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: 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: District North, 678-680 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds

District North cafe is a new addition to the increasingly interesting dining out scene in Moonee Ponds and Melbourne’s inner north-west. It’s a bright beautiful building in amongst the rather dingy and grey surroundings of Mt Alexander Road, a peacock amongst the pigeons. The Scandi-chic cafe is only 8 weeks old and already has a signature dish […]

HOT: Patch Cafe, Studio 9, 2 Bendigo Street, Richmond

Patch Cafe in Richmond is a newish operation that serves a paleo-inspired, clean eating menu. Before you pooh-pooh the idea their food managed to entice someone like me, who is definitely not grain-free, sugar-free and fat-free.  I was invited to try out their menu and took myself off to the old Channel Nine building in Richmond. […]

HOT: Agathé Pâtisserie, Stalls 63 and 64, South Melbourne Market, cnr Coventry and Cecil Streets, South Melbourne

If you walked into South Melbourne Market last week your nose will have detected the new aroma of fresh, buttery pastry in the aisles. That’s because Agathé Pâtisserie, a Parisian-inspired patisserie and croissanterie, has just opened a permanent kitchen and retail store in South Melbourne Market. Agathé Kerr’s pastries have gained a cult following since she started […]

HOT: The Green at St Columbs, 5 St Columbs St, Hawthorn

The Green at St Columbs is a social enterprise cafe set amongst the unique church grounds and a stone church hall of St Columbs Anglican Church in Hawthorn. The cafe is a project of Jesuit Social Services’ Ignite program. The program provides training, support and employment pathways to long term unemployed, young or old, through teaching them hospitality skills. The […]

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