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: Long Story Short, 40 Crockford Street, Port Melbourne

Long Story Short is a cafe that used to be in Bridge Road Richmond but it moved lock, stock and barrel to bigger premises in Port Melbourne. While the cafe is no longer on a shopping strip with foot traffic, it seems that its reputation brings the customers to the new location. It’s bustling on […]

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 […]

HOT: Zaatar, 365 Sydney Rd, Coburg

Looking for a relaxed and cheap family-feed? We love Zaatar Coburg for its Middle Eastern food – particularly its Turkish pide or pizzas. It’s a family business run by brothers Charlie and Jeff Elrahi and the place is welcoming of kids. Zaatar takes up prime position on the corner of Sydney Road and Harding Street, with […]

HOT: Genoa Place , 31 Genoa St, Moorabbin

Genoa Place a cafe tucked away in the back streets of industrial Moorabbin – blink and you’ll miss it. As you enter the front room it’s set out a bit like a fish and chip shop or sandwich bar – not too exciting. However, push to door through the kitchen to the back area and […]

HOT: Death to Nuggets, My Son, Joy, 315 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Death to Nuggets is a fun and bold campaign aiming to combat childhood obesity and the prevalence of processed food in children’s diets. It’s the brainchild of Melbourne father of three and former advertising executive Jonathan Pangu, in collaboration with chef and consultant Laura Neville, formerly of Racine and Soho House in London, and Bistro […]

HOT: Waratah Hills, 20 Cottmans Rd, Fish Creek

Waratah Hills is an award-winning Prom Country winery in Southern Gippsland on the road to Wilsons Promontory. It is one of Australia’s southern-most wineries and thus specialises in pinot noir and chardonnay. All Waratah Hills and Prom Road wines can be tasted and purchased at the vineyard cellar door. As well as a cellar door […]

HOT: The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin

The Tradesman is a bright beacon of culinary hope in amongst the greasy cafs and takeaway joints of  industrial Moorabbin. It’s a simple one-room affair with a smile and a toy box greeting you at the front door. I scan the menu while Baby 2.0 is amused with the toys, colouring-in the kids menu and […]

HOT: Small Graces, 57 Byron St, Footscray

Footscray CBD has a new retail and shopping precinct across from the former Little Saigon market. One of the new tenants is Small Graces, a bright and cosy cafe by chef/owner and Footscray local Diego. Small Graces‘s menu focuses on seasonal and wholesome food, with a few Colombian flourishes harking to Diego’s heritage. The kitchen uses […]

HOT: Brother Hen, 154 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds

Brother Hen is a gorgeous family-friendly cafe in Moonee Ponds which is also the home to a few chooks. The front room is cosy and warm, with wood panelling and the rumble of the tram providing window entertainment. If you’re there with kids then you’ll probably want to head out to the back courtyard, which […]

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