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: Mister Fox, Ringwood Golf Club, 352 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Mister Fox is the resident cafe at the Ringwood Golf Club which means it boasts glorious views of the green from its wall to ceiling windows. Inside the cafe is decor is hipster chic in the burbs and the menu also reflects Melbourne’s cafe standards at suburban prices. For instance, a very pretty granola stacked […]

The HOT List: Best cafe and playground combinations in Melbourne

The holy grail of parenting = a great cafe combined with a great park (also a kid who sleeps through the night, isn’t a fussy eater etc etc but that’s all for another time). Of course it’s possible to BYO snacks to a playground or BYO toys to a cafe. But the perfect cafe and […]

HOT: Hawthorn Common, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hawthorn Common is a cafe which is all about living sustainably so everything is made from scratch on site and any food waste is processed to compost. The spacious dining area, particularly the sun-dappled and umbrella-shaded deck, is a popular place to take kids. There’s pram access from the street via a lift, plentiful high chairs […]

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: Two Brothers, 558 Mitcham Road, Mitcham

Two Brothers brings a bit of inner city cool to a local strip of shops in Mitcham with a surprisingly sophisticated menu and Veneziano Forza coffee. The cafe is quite hard to find as the signage is subtle and the entrance is dominated by a massive Charcoal Chicken mural. Welcome to suburbia! If it’s a […]

HOT: Friends of Mine, 506 Swan St, Richmond

Friends of Mine in Richmond is the cafe equivalent of a friendship circle. Everything in the cheery establishment, from the produce to the artwork to the furniture, has been sourced from friends or friends of friends of the original owner – hence the name. The cafe has been in operation for 5 years and is […]

HOT: Frankie Says, 15 Acacia Place, Abbotsford

Frankie Says is one of two riverside cafes at the bottom of the Sanctuary luxury apartment complex in Abbotsford. It’s in a handy location across from IKEA and Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre and while it’s part of a high rise block the setting is actually very serene as the cafe has a lovely indoor/outdoor feel amongst the trees […]

HOT: The Foodrinkery, 22 Banksia Street, Burwood

The Foodrinkery is a well established family-friendly cafe in Burwood but they have recently gained new owners and we were invited to visit. The Foodrinkery is located in a quiet suburban strip of shops but it is in a prime position because its proximity to Wattle Park Primary School, Spectrum dance school and a playground. The […]

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