Cafe of the Month - The Alleyway, Heidelberg

The Alleyway is a great local cafe for those in Heidelberg, and a nice spot to stop for those travelling through the area. There are plenty of gluten free options on the menu, with some vegetarian and vegan choices too. Nearby is the amazing Possum Hollow Playground.

The Details:

The Alleyway - 138 Burgundy St, Heidelberg

Suitable for:

  • Vegetarian mummas

  • Gluten free mummas

  • Paleo mummas

Opening Hours*: 

  • Monday - Saturday: 7AM to 4PM

  • Sunday: 8AM to 4PM

* Hours subject to change, please refer to The Alleyway’s website for up to date details.

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Look Who’s Walkin’ - Part Two: Our Top Family Beach-Side Walks in Melbourne

With summer on our doorstep, Melbourne is calling you for seaside walks and sand-filled play. Here are some of our favourite beach-side adventures:

St Kilda 

Not many can resist the fun of Luna Park in St Kilda. If your little ones are just that bit too little then there is a fantastic park to be found at Neptune Street. Sister of Soul is the place to visit for a yummy juice or smoothie to sip on as you stroll along the pier with bubba.

Hampton 

The beach-side suburb of Hampton provides lots of entertainment for families, with it’s parks and swimming beaches. Thomas Street South Reserve has a great wooden playground for the little ones to explore. With plenty of outdoor seating, Cornerstone and Co. Cafe makes a good spot to stop for lunch.

Elwood 

There is a beautiful walk in store for you along the Ormond Esplanade. Be sure to bring your hats, apply that sunscreen and pop on the sunglasses as it gets quite hot and glarey. For lunch, Little Sunflower Cafe is not far up Glen Huntley/Ormond Road. They serve the best buddha bowls in town and there is seating out the front for parents with prams. 

Chelsea 

Chelsea beach is a nice spot to visit. The Bicentennial playground is the perfect place for your little ones to run wild and Soul Press in nearby Edithvale will cure your smoothie craving. 

Frankston Foreshore  

Frankston Beach is a plesant spot to spend the afternoon. Nature Cafe makes a good choice for lunch with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu. Frankston Foreshore playground is lots of fun for the little ones, or there is the bright and bold Bellam Park further inland on Cranbourne Road.

Mornington Pier   

A nice walk around Mornington Pier is always lots of fun. There is a fantastic playground and reserve for the little ones to run around at Mornington Park. Soul Press is the place to go when hunger strikes with their nourishing açaí bowls and delicious smoothies, or you can try Thanks Albert with a yummy selection of vegetarian burgers to choose from. If you need to do some shopping while you are out and about Natural Balance along the main street has a big range of organic goodies. 

Enjoy your summer! 

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Cafe of the Month - Shade Cafe, Hawthorn

A welcome addition to the Hawthorn food scene, Shade Cafe offers up some of the best brunch options we’ve had out East in a long time! The coffee is on point, and the staff are very friendly too. ‘Shade’ is also located not far from the lovely Hawthorn Central Gardens, for a nice walk with the pram, and fun at the playground, once you have finished your meal!

The Details: 

Shade Cafe -  684 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn

Suitable For: 

  • Vegan mummas
  • Vegetarian mummas
  • Paleo mummas
  • Gluten Free mummas

Opening Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday:  7AM - 4PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8AM - 4PM

Playgrounds Nearby: 

  • Hawthorn Central Gardens: Henry Street, Hawthorn
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Cafe of the Month - Little Sunflower Cafe

With nourishing smoothies, organic whole food meals and devine buddha bowls, there's something on the menu for everyone. The interior of this cafe is just as amazing as the food, with a stunning wall of greenery providing a peaceful backdrop to your delicious meal. Elwood Park is just up the road too, and has a nice little playground for your little ones to explore once you are finished eating. 

The Details:

Little Sunflower Cafe - 15 Ormond Rd, Elwood

Suitable for:

  • Vegetarian mummas
  • Gluten free mummas

Opening Hours: 

  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday - Sunday: 6.30AM to 4PM

Playgrounds nearby:

  • Elsternwick Park: St Kilda Street, Brighton
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Family Getaways: Byron Bay with Kids

We recently returned from a fantastic family getaway to Northern NSW. It was full of great memories, awesome adventures, costal walks and seaside fun - just what we needed to escape the cold Melbourne winter! 

We ventured to Byron Bay, enjoying the scenery, viewing the stunning lighthouse and brunching at Three Blue Ducks restaurant at The Farm.  

We explored the quiet costal town of Kingscliff, trekking the seaside walking paths with the double pram, helping our toddler hunt for ‘treasure’, playing in the sand with baby and relishing in a much needed latte at the other end of the trail.  

And, we took a day trip to the Gold Coast checking out the views (and cafes!) at Surfers Paradise and Coolangatta. 

Here were some of our top finds on our trip: 

Gold Coast 

Our trip began on the Gold Coast, with our family arriving at the Gold Coast airport to pick up a hire car. Hiring the car made it a breeze to get around and explore the coast with our two little ones as we had baby seats hired, installed and ready to go from Avis the moment we touched down. Also a dream was the double pram we hired from Hire For Baby, who were an absolute pleasure to deal with and even had the pram waiting for us in the boot of our hire car on arrival - too easy!

We left the Gold Coast and made our way down to NSW for the majority of our trip, however we did make a day trip back up to the GC and found a few great cafes along the way - the Cardamon Pod is my absolute fave cafe on the Gold Coast - I wish there was one in Melbourne, Brumbles Cafe in Surfers was lovely - they do a delicious salad and the coffee is stand out (right up there with Melbourne coffee snob standards!). Another must visit if you are in the market for dinner on the Gold Coast is Greenhouse Canteen for it’s amazing take on street food. 

Kingscliff

The sleepy town of Kingscliff, in NSW, is a perfect stop on your seaside adventure, with it’s beautiful beaches, costal trails and great coffee. Our favourite spots to visit for brunch were Mockingbird Cafe for their amazing juices and delicious chia pudding, and Saltbean Expresso for their smoothies. Saltbean is located right opposite a great playground for your little ones to enjoy, and also right near the lovely Peppers accommodation and Salt Spa in Kingscliff.   

Byron Bay 

Heading to Byron Bay with kids presents a slightly different vibe than my formative years, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had! We all enjoyed the stunning views at the Byron Bay lighthouse. The Farm, home to the infamous Three Blue Ducks restaurant, was another massive hit with our little ones. As the name suggests it is in fact a working farm - with animals to see, vegetable crops to admire, a decent sized playground and lots of land to explore. The food at Three Blue Ducks was on point, with some great vegetarian options on offer - and they do a good cappuccino too. Santos Organics is also a must visit to stock up on some delicious organic produce for your trip. 

If you’re visiting this beautiful part of Australia with your little people I wish you a fantastic time! It sure is a beautiful part of the world. 

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Cafe of the Month - No.19 Cafe, Ascot Vale

We love the look of No. 19 cafe, and we love their food even more! There are lots of options on the menu for vegetarian, paleo and gluten free mummas. And, Walter Reserve and playground isn't far away, for an adventure after you have finished your meal!

The Details:

No.19 Cafe - 214 Union Rd, Ascot Vale

Suitable for:

  • Vegetarian mummas
  • Gluten free mummas
  • Paleo mummas

Opening Hours: 

  • Monday - Friday: 7AM to 4PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8AM to 4PM

Playgrounds nearby:

  • Walter Reserve: Walter Street, Ascot Vale
  • Maribyrnong Park: Off Epsom/Maribyrnong Road, Moonee Ponds
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