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 […]

HOT: KitKat Chocolatory, Level 1, Melbourne Central, Cnr Latrobe and Swanston St, Melbourne

When we visited Tokyo one of the things on my to-do list was to stock up on the weird and wonderful flavours of KitKats. Now I don’t need to fly all that way because the world’s first permanent KitKat store is coming to Melbourne Central this Friday 21 October at 11am and I was invited for a […]

HOT: Kodama Coffee, 69 Stevedore St, Williamstown

Kodama are spirits in Japanese folklore that inhabit trees. It seems that Kodama Coffee in Williamstown is taking some Japanese inspiration for their all-day menu and in their minimalist decor with pops of bright flora.  The coffee comes from Hawthorn’s Axil Coffee and the pastries from Candied Bakery in Spotswood. The babycinos are particularly special, with […]

HOT: Batman Market, 14 -22 Gaffney Street, Coburg

Batman Market is a weekly outdoor market and food truck park in Coburg and it’s got a wonderful community feel that’s at once cool and family-friendly. The market is held at the site of the old textiles factory so it’s partially undercover and with parking on site. Local traders and crafters set up market stalls […]

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