HOT: Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Rd, Sunshine West

Sunshine Social transforms an old service station into a hip restaurant and bar inspired by old-school charcoal chicken shops. During balmy weather, the outdoor beer garden is the place to hang out. There are lots of picnic tables bedecked with jaunty yellow umbrellas and room for kids to roam under the eaves of the servo where […]

HOT: Sebastian’s Food and Wine, 303 Hampton Street, Hampton

Sebastian’s Food and Wine holsd prime position for train enthusiasts and commuters in Hampton – on the corner of the strip shops of Hampton Street and facing the railway crossing. As such, most of the outdoor pavement tables are taken up when we visit on a weekday and as we’re with train-spotting Baby 2.0 we […]

HOT: LuxBite Pop Up, Level 3 Highpoint Shopping Centre, 120-200 Rosamond Rd, Maribyrnong

LuxBite is one of my favourite artisan patisseries and bakeries in Melbourne – so I’m VERY excited that they’ve made the journey west to Highpoint Shopping Centre. From Wednesday 12 April until Sunday 4 June (at this stage) they have a pop up stall on Level 3 of Highpoint, near Toys R Us and the atrium area. No […]

NOT: The Grove playground, 180 Davis Rd, Tarneit

We are so spoilt for excellent playgrounds in Melbourne. And with the spate of fantastic new openings lately (see Maritime Cove, Booran Reserve, Lillydale Lake, Hadfield Park and Craigieburn ANZAC Park) it’s glaring when a playground falls short of the hype. The super-high double slides at The Grove, Tarneit are the best thing about the new […]

HOT: MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Cafe and Fооd Stоrе, 1 Sіmmоnѕ Cоurt, Anglеѕеа

MсGаіn’ѕ Nurѕеrу, Fооd Stоrе аnd Cаfé іѕ a hіddеn jеwеl іn Angelsea and it’s one of my favourite places to eat out on the Surf Coast. A visitor’s first encounter at McGains is the gorgeous food store. It’s enough to make a foodie salivate….but make sure you proceed to the cafe. The cafe is sprawled […]

HOT: The Backyard, 19 Mason St, Newport

The Backyard is a family-friendly cafe in Newport that delivers what it says on the sign – a huge backyard that rivals my modest courtyard at home. The astroturf space is THE place to hang out if you have kids. There’s a long chalkboard wall, lots of toys, space to run and every table looks […]

HOT: Hawthorn Common, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Hawthorn Common is a cafe which is all about living sustainably so everything is made from scratch on site and any food waste is processed to compost. The spacious dining area, particularly the sun-dappled and umbrella-shaded deck, is a popular place to take kids. There’s pram access from the street via a lift, plentiful high chairs […]

HOT: Moby, 1150 High Street, Armadale

Moby is relatively new to Melbourne’s cafe scene and it is blooming in its prime corner spot on High Street Armadale. The cafe expands over three stories with a menu billed as being ‘Ottolenghi inspired’ from the ex-chef of Barry in Northcote. As such, you can expect to find healthy salads, Middle-Eastern influences and a generally sunny […]

HOT: Two Brothers, 558 Mitcham Road, Mitcham

Two Brothers brings a bit of inner city cool to a local strip of shops in Mitcham with a surprisingly sophisticated menu and Veneziano Forza coffee. The cafe is quite hard to find as the signage is subtle and the entrance is dominated by a massive Charcoal Chicken mural. Welcome to suburbia! If it’s a […]

HOT: Greenfields, Cnr Lakeside Drive and Queens Rd, Albert Park

Greenfields is a gorgeous cafe inside Albert Park with prime position on Lakeside Drive and luscious green (naturally) views of the golf course and lake. The cafe is spread out over three expansive dining areas. My favourite spot is a table by the wall-to-ceiling glass windows where you can bask in the sunshine and be sheltered from […]

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