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 […]

HOT: New School Canteen, 379–381 George St, Fitzroy

New School Canteen in Fitzroy is an all-day eatery which used to serve an eclectic menu of breakfast, lunch and dinner dishes. Since April they’ve changed their offering to focus on just burgers paired with beer (they’ve also moved out the coffee machine). Family-friendly cafes can be hard to find in hipster Fitzroy so New […]

HOT: Montsalvat 7 Hillcrest Ave, Eltham

Montsalvat is a European-style artist colony in Eltham which was established in the 30s and is still a thriving arts community today. The parkland features unique European-style buildings set among bushland, numerous galleries and a cafe.  The Boulevard at Montsalvat is the on-site cafe and a separate enterprise that you can enter without paying the […]

HOT: Mister Fox, Ringwood Golf Club, 352 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Mister Fox is the resident cafe at the Ringwood Golf Club which means it boasts glorious views of the green from its wall to ceiling windows. Inside the cafe is decor is hipster chic in the burbs and the menu also reflects Melbourne’s cafe standards at suburban prices. For instance, a very pretty granola stacked […]

The HOT List: Best cafe and playground combinations in Melbourne

The holy grail of parenting = a great cafe combined with a great park (also a kid who sleeps through the night, isn’t a fussy eater etc etc but that’s all for another time). Of course it’s possible to BYO snacks to a playground or BYO toys to a cafe. But the perfect cafe and […]

HOT: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. While the elevated front entrance may not shout ‘kid-friendly’ once you get up the stairs you’ll discover a few features which make this one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park. Sit […]

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