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: 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 […]

HOT: Local Folk, 43 Epsom Rd, Kensington

Local Folk is a cosy family-friendly cafe in Kensington and as its name suggests it’s a place for local residents looking for coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch. The cafe is split over two levels, with the sunny upper level more suitable for families. Haul the pram up a few stairs and you’ll find a little […]

HOT: Woodcutters Kitchen, 69 Mackie Road, Bentleigh East

Woodcutters Kitchen is a woodfired nano-bakery and family-friendly cafe in Bentleigh East. What is a nano-bakery? Everything is small batch, made from scratch from local and where possible organic ingredients, then baked in a woodfired oven.  Two pizza ovens take pride of place in the front dining room. The kitchen is busy pumping out loaves […]

HOT: Park Street, 815 Nicholson Street, Carlton North

Park Street in North Carlton is the revamped version of the beloved Green Park. There cafe and restaurant has new owners, a new look and a new menu, while still offering one of the best family-friendly cafe experiences in Melbourne. Our cycling-loving family love the big windows facing out onto the Capital City trail bike […]

HOT: Craft and Caffeine, 16 A Herbert Ave, Hoppers Crossing

Craft and Caffeine is a tucked away shop in suburban Hoppers Crossing that offers exactly what it says – crafty activities for the kids and caffeine for the tired adults! The space is set up with kids in mind and it’s a relaxing location for a cold or rainy day adventure. The room filled with a range […]

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: Death to Nuggets, My Son, Joy, 315 Coventry St, South Melbourne

Death to Nuggets is a fun and bold campaign aiming to combat childhood obesity and the prevalence of processed food in children’s diets. It’s the brainchild of Melbourne father of three and former advertising executive Jonathan Pangu, in collaboration with chef and consultant Laura Neville, formerly of Racine and Soho House in London, and Bistro […]

HOT: The Tradesman, 1/260 Wickham Rd, Moorabbin

The Tradesman is a bright beacon of culinary hope in amongst the greasy cafs and takeaway joints of  industrial Moorabbin. It’s a simple one-room affair with a smile and a toy box greeting you at the front door. I scan the menu while Baby 2.0 is amused with the toys, colouring-in the kids menu and […]

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