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: 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. […]

HOT: Paper Fish, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

Paper Fish is the first offering of the revitalised Stokehouse Precinct on St Kilda Beach since the iconic site’s devastating fire in 2014. In a few months Paper Fish will be joined by a relaxed ground-floor bar and grill, Pontoon and the trademark Stokehouse restaurant, lounge, bar and terrace upstairs. It’s incredible to think that […]

HOT: Faraday’s Cage, 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Faraday’s Cage is the name of an enclosure used to block electric fields – as well as the name of a stunning warehouse cafe and artisan bakery in Fitzroy. John Petrou, a former electrical engineer, and his wife, have turned his passion for baking sourdough into their new project. Faraday’s Cage is a little off […]

HOT: Mama’s Buoi, G25 Postal Lane, Melbourne’s GPO, Melbourne

Mama’s Buoi is a contemporary Vietnamese restaurant and bar tucked away in GPO Lane beside Melbourne’s GPO/H&M.  The venue is inspired by Mama Hoang, the mother of one of the owners and an excellent home cook. It takes traditional Vietnamese cuisine and gives it a modern, Melbourne twist in keeping with its laneway setting. For […]

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