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 […]

The HOT List: Top 12 Family Friendly Cafes in Melbourne

Today’s HOT List represents the 5+ years of eating out with my kids and the creme de la creme – my recommendations for the VERY BEST child friendly cafes and restaurants in Melbourne. The kind of place with noteworthy food, great facilities and a welcoming attitude towards kids. Somewhere so good that you’d go even if you didn’t have […]

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: Oakridge Wines, Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, Yarra Valley

Oakridge Wines is an upmarket winery, cellar door and restaurant in Coldstream, the heart of the Yarra Valley. It also happens to be family-friendly and I will definitely be returning with my kids after I was invited to the venue by Holden Australia. The setting is glorious, with rows of vines sweeping over the undulating […]

HOT: Queen Victoria Market Winter Night Market, Corner of Elizabeth & Victoria Streets, Melbourne

Queen Victoria Market’s Winter Night Market is one of Melbourne’s winter highlights. It’s so popular that this year the season has been extended for 14 weeks, every Wednesday from 1 June to 31 August. A stroll around the market uncovers lots of opportunities to eat, drink and shop with over 30 street food vendors as […]

HOT: Doyle and Sons, 101 Hudsons Rd, Spotswood

Doyle and Sons is a new cafe on the site of the previous Jace’s 101 Cafe. The two-room space has been spruced up with white paint, bright accent colours and an on-trend all day menu. With this wintery weather the prime position is by the fireplace. I also also like the aqua colour scheme and the grey buttoned […]

HOT: The Eastern Bloc, 133 Bell St, Coburg

The Eastern Bloc is a Eastern European-themed family-friendly cafe in Coburg and I’m told by a reliable source, it  also serves the best coffee in the area. Even though it’s set amongst some rather dingy and dated shops, the location is perfect for commuters as it’s next to Coburg railway station, a bus stop and […]

HOT: 400 Gradi Pizza Making Kid’s Masterclass, Lygon St, Brunswick East

I think that 400 Gradi make some of the best pizzas in Melbourne and kids and adults can go to 400 Gradi in Brunswick to learn some of the secrets of pizza making from the world champion pizziaola himself, Johnny Di Francesco.  I was invited to attend a pizza masterclass for adults and over 2 hours I […]

HOT: The Foodrinkery, 22 Banksia Street, Burwood

The Foodrinkery is a well established family-friendly cafe in Burwood but they have recently gained new owners and we were invited to visit. The Foodrinkery is located in a quiet suburban strip of shops but it is in a prime position because its proximity to Wattle Park Primary School, Spectrum dance school and a playground. The […]

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