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Published June 19th 2018
Highett is full of kid-friendly cafes, parks and playgrounds
Highett is 16 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD, between Sandringham on the bay and Cheltenham inland. The suburb developed quickly and is now full of high quality cafes, restaurants, parks and playgrounds
Shopping in Highett
Highett Shopping Centre has a supermarket, bottle shop, and bakery like most local shopping centres. However, this centre also has the Advanced Natural Beauty and Spa, Zen Oriental Health massage, and a Nail Salon called Natural Beauty,, for a bit of a pampering The building is on the corner of Graham Road and Highett Road and trading hours are generally 9am to 5.30pm (closing later at 9pm on Fridays, and slightly earlier at 5pm on Saturdays).
The Oz Child Op Shop is at 356 Highett Street and sells a range of secondhand clothes, toys, DVDs and homewares for charity. Shop hours are 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to noon on Saturday (closed Sundays).
Cafes, Restaurants, and Bars
Public Grind Cafe is at 316 Highett Road and serves breakfast and lunch. They also welcome kids and have some art pieces on the wall and a cosy courtyard. For a great review, click here. They are open from 7am on weekdays, and 8am on weekends, and close at 3.30pm.
The Little Elephant Cafe is at 23 Spring Road in Highett. They are open every day from 7am to 4pm. The menu has an all-day breakfast that includes inventive dishes such as vanilla crepes, or pulled pork and eggs, and the brunch dishes included specialties such as cold smoked tofu and salad and homemade pan fried gnocchi. A more detailed review of this fine establishment is here.
The Little Elephant Cafe in Highett. Credits:https://www.thelittleelephant.com.au/
Blue Dish cafe is another local favourite in Highett. The cafe serves Genovese coffee and affordable yet delicious meals. According to the Blue Dish website "it might be poached eggs with our unbeatable hollandaise, a fresh pain au chocolat or a croque monsieur made in the true style of peasant French food". They are at 326 Highett Road (contact details are here), opening 7am to 3pm daily. A more detailed review is here.
Mr Humble has a wide variety of pizza, pasta, and small dishes, with dinner served daily (except Tuesdays). They are also open for morning tea and lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. The restaurant is at 6 Railway Parade Highett and the booking link is here.
Hot Lips Hacienda is a few doors down from Mr Humble at 2 Railway Parade. They serve up an impressive range of Mexican dishes in the restaurant or as take-away, with margaritas and other drink specials. There are specific seating times on weekends, but the owners are more flexible on weekdays (closed Mondays). To avoid disappointment, it's best to book here.
Hawker Typhoon is a surprising blend of an Asian fusion restaurant, with an extensive snacks menu, and a cocktail bar. They open at 4pm (except Mondays) and close at 11pm during the week and 1am on the weekends, adding a touch of nightlife to the Highett area.
Highett Reserve Playground is at 34 Turner Road and the playground is shaped like a castle and there are slides and swings for the kids.
Waves Leisure Centre is next door to the Highett Reserve. The centre has a swimming pool, group fitness classes, and childcare facilities. Contact details and admission prices are here. Waves is open from 6am to 9pm weekdays, and 7am to 6pm on weekends.
The train from the City to Highett takes about 30 minutes (on the Frankston line).
Highett Station on the Frankston line. Credits: Wikimedia Commons, User: Joe "velojo