HOT: The Pickers Union, 3 Mackey St, Geelong

A bit off the beaten track in Geelong you’ll find a bright and sunny cafe called The Pickers Union, adjoining the Geelong Vintage Market in North Geelong. While it doesn’t have views of Corio Bay or the beach (it overlooks a car park in a semi-industrial area) it makes up for the lack of scenery […]

HOT: Percy and Percy, Cnr Hargreaves & Baxter Sts, Bendigo

Percy and Percy is a Bendigo cafe that has transformed a former grocer in a quiet residential area into a delightful neighbourhood cafe. It’s a labour of love for the owners Elisha Jeffrey and Dan Bahn and their staff are like family. The cafe is spacious, with a main dining room, a secluded private meeting […]

HOT: The Woodhouse, 101 Williamson St, Bendigo

The Woodhouse Bendigo is a pizzeria and steakhouse where everything is cooked, baked, grilled using sustainable redgum wood from Barmah Forest.  Every year The Woodhouse goes through approximately 40 tonnes of wood! No gas is used, which adds a degree of difficulty to the cooking. We were invited to sample the menu of this award-winning restaurant. There are a […]

HOT: Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company, 25 Bell St, Yarra Glen

  On the main street of sweet Yarra Glen you’ll find a beautiful whitewashed Victorian building. Once housing a bank, it’s now the home of Hargreaves Hill – an award-winning microbrewery that matches great food with local and international beer and wines. The rabbit warren of small rooms and the open fireplaces make it a […]

HOT: Isabella’s at Rochford Wines, 878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream

The Yarra Valley is one of the favourite destinations for Melburnians in search of a country drive and I always like to combine a day trip there with a delicious long lunch. On my most recent excursion to Coldstream I visited Isabella’s at stunning Rochfords Wines with an invitation to try their new autumn menu by head chef Ciaran Butler. […]

HOT: Coral Lee, 8 Barnard St, Bright

Coral Lee is a cute 50s cafe serving food and coffee in the surrounds of retro collectibles gathered by the owner Sam. The cafe’s name is inspired by the coral colour in the floral wallpaper which lines the back wall as well as the coral coloured paint on the fireplace’s chimney. The ‘Lee’ bit is anyone’s […]

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