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

Welcome to the Closed Loop. 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 […]

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 […]

HOT: Bar Sur Loup, 15 Bulleen Rd, Balwyn North

Bar Sur Loup is a French styled café and ‘petite patisserie’ in an unlikely location of a shopping strip in Balwyn North, just off the Eastern Freeway. The café named after a small hilltop Provencal town where the owner once lived and its décor is warm and cosy, with blonde wood furniture accented with French […]

HOT: Piccolina Gelateria, 802 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn

Piccolina Gelateria is serving up authentic Italian gelato to Hawthorn’s Glenferrie Rd shoppers with a whole bank of glistening pozzetti tubs. The gelateria has only been open for 9 weeks and already I can’t remember what used to be there! The small shop has been designed by Hecker Guthrie and painted into eye-catching geometric shades of marine blue offset by white […]

The HOT List: Best Child Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Melbourne 2015

We love to eat out with our kids and here’s my Top 10 list of family-friendly dining out experiences in 2015. Bookmark it, save it, print it and bon appetit! Foxtrot Charlie, Brunswick Trendy menu, a secluded sunny back seating area and a tub of toys to keep kids amused. Proper & Son, South Melbourne A […]

The HOT List: Best Child Friendly Cafes for Shopping

Shopping is hungry business, sick particularly with kids. Here’s a list of my Top 10 HOT family-friendly cafes with great food where you can also do your shopping. Tick off your Christmas list now! For toys, books, medications clothing, homewares: NGV Gallery Kitchen The National Gallery of Victoria is an easy-going pit stop after a […]

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