HOT: Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St, Northcote

Just when you think you’ve eaten at every ice cream/gelato in Melbourne, along comes one with a product so unusual that it’s a standout. Cuppa Turca in High Street Northcote that brings traditional Turkish ice cream (or dondurma) and ice cream showmanship to Melbourne. Dondurma is not a straightforward scoop in a cup-or-cone. The egg-free […]

HOT: Heart of Hall, 17 Hall St, Newport

Heart of Hall in Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and foodstore for westside locals. I love the decor and colour scheme, with cobalt blue walls highlighting the white-and-wood Scandi chic aesthetic. The gold bar on the coffee bench is a glamorous finishing touch. Heart of Hall services […]

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 […]

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 […]

HOT: Little Hugh, 150 Rooks Rd, Nunawading

Nunawading isn’t a suburb that comes to mind when you’re thinking of hip cafes – so architect-designed Little Hugh stands out from the crowd. The cafe is long and narrow and makes the most of its small frontage with lots of lights panels in geometric shapes contrasting with rich teal accents. There’s still room to push […]

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