HOT: Sweet Lane Festival, Harbour Town Melbourne, Studio Lane and Star Crescent, Docklands

Sweet Lane Festival is a 5 day food festival at Harbour Town Melbourne celebrating all things sweet. From Thursday 9 March to Monday 13 March The Food Truck Park and the Australian Grand Prix are bringing food trucks, DJs, cooking demonstrations, kid’s activities, competitions plus the Australian Grand Prix F1 #AUSGP Fan Zone with displays […]

HOT: MSO Jams for Juniors, National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra have been running their popular Jams for Juniors program for under 5s for many years, but this is their first time to the National Gallery of Victoria. And what a spectacular setting it is for a classical music concert! Originally the concert we are invited to attend is in the Great Hall but […]

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: KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston St, Melbourne

When we visited Tokyo one of the things on my to-do list was to stock up on the weird and wonderful flavours of KitKats. Now I don’t need to fly all that way because the world’s first permanent KitKat store is coming to Melbourne Central this Friday 21 October at 11am and I was invited for a […]

HOT: Saluministi, 892 Bourke St, Docklands

Saluministi is a new cafe next to Library at the Dock and across from the playground the Buluk Park. It’s turned this little corner of Victoria Harbour into our favourite place to hang out in Docklands.. The cafe is spacious, light-filled and there are high chairs for little bottoms which just reach the tall tables. When the weather warms […]

HOT: Operator 25, 25 Wills St, Melbourne

Operator 25 is an Asian-inspired brunch hot spot housed in a heritage-listed telephone exchange building near Flagstaff station. The telephone is a consistent theme in the branding and the decor, from the name… ….to the posters and the signage, all with phone (or coffee) related quips… ….to the long looping wires from the pendant lights evoking […]

The HOT List: Top 21 Family Friendly Restaurants in Melbourne CBD

Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise but finding somewhere suitable to dine out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD is a difficult task, given the tight fit of Melbourne’s famous laneways and hole-in-the-wall establishments. Here’s my Top 21 places to eat out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD (north of the river) that doesn’t involve a fast food […]

HOT: Queen Victoria Market Winter Night Market, Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market’s Winter Night Market is one of Melbourne’s winter highlights. It’s so popular that this year the season has been extended for 14 weeks, every Wednesday from 1 June to 31 August. A stroll around the market uncovers lots of opportunities to eat, drink and shop with over 30 street food vendors as […]

HOT: Milkcow Popup, The Strand Arcade, 1 Driver Ln, Melbourne

Milkcow is a popular premium soft-serve ice cream company from South Korea with franchises all over Asia and America. Melbourne is its first foray into Australia, with a pop up in the former Cacao Lab space in Strand Arcade until the end of May. I was invited to sample some of Milkcow’s menu items, which […]

HOT: The Fictional Factory exhibition, Artplay, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Artplay’s latest temporary exhibition is The Fictional Factory by artists Cat Rabbit and Isobel Knowles from Soft Stories. It’s whimsical fun for young and old and follows on from their work together in Matter of Factory and Owl Know How. The ‘Factory or Fiction’ workshops that helped to create this fantastical work have probably been some […]

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