HOT: Black Star Pastry, 56 University St, Carlton

Black Star Pastry produces possibly Sydney’s most instagrammed dessert – and now Melburnians have the chance to try the famous Strawberry Watermelon cake. Black Star Pastry opens the doors of its pop up store in Carlton tomorrow Monday 20 February. I was invited to preview the store and can report that the desserts and savoury pastries that […]

HOT: Peninsula Hot Springs, Springs Lane, Fingal, Mornington Peninsula

Peninsula Hot Springs is a natural hot springs and day spa centre in Fingal on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s the perfect place to relax and recover after the post-Christmas madness.  The general Bath House bathing area features over 20 open air natural thermal mineral pools set out over a hillside. Each pool has a different theme […]

HOT: Dumbo, 11 Argyle St, West Footscray

Dumbo is presumably named after the funky area in Brooklyn (short for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) rather than the big-eared elephant, and as such it’s the perfect name for a cafe that is part of the rapid gentrification in West Footscray. The on-trend cafe transforms a building that is notorious for previously housing a clothing […]

HOT: Cafe Lafayette, 55 Beach Street, Port Melbourne

Cafe Lafayette is a Port Melbourne cafe with the fortunate aspect of 180 degree views of Port Melbourne beach, passing cruise ships and the Spirit of Tasmania. The interior reflects its surroundings with a calming palette of white, wood and soft green, blue and yellow. The all day brunch menu comprises cafe standards and Asian elements.  […]

HOT: Second Home, 21 Brougham St, Eltham

Second Home in Eltham is an award-winning cafe housed in an Alistair Knox-designed brick industrial building. It’s the latest venture from cafe maestro Jason Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine, Go West) and well worth a special trip to the leafy ‘burbs. Formerly a factory, workshop and gallery, Second Home has taken the […]

HOT: Food Truck Park 80 Collins Pop Up, cnr Exhibition and Collins St, Melbourne

For a limited time, the top end of Collins Street hosting a 80 Collins Pop Up, a lineup of new food trucks daily on weekdays thanks to the team behind Food Truck Park. The forecourt of Nauru House on the corner of Collins and Exhibition Street, is now a cool open air eating and drinking area. […]

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