HOT: Meatballs & Sons, 266 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Who would have thought there would be such a thing as a Melbourne meatball ‘scene’? Well, the latest entrant on the meatball market is Meatballs & Sons in Fitzroy. I first dined at Meatball & Sons through an invitation but I liked it so much that I returned with my family a few weeks later for Sunday lunch. This […]

HOT: Pidapipo, 299 Lygon Street, Carlton

Pipapipo is a new addition to the Lygon Street ice cream/gelato strip and in a prime position across the road from Cinema Nova. You can’t miss it because there is a big red neon sign proclaiming ‘gelateria’ in the window. According to this fascinating article, pilule you can generally judge the quality of gelati from […]

The HOT List: Best Child Friendly Cafes and Restaurants in Melbourne 2014

We love to eat out with our kids and here’s my Top 10 list of family-friendly dining out experiences in 2014. Bookmark it, save it, print it and bon appetit! Tao Tao House Hawthorn The best place for yum cha that I’ve found in Melbourne so far. Child-friendly with high chairs, plastic cutlery, not too noisy […]

HOT: Pod at Post Industrial Design (PID), 638 Barkly Street, West Footscray

The cafe/retail store is not a new combination but it works beautifully at POD at Post Industrial Design (PID). It’s also a kid-friendly destination! The front half of the Post Industrial Design, thumb a cool homewares and furniture store, was carved out into a cafe last year by a couple who are friends with the […]

HOT: Common Galaxia, Shop 3/130 Victoria St, Seddon

Common Galaxia sounds like a solar system from outer space, but in fact this cafe’s name derives from something more prosaic – Common Galaxias are silvery little whitebait which are found in the nearby Maribyrnong river (and in many rivers around the world). I really like the poetic tale about them on the website ‘The Common […]

HOT: Leroys, 5 Mason St, Newport

  Leroys cafe Newport is brighter, better and no longer spelt with an apostrophe! The cafe suffered flood damage in 2016 so the owners took the opportunity to transform the previously dimly lit space with white wash and blonde wood. The undercover inside-outside area, which used to be surrounded by plastic roll-up cafe blinds, is now permanently enclosed by handsome […]

HOT: Paddington High Tea, The Langham Melbourne, 1 Southgate Ave, Southbank

I have a special affection for the classic storybook character Paddington Bear. In my late 20s I lived in Paddington, search London, case and I would regularly say hi to the statue of Paddington inside the station that most bustling commuters and confused tourists didn’t even realise existed. So I am beyond excited that the […]

HOT: Mezmez, 42 Ferguson St, Williamstown

The owners of Newport’s popular The Pint of Milk have opened a bigger restaurant around the corner in Williamstown called Mezmez. The interior is tastefully decorated and telling of the Turkish influence that’s in the menu if the name doesn’t give it away. ‘Contemporary Middle Eastern’ is how I’d define it – shisha pipes hang prettily as table […]

HOT: Brother Nancy, 182 Essex St, West Footscray

Hidden deep within residential West Footscray is a small cafe called Brother Nancy. Owner Leigh is a WeFo local who was travelling east for work. With a two year old and another child on the way, he decided for lifestyle reasons that he needed to work closer to home. Plus he knew that the area needed […]

HOT: Piggery Cafe, Burnham Beeches, 1 Sherbrooke Rd, Sherbrooke

Updated September 2016 Shannon Bennett, chef-restaurateur and perennial entrepreneur, is developing heritage-listed Burnham Beeches into a a biodynamic farm and self-sufficient village in Sherbrooke in the Dandenongs. Phase 1 of the 22 hectare site is the Piggery Cafe and Burnham Bakery, the commercial bakery which supplies all of the bread and pastries for Bennett’s restaurants, […]

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