If you’re looking for a hotbed of foodie culture that has somehow managed to fly under the radar, make your way to Bayswater. One of this suburb’s cooler cafes is the epic 160-seat The Hatter and the Hare, a local favourite serving up Five Senses coffee, loose-leaf tea and a lavish range of all-day breakfast dishes (quirky names include Unwanted Marriage Proposal for toast with condiments, and Off With Their Heads for corn fritters). While you’re waiting for your order to arrive, watch macarons, croissants, eclairs and cupcakes being made from scratch in the open patisserie kitchen.
For something completely different, head to Thai Tables, where generous portions are the norm and the meals, including Thai favourites like pad thai, som tam (chicken in coconut soup) and sweet pineapple fried rice, are tasty and great value.
If you’d like to take the local tastes of Bayswater home, you can stock up on the tastiest cured meats at continental butcher, Walma’s Meat and Smallgoods. There’s bratwurst, kaiserfleisch, smoked pork neck and plenty of other sausages from which to choose.
Afterwards, stretch your legs with a lap around Guy Turner Reserve. There’s a vibrant playground with a smiling caterpillar mural, the result of a community art project by the Bayswater West Community Hub and the Knox City Council. You’ll find a shaded sandpit and swings, monkey bars and seesaws, as well as walking paths that lead across the park.