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: 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: 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 […]

HOT: Matcha Mylkbar, 72A Acland St (Corner Carlisle St), St Kilda

If you’re struggling to get your kids to eat their greens, then make healthy food fun at Matcha Mylkbar! Matcha Mylkbar is a popular vegetarian and vegan cafe in St Kilda by the folks behind tea label Matcha Maiden. Despite heavy competition from all the other Acland Street and Fitzroy Street eateries it is one […]

HOT: Little Captain, 353 Inkerman St, St Kilda East

Little Captain is a small family-owned cafe in a prime position in St Kilda East/Balaclava – its back area opens out onto Hewison Reserve and a fenced playground. The cafe itself is a little higgledy-piggledy, with a squashy front room and a back room filled with toys for rummaging. If the weather’s good I recommend […]

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 […]

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