with interactive hands-on activities, incredibly life-like large-scale sculptures and immersive soundscapes. The exhibition presents six large-scale bugs: Orchid Mantis, Bombardier Beetle, Jewel […]

HOT: Footscray Finds, Footscray Library car park, 56 Paisley St, Footscray

Footscray Finds is a monthly market and car boot sale located in the Footscray Library Car Park. It’s held every third Sunday from 8am and finishes by 1pm, before the library opens at 2pm.  I’m not expecting anyone to be around at 8am but it’s already full of families browsing the preloved clothing, toys and fresh produce. There […]

HOT: Hutch & Co, 251 Main Street, Lilydale

Lilydale may be the end of the train line but you can still find a hub of inner city cafe cool at Hutch & Co, thanks to the owners of Chapter Too in Heathmont. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot […]

HOT: +39 Pizzeria, 362 Little Bourke St, Melbourne

Looking for a family-friendly eatery in the CBD? If your kid loves pizza (and let’s face it, most kids do) then head to +39 Pizzeria on Little Bourke Street. The pizzeria is stylish, buzzing and pretty small (rents are high in the CBD) you’ll find it’s a popular family haunt if you visit early in […]

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