Kristen from Social - Staff Favourites Melbourne

A very bias "Best of Liven" as told by a very hungry 20 year old with a sweet tooth.

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THREE ONE 2 ONE

(Richmond)
I've been known to do cheat day to a much more extensive level than most. πŸ‘€ Three One 2 One makes me very happy with over-sized shakes, burgers and a sizable cocktail menu.

You should order...
The Kickass Mac and Cheese. This is one of - if not THE - best burger I have ever had. When you combine pasta, beef, cheese, jalapenos and bread, you're bound for brilliance. πŸ˜› I also love the Neverland shake, but if ordered alongside a burger, prepare yourself for a day long food coma. Worth it.

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PLATFORM 3

(Box Hill)
My local! Platform 3 is my go to for brunch, a cappuccino and/or a cheeky midday mojito.

You should order...
The Purple Stack! A stack of fluffy hotcakes, lavender icecream, honeycomb, gingerbread crumbs and berry compote. Seriously, I've tried this like three times just to make sure I could make a reliable recommendation. You're good to go. A notable mention - the Brioche French Toast! It took me a lot to stray from my favourite hotcakes, but it was worth it.

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SARDI

(Hawthorn)
A great all-rounder cafe, with an equally weighted menu of healthy and not-so-healthy plates. I'm there for the not-so-healthy ones though, obviously.

You should order...
The Banana Bread French Toast or the Oreo Waffles. Both plated like actual art (for dat IG shot) and SO, so good. The Oreo Waffles are my absolute #1 though. The Malteaser Shake is great too. Just get it all.

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NENE CHICKEN

(Box Hill | Melbourne Central)
I tried NeNe for the first time just over a month ago now - ensuing what has been an almost worrying obsession.

You should order...
The Swicy Chicken. I really don't want to think about how much of this I have eaten in the month I've known about it, but just know that it's good. Really good.

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HOBBA

(Prahran)
The Liven team spent a good 5 hours at Hobba filming a promotional video. Throughout the whole time we were there, we never got sick of sitting in this space. A renovated tire factory, with exposed brick walls & rafters, hanging plants and bulky pendant lighting.

You should order...
The waffles. I'm sorry for two consecutive waffle recommendations, but it's very necessary. Chocolate & peanut butter waffles, served with Nutella icecream, chocolate sauce, peanut brittle & macerated berries. πŸ˜›πŸ˜›πŸ˜›

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GRAMERCY SOCIAL

(Prahran)
Gramercy Social is one of my favourite places to kick back with a drink. It's doggy friendly, filled with foliage, and overall a really nice place to be - day or night.

You should order...
The Hell's Kitchen burger! Beef, cheese, jalapeΓ±os, lettuce & sriracha mayo. Gramercy also crafts up some immaculate cocktails. Pictured is their White Chocolate & Raspberry martini - which was freakin' amazing. I'm also partial to a good espresso martini - and Gramercy has absolutely got them all worked out.

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I've realised everything I ever recommend is either waffles, french toast, hotcakes, burgers, shakes or cocktails. I'm sorry. (No I'm not.)

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