HOT: Genoa Place , 31 Genoa St, Moorabbin

Genoa Place a cafe tucked away in the back streets of industrial Moorabbin – blink and you’ll miss it. As you enter the front room it’s set out a bit like a fish and chip shop or sandwich bar – not too exciting. However, push to door through the kitchen to the back area and […]

HOT: Death to Nuggets, My Son, Joy, 315 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Death to Nuggets is a fun and bold campaign aiming to combat childhood obesity and the prevalence of processed food in children’s diets. It’s the brainchild of Melbourne father of three and former advertising executive Jonathan Pangu, in collaboration with chef and consultant Laura Neville, formerly of Racine and Soho House in London, and Bistro […]

HOT: The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin

The Tradesman is a bright beacon of culinary hope in amongst the greasy cafs and takeaway joints of  industrial Moorabbin. It’s a simple one-room affair with a smile and a toy box greeting you at the front door. I scan the menu while Baby 2.0 is amused with the toys, colouring-in the kids menu and […]

HOT: Toot Toot Toys, 637 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East

Toot Toot Toys is an awesome train-themed toy store with the benefit of a cafe and gated play area at the back. If you have young kids who are train-mad then Toot Toot Toys is the perfect hangout on a wet or cold day. It’s hidden away in a quiet strip of shops, making it […]

HOT: Nature Boy, 486 Neerim Road, Murrumbeena

Nature Boy in a family-friendly cafe in Murrumbeena with the benefit of an outdoor play area that’s shaded and cubby house. The frontage of Nature Boy is deceiving, as you can only spot a small dining area from the street. But head to the side corridor, beyond a small astroturf courtyard…and there’s another whole building/dining […]

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: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. While the elevated front entrance may not shout ‘kid-friendly’ once you get up the stairs you’ll discover a few features which make this one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park. Sit […]

HOT: Frank’s, 97 Cavanagh Street, Cheltenham

If you’re around Westfield Southland but don’t fancy eating in the food court, seek out Frank’s. It’s a fantastic cafe hidden away in the residential streets of Cheltenham, under the shadow of the behemoth shopping centre. Frank’s is known as ‘Cheltenham’s local’ and it is a highlight amongst an otherwise unremarkable strip of suburban shops. […]

HOT: Commonfolk, 16 Progress Street, Mornington

Mornington’s Main Street is full of cafes but if you’re after the BEST food and coffee in town it’s worth taking a little detour away from the beach to the gritty industrial side to Commonfolk cafe. Commonfolk is primarily a roastery and inside the large roasting shed is a fantastic cafe with the sort of hip […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine holsd prime position for train enthusiasts and commuters in Hampton – on the corner of the strip shops of Hampton Street and facing the railway crossing. As such, most of the outdoor pavement tables are taken up when we visit on a weekday and as we’re with train-spotting Baby 2.0 we […]

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