HOT: Nature Boy, 486 Neerim Road, Murrumbeena

Nature Boy in a family-friendly cafe in Murrumbeena with the benefit of an outdoor play area that’s shaded and cubby house. The frontage of Nature Boy is deceiving, as you can only spot a small dining area from the street. But head to the side corridor, beyond a small astroturf courtyard…and there’s another whole building/dining […]

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: 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: 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: 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: 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 […]

HOT: Frank’s, 97 Cavanagh Street, Cheltenham

If you’re around Westfield Southland but don’t fancy eating in the food court, seek out Frank’s. It’s a fantastic cafe hidden away in the residential streets of Cheltenham, under the shadow of the behemoth shopping centre. Frank’s is known as ‘Cheltenham’s local’ and it is a highlight amongst an otherwise unremarkable strip of suburban shops. […]

HOT: Commonfolk, 16 Progress Street, Mornington

Mornington’s Main Street is full of cafes but if you’re after the BEST food and coffee in town it’s worth taking a little detour away from the beach to the gritty industrial side to Commonfolk cafe. Commonfolk is primarily a roastery and inside the large roasting shed is a fantastic cafe with the sort of hip […]

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