HOT: Duchess of Spotswood, 87 Hudsons Road Spotswood

Almost six years ago Duchess of Spotswood was on the vanguard of the regeneration of Spotswood. A cafe so well-regarded that foodies would even cross the Westgate (gasp) to eat there. It’s now got new owners and while it lacks the same finesse as before some of the dishes that made the original so famous are […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine holsd prime position for train enthusiasts and commuters in Hampton – on the corner of the strip shops of Hampton Street and facing the railway crossing. As such, most of the outdoor pavement tables are taken up when we visit on a weekday and as we’re with train-spotting Baby 2.0 we […]

HOT: The Backyard, 19 Mason St, Newport

The Backyard is a family-friendly cafe in Newport that delivers what it says on the sign – a huge backyard that rivals my modest courtyard at home. The astroturf space is THE place to hang out if you have kids. There’s a long chalkboard wall, lots of toys, space to run and every table looks […]

HOT: Moby, 1150 High Street, Armadale

Moby is relatively new to Melbourne’s cafe scene and it is blooming in its prime corner spot on High Street Armadale. The cafe expands over three stories with a menu billed as being ‘Ottolenghi inspired’ from the ex-chef of Barry in Northcote. As such, you can expect to find healthy salads, Middle-Eastern influences and a generally sunny […]

HOT: Greenfields, Cnr Lakeside Drive and Queens Rd, Albert Park

Greenfields is a gorgeous cafe inside Albert Park with prime position on Lakeside Drive and luscious green (naturally) views of the golf course and lake. The cafe is spread out over three expansive dining areas. My favourite spot is a table by the wall-to-ceiling glass windows where you can bask in the sunshine and be sheltered from […]

HOT: Tommy Ruff, 574A Main St, Mordialloc

Are you looking for Melbourne’s best fish and chips? Tommy Ruff (Elsternwick, Windsor and Mordialloc) is consistently named in the top 10 lists and after trying it out I have to agree. They do excellent fish and chips…and everything seafood! The Mordialloc store is decked out like a salty sea shanty with bleached and painted […]

HOT: The Pickers Union, 3 Mackey St, Geelong

A bit off the beaten track in Geelong you’ll find a bright and sunny cafe called The Pickers Union, adjoining the Geelong Vintage Market in North Geelong. While it doesn’t have views of Corio Bay or the beach (it overlooks a car park in a semi-industrial area) it makes up for the lack of scenery […]

HOT: ACMI Cafe and Bar, Level 1, ACMI, Federation Square, Melbourne

Finding great places to take kids to eat in the Melbourne CBD can be a hard ask. One of our favourites when visiting Federation Square is the ACMI Cafe and Bar, adjoining ACMI, Australia’s national museum of film, TV, video games, digital culture and art. ACMI Cafe and Bar is open to public 7 days […]

HOT: Little Captain, 353 Inkerman St, St Kilda East

Little Captain is a small family-owned cafe in a prime position in St Kilda East/Balaclava – its back area opens out onto Hewison Reserve and a fenced playground. The cafe itself is a little higgledy-piggledy, with a squashy front room and a back room filled with toys for rummaging. If the weather’s good I recommend […]

HOT: The Hungry Peacock, 16 Mornington–Tyabb Road, Tyabb

The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb is an amazing cafe and play space that is well worth a special trip if you’re not local to the area. Parents own the large sprawling cafe and they’ve thought of everything to keep the kids fed and entertained and the adults fed and watered. There’s even a sign telling you […]

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