HOT: Storm in a Teacup, 48 Smith St, Collingwood

I’m a Melburnian and I’m a non-coffee drinker. Gasp! My hot drink of choice is actually tea and finally, in amongst the million excellent coffee shops in my neighbourhood, Storm in a Teacup has arrived to cater to those who are discerning about their tea leaves (and maybe even convert some diehard hipster coffee drinkers). […]

NOT: Money Order Office, 2 Drivers Lane, Melbourne

Lunch at Money Order Office is a gloomy, macabre kind of dining experience. The hidey-hole entrance is on Drivers Lane, off Little Bourke Street, and a set of stone steps descends into the dungeon (I mean restaurant) via an automatic door which opens on your approach with a creepy squeeeeak. I expected Lurch from the […]

HOT: Argos Loves Company, 149 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Argos Loves Company is a cute-as-a-button cafe in the previously unpopular but now revived end of Brunswick Street. I first noticed the cafe because of the brightly coloured wooden blocks lining the window sill. A peek inside elicited a little squeal of delight – a pretty pastel room complete with a vintage kitchen scale, biscuit […]

HOT: Two Bob, 270 Queens Pde, Fitzroy North

So here’s my two bob on Two Bob. The café is an airy, high-ceilinged transformation of a former bank (remnants of the secured bank vault are still there) based in leafy North Fitzroy/Clifton Hill. Inside it’s all white and blonde wood with a few dashes of greenery here and there. Very calming and Scandi-chic. Two […]

HOT: Bottega, 74 Bourke St, Melbourne

You know how there are some restaurants which are your go-to destinations? The default choice for a first date, the default choice for a family gathering, the default choice for Sunday brunch? Well, before I got married Bottega was my default location for introducing boyfriends to my parents for the first time! I knew that […]

HOT: Martha Ray’s, 85 Brunswick St, Fitzroy

Who is Martha? And who is Ray? And why has a cafe set up shop in their house? Martha Ray’s has transformed what seems like a wide corridor of a Victorian terrace house into a pared down cafe. There’s no sign, no hanging pictures and definitely no owls, bunnies or kitschy memorabilia adorning the white-washed […]

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