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: Huxtaburger, 32 Leeds St, Footscray

Huxtaburger really needs no introduction. It’s the super-popular burger chain by chef Daniel Wilson which has grown from its small venue on Smith Street Collingwood to six locations in Melbourne. Like other burger chains, consistency is the key. And you know what you’re getting with Huxtaburger – reliably good burgers and fun surroundings. Though each […]

HOT: Harley and Rose, 572 Barkly St, West Footscray

Harley and Rose, a restaurant named after a Black Sorrows song, is bringing pared back Italian cuisine to the former Ovest site in West Footscray. The unique modernist building on Barkly Street is now a relaxed local Italian diner, bar and wine shop. The business is owned by two ex-Andrew McConnell group chefs, Josh Murphy and Rory Cowcher, […]

HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s booth seating for groups, smaller tables in the dining room and a small airy internal beer garden. The menu includes classic pub meals […]

HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon

Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]

HOT: Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington

Local Folk is a cosy family-friendly cafe in Kensington and as its name suggests it’s a place for local residents looking for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The cafe is split over two levels, with the sunny upper level more suitable for families. Haul the pram up a few stairs and you’ll find a little […]

HOT: The Ascot Lot, 448-462 Mt Alexander Rd, Ascot Vale

      Melbourne’s west has a new food truck park in Ascot Vale – The Ascot Lot! The Ascot Lot is parked along a former car yard on busy Mt Alexander Road – blink and you could miss it as the street frontage is car-parking for visitors. Look out for the pastel pink and blue […]

HOT: Sir Duke, 99 Puckle St, Moonee Ponds

Sir Duke is new on the scene on bustling Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds. The large site provides funky all-day dining in a family-friendly atmosphere. When the weather’s good the most popular tables are on the pavement but inside is more spacious for prams. There’s a long banquette along the wall, a series of small tables plus […]

HOT: Craft and Caffeine, 16 A Herbert Ave, Hoppers Crossing

Craft and Caffeine is a tucked away shop in suburban Hoppers Crossing that offers exactly what it says – crafty activities for the kids and caffeine for the tired adults! The space is set up with kids in mind and it’s a relaxing location for a cold or rainy day adventure. The room filled with a range […]

HOT: Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Platform 177 is a local cafe in Williamstown across from the road from Williamstown North train station – hence the name. It’s a light 2-room spot accented with bright yellow features. I spot a few high c    hairs and there’s plenty of space to park a pram once you move into the second room. The menu […]

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