HOT: Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

Jack B Nimble’s Scandi-chic interior combined with Asian-inspired fare is an unlikely, though very welcome, find in Maidstone. What’s even better is that they’re family friendly too! The menu provides for all day breakfast and ‘second breakfast’ ie larger, much lunchy meals. I try the omelette ($19), which is normally a dish I avoid because […]

HOT: Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Smith and Singleton is a classy all-day cafe, bar and restaurant within the Larwill Studio Hotel, a upmarket hotel that’s part of the boutique Art Series Hotels group.  It’s adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the popular Royal Park Nature Play playground and takes its name from the two founding doctors of […]

HOT: Dandenong Pavilion, 55-61 Princes Hwy, Dandenong

Dandenong Pavilion is celebrating its 10th birthday this year as a stalwart of the dining scene in Melbourne’s outer south-east. It is the original home of some of Melbourne’s best burgers and owner Dani Zeini has taken them from Dandenong Pavilion menu to places such as Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Motorhome Majestic, Truck Stop Deluxe and […]

The HOT List: Top 21 Family Friendly Restaurants in Melbourne CBD

Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise but finding somewhere suitable to dine out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD is a difficult task, given the tight fit of Melbourne’s famous laneways and hole-in-the-wall establishments. Here’s my Top 21 places to eat out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD (north of the river) that doesn’t involve a fast food […]

HOT: Ashcroft Park Aircraft Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Williams Landing is a housing development in Melbourne’s outer west and Ashcroft Park playground, fondly known  as the ‘Control Tower’ playground, is a popular destination for local families. The playground is inspired by the nearby RAAF base and it was recently nominated as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the west. The centrepiece is an […]

HOT: Fig and Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs St, Seddon

Facing Seddon train station is a little neat row of shops and old Edwardian cottages on and one and a half of them has now been transformed into a gorgeous cafe called Fig and Walnut. The inside of Fig and Walnut is dressed like a French chateau’s drawing room, with navy blue panels, olde worlde […]

HOT: Mr Beebe’s Eating House, 17 View Point, Bendigo

Mr Beebe was a prominent architect and politician in 19th century Bendigo. Amongst many of his landmark buildings is the two story Colonial Mutual Life Building which now houses Mr Beebe’s Eating House in Bendigo’s CBD. The stylish split level restaurant offers lunch and dinner seven days a week with a sharing menu that allows maximum flexibility. The […]

HOT: Hawk and Hunter, 8-10 Glen Eira Avenue, Ripponlea

Hawk and Hunter is busy and spacious cafe in quiet Ripponlea by the team behind Brighton’s The Little Ox and events and catering company Tommy Collins. You can spot its handsome frontage with floor to ceiling windows just off the main shopping street at Ripponlea train station. During our visit on a weekday lunch time […]

The HOT List: Family Friendly Warrnambool – Top 14 Places to Go with Kids

Warrnambool is Victoria’s largest coastal city (outside Port Phillip Bay), situated about 250km west of Melbourne. It’s traditionally a summer destination as visitors combine it with a road trip along the famous Great Ocean Road.  We recently visited Warrnambool in winter and discovered that there’s still lots to do, especially during the winter school holidays […]

HOT: Frankie Says, 15 Acacia Place, Abbotsford

Frankie Says is one of two riverside cafes at the bottom of the Sanctuary luxury apartment complex in Abbotsford. It’s in a handy location across from IKEA and Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre and while it’s part of a high rise block the setting is actually very serene as the cafe has a lovely indoor/outdoor feel amongst the trees […]

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