Food – Mayday Food and Coffee

410 Bridge Road
Richmond Vic 3121

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One word can be used to describe the latest offering from the team behind the very successful Axil Coffee Roasters, impressive. At it’s core, Mayday Food and Coffee has all the hallmarks of an Axil site, the space is aesthetically pleasing, they offer contemporary and inventive food with their trademark coffee on the brew, yet it still has an identity of its own. Continue reading

Food – Motorhome Majestic

238 Union Road
Ascot Vale Vic 3032

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Nothing beats the feeling of hitting the open road with a caravan on the back of the car, knowing you’re on the way to a place where the air is clean, away from responsibility and everyday life. Well now you can get that feeling just a few kilometers from the city thanks to Motorhome Majestic. Brought to us by the team behind Grand Trailer Park Taverna and Truck Stop Delux, they’ve replicated a standard caravan park with all the trimmings from Jayco caravans with awnings to classic park benches, all in suburban Ascot Vale. The venue is bright and playful, drawing inspiration from vintage holiday parks to create a retro yet modern space. Continue reading

Food – St Ali

12-18 Yarra Place
South Melbourne Vic 3205

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I’m almost ashamed to admit that the last time I found myself at this highly regarded micro roaster was over two years ago and really I can’t say much has changed. The coffee is as good as ever and continues to set the standard across town. I’m by no means a coffee aficionado, but the brew here is some of the best you’ll get. To their credit, it seems like everyone wants in on the action with a significant number of cafes proudly stocking the St Ali blend.

For those that are yet to visit, this really is the quintessential hipster café. Located in a well preserved old industrial property, it looks just as it did when it operated as a warehouse. It’s raw, rustic and full of character. There’s no fancy artwork or expensive furnishings in sight, just a stack of mismatched recycled tables and retro chairs that could have come from any 1970s home. Continue reading

Food – North and Eight

285 Buckley Street
Aberfeldie Vic 3040

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Since opening just over a year ago, North and Eight has become a bit of a staple of the inner west food scene. It’s not uncommon to see it packed full of dinners most days of the week and queues on weekends. Having visited a couple of times over the last year, I’ve seen it go from strength to strength and can understand its significant growth in popularity. Continue reading

Food – Little Sister

52 Wingara Avenue
East Keilor Vic 3033

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When I think of the Centreway in East Keilor one thing comes to mind – JB Hi Fi. As the birthplace of JB, hoards of people used to visit the Centreway to get their music and entertainment fix.  But then one day, the now large and successful retail group decided to close down their flagship store. That was a sad day for the Centreway and marked the beginning of a down turn for many businesses in the centre as the main attraction to the shopping strip was gone. I have to admit, it’s been years since I had a reason to visit which is sad given I only live 10 minutes away, however this week I found a reason and it came in the way of Little Sister Café. Continue reading

Food – Mister Hoffman

85 Hoffmans Roads
Niddrie Vic 3042

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Breathing life into the old Hoffmans Road shopping strip, Mister Hoffman is the latest addition to the quickly growing inner west café market. The fit out, both in and outdoors is stunning, it’s light and airy with pastel details throughout. It’s quite a refined space and marks a step away from the converted warehouse/industrial style cafes we’ve grown accustomed to. I genuinely loved the feel of it and I can understand why it’s always packed full of locals. Word is bound to travel around town and before you know it people will be coming from all over to visit this pretty eatery. However a word of warning, there is limited indoors seating so it may be difficult to get a seat on a cold day, but on the upside the beautiful outdoor courtyard is the perfect place to spend a summers day. Continue reading

Food – The Glass Den

15 Urquhart Street
Coburg Vic 3058

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Housed in what was once the front reception of Pentridge Prison’s notorious D Division, The Glass Den is definitely the café of the moment. You just have to drive by on any day of the week and see the queues of diners waiting for a table to know that something good is being produced in this historic setting.  Instagram feeds are regularly filled with pictures of their many photogenic dishes and foodies can’t get enough of their creative and dare I say theatrical offerings. Continue reading