eats in melbourne's south
If you are looking for breakfast, lunch, ice-cream or you just love a good cuppa there are lots of fabulous places for you to choose from. Mamma's eats 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.
Browse though our collection or search below for your suburb or fave spot
That Spirited Lot is a small-batch distillery, tucked away in a little warehouse in Seaford. They specialise in gin, with their label - Ninch Dry Gin - and it is AMAZING!
Looking for a cool spot to chill out with an ice-cold beer, to warm yourself over the open fire, and where the kids are welcome? You’ve found it!
Now this is an awesome little spot! Mamma is most certainly a Mrs Grumpy before her morning coffee - until of course she grabs a morning brew from the one and only Mr Grumpy. This is an eclectic cafe with tonnes of personality, especially on the walls.
Mamma has never seen gelato like this before!
Don’t be fooled by the spagetti-like consistency, this seriously amazing tasting ice cream is WAY better than pasta!
Not only does this bus have THE best name that you will ever hear, it also serves THE best coffee!
This shop is so much more than just ice-cream! There’s donuts, shakes, smoothies, cold press juices and coffee!
ALL the cheese, crackers, sourdough , nuts, meats and fruit that you could want; all great quality and totally delish!
Hard to tell what is more phenomenal here - the food or that VIEW!
Wonderfully family-friendly with an indoor kids play area and delicious food!
A relaxed family friendly hotel with great pub grub and things to keep the kids busy!
Award winning pies and views of the bay! What could be better than that?! Oh, wait - maybe having a kids corner, free babycinos and a charging station!
A Lego table, dress ups, soft toys and books- this gorgeous little Nordic themed cafe is just perfect for families.
They don’t call themselves the cupcake QUEENS for nothing! These are tiny morsels of pure heaven.
The Portsea Hotel has recently had a make over for some freshening up and Mamma must say, she is more beautiful than ever. Fresh and clean and bright, but still with a bayside feel. Book and dine inside (the glass doors open up for those sunny days) or try your luck in the beer garden and just turn up to get the more casual seating outdoors.
THIS place is dumpling and noodle heaven!
Catering for vegetarians, vegans and even gluten free options as well, it is a winner.
Grab a coffee and antipasto platter to go and head down to the beach or park to enjoy!
This place is simply heaven for chocolate addicts!
Any day is a Burger Day!
Who doesn’t work up an appetite after shopping up a storm! Luck for all the happy shoppers, Woodstock Pizzicheria is serving up pizza and other Italian delights, all day long.
Delicious food AND kids chopstick classes for free!
This great little cafe is THE place to be on a Summer’s Day!
Be prepared to find happiness here folks. Pure happiness!
This awesome little place is bright and fun and just heaven for the little ones!
Decked out in a gorgeous blush tone, hiding in a suburban street, you will find this cute little cafe.
Nice Buns is the very BEST of all things YOMG - Yo My Goodnes. This innovative Melbourne based biz love to push the envelope with food, dining and stacks of fun. You can even get merch!
This really is the perfect (tasty) family restaurant.
There’s delicious food on offer here, with the menu changing with the seasons; including all day breakfast and a kids menu.
Mamma’s gonna call it - this may be the BEST ice-cream in the South!
This is a great little spot and Mamma highly recommends the muffins - delicious!!
The Phillip Island Winery is definitely one of Mamma’s favourites. Grab a seat out the back and the kids can run around on the grass and jump on the old vintage truck - and keep an eye out for Sid the resident sausage dog.
Dessert lovers beware! One bite here and you will be hooked!
Mamma just LOVES a cafe with a dedicated play area for kids!
This cafe has awesome food, and is perfect for kids with a huge play area located in its backyard!
This cafe has an amazing view and THE MOST perfect space for kids to roam!
Coffee lovers - this is a MUST SEE!
There's no secret that Mamma LOVES chocolate. So upon discovering that there is a chocolate shop nearby, it was a MUST to visit.
Taking the humble Sunday brunch to a whole new level, the Pullman Hotel is pulling out all the stops to create the most memorable Sunday brunch ever!
Taste a rainbow of fresh flavours!
This is such a perfect family restaurant; as, yes - there ARE delicious sweet pancakes (hello tim tams!) BUT - there are also other options like steak, calamari, salads and more!
Along side the gorgeous Mt Martha Bay, bask in the sunshine as you sit at an outdoor table and enjoy delicious food!
This is the smallest burger joint Mamma has ever seen - BUT, boy do they pack a punch!
This little treasure is a clubhouse made for little ones, and boy do they know what little kids like!
This truly is a paradise for families wanting to enjoy a nice meal - without the worry of the kids running amok.
Mamma has never seen so many sweet temptations within the one shop!
A cafe - a playground - a lake AND animals? This will be your new favourite place!
This funky shed offers a perfect setting for a family friendly sunday session!
Mamma LOVES a funky new cafe - especially one that tastes as good as it looks!
Not only is the food delicious, the coffee amazing, the staff gorgeous and attentive - but the music is terrific, too!
For a decadent treat, you can't go past the Oreo Waffle - it's heaven for your taste buds!
You really need to do yourself a favour and head here ASAP! White Truffle - SO GOOD!!
This wonderful cafe is exactly what the name suggests - a retreat; especially for parents!
What could be better than spending a sunny day in an open air cafe, overlooking a creek with the beach only a stones throw away?
This place has it all - and it's not the wine talking - Mamma promises!
If you love traditional greek street food, then Jimmy Grants in Ormond is for you
Look out all you bread lovers - something amazing has arrived!
Grab a bite to eat at the cafe and enjoy one of the most beautiful spots in Melbourne.
Delicious meals, sunny courtyard, fabulous service, open fireplace, heaps to keep the kids entertained- and a happy hour every day! Winner!
Ice-cream filled macarons!! ENOUGH SAID!
Behind this metal roller-door lays a hidden gem; a coffee lover's paradise!
These doughnuts are NO ordinary doughnuts!
Location, location. location!!
Mamma cannot believe the views that surround this awesome cafe!
Who can resist a decadent, delicious donut? Not this Mamma!
Delicious food, friendly staff and an unbeatable location makes this cafe a winner!
If Mamma told you there was a cafe that had an upstairs section just for you and your little ones ... would you belive her?
Porter Republic is a amazing, family friendly and straight up delicious cafe and restaurant.
Hungry?? Check out these deliciously decadent burgers and shakes, a little bit extravagant yet not over the top! They're totally cool beans!
There is not one, not two, not three, but FOUR zones to this cafe including the last (and best) outside courtyard with the kid's name all over it - Literally!
When Mamma can sit and have a cuppa, a bite, listen to the waves and watch the kidlets run around on a beach - Mamma is HAPPY.
Has Mamma got the perfect hangout for you! Grassy area for kids to play with cricket bats and balls that are provided, a cup of pencils for every table - and delectable food and coffee!!
A cool cafe with an old milk bar vibe nestled in amongst the trees in the quiet part of St Kilda and plonked right next to a park and playground.
Craving something sweet? Check out the cake window at this place!
This is one cafe that EVERYONE can enjoy - even your dog can have breakfast!
In a tree-lined suburban street, away from the hustle and bustle of Elwood Village, you will find this retro Milk bar/cafe. You'll think you have time-travelled back to the 50's!
A funky, incredibly kid-friendly, licensed cafe; catering for absolutely everyone- including guests of the canine variety!
What could be more perfect than a toy shop that lets kids play with toys, whilst Mamma enjoys a hot drink? Nothing!!
A small, funky cafe with friendly staff, a gated play corner, fantastic coffee and a healthy and adventurous menu.
A fantastic cafe with a fenced in playground, spectacular milkshakes/smoothies and a delicious allergy-friendly menu.