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 […]

HOT: Greenfields, Cnr Lakeside Drive and Queens Rd, Albert Park

Greenfields is a gorgeous cafe inside Albert Park with prime position on Lakeside Drive and luscious green (naturally) views of the golf course and lake. The cafe is spread out over three expansive dining areas. My favourite spot is a table by the wall-to-ceiling glass windows where you can bask in the sunshine and be sheltered from […]

HOT: Tommy Ruff, 574A Main St, Mordialloc

Are you looking for Melbourne’s best fish and chips? Tommy Ruff (Elsternwick, Windsor and Mordialloc) is consistently named in the top 10 lists and after trying it out I have to agree. They do excellent fish and chips…and everything seafood! The Mordialloc store is decked out like a salty sea shanty with bleached and painted […]

HOT: Matcha Mylkbar, 72A Acland St (Corner Carlisle St), St Kilda

If you’re struggling to get your kids to eat their greens, then make healthy food fun at Matcha Mylkbar! Matcha Mylkbar is a popular vegetarian and vegan cafe in St Kilda by the folks behind tea label Matcha Maiden. Despite heavy competition from all the other Acland Street and Fitzroy Street eateries it is one […]

HOT: Harleston Park, 40 Allison Rd, Elsternwick

Harleston Park in Elsternwick is a quiet, pretty park with a popular playground in its centre as well as surrounding picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground is a large colourful plastic structure, commonplace in many local playgrounds, but there are two distinguishing features which make it a drawcard.  Firstly, there’s a riverbed water play area with natural elements such […]

HOT: Little Captain, 353 Inkerman St, St Kilda East

Little Captain is a small family-owned cafe in a prime position in St Kilda East/Balaclava – its back area opens out onto Hewison Reserve and a fenced playground. The cafe itself is a little higgledy-piggledy, with a squashy front room and a back room filled with toys for rummaging. If the weather’s good I recommend […]

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