mamma's eats, cafes and more in melbourne's west
If you are looking breakfast, lunch, ice-cream or you just love a good cuppa there are lots of fabulous places for you to choose from. Mamma's yummies is a selection of favourite cafes and eateries handpicked to give you some inspiration, making it super easy to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
Wow - what a gorgeous space! The old empty basement at the Dream Factory has been transformed into a stunning new cafe! Gathered Cafe has only just opened, and it’s definitely what this area needed.
Ragusa Republika is one of the best restaurants in the west. Full stop. It’s reputation as having amazing food is absolutely deserved, with every dish that comes out of the busy kitchen lovingly prepared from scratch.
This is the sister restaurant of the famed and very popular Tho Tho in Victoria Street Richmond. The difference here though is the fit out - it is GORGEOUS. Open, light and colourful with bright pinks, emerald green velvet, touches of gold, all very Instagram worthy!
Unwind Cafe is FULL of beautiful colours; rainbow selections of wool, yarn and knitting utensils adorn the walls, the decor is delightfully retro, including a 1960s kitchen cafe set-up serving delicious homemade jams and sweet treats.
Healthy pizza! That’s right folks - HEALTHY PIZZA! and tasty too! Owner Paolo is as passionate about what goes into a pizza as we are about eating pizza! This is passion on a plate folks well, a chopping board - but you get what we mean!
“Every village needs a cozy Italian restaurant” .
Never have truer words been spoken! Owner of Cafe Terroni Joe realised this important fact 11 years ago and has provided us with authentic delicious Southern Italian food in Yarraville ever since.
Rich, full and fresh flavours. This is modern Vietnamese food at its best and Mamma needs you all to know that the taste of Sapa Hills will stick with you long after you leave.
Squid. A strange, wonderful and ridiculously tasty creature! IKA8 says booya to the usual calamari rings and hello to squid on stick.
What makes a good Banh Mi? It all starts with a crusty bread roll that’s soft as clouds on the inside and super crunchy on the outside . If you’re not covered in bread crust shrapnels all over your lap, then you’ve simply had a sandwich…
With a great menu selection and laid-back atmosphere, this is an ideal spot for a casual lunch or dinner with the fam bam. There’s also a great selection of vegetarian options as well as a wide array of seafood, rice and noodle dishes.
Well, our food journey often leads right to here. Issan is the home of delicious food, yummy juice drinks, all your fave Thai flavours, home made spring rolls and best of all great service.
Cliffy's has super friendly staff, kids menu and colouring in - and great food. With it’s old general store feel it is so gorgeous, cozy and full of character. It is definitely one of the icons of the area and a MUST visit!
When it comes to food, Mamma usually doesn’t like to share! But, for El Burro she will make an exception - because that is what it is all about here! A Spanish/Euro/Latin menu teeming with tastiness - paella, taco’s, meatballs, wings, calamari and a Mamma fave - patatas bravas (straight up or loaded), you will want to try it all!
Great service and yummy food. That is just about all you need when dining out as a family. Saigon Allee also has good fast meals and is so SO pretty!
Sprinkles Ice Creamery and More is a very special place! Located in the middle of suburban houses in an old milk bar, you really can’t miss the pink, yellow and blue shop!
Yum! On the sunny side of Barkly St in West Footscray you will find Brüger. This galley style cafe is perfect for a cosy brunch and a coffee with it’s bottomless filtered coffee, delicious array of savoury options, sweets and treats - you will find yourself wanting to try everything
Sit inside or out the front, and the kids can play in the fenced off area which also has a chalk board and some other fun play equipment.
Sometimes you just need a good Italian feed - crispy pizza, tasty meatballs, and a some ‘melt in your mouth’ pasta. Oh, and don’t forget some house made cannoli and a DELICIOUS short macchiato to finish it off.
Hmmmmm….Mamma is a cool cat - we KNOW that! But this place is way cool. We like to pretend we know how to ‘spin the decks’ and be cool….but really we don’t.
Decked out in our beloved Bulldogs colours - Slice Shop Pizza delivers exactly what it says - huge, thin, and tasty, slices of delicious pizza by the slice. And when we say slice - Mamma means SLICE! There are a few bar stools you can pull up and plonk on to eat your pepperoni and watch the people of Footscray go by - or you could just take a whole pizza!
The small shop front here in Footscay is really a portal into pie heaven. The not too flaky super tasty pastry wrapped around some great fillings makes Pie Thief the hottest foodie joint in Footscray this winter.
Little Common is tiny but the coffee packs the flavour and caffeine punch mamma loves.
The Vic Hotel in Yarraville have got kid friendly covered - literally. The Vic’s Kids dining room is child heaven. Covered in cartoon wall art, with soft play and ball pit (for the under 5’s), books, tv’s, and games (you’ll need some $2 handy for the air hockey). This isn’t the place to come for a romantic date - it’s for when you need to eat in a space that welcomes you and the family with open arms.
The Feasting Shed is much more than cafe folks - this is a five star eatery but for a fraction of the five star price. Every bit of the menu has been carefully planned from the cultured cream served with the scones to the salty coastal plants foraged on Altona beaches to serve on the Smashed Avo.
Viva Mexico and Viva Zapatas! This Mex restaurant has been churning out the taco’s for over THREE DECADES in Williamstown - long before Mexican food became as mainstream as it is now. THAT is an achievement!
Mamma loves her Mexican food! Tacos, burritos, nachos, enchiladas all of these delish dishes are a family fave and you can be sure they will tuck into some of these and more here.
Altona Meadows, this is what you’ve been waiting for! A great cafe with excellent coffee, delicious food and a warm welcome!
The prettiest plates in the west! Notorious Espresso are serving up some fab food and amazing coffee
Take your little creatures for a visit to Little Creatures in Geelong!
A big Mamma welcome to Boma. You are gorgeous!
It's NEW, it's roomy and it's full of delicious freshly baked goodness. PLUS there is an indoor playspace for the little ones packed with kitchenette, puppets, puzzles and building toys. This alone already had Mamma interested.
a kid friendly cafe in the heart of Essendon! Mamma says YES please!
Mamma is all about the doughnut life!
Mamma is especially partial to a hot jammy - sugar coated on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside and oozing with red jam, what’s not to like about jam fried dough!
Mamma loves a café with a cause! Playdate Café is a not for profit training café that offers work experience for those seeking employment, wanting to return to the work force or just wanting to volunteer.
The things you need to know before you visit Laksa King.
Hailed by some as one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne and certainly the best place to get your Laksa fix is the Laksa KING! Get ready for your tastebuds to explode with deliciousness!
Unfortunately this cafe closed April 2019
This is the kind of cafe we need more of! It is relaxed, has amazing coffee and good food, PLUS a kids play area! In fact almost half the cafe is dedicated to the little ones!
Did you know Mr. Spriggins and FUNTOPIA are open until 9pm on Friday and Saturday nights!
Mexican food, YUM! This gorgeous spot has just opened in Yarraville and we fell in love with it as soon as we walked in the door.
Mamma has decided to take it upon herself to try as many burger joints as possible in the west (and lets face it, beyond). It's a noble sacrifice for the benefit of the community...and the taste buds.
Mamma says wear stretchy pants if you want all the food!
Head in for a morning coffee and some brekky and bask in the sunroom, or head in a little later (after 12pm of course...ha) for a sneaky glass of wine and some tasty terrine. Oh, and grab a bottle to take away and enjoy later!
Waffee’s is back! Each freshly cooked crisp golden perfect waffle is topped or filled with all kinds of amazing top notch ingredients. Imagine raspberry injected waffles with white chocolate drizzled over the top or quality slabs of dark chocolate pushed into the layers of a piping hot waffle, even the plain ones are divine
Breakfast, lunch and playground. Brought to you by the family behind the amazing La Manna Supermarket, your first impression of The Hungry Fox are......impressive! The huge gorgeous wooden 'chalet' like building stands like a beacon for families.
This place is perfection personified for Mamma and the fam.
One for the Crow has just recently opened and is dishing up some scrumptious plant based/vegan food. It’s also a nursery to boot for all the plant lovers!
Ohana means family in Hawaiian! Mamma couldn't be more impressed with this original concept of Pizza dining overlooking the views of Wyndham Harbour.
Open for yummy food truck flaves on Friday, Saturday and Sundays!
A little something special.
The cafe and cooking school is super schmick and classy with a spacious and beautiful fit out, great menu and yes - cooking classes!
Mamma loves this place and it's 'Beachy Brady Bunch' style. It's bright, and light and retro and fun
Just in time for the summer rush! Vince & Me opened its crisp and newly painted doors recently and is a breath of fresh air to the area.
A great option for a delicious brekky or lunch on Pier Street.
Dear Footscray Milking Station, hats off to you!
In need of some soul fulfilling wholesome goodness? This is the place to find your chi and and your Chai..
"This place is soooooooo good!" This is what Mamma says every time we come here. The food is AMAZING, the coffee is like tasty velvet, and the Moroccan fit out is gorgeous.
Thank goodness for small graces!
Their huge cafe on Victoria St is bright and bustling with a fantastic feel.
Located in the the awesome suburb of South Kingsville - you will find this cosy little kitchen serving up some pretty awesome flavoursome food.
Looking for somewhere new, different and a bit awesome to hang out with friends and family? How about a converted servo? This is really unique and super yummy!
This is not just a cafe with a kids corner, this is a cafe with a HUGE connected, full scale, enclosed and amazing playground
The new (ish) cafe - Westerly is bringing good food to the table in Kingsville.
Swift service, sweet doughnuts and strong coffee. Welcome to Footscray!
Hold your horses and unicorns! Mamma found a gem in Watton street!
The place has a great friendly local vibe which reflects in the name, you will be making this YOUR local in no time.
This is a really well through out kind of café – truly something for everyone and an exciting new addition to the area
ake the freshest and yummiest ingredients available, add in some fab service, pop it in one of the best locations in the west and you have a recipe for what can only be described as Bellissima!
THIS place is the most kid friendly cafe Mamma has ever been to. Yes. Ever. Why? Let us count the ways.....
Mamma says this is one to remember for those special family occasions - you know like Grannies bday, Little Susie lost her big tooth or just those occasions where you want a nice lunch.
Great coffee, super friendly service and a great menu has everyone returning for more.
Mamma says next time you are on the road in the Swan Bay area and you see the big Piknik sign - take it as a GOOD SIGN to stop and drop in for a bite. This converted old Golden Fleece roadhouse has charm, FANTASTIC food and super friendly service.
Great food and coffee!
You know as soon as you enter Gordon Street Bakery that this is an authentic, and very French, bakery. The welcoming and comforting aroma of butter and pastry greets you at the door!
Mamma says it is the kind of place that beckons you back with a promise of decadent chocolate pie, smooth creamy coffee and great service.
Funky shakes, loaded fries and delicious burgers are the house faves here! The perfect school holiday treat for the kids.....FOR THE KIDS!
What could be better on a sunny day than to be hanging out with friends and family, in gorgeous surrounds, drinking cider & eating wood fired pizza, while the kids run around freely on the luscious green grass? Nothing! There is nothing better.
When a lady needs a cup of tea, the lady must sashay her lady legs to The Austen Tea Room. The lady then must point her lady fingers in the direction of some lady lunch.....you actually don't need to be a lady to come to this cute little tea house, you don't even need to know a lady
Well, this place is just amazing. Perched on the Anglesea cliffs in the Anglesea Surf Life Saving Club - with a killer view and a gorgeous coastal fit out is the fabulous eatery - Captain Moonlite.
This place is exactly why Mamma loves a country cafe - housed in an old workshop with mismatched vintage furniture - chooks to one side and violet the dog lazily sitting in the sun out front.
Let Mamma tell you - this place is awesome.
For those times when you need to treat your insides to a dose of healthy living but still need some taste - you need to come here. The newest kid on the block in Seddon Village is this clean, crisp and cool eatery serving up all kinds of healthy bowl deliciousness.
Mamma has weaved her way to Woven a few times over the years, and every time has loved the amazing food and cozy rustic feel.
Sometimes only fried chicken can hit the spot. You can quote Mamma on that, and today that spot needed a hit of delicious FC.
Just in time for the summer rush! Vince & Me opened its crisp and newly painted doors recently and is a breath of fresh air to the area.
Favor and Grace has established itself as a firm favourite for locals!
Welcome to the well loved Bacchus Marsh 'go to' place for good coffee and some tasty tucker!
Go West, they say…so Mamma did! This brand new cafe in the brand new Woodlea Estate in Rockbank is fresh, sunny, gorgeous and well designed.
South of France? nope - you are in Swan Bay!
Sweet and soft brioche bacon and egg rolls, nougat bombolini, croissants and chocolate peanut brownies is just a small selection of the yummy sweets and treats on offer here at Newport's newest cafe and coffee house.
This popular restaurant in Footscray is serving some amazing food and every Friday and Saturday - you can enjoy a mixed all you can eat buffet for $18 - it's a great way to try a little of everything and see what your fave dish is.
Now there's an idea - an urban garden oasis with fabulous food, plenty of room to move, indoor and outdoor seating, bike rack, dog friendly AND kid friendly. No wonder this place is always the top of the ‘best eats’ lists in Footscray
6:30am - midday on AUSTRALIA DAY.
he Forge Pizzeria is the pinnacle of family pizza joints. With their glorious open 'treasure filled' restaurant, wood fired pizza oven, amazing service, great and mamma means GREAT food plus their kids chalk board and activity table - it's just a dream place for family dining.
Destination: Delicious gelato! The thought of a a sweet icy treats is as good as reason as any to go on adventure and take it from Mamma this is not your average ice cream shop.
top right now - thank you very much! Yes, Mamma is a Spice Girls and pizza fan so of course Mamma LOVES this lane way restaurant.
It's no secret Mamma loves this place, she has shouted it from the mountain tops for over a year now. - and is again here to remind you of this gem we have on our doorstep.
With a fab new cubby and their new summer dinner menu - Mamma says you have to check out The Black Sheep!
Come and enjoy some beautiful food on New Years Eve, then soak up the atmosphere or watch the midnight fireworks. Two sittings 5pm & 8pm, bookings essential and deposit required.
The menu is excellent with lots of thought put into flavours and seasonal tastes. Mamma particularly likes that sweets have not been forgotten either AND every item on the menu can be ordered in 'kiddo' size. Fantastic.
Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog, Norfolk has just opened it's doors on the Altona Esplanade just in time for some summer holiday action.
Goodness Mamma! The food, the view, the coffee....Mamma LOVES this place
Dining out with the kids can be tricky and Alamanda Cafe and bistro in Point Cook have thought about what families might need to at least try and enjoy a meal out oh and Mamma thinks the coffee is pretty good too!
What would you say if Mamma told you there was a cafe with great food, outdoor seating, a playground right next door, an amazing beach over the road and a river full of ducks and their ducklings a few metres away? You'd say - "point me in that direction Mamma!" Well that direction is along The Great Ocean Road past Lorne to the divine hamlet of Wye River. A Mamma favourite for many years.
Mamma just loves the pub feel and you just can't go past the VIEW....I'll say it again...THAT VIEW!!! Situated on the hill overlooking the ocean you'd be hard pressed to find a pub with a better view. Anywhere.
Enzo has been selling his sweets and treats here for 7 years and all the chocolate is made in house. Mamma felt like a kid in a candy store....actually Mamma was EXACTLY like a kid in a candy store at this sweet sweets store in Altona.
Zeally Bay bread baked in Torquay is Mamma’s favourite bread of all time. It’s certified organic, handcrafted and is hearth baked. This time of year it's HOT CROSS BUN time and well, Zeally Bay's are up there with the best in the West.
his lovely cafe in Lara definitely had families like yours and Mamma's in mind...a fresh, friendly and tasty cafe smack bang next to a fantastic playground - it's sure to please.
Seriously why can't there be more places like this? Absurdly good food, unbelievable coffee, wood fired pizza's and look at this back yard - it's like you are hanging out at a mates house - a mate who is amazing in the kitchen!
Well, this place is so inspiring.. Everything on the menu here at The Farmers Place is sourced, grown or made locally - not to mention delicious.
Still a mamma fave! THAT roti, that laksa!
Mezmez has been open for a few months now and has a great vibe plus they really have hit the sweet (and savoury) spot with good eats, especially if you are after something a little different. Don't wait until your passing to check it out, Mamma says Mezmez is worth a special trip. Oh did we mention Nutella doughnuts?
Smack bang in the centre of Yarraville Village is this sweet spot. All icy treats are made in house, which makes Hello Gelo quite special. All the family favourites are here but it's the unique flavours that make this place great.
Authentic home made greek cuisine - this is foodie heaven right here in the west.
Trust Mamma, there is a massive choice of flavours at this long standing family run business. Perfectly situated in Williamstown's historic heart, the shop is roomy and offers good sized kiddie cones.
For Mamma, before Motorino, pizza and pasta dining all got a bit a bit 'yawn' boring. Serving a more traditional style of Italian food, Motorino has put both pasta and pizza back on the menu. Totally dig the paper table clothes and crayons on each table. Hangman anyone?