HOT: Hawthorn Common, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Welcome to the Closed Loop. Hawthorn Common is a cafe which is all about living sustainably so everything is made from scratch on site and any food waste is processed to compost. The spacious dining area, particularly the umbrella-shaded deck, is the perfect place to while away a sunny day.  The menu is focused on local […]

HOT: Sunshine Social, 64 Glengala Rd, Sunshine West

Sunshine Social repurposes a former service station into a barbecue restaurant and bar inspired by Melbourne’s classic charcoal chicken shops. During balmy weather, the beer garden is a great place to hang out. There are picnic tables bedecked with jaunty yellow umbrellas and sheltered under the eaves where the petrol bowsers used to be.  For kids there’s […]

HOT: Commonfolk, 16 Progress Street, Mornington

Mornington’s Main Street is full of cafes but if you’re after the BEST food and coffee in town it’s worth taking a detour to Commonfolk. Commonfolk is primarily a coffee roastery and inside the large roasting shed is a fantastic cafe with the sort of hip dishes not out of place in an inner-city bolthole. Sit inside […]

HOT: Greenfields, Cnr Lakeside Drive and Queens Rd, Albert Park

Greenfields is a gorgeous cafe inside Albert Park with prime position on Lakeside Drive and luscious green (naturally) views of the golf course and lake. The cafe is spread out over three expansive dining areas. My favourite spot is a table by the wall-to-ceiling glass windows where you can bask in the sunshine and be sheltered from […]

HOT: Urban Projuice, 315 Montague St, Albert Park

Hidden in a gorgeous Victorian terrace house in Albert Park you’ll find a wholefoods vegetarian cafe and juice bar called Urban Projuice. It’s one of my favourite pit stops in Albert Park (and I’m not vegetarian). Sit outside on the shaded front terrace or wind you way to the leafy orchard courtyard. There’s also an upstairs […]

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 […]

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