The HOT List: Best cafe and playground combinations in Melbourne

The holy grail of parenting = a great cafe combined with a great park (also a kid who sleeps through the night, isn’t a fussy eater etc etc but that’s all for another time). Of course it’s possible to BYO snacks to a playground or BYO toys to a cafe. But the perfect cafe and […]

HOT: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. While the elevated front entrance may not shout ‘kid-friendly’ once you get up the stairs you’ll discover a few features which make this one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park. Sit […]

HOT: Frank’s, 97 Cavanagh Street, Cheltenham

If you’re around Westfield Southland but don’t fancy eating in the food court, seek out Frank’s. It’s a fantastic cafe hidden away in the residential streets of Cheltenham, under the shadow of the behemoth shopping centre. Frank’s is known as ‘Cheltenham’s local’ and it is a highlight amongst an otherwise unremarkable strip of suburban shops. […]

HOT: Commonfolk, 16 Progress Street, Mornington

Mornington’s Main Street is full of cafes but if you’re after the BEST food and coffee in town it’s worth taking a little detour away from the beach to the gritty industrial side to Commonfolk cafe. Commonfolk is primarily a roastery and inside the large roasting shed is a fantastic cafe with the sort of hip […]

HOT: Duchess of Spotswood, 87 Hudsons Road Spotswood

Almost six years ago Duchess of Spotswood was on the vanguard of the regeneration of Spotswood. A cafe so well-regarded that foodies would even cross the Westgate (gasp) to eat there. It’s now got new owners and while it lacks the same finesse as before some of the dishes that made the original so famous are […]

HOT: Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Rd, Sunshine West

Sunshine Social transforms an old service station into a hip restaurant and bar inspired by old-school charcoal chicken shops. During balmy weather, the outdoor beer garden is the place to hang out. There are lots of picnic tables bedecked with jaunty yellow umbrellas and room for kids to roam under the eaves of the servo where […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine holsd prime position for train enthusiasts and commuters in Hampton – on the corner of the strip shops of Hampton Street and facing the railway crossing. As such, most of the outdoor pavement tables are taken up when we visit on a weekday and as we’re with train-spotting Baby 2.0 we […]

HOT: LuxBite Pop Up, Level 3 Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

LuxBite is one of my favourite artisan patisseries and bakeries in Melbourne – so I’m VERY excited that they’ve made the journey west to Highpoint Shopping Centre. From Wednesday 12 April until Sunday 4 June (at this stage) they have a pop up stall on Level 3 of Highpoint, near Toys R Us and the atrium area. No […]

NOT: The Grove playground, 180 Davis Rd, Tarneit

We are so spoilt for excellent playgrounds in Melbourne. And with the spate of fantastic new openings lately (see Maritime Cove, Booran Reserve, Lillydale Lake, Hadfield Park and Craigieburn ANZAC Park) it’s glaring when a playground falls short of the hype. The super-high double slides at The Grove, Tarneit are the best thing about the new […]

HOT: MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Cafe and Fооd Stоrе, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé іѕ a hіddеn jеwеl іn Angelsea and it’s one of my favourite places to eat out on the Surf Coast. A visitor’s first encounter at McGains is the gorgeous food store. It’s enough to make a foodie salivate….but make sure you proceed to the cafe. The cafe is sprawled […]

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