HOT: Cuppa Turca, 244-288 High St, Northcote

Just when you think you’ve eaten at every ice cream/gelato in Melbourne, along comes one with a product so unusual that it’s a standout. Cuppa Turca in High Street Northcote that brings traditional Turkish ice cream (or dondurma) and ice cream showmanship to Melbourne. Dondurma is not a straightforward scoop in a cup-or-cone. The egg-free […]

HOT: South Melbourne Night Market, Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne

South Melbourne Night Market is back bigger and better this summer with delectable food, kids activities and live entertainment every Thursday night on Cecil and Coventry Streets and within South Melbourne Market. Until Thursday 22 February, the usually daytime market swings open for selected evening trade on Thursday nights from 5:30-9:30pm. Most street-facing stallholders and […]

HOT: Heart of Hall, 17 Hall St, Newport

Heart of Hall in Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and foodstore for westside locals. I love the decor and colour scheme, with cobalt blue walls highlighting the white-and-wood Scandi chic aesthetic. The gold bar on the coffee bench is a glamorous finishing touch. Heart of Hall services […]

HOT: Queen Victoria Market Night Market, Cnr Queen St and Therry St, Melbourne

The Queen Victoria Night Market is celebrating its 20th birthday this year with lively night markets every Wednesday until 11th April 2018. Every year it gets more and more popular so if you’re going with kids my big tip is to get there early at 5pm to take advantage of easier parking, shorter lines and more […]

HOT: Huxtaburger, 32 Leeds St, Footscray

Huxtaburger really needs no introduction. It’s the super-popular burger chain by chef Daniel Wilson which has grown from its small venue on Smith Street Collingwood to six locations in Melbourne. Like other burger chains, consistency is the key. And you know what you’re getting with Huxtaburger – reliably good burgers and fun surroundings. Though each […]

HOT: Harley and Rose, 572 Barkly St, West Footscray

Harley and Rose, a restaurant named after a Black Sorrows song, is bringing pared back Italian cuisine to the former Ovest site in West Footscray. The unique modernist building on Barkly Street is now a relaxed local Italian diner, bar and wine shop. The business is owned by two ex-Andrew McConnell group chefs, Josh Murphy and Rory Cowcher, […]

HOT: Victoria Hotel, 43 Victoria Street, Footscray

The Victoria Hotel Footscray has reopened after a transformation from the down-at-heel Harts Hotel. Much of the dark wood and brick interior has been retained, albeit spruced up a lot. Inside there’s booth seating for groups, smaller tables in the dining room and a small airy internal beer garden. The menu includes classic pub meals […]

HOT: Habitat, 40F Victory Boulevard, Ashburton

Habitat is a small neighbourhood cafe in Ashburton, down the road from the awesome Markham Reserve playground. It’s a small, quiet and cosy place but still manages to squeeze in prams, high chairs and toys for little ones. There’s a courtyard at the back which is still a work in progress but will hopefully include […]

HOT: Meat the Greek, 105A Victoria St, Seddon

Greek food doesn’t get much a look in Melbourne’s west despite the area’s long Greek heritage.  So it’s with some excitement that we try Meat the Greek souvlaki bar in Seddon. The space is light and bright, with a few Greek flourishes – like the Mati bottles holding the table numbers – without being over-the-top Zorba […]

HOT: STREAT Cafe, 66 Cromwell Street, Collingwood

Tucked away in the industrial backstreets of Collingwood is a green oasis – the dining hub of hospitality social enterprise STREAT. STREAT is a Melbourne-based organisation that offers disadvantaged youth aged 16-25 a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. Since it started in 2010, STREAT has trained more than 520 disadvantaged youth […]

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