• This bagel-slinging food truck makes great use of an old car park. Come for Montreal-style bagels filled with all the fan favourites – like smoked salmon, dill and caper cream cheese, chicken salad and brisket pastrami.

  • This sleek sandwich deli brings the bustle of Manhattan to a sleepy suburban street (without annoying the locals). Stop by for Italian-inspired sangas, handmade bagels and coffee.

  • A cafe and roastery by a couple with serious coffee credentials, including an Australian barista championship.

  • A retired AFL player joined forces with his former barista – and a few of his old Collingwood teammates – to open this retro sandwich and bagel joint. Look for the curvy, converted milk bar with the red and white branding.

  • A cafe collaboration by a bunch of the best, doing more than your average flat white.

  • A hole-in-the-wall cafe with doughnuts and discounts for students and police.


  • Go for globally inspired beers, from a West Coast IPA to a French-inspired saison, at this brewery in a converted mechanics’ warehouse. Choose from 12 house taps, or something from the mostly Victorian wine list. Also on the menu are loaded American-inspired burgers, toasties and burrito bowls.

  • A Venetian-style wine bar beneath Lido Cinemas.

  • Step in and sample more than 600 whiskies.


  • At this coral-coloured ice-creamery, an ex-Coda chef is serving 24 Japanese-inspired flavours – many of them vegan – that really run the gamut. There’s tart fuji apple, creamy matcha pistachio and interesting savoury options like nori and sweet potato.

  • Find the local institution’s Hawthorn outlet in a Federation-era shopfront inside an old bank. There’s a dedicated history reading nook, a mural-fronted children’s bookstore and a courtyard garden full of native plants. Plus, more than 25,000 titles to peruse.

  • With secret family recipes dating back over 100 years, Piccolina Gelateria does fresh and simple Italian gelato made the old-fashioned way.

  • A classic Asian grocer with a focus on Southeast Asian products and produce. (But there's also a surprisingly deep line-up of Latin American products, too.)

  • A smart, feminine boutique in Hawthorn, peppered with statement pieces, accessories and causal wear.

  • A fragrance fantasyland.