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HOT: Heart of Hall, Newport

Heart of Hall in Newport has transformed a drab employment agency into a stylish cooking school, cafe and foodstore for westside locals.

heart of hall newport

heart of hall newport

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 newport

Heart of Hall services breakfast and lunch 7 days a week and the menu focuses on fresh simplicity and seasonal ingredients. Breakfast starts with bready things, an egg and bacon roll, granola toasted oats and chia pudding, while more substantial dishes involve smashed avo, bubble and squeak and zucchini fritters.

heart of hall newport

heart of hall newport


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For lunch (though I couldn't see anything restrictions on having it for breakfast) there's a choice of Bocastle pies, salads, a Ploughman's lunch and my option, a vegetarian platter with avocado and beetroot relish croute, vine tomatoes, herb coated goats cheese balls and zucchini fritters ($20). The platter is a substantial serving for one person so make sure you have a good appetite.

heart of hall newport

For families there is plenty of pram space, several high chairs and a disabled toilet. While there's no actual ‘kids' stuff to do the co-owner Nicole said that they were very welcoming of families…plus there's lots to look at on the shelves, from ceramics to cookbooks to food making kits.

heart of hall newport

They stock good quality everyday supplies such as La Madre bread, Schulz Organic Milk and Green Eggs.

heart of hall newport

Heart of Hall also hosts regular cooking classes with different themes. Upcoming classes include knife skills, pasta, raw food and French cuisine. Maybe they'll have kids in the kitchen at some stage?

heart of hall newport


HOT Tips:

  • pram access;
  • several high chairs;
  • disabled toilet;
  • standard menu suitable for kids;
  • across from Newport train station;
  • under the station tunnel to Newport Community Hub and Library and playground;
  • free street parking.

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Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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