HOT: Long Story Short, 40 Crockford Street, Port Melbourne

Long Story Short is a cafe that used to be in Bridge Road Richmond but it moved lock, stock and barrel to bigger premises in Port Melbourne. While the cafe is no longer on a shopping strip with foot traffic, it seems that its reputation brings the customers to the new location. It’s bustling on […]

HOT: Platform 177, 177 Ferguson St, Williamstown

Platform 177 is a local cafe in Williamstown across from the road from Williamstown North train station – hence the name. It’s a light 2-room spot accented with bright yellow features. I spot a few high c    hairs and there’s plenty of space to park a pram once you move into the second room. The menu […]

HOT: Genoa Place , 31 Genoa St, Moorabbin

Genoa Place a cafe tucked away in the back streets of industrial Moorabbin – blink and you’ll miss it. As you enter the front room it’s set out a bit like a fish and chip shop or sandwich bar – not too exciting. However, push to door through the kitchen to the back area and […]

HOT: Brother Hen, 154 Pascoe Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds

Brother Hen is a gorgeous family-friendly cafe in Moonee Ponds which is also the home to a few chooks. The front room is cosy and warm, with wood panelling and the rumble of the tram providing window entertainment. If you’re there with kids then you’ll probably want to head out to the back courtyard, which […]

HOT: Toot Toot Toys, 637 Centre Rd, Bentleigh East

Toot Toot Toys is an awesome train-themed toy store with the benefit of a cafe and gated play area at the back. If you have young kids who are train-mad then Toot Toot Toys is the perfect hangout on a wet or cold day. It’s hidden away in a quiet strip of shops, making it […]

HOT: Nature Boy, 486 Neerim Road, Murrumbeena

Nature Boy in a family-friendly cafe in Murrumbeena with the benefit of an outdoor play area that’s shaded and cubby house. The frontage of Nature Boy is deceiving, as you can only spot a small dining area from the street. But head to the side corridor, beyond a small astroturf courtyard…and there’s another whole building/dining […]

HOT: Wilfred and Smith, 23 Albion Street, Essendon

Wilfred and Smith is a popular local cafe in the middle of residential Essendon. It’s petite and the interior navigation may be tricky for prams, but it does have high chairs and a large disabled bathroom with change table to cater for families. When it’s warm the cosy front courtyard is the best place to […]

HOT: Hutch & Co, 251 Main Street, Lilydale

Lilydale may be the end of the train line but you can still find a hub of inner city cafe cool at Hutch & Co, thanks to the owners of Chapter Too in Heathmont. Hutch & Co is located on Lilydale’s main street, a highlight amongst the unremarkable strip shops. In the 1800s the spot […]

HOT: Mister Fox, Ringwood Golf Club, 352 Canterbury Road, Ringwood

Mister Fox is the resident cafe at the Ringwood Golf Club which means it boasts glorious views of the green from its wall to ceiling windows. Inside the cafe is decor is hipster chic in the burbs and the menu also reflects Melbourne’s cafe standards at suburban prices. For instance, a very pretty granola stacked […]

The HOT List: Best cafe and playground combinations in Melbourne

The holy grail of parenting = a great cafe combined with a great park (also a kid who sleeps through the night, isn’t a fussy eater etc etc but that’s all for another time). Of course it’s possible to BYO snacks to a playground or BYO toys to a cafe. But the perfect cafe and […]

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