HOT: Operator 25, 25 Wills St, Melbourne

Operator 25 is an Asian-inspired brunch hot spot housed in a heritage-listed telephone exchange building near Flagstaff station. The telephone is a consistent theme in the branding and the decor, from the name… ….to the posters and the signage, all with phone (or coffee) related quips… ….to the long looping wires from the pendant lights evoking […]

HOT: Friends of Mine, 506 Swan St, Richmond

Friends of Mine in Richmond is the cafe equivalent of a friendship circle. Everything in the cheery establishment, from the produce to the artwork to the furniture, has been sourced from friends or friends of friends of the original owner – hence the name. The cafe has been in operation for 5 years and is […]

HOT: Jack B Nimble, 132 Mitchell Street, Maidstone

Jack B Nimble’s Scandi-chic interior combined with Asian-inspired fare is an unlikely, though very welcome, find in Maidstone. What’s even better is that they’re family friendly too! The menu provides for all day breakfast and ‘second breakfast’ ie larger, much lunchy meals. I try the omelette ($19), which is normally a dish I avoid because […]

HOT: Smith and Singleton, 48 Flemington Rd, Parkville

Smith and Singleton is a classy all-day cafe, bar and restaurant within the Larwill Studio Hotel, a upmarket hotel that’s part of the boutique Art Series Hotels group.  It’s adjacent to the Royal Children’s Hospital in Parkville and the popular Royal Park Nature Play playground and takes its name from the two founding doctors of […]

HOT: Dandenong Pavilion, 55-61 Princes Hwy, Dandenong

Dandenong Pavilion is celebrating its 10th birthday this year as a stalwart of the dining scene in Melbourne’s outer south-east. It is the original home of some of Melbourne’s best burgers and owner Dani Zeini has taken them from Dandenong Pavilion menu to places such as Grand Trailer Park Taverna, Motorhome Majestic, Truck Stop Deluxe and […]

The HOT List: Top 21 Family Friendly Restaurants in Melbourne CBD

Melbourne is a foodie’s paradise but finding somewhere suitable to dine out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD is a difficult task, given the tight fit of Melbourne’s famous laneways and hole-in-the-wall establishments. Here’s my Top 21 places to eat out with kids in Melbourne’s CBD (north of the river) that doesn’t involve a fast food […]

HOT: Ashcroft Park Aircraft Control Tower playground, Mandrel Drive, Williams Landing

Williams Landing is a housing development in Melbourne’s outer west and Ashcroft Park playground, fondly known  as the ‘Control Tower’ playground, is a popular destination for local families. The playground is inspired by the nearby RAAF base and it was recently nominated as one of Melbourne’s best playgrounds in the west. The centrepiece is an […]

HOT: Fig and Walnut, 11-13 Bellairs St, Seddon

Facing Seddon train station is a little neat row of shops and old Edwardian cottages on and one and a half of them has now been transformed into a gorgeous cafe called Fig and Walnut. The inside of Fig and Walnut is dressed like a French chateau’s drawing room, with navy blue panels, olde worlde […]

HOT: Mr Beebe’s Eating House, 17 View Point, Bendigo

Mr Beebe was a prominent architect and politician in 19th century Bendigo. Amongst many of his landmark buildings is the two story Colonial Mutual Life Building which now houses Mr Beebe’s Eating House in Bendigo’s CBD. The stylish split level restaurant offers lunch and dinner seven days a week with a sharing menu that allows maximum flexibility. The […]

HOT: Hawk and Hunter, 8-10 Glen Eira Avenue, Ripponlea

Hawk and Hunter is busy and spacious cafe in quiet Ripponlea by the team behind Brighton’s The Little Ox and events and catering company Tommy Collins. You can spot its handsome frontage with floor to ceiling windows just off the main shopping street at Ripponlea train station. During our visit on a weekday lunch time […]

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