Sibling Spice

Siblings are special gifts given to us by nature. The Siblings of Carnegie come with a ‘hint of spice, and everything nice’. When Bee Ekkittibutr and husband James Sorataworn took up the baton of their family’s restaurant, Paradai Thai, they built on a dynasty their forebears had nurtured for a decade. This paved the way […]


George Kelzi and Andrew Wagner have struck gold, out in Templestowe Lower. Following the success of their Richmond cafes 7 Gram & Pennyhouse, they’ve taken to the North Eastern suburbs, and brought that inner city vibe with them. With an interior curated by the style gurus at Studio Equator, and an epic mural by street […]

Sloane Ranger

If Sloane Ranger feels familiar, then you’ve probably been to BAWA in Hawthorn. This Cremorne space flanks Richmond Station, and displays the hospital know-how of its owner Shri Bhagwandas’. With a name inspired by trendy upper-class Londoners from ‘Sloane Square’, Sloane Ranger boasts a classy yet industrial style interior with a lofty ceiling, and an […]

Blonde Food & Drink

Good mates Alex Smith and Vince Musco have teamed up to put the Blonde back into Fitzroy. Alex, who cut his teeth at Milk Café in Balwyn, met Vince while managing Finders Keepers in Hawthorn. The pair decided the time was ripe to open up their own cafe, and Blonde seemed the perfect name for […]

Parker Coffee

Melissa Floreani of Espresso Syndicate has contributed immensely to Melbourne’s Café Culture, and Parker Coffee of East Hawthorn is a shining example of how this venerable lady does it. Early last year, she teamed up with Jimmy McGuire to renovate this Tooronga Road space, which serves as a takeaway coffee mecca for staff from surrounding […]


The team here promise to bring us good coffee, good food, and good moods. Pinkie is brought to us by Dom & Diana Caruso, the same couple behind No. 19 in Ascot Vale, and St Rose in Essendon. Award-winning interior designer Jean-Pierre Biasol has carefully curated this light filled space, which combines the elegance of black terrazzo, […]

Dukes on Flinders Lane

Died and Gone to Heaven…. without Bryan Adams. There’s so much to love about Dukes on Flinders Lane, and that’s before I even taste of their coffee. For instance, I appreciate the cafes dim lighting that doesn’t overwhelm the senses when one is in dire need of a caffeine hit (me every morning); the simplicity […]