HOT: South Melbourne Night Market, Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne

South Melbourne Night Market is back bigger and better this summer with delectable food, kids activities and live entertainment every Thursday night on Cecil and Coventry Streets and within South Melbourne Market. Until Thursday 22 February, the usually daytime market swings open for selected evening trade on Thursday nights from 5:30-9:30pm. Most street-facing stallholders and […]

The HOT List: Top 10 Beach Playgrounds in Melbourne

Make the most of summer with my favourite beach playgrounds in Melbourne. It doesn’t get better than sunshine, play equipment and then the beach – really just one giant sandpit!  Click here to check the daily water quality of Melbourne’s beaches. Logan Reserve + Altona Beach Stunning, serene and expansive, Altona Beach is my favourite […]

HOT: Habitat, 40F Victory Boulevard, Ashburton

Habitat is a small neighbourhood cafe in Ashburton, down the road from the awesome Markham Reserve playground. It’s a small, quiet and cosy place but still manages to squeeze in prams, high chairs and toys for little ones. There’s a courtyard at the back which is still a work in progress but will hopefully include […]

HOT: Jump Central, 2/117 Cochranes Rd, Moorabbin

Jump Central is an indoor trampoline park coupled with indoor sports fields in industrial Moorabbin. The trampoline area is not large compared to some other places I’ve been but Baby 2.0 still spends 1+ hour navigating around the four distinct trampoline areas. There’s dodgeball, a free jumping area, foam pit and hoops. Note you need […]

HOT: Woodcutters Kitchen, 69 Mackie Road, Bentleigh East

Woodcutters Kitchen is a woodfired nano-bakery and family-friendly cafe in Bentleigh East. What is a nano-bakery? Everything is small batch, made from scratch from local and where possible organic ingredients, then baked in a woodfired oven.  Two pizza ovens take pride of place in the front dining room. The kitchen is busy pumping out loaves […]

HOT: Long Story Short, 40 Crockford Street, Port Melbourne

Long Story Short is a cafe that used to be in Bridge Road Richmond but it moved lock, stock and barrel to bigger premises in Port Melbourne. While the cafe is no longer on a shopping strip with foot traffic, it seems that its reputation brings the customers to the new location. It’s bustling on […]

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 […]

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