HOT: Plantation, Dining Hall, Level 2 Shop 253 Melbourne Central, corner LaTrobe and Swanston Sts, Melbourne

Features: high chairs for Dining Hall; change facilities in centre; kid-friendly standard menu; and pram access. I used to work in the CBD and always had new places that  I wanted to try for lunch. But now with a baby in tow my needs are completely different – even without a pram it’s no longer […]

HOT: Hellenic Republic, 434 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Features: high chair pram access kid-friendly standard menu crayons and paper for the kids Thanks to great reviews and of course the Masterchef effect, George Calombaris’ casual Greek eatery Hellenic Republic has been humming steadily ever since it opened in 2008. A warning: if you want to eat Sunday lunch at Hellenic Republic, give yourself a good […]

NOT: The Tea Room, Level 1 NGV International, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne

Features: pram access child-friendly menu parents room/change facilities in gallery children’s activities in gallery Oh I know, I should have known better. When you have a captive audience (hungry, footsore gallery goers) then there’s probably not too much incentive to provide a great dining experience at the in-house cafe. Other than Cafe Vue at Heide […]

HOT: Little Creatures Dining Hall, 222 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Features: pram access change tables chalk, crayons and paper kid-friendly standard menu Most people know of Little Creatures through their beer, so it’s great to see this WA-based boutique brewery branch out into a natural partnership of Little Creatures beer served with good pub grub in Melbourne. The Little Creatures Dining Hall is no run-of-the-mill […]

HOT: Auction Rooms, 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne

Features: pram access highchairs kid-friendly menu Auction Rooms is a casual cafe/restaurant set inside the old WB Ellis auction house in North Melbourne. In fact, buy the long wooden floorboards, buy cialis exposed beams, dosage distressed brickwork and high ceilings hoisting a series of whirring fans reminded me a lot of the interior of an […]

HOT: Mixed Business, 486 Queens Pde, Clifton Hill

HOT: The Farm Cafe, Collingwood Childrens’ Farm, 18 St Heliers St, Abbotsford

HOT: East Elevation, 351 Lygon St, Brunswick East

Monsieur Truffe has opened bigger and brighter establishment in Brunswick East, with more kid-friendly features than the tiny original. Thibault Fregoni, the ‘mister’ of Monsieur Truffe, has set up his own old-fashioned cocoa bean roaster and bean press, which means that he will be making his own chocolate. The machinery takes a good chunk of […]

HOT: The Maling Room, 206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury

At first glance, the sign for The Maling Room looks like The Mailing Room. Which is an apt name for the airy cafe housed in a Victorian era former post office, its faux majestic columns hailing the entrance to the little village street known as Maling Road. Maling Road is a favourite pram-pushing destination for Eastern […]

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