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: Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson St, Carlton

Something’s a-buzz at Melbourne Museum…it’s Bug Lab! Discover the world beneath your feet with Bug Lab: Little Bugs, Super Powers, an exhibition which brings the secret world bugs to life. Learn about and admire these tiny creatures with interactive hands-on activities, incredibly life-like large-scale sculptures and immersive soundscapes. The exhibition presents six large-scale bugs: Orchid Mantis, Bombardier Beetle, Jewel […]

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 […]

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: Second Home, 21 Brougham St, Eltham

Second Home is a large cafe housed in an Alistair Knox-designed brick industrial building in Eltham. It’s by cafe maestro Jason Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine, Go West) and worth a special trip to the leafy ‘burbs. Second Home takes the bones of the 70s building and transforms it into a light-filled, expansive dining […]

HOT: Faraday’s Cage, 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Faraday’s Cage is an enclosure used to block electric fields – as well as a family friendly yet hip warehouse cafe and bakery in Fitzroy. The business is owned by a John Petrou, a former electrical engineer, and his wife and they have turned his passion for baking into their new project. Faraday’s Cage is […]

HOT: Uncle Drew, 23 Groome St, Clifton Hill

Uncle Drew cafe in Clifton Hill has taken over Squirrel Cafe with an on-trend menu, while retaining its predecessor’s local, family-friendly feel. The site is a former milk bar and the lightbox signage for milk has been retained for nostalgia’s sake. Inside it’s homely and comfortable and spread out over two rooms. I’m not sure […]

HOT: Batman Market, 14 -22 Gaffney Street, Coburg

Batman Market is a weekly outdoor market and food truck park in Coburg and it’s got a wonderful community feel that’s at once cool and family-friendly. The market is held at the site of the old textiles factory so it’s partially undercover and with parking on site. Local traders and crafters set up market stalls […]

HOT: Thirty Eight Chairs, 651 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

Thirty Eight Chairs in Carlton North is a sophisticated Italian cafe, pasta bar, wine bar and restaurant serving breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and dinner Wednesday to Sunday. It’s the newly opened second restaurant from the owners of the excellent (and tiny) Thirty Eight Chairs in South Yarra. While the outside may not […]

HOT: Stomping Ground Beer Hall, 100 Gipps St, Collingwood

Stomping Ground Beer Hall is the new Collingwood home of Melbourne craft beer company Stomping Ground Brewing Co. It’s the latest venture by Guy Greenstone and Steve Jeffares, the owners behind The Local Taphouses in Melbourne and Sydney, as well as the GABS, Melbourne’s biggest beer festival. It’s also amazingly family-friendly! Stomping Ground Beer Hall houses a bar with over twenty taps, […]

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