HOT: Harleston Park, 40 Allison Rd, Elsternwick

Harleston Park in Elsternwick is a quiet, pretty park with a popular playground in its centre as well as surrounding picnic and barbecue facilities. The playground is a large colourful plastic structure, commonplace in many local playgrounds, but there are two distinguishing features which make it a drawcard.  Firstly, there’s a riverbed water play area with natural elements such […]

HOT: Pizza d’Asporto, 2-6 Ballarat St, Yarraville

      What’s is your kid’s favourite meal? For mine is pizza – which makes Pizza d’Asporto a welcome addition to our side of town with their new restaurant in Yarraville! Pizza d’Asporto is already well known for their authentic Italian (read Neapolitan) pizzas and delicious pastas from their restaurant in Williamstown. Their Yarraville store is sure […]

HOT: Little Captain, 353 Inkerman St, St Kilda East

Little Captain is a small family-owned cafe in a prime position in St Kilda East/Balaclava – its back area opens out onto Hewison Reserve and a fenced playground. The cafe itself is a little higgledy-piggledy, with a squashy front room and a back room filled with toys for rummaging. If the weather’s good I recommend […]

HOT: Second Home, 21 Brougham St, Eltham

Second Home is a large cafe housed in an Alistair Knox-designed brick industrial building in Eltham. It’s by cafe maestro Jason Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine, Go West) and worth a special trip to the leafy ‘burbs. Second Home takes the bones of the 70s building and transforms it into a light-filled, expansive dining […]

HOT: The Hungry Peacock, 16 Mornington–Tyabb Road, Tyabb

The Hungry Peacock in Tyabb is an amazing cafe and play space that is well worth a special trip if you’re not local to the area. Parents own the large sprawling cafe and they’ve thought of everything to keep the kids fed and entertained and the adults fed and watered. There’s even a sign telling you […]

HOT: Faraday’s Cage, 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Faraday’s Cage is an enclosure used to block electric fields – as well as a family friendly yet hip warehouse cafe and bakery in Fitzroy. The business is owned by a John Petrou, a former electrical engineer, and his wife and they have turned his passion for baking into their new project. Faraday’s Cage is […]

HOT: Uncle Drew, 23 Groome St, Clifton Hill

Uncle Drew cafe in Clifton Hill has taken over Squirrel Cafe with an on-trend menu, while retaining its predecessor’s local, family-friendly feel. The site is a former milk bar and the lightbox signage for milk has been retained for nostalgia’s sake. Inside it’s homely and comfortable and spread out over two rooms. I’m not sure […]

HOT: Paper Fish, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

For decades St Kilda Beach, Melbourne’s most famous and most frequently visited beach, hasn’t had a fish and chippery. Now Paper Fish, a beachside fish and chip shop, serves high quality fresh fish and chips and other beach bites such as salads, calamari and fritto misto is a giant paper cone. Paper Fish‘s location can’t […]

HOT: Footscray Night Market, Footscray Station forecourt, Irving St, Footscray

Every Thursday this November the forecourt of Footscray station is hosting the Footscray Night Market with street food, designer stalls and live music. Follow the sizzling smokey smells from afar and you can sample food from Footscray eateries such as Burger Business, Roti Road and Konjo. It’s a small affair at the moment, which makes it a great […]

HOT: Servery and Spoon, 137-139 Waverley Road, Malvern East

Servery and Spoon is a spacious family-friendly cafe in East Malvern and it serves its well-heeled clientele well with an all day menu as well as a deli and foodstore next door. For kids they have pram space, high chairs and a menu pasted into a Little Men book. Genius really, as it acts as […]

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