HOT: Bettie’s, 48a Arthurton Rd, Northcote

Next to Northcote train station is a cute, retro-styled cafe named Bettie’s that’s designed with little ones in mind. The cafe is a labour of love and is named after the owners’ young daughter Bettie. Hence the couple has direct experience as to what families need and want when they go out to a cafe with […]

HOT: Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St, Northcote

Just when you think you’ve eaten at every ice cream/gelato in Melbourne, along comes one with a product so unusual that it’s a standout. Cuppa Turca in High Street Northcote that brings traditional Turkish ice cream (or dondurma) and ice cream showmanship to Melbourne. Dondurma is not a straightforward scoop in a cup-or-cone. The egg-free […]

HOT: STREAT Cafe, 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

Tucked away in the industrial backstreets of Collingwood is a green oasis – the dining hub of hospitality social enterprise STREAT. STREAT is a Melbourne-based organisation that offers disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. Since it started in 2010, STREAT has trained more than 520 disadvantaged youth […]

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 […]

HOT: Zaatar, 365 Sydney Rd, Coburg

Looking for a relaxed and cheap family-feed? We love Zaatar Coburg for its Middle Eastern food – particularly its Turkish pide or pizzas. It’s a family business run by brothers Charlie and Jeff Elrahi and the place is welcoming of kids. Zaatar takes up prime position on the corner of Sydney Road and Harding Street, with […]

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 […]

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