(arranged by city/suburb in alphabetical order)


  • albert park

hapsburg empire verdict: unpretentious and relaxed – the perfect “local”

mart130 verdict: the bircher is a stand out!

priscilla jones verdict: set-up perfectly for friends, kids + pets in the historic gasworks arts precinct!

truman verdict: a truman brekkie is certainly tasty!

  • armadale

le petit prince verdict:a charming little prince, stamping a new identify with a colourful and vibrant asian-inspired menu

the lovebird verdict: just love-ly!

  • bentleigh

two kings café verdict: it’s a big call but… ‘best poached eggs we’ve had in melbourne!’

north east precinct verdict: quality food, coffee + people with so much more to it than just the café!

  • brighton

brighton schoolhouse verdict: top marks!

cafe largo verdict: cafe largo, brighton is better with you in it!

martin st cafe + providore verdict: a lovely bayside local

  • brunswick / brunswick west

day of the donut a pop of donut market featuring all day donuts, cobb lane bakery, ascot food store + aunty pegs by pmc

little peacock verdict:trying only one dish is not enough! revist definitely required!

lolo + wren verdict: oozes love + pride… and that banoffee porridge!!!

  • carlton / carlton north

green park dining verdict:put a few foodies together, feed us good coffee + cake and yep, we’re pretty much in heaven!

providence cafe verdict: delightful, delicious + decadent!

the vertue of the coffee drink verdict: both virtuous + virtuous!

  • cbd

arbory bar + eatery verdict: a winning combination (and that view!)

cecconi’s verdict:beautiful breakfast with italian influence… bellisimo!

cumulus inc. verdict: as good as the rumours

cumulus inc. ii verdict: andrew mcconnell can do no wrong!

cherry + twigs verdict: super cute, cosy and comforting!

dip in cafe verdict: sensational flavours + perfect unashamed seasoning

the grain store verdict: would go again

the hardware société verdict: loved!

hardware society ii verdict: just as good the 2nd time around

operator25 verdict: it brew my mind (aka visit pronto!)

operator25 ii verdict: definitely still a huge fan!

operator 25 v3.0 verdict: hit the redial… i’ll be back again!

manchester press verdict: seriously cool!

oli + levi verdict: amazing coffee

silo by joost verdict: perfect for the sustainability-conscious (unfortunately now closed)

stoke bar + kitchen verdict: #imstoked

  • collingwood

lemon middle and orange verdict: thoroughly enjoyable

proud mary verdict: much love for the harissa + almond milk latte; not so much for my “sold out” hotcake

  • elsternwick

glovers station verdict: glovers service stations get’s a new lease on life!

  • elwood

little sunflower café verdict: i couldn’t help but leave smiling from ear to ear!

  • essendon

st rose verdict: essendon, i have a feeling i’ll be back!

  • fitzroy

addict verdict: sign me up for addict-(not-so)-anonymous!

broadsheet restaurant verdict: check it out before it closes 2nd august! (now closed)

hammer + tong verdict: urbanspoon #1 on the top 10 in melbourne for good reason!

sir charles verdict: i am not worthy sir… simply amazing!

stagger lee’s verdict: they serve coco pops… enough said!

stagger lee’s ii verdict: staggeringly good, as always!

  • flemington

phat milk verdict: creative, unique + delicious!

  • footscray

footscray milking station verdict: a fantastic footscray find

pod @ pid (post industrial design) verdict: a great combination: beautiful gifts + homewares + great coffee

rudimentary verdict: a very cool refurb + far from rudimentary

  • glen huntly

st zita’s verdict: i’d be pretty happy to call this my local

  • hawthorn

bread and jam for frances verdict: just right

crabapple kitchen verdict: definitely worth a second visit

hello sailor verdict: sailing into a bright future (pardon the pun!)

mallalieu boutique + artisan deli verdict: one special place!

muharam cafe verdict: some issues to iron out – but the potential is there

muharam ii verdict: well and truly redeemed itself!

  • malvern

caffe la via verdict: much to offer the malvern-end of glenferrie road

  • middle park

montague park food store verdict: the perfect “local”

  • north melbourne

auction rooms verdict: great vibe + worth a try

auction rooms ii verdict: brilliant atmosphere and delicious food – worthy of a second visit

  • port melbourne

little rose verdict: a gem

  • prahran

tall timber verdict: pretty good, but not amazing

  • richmond

a thousand blessings verdict: how blessed we are!

feast of merit verdict: delicious food with a middle-eastern influence + socially-conscious philosophy

feast of merit, spring 2015 menu launch verdict: middle east meets melbourne

fifty acres verdict: there’s something special about this place!

friends of mine verdict: not blown away but very happy

gypsey + mosquito verdict: a unique taste of Australia

long story short verdict: long story short… pretty good

lumberjack verdict: oh, i’m a lumberjack, and i’m okay!

patch verdict: nothing to patch up here!

reunion + co verdict: until we meet again!

three one2one verdict: kudos to you three one2one!

top paddock verdict: i’m a huge fan!

top paddock ii verdict: very worthy of ‘best cafe 2014’

touchwood verdict: a great escape from the cold

  • ringwood

hunter + barrel (eastland) verdict: a meat-lovers delight!

  • southbank

the bond store verdict: consistently good

waterslide bar verdict: southgate has a new attraction!

  • south melbourne

bibelot verdict: move over zumbo!

chez dre verdict: delicious

chez dre ii verdict: food amazing as always

chez dré iii verdict: hands down, my fave in melbourne

deadman espresso verdict: a unique + memorable difference – no monochrome here!

freestyle espresso verdict: full of unique and personalised style in a lesser known (but just as cool!) street in south mebourne

gas eatery verdict: amazing

gas eatery ii verdict: comfort food indulgence

let me be frank verdict: to be frank: pretty good!

magic on ferrars verdict: bringing the magic to ferrars st

magic ii verdict: with all that vibrant colour – you can help but leave feeling reinvigorated!

st ali verdict: good food, disappointing service

  • south yarra

darling café verdict: just darling!

drugstore espresso verdict: perhaps the heat got the better of them today?

einstein’s relative verdict: can’t wait to try the new menu!

stables of como verdict: a romantic brunch + delightful english garden.. all in suburban Melbourne

two birds one stone verdict: fabulous brunching for these two birds!

  • st kilda

hannah verdict: top spot! (see what i did there?)

  • thornbury

chato verdict: chato joins a small but impressive list of thornbury establishments serving up a unique spanish-inspired breakfast

  • toorak

townhouse verdict: great first impression backed up with great food, coffee + service

  • windsor 

journeyman verdict: worth the journey if you’re not already a local!

mr mister verdict: hats off to you mister!

zimari verdict: flavourful greek food with a touch of melbourne added in for good measure!

  • yarraville

giddyup mule verdict: get on ya bike and get down to Yarraville!



  • sydney cbd

pablo + rustys verdict: fresh + vibrant


  • country victoria

cherry walk, bright verdict: cheerful, bright + just lovely (boom boom!)

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