HOT: Pope Joan, 77-79 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Features: pram access; high chairs; kids menu; and standard menu suitable for kids. At last count, there were 19 blog reviews of Pope Joan on Urbanspoon. So I’m far behind with my visit and now I’m not sure why I’ve waited so long. Pope Joan is the kind of neighbourhood cafe for which you’d be […]

HOT: Small Block, 130 Lygon St, East Brunswick

Small Block is a child-friendly cafe where you don’t have to sacrifice kids’ facilities with quality of food and service and a hip, inner-city ambience. To whit: attention to coffee – the blackboard shows the single origin bean of the day and gives a description of its particular qualities; an extensive all-day breakfast menu which […]

HOT: Healthy takeaway + Hooked giveaway!

Living in the inner city, we are fortunate to be within walking distance to a whole variety of different takeaway joints. Indian, Malaysian, Korean, Japanese, Mexican, Thai – you could have a different cuisine every day of the week. I never used to eat much takeaway before I had NKOTB (preferring to dine out if […]

NOT: Piccante Caffe, 216 St Georges Rd, North Fitzroy

Features: pram access high chairs toys and books standard menu suitable for kids – half portions of everything! Am I naive to want it all? I want to eat out. I want to eat good food. I am a mum. I have a baby who needs a high chair. Are all those concepts so incompatible […]

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

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