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: 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 […]

HOT: Sir Duke, 99 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds

Sir Duke is new on the scene on bustling Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds. The large site provides funky all-day dining in a family-friendly atmosphere. When the weather’s good the most popular tables are on the pavement but inside is more spacious for prams. There’s a long banquette along the wall, a series of small tables plus […]

HOT: Woodcutters Kitchen, 69 Mackie Road, Bentleigh East

Woodcutters Kitchen is a woodfired nano-bakery and family-friendly cafe in Bentleigh East. What is a nano-bakery? Everything is small batch, made from scratch from local and where possible organic ingredients, then baked in a woodfired oven.  Two pizza ovens take pride of place in the front dining room. The kitchen is busy pumping out loaves […]

HOT: Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

Park Street in North Carlton is the revamped version of the beloved Green Park. There cafe and restaurant has new owners, a new look and a new menu, while still offering one of the best family-friendly cafe experiences in Melbourne. Our cycling-loving family love the big windows facing out onto the Capital City trail bike […]

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