Destination Dining: 4 Must-Visit Gourmet Trails In The Region

Add these insider recommendations from chic Insta-mums to your travel itinerary for a delectable escapade the whole family will enjoy

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Sandi Zalijevic @kidsfashionblogger
Country: Melbourne, Australia

Mother of two beautiful girls, Bella, eight, and Giselle, five, Sandi Zaljevic shares, “When it comes to dining spots, Melbourne is a treasure trove of hip cafes and cool new restaurants that seem to pop up all over the city, every other day. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes here that are located near parks or open spaces, so kids can roam around, or run and play when they feel like it. Mealtimes are usually enjoyable for both parents and kids.”

SANDI RECOMMENDS:

Chill out along the beach front at West Beach Bathers Pavilion.

“At West Beach Bathers Pavilion, there are seats on the beach, and a whole lot of space for kids to run and play. This place was built in the ’20s, and after seven years of careful restoration, it’s now a popular spot with beachgoers. I like how it overlooks the sea with a spectacular view. It’s probably why it’s gotten a reputation as a great beach wedding spot.”

The Boathouse is known for its pizzas.

“If you’re looking for a quiet spot, The Boathouse opens seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is further out from the city, but the massive park and great kids menu make it worth the trip. Sitting on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, it’s a little off the beaten path, but that’s precisely why it’s a hit with the locals, and those who don’t mind travelling for good food and ambience.”

Jerry’s Milk Bar specialises in delicious milkshakes.

“The heritage-listed Jerry’s Milk Bar still keeps its original signage from the ’60s when it first opened shop. It has evolved from a milk bar to a modern cafe, serving breakfast classics such as eggs benedict, chorizo and yummy milkshakes from a great kid-friendly menu. The service is good, and it’s next to an open park (so restless kids can burn off excess energy before coming back for more food)!”

Moreland Hotel serves up hearty portions that are great for sharing.

“Just north of Melbourne’s Central Business District is Moreland Hotel, where you’ll find a really big indoor play area in the centre of the restaurant. Parents can take their pick from an extensive menu filled with delectable options like the roast of the day, seafood specials, light bites, or delicious mains such as Hearty Chicken and Mushroom Risotto.”

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