Youngs Wine Room, Hawthorn East

There’s a new guy in town and he’s ready to rock your after work drinks games. Enter Young’s Wine Room. They just opened in late Feb and I was invited to attend their launch night. There’s a small outdoor area, an epic looking bar and lots of places for you to enjoy your drinks or get nice and cosy on a date.

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Mama Bear, Flemington

Since I haven’t had a date with mumsy bear in a while, I decided that a brunch date was in order. I didn’t want her to travel too far so we decided to head to Mama Bear in Flemington for some mummy daughter time. There’s a few parking spots in the back streets and there is a tram that goes near Mama Bear so transportation isn’t an issue. Mama Bear is located in a warehouse looking venue and the staff are super friendly and efficient. We made a reservation online and immediately got a table.

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Shanklin Cafe, Hawthorn East

Shanklin Cafe is rated very highly on zomato and you can imagine how excited I was when I was invited to drop by. HELL to the YEAH! Located on the main road, it can be hard to miss BUT if you keep your eyes peeled, you’ll know where it is from all the customers sitting outside brunching the day away. We walked in and was greeted by very friendly and chillaxing staff.

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Tahina, Fitzroy

Tahina Bar in Northcote has been around for about 3 years now and they’ve opened up another one on Brunswick Street in busy Fitzroy. Tahina serves up Israeli vegetarian street food along with superfood smoothies and wholesome ingredients. From the outside it looks teeny tiny but when you walk out to the back, there’s quite a large courtyard so don’t get fooled like me!

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Vegie Hut Vegetarian Restaurant, Boxhill

A date with the girlies meant time to check out a new eatery. Since we were slowly trying to go meat free, I suggested Vegie Hut in Boxhill. This place gets super busy so make sure you make a reservation and parking is quite difficult so perhaps park a bit further away and walk in. Now, back to business, walking inside we were greeted by friendly staff and was shown to our table. Settling in, we started to flick through the menu and decided on what we were getting. 

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V Series, Kew

Mr & Mrs Tequila were slowly becoming vegan and wanted to catch up over vegan food at V Series located in Kew. This is located right next to a car park so there were plenty of parking. We made a booking for 6:30PM but arrived super early and there wasn’t anyone there yet so we got in, sat down and started ordering. 

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Burger Project – Bourke St, Melbourne

Burger Project is a child from Rockpool Dining Group (Neil Perry GUYSSSSS!!!) and so when I have a chance to be in the city, of course I went and tried out Burger Project. We stopped by the Bourke Street one where it’s located smack bang in the middle of office buildings and surrounded by other cool looking restaurants, it does get busy after work. Walking in we were greeted by friendly staff ordered at the front counter.

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Shop 225 Pizzeria, Pascoe Vale South

Pizzas, who doesn’t love them? Now, what about wood-fired pizza? Yep, I’m salivating too! Well you  lucky north-siders, there’s a pizzeria called Shop 225 which is located on the main street of Melville Road (park on the side peeps!) which not only serves up wood-fired pizza but they’re also VEGAN and VEGETARIAN friendly!! It’s a cosy little joint so first in first served bros.

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The Corner Shop, Yarraville

Before I started my new job, I thought I’ll take mumsy bear out for a brunch date since we never really do that often. I thought I should take her to Yarraville since that’s where all the cool kids were at. We got to The Corner Shop and she absolutely loved it. The staff were friendly, the decor was just very Melburnian and she felt oh so comfy in there which was the most important part. We were seated and was handed a menu to have a flick through to decide what we were going to devour!

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Bekendales, Croydon

When the girlies came over for a sleepover, I decided to find a local brunch spot and after a while, I saw Bekendales has been around for 9 or so years with raving reviews. So I bundled them all into the car and dashed to the cafe to for our little brunch date. It was quite cute inside, not the usual Melbourne cafes but cute nonetheless. There were outdoor seatings for those who enjoy a little fresh air and it’s not too loud either. We walked in, got a table and started to flick through the menu.

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