HOT: The Stables of Como, Como House and Gardens, cnr Williams Rd and Lechlade Ave, South Yarra

For a cafe that’s not on a high street or eating/shopping strip, The Stables of Como is one super-busy eatery. It’s a spacious place (though not cavernous) and on a weekday lunch hour there was still a  queue for an indoor or outdoor table. And it wasn’t just the ladies-who-lunch and the yummy-mummies of Toorak and South […]

HOT: Common Galaxia, Shop 3/130 Victoria St, Seddon

Common Galaxia sounds like a solar system from outer space, but in fact this cafe’s name derives from something more prosaic – Common Galaxias are silvery little whitebait which are found in the nearby Maribyrnong river (and in many rivers around the world). I really like the poetic tale about them on the website ‘The […]

HOT: Weasel’s Garden Cafe, 8 Murray St, Abbotsford

When I think of Victoria Street, I think of eating cheap and cheerful Vietnamese at restaurants with not much to commend them in terms of setting or ambience (unless you like karaoke music videos or Vietnamese pop shows). But just step a few streets away in residential Abbotsford you’ll find Weasel’s Garden Cafe, where you’ll […]

HOT: Top Paddock, 658 Church St, Richmond

And the winner is…Top Paddock! From the team behind phenomenally successful cafes APTE, Liar Liar, Three Bags Full and Two Birds One Stone comes a big, bold, seven-day-a-week eatery. It lives among the chi-chi furniture stores of Church Street and is nowhere near a paddock (though there is a large adjoining grassy lawn strewn with blankets […]

HOT: Tour de France at Depot de Pain, 693 Rathdowne St, Carlton North

In case you’ve been sleeping, the great bicycle race Le Tour de France is currently on. It’s probably the only sporting event in the world which includes a regional cheese introduction and provides an opportunity for cow spotting. To get into the spirit of other French things – like croissants, baguettes and cafe au lait […]

HOT: St Ali North, 815 Nicholson St, Carlton North

St Ali North is a cafe that ticks all the boxes for me. In fact, it’s almost as if they gathered a focus group of one (me) and asked what I wanted from a cafe. Let’s see now…an easy distance from my house via public transport or bike, an interesting menu using good quality produce, […]

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