HOT: Woven, 175B Stephen St, Yarraville

Woven is a small cafe at the bottom of a newish warehouse conversion in Yarraville. It feels like Collingwood without the high prices and cooler-than-thou attitude. They have fitted out the compact space with wood, erectile brick, buy polished concrete and exposed beams, store in keeping with its formerly industrial heritage. There are a few […]

HOT: Happymaree, 229 Somerville Rd, Yarraville

Happymaree is a small vintage-styled cafe on the border of Yarraville and Kingsville that is just the place to take the kids before or after a visit to the iconic children’s bookstore JP Junior Everlasting Books. Happymaree started off as the name of a label for a couple producing upcycled books, art, cheap badges, remedy […]

HOT: Providence, 497 Rathdowne St, Carlton

Providence is a bright new child-friendly cafe in Carlton in a part of Rathdowne Street that’s not currently well served by cafes. It’s located in the lobby of Australian Unity’s new aged care facility Rathdowne Place but you wouldn’t know it.  The fit out is contemporary, airy and cheerful and there’s not a hint of granny mustiness to […]

HOT: Green Park, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

Green Park will close with the final service Sunday, August 13 and reopen as Park Street in early-September. The restaurant is getting a revamp, bringing in new owners, a new look, new menu and a new name, Park Street. Stay tuned! Green Park in North Carlton is one of my favourite family-friendly (and bike-friendly) cafes in Melbourne, with a […]

HOT: The Forge Pizzeria, 14 Armstrong Street North, Ballarat

The Forge Pizzeria Ballarat was awarded the ‘Traveller Country Champ’ in The Age Good Food Under $30 2014. As it’s known to be kid-friendly so on a recent daytrip to Ballarat it was definitely going to be our lunch stop. The larger of the two Forge Pizzerias  is in the main shopping area of the goldfields town […]

The HOT List: Top 18 Places to Go with Kids in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is probably the most popular day trip for Melburnians but with so many things to do and places to eat (and drink!) it’s worthwhile enjoying a longer stay. Here are my tips on where to stay, eat, play and visit in the Yarra Valley, with the main focus  on Yarra Glen and […]

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: Yarraville Gardens, Cnr Hyde St and Somerville Road, Yarraville

   On sunny days Yarraville Gardens is the place to be for many inner west families. The playground is a bit dated but still awesome, with lots of colourful play equipment for littlies right through to bigger kids. There’s a couple of slides, a swing set including liberty swing, billboard puzzles and musical instruments to […]

HOT: Zonzo Restaurant, Train Trak, 957 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen

Wow. I did not expect to eat some of the best pizza I’ve had in a long time in the Yarra Valley. Zonzo at Train Trak winery has won my heart with its wood-fired goodness, search seek bucolic views and friendly service. Zonzo is a big restaurant inside a glamourous version of a big tin shed. […]

HOT: Jam and Cream, 1 Orr Street, Heidelberg Heights

If you’re looking for a place with crafty retro charm, Jam and Cream is well worth the drive to suburban Heidelberg. You’re welcomed into the double-fronted entrance by a mint vintage bike leaning on a picket fence – and then everywhere you turn it’s cuteness. You can choose between sitting in the indoor area, replete with tables decoupaged […]

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