Ok – so there are jut way too many good restaurants in Melbourne to list here – but here are a few of our fav’s to get you started.

City and surrounds

  • Chin Chin -I can’t rave about this place enough!!! Awesome Thai street food.
  • Kong – Korean cuisine. Sister restaurant to Chin Chin.
  • Grand trailer park taverna -Buzzy gourmet burger place with booths in vintage caravans, retro decor and spiked milkshakes.
  • Magic Mountain Saloon – This is a new and trendy place to dine and cill out. It has a Thai and Australian inspired menu, and a good beer and wine list.
  • Josie Bones – Just great food and a great Melbourne eating experience! –
  • Steer – This place knows steaks! they have a man who runs around all night showing each new diner the different cuts they can have! We were also very impressed with the sides and entrees! –
  •  Albert Street Food and Wine – Beautifully presented and heart warming food – lunch or dinner! –
  •  Hooked – Hands down the best Fish burrito I have ever had!!!! great chunky style chips too! –
  • St.Katherine’s –
  • Pizza Faro –
  • Long Grain –
  • Deco –
  • Magic City –
  • Berth –
  • La Camera –
  • Taxi –

Eastern Suburbs

  • Tao Tao house – In Hawthorn. Awesome Chinese food and has great Yum Cha. Well worth visiting. Has a chef that previously worked at the flower drum.
  • Plume – We have found this Chinese restaurant – and it has been there for many years! The dinners are great but Yum Cha on a Saturday or Sunday are delicious.
  • Papa Rich – A great Chain – that I first had in Kuala Lumpur – and is now here in Australia! It brings Malaysian street food to you!! – and surrounds
  •  Mister Bianco – A great French dining experience! –
  •  Taos – A beautiful modern asian tasting delight!!! Try the white chocolate and green tea mousse for dessert! –
  •  The Firehouse – This a a great place for brunch or lunch but they do dinner as well! Very rustic wholesome food! –

Things to do

  • GYMBAROO – This is a fun and activities based play group that you register for a term. It is great for their development – and great for meeting people too! It is actually a franchise so is available all around Australia. –
  • MINI MAESTROS – This is also a term based class – based on child development and music! Its lots of fun for the little ones and there is a concert on at the end of the year. –
  • CLOTTA COTTAGE COMMUNITY CENTRE – This is a community centre in the eastern suburbs which is great! It has, Folk art classes, Oriental massag, Playgroups -Dutch and Chinese groups, occasional child care and room hire. –
  • COOLINGWOOD CHILDRENS FARM – This place is fantastic if you have children! It is very cheap and has lots for them to see and do! They have cow milking, pony rides, BBQ, activities, a family day once a month! You can also organise childrens birthday parties there too! They have animals like cows, horses, pigs, ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, goats and many more! –
  • St Kilda – its lovely to stroll down the main street of St Kilda – there are shops, cafe’s and restaurants at your fingertips. I love the tapas style food at The Vineyard. –
  • Carlton Gardens
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Werribee open range zoo
  • Melbourne Aqurium
  • Melbourne Museum –
  • Victoria State Library
  • Puffing Billy –
  • IMAX
  • Minature Trains
  • Scienceworks –
  • TaskWorks
  • Camberwell Market (second-hand goods) –
  • Queen Victoria Market –
  • Yarra Valley winery area –

To do with kids

  • Questacon – making science fun!!! –
  • The Zoo membership is well worth the money, particularly if you are there for over 6 months. We visited them weekly. –
  • The National Museum also had a great kids play area and is free. –
  • Kids Rampage – if they need to let off a bit of steam –’s+Rampage
  • Monkey Mania – for kids ages 1-12 – indoor play centre –
  • Phillip Ice Skating Center –


  • Porgie’s & Mr. Jones –
  • Friends of Mine –
  • Snow Pony –
  • Red Cup –
  • Cafe Blac –
  • Axil –
  • Laundry –
  • Mailing Road (any) –
  • These are just a few to get you started!! there are so many yumy food spots in Melbourne – I hope some people will share that they have found too!
  • Here is a great website that lists and reviews child friendly cafes all over Melbourne! –


  • City – Collins St/Bourke St
  • Chapel Street
  • Chadstone / Doncaster / Northlands / Eastlands / Highpoint
  • DFO discount shopping (City/Essendon)


East Melbourne, Richmond, Abbotsford, Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton are really close and convenient areas to live in if you want to live close to the city, with an abundance of trendy restaurants, cafe’s, public transport at your fingertips. These areas have good schools and day cares.

The Eastern suburbs – are are really nice area of Melbourne to live, especially if you are looking for a family friendly area. Kew, Hawthorn, Balywn, Mont Albert North, Doncaster, Surry Hills, Box Hill, Camberwell. These areas have good schools, an abundance of parks and walking/biking tracks, and some good cafe’s and restaurants close by. There is the huge Westfield shopping centre in Doncaster, and all the Chinese restaurants you could think of in Box Hill.