41 Best Cafes In Melbourne You Must Visit At Least Once In Your Life

Best Melbourne Cafes

What do you do when in Melbourne? You cafe-hop, stuff yourself silly with all-day brunch food, and drink as many cups of coffee as you can!

The Aussie city is a paradise for cafe lovers, and it is an addiction to cafe-hop because there will always be more good coffee for you to drink, and many more types of food for you to stuff your face in. The standards are set really high – food, drinks, decor, ambience etc. Just when you thought you might have found the best cafe, think again – is it really?

Because we promise you, you need not settle for anything less than best. Melbourne will not disappoint you with their cafe scene, and while we are still fascinated by the sheer number of options, here are our picks for the best cafes in Melbourne.

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Melbourne Cafe


This minimalistic space in Fitzroy is one that is both photogenic and cosy. It has a menu of all-day breakfast items, and healthy grubs for clean eating – which is precisely what we love about Addict Food And Coffee. Try the chia puddings while you are at it!

The coffee here is serious business too. There is Axil Coffee Roasters blends for the milkier coffees, and roasts from Sir Charles for the black coffee lovers. Filter coffee options are available too.

240 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9415 6420
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Johnston Street – Stop 19

Auctions Room

Auctions Room Melbourne


Auction Rooms is a beautiful and spacious cafe in North Melbourne with ample of light streaming in from the large transparent glass panels. All-day breakfast is served from 7.30am and the dishes are not your ordinary Eggs Benedict and Pancakes.

Standouts include Brûlée French Toast (A$16) with crispy pancetta, the signature Pressed Pork Shoulder (A$18) with slow poached egg and bone marrow and the popular Breakfast Board of Grilled Chorizo with croquette, soft boiled egg served with iced coffee.

103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9326 7749
Mon to Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 7.30am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Errol St/Queensberry St

Breakfast Thieves


Breakfast Thieves is a beautiful spacious café that serves premium coffee (A$3.50) and splendid food. The large communal tables are great for group outings, where you and your mates can share a couple of mains. With an emphasis on fresh local goodness, all the beans used at Breakfast Thieves are hand roasted and 100% ethical.

The social blend won a silver medal at the Golden Bean awards in Espresso Category. Special weekender menu includes Ms. Omega (A$15.50); a citrus-cured ocean trout on fragrant sourdough and oozing poached eggs drenched in traditional hollandaise sauce.

Shop 1, 420 Gore St, Fitzroy
Tel: + 61 3 9416 4884
Tue to Sun: 7.30am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Keele St

Brother Baba Budan


Hipster coffee shops are aplenty in Melbourne and Brother Baba Budan is one of them. Sitting along Little Bourke Street, it is the go-to coffee outlet when you need a quick caffeine fix. We love its creative decor and how everyone from different walks of life gathers at this small space for a lovely brew.

359 Little Bourke St
Tel: +61 3 9606 0449
Mon to Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 9am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Londsdale St/Elizabeth St

CrabApple Kitchen


Crabapple Kitchen serves hearty breakfast items throughout the day and its menu is largely influenced by the Mediterranean. Visitors can expect an ever-changing seasonal menu that reflects the culinary team’s comprehensive travels.

Freshness and quality are guaranteed at all costs and even those with the most discerning taste buds will be satisfied with Crabapple Kitchen’s decadent dishes. Order the exotic Brazilian-inspired Shrimp and Coconut Curry (A$19) served with fried rice, mango salad and cheese bread, or dig into other exciting mains.

Do not miss out on their signature bestselling Crab Apple Sliders (A$8 for one, A$15 for two)! The palm-size baby brioche milk buns are stuffed with spanner crab, breakfast radish, Kewpie mayonnaise and mustard cress. Absolutely divine!

659 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn VIC 3122,
Tel: +61 3 9078 5492
Daily: 7am – 5pm
Nearest Train Station: Glenferrie

Chez Dre Melbourne

Chez Dre Outdoor


Tucked away in a laneway near South Melbourne Market, Chez Dré has made a name for itself by dishing out French-inspired sweet and savoury all-day breakfast. It has recently split the cafe and patisserie into two separate brands.

Housed in a warehouse, Chez Dré is serving a French-inspired breakfast and lunch menu using the best local produce, while Bibelot – a new venture next door – is a patisserie, gelateria, espresso bar, chocolate shop, and high tea salon. Have breakfast at Chez Dré and head next door to Bibelot for desserts and coffee.

285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9690 2688
Daily: 7.30am – 4.30pm
Nearest Tram Station: York St/Clarendon St

Cumulus Inc

Cumulus Inc Melbourne


Cummulus Inc. is a sexy name. And so is the restaurant. It may not be a cafe per se, but we have included it in this guide to Melbourne’s best cafe simply because Cummulus Inc. is one of those places that is always packed – no matter what time you go. Their menu differs from breakfast to lunch to dinner, with the latter being the most extensive and expensive.

While the food is considered honest and nothing too whacky, Cumulus Inc has earned its popularity from the good vibes of its outlet – with a choice of bar seats and personal tables, it makes a good place to gather and for a comfort meal.

45 Flinders Ln, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9650 1445
Mon to Fri: 7am – 11pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 11pm
Nearest Tram Station: Exhibition St/Flinders St

Darling Cafe

Darling Cafe Acai Bowl


South Yarra is one area in Melbourne that we love for its quietness, and Darling Cafe is where we would retreat to for the best acai bowl. You would have seen the colourful bowl on your social media feeds before, and the beautiful rainbow is really Darling Cafe’s signature Organic Acai Bowl (A$16.50).

What’s interesting about Darling Cafe’s menu is the section named ‘The Wok’ – of Asian staples and favourites, dishes to look out for include Nasi Goreng (A$20) and Peking Duck with Jasmine Rice (A$19.50).

2 Darling St
South Yarra VIC 3141, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9820 9222
Daily: 7am – 4pm
Nearest Train Station: South Yarra

Deadman Expresso

Melbourne Coffee


If you are heading to South Melbourne Market, another cafe that you should check out is Dead Man Espresso. Located on a quiet corner of Market Street, Dead Man Espresso is the perfect spot for a great cup of coffee – a special Dead Man Espresso blend specially made for them by Seven Seeds – along with a simple breakfast.

The breakfast options include Slow Cooked Pork Belly Bun (A$18), Deadman Chicken Burger (A$16.50), and Toast with Vegemite (A$8.50).

35 Market St, South Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9696 3912
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: York St/Clarendon St


De Clieu was named after a French commissioned officer, the first person to introduce coffee to the French colonies in South America in the 1720s. Needless to say, coffee is serious business like how it is in most Melbourne cafés.

Six Degrees Architect had made it possible for guests to perch themselves on windowsills and Seven Seeds ensured the consistency of great coffee. With an effortlessly impressive menu, there is no reason why this hipster haunt should be left out from our guide to Melbourne’s best cafes.

1/187 Gertrude Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: +61 3 9416 4661
Mon to Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Napier St/Gertrude St

dukes coffee roasters


Located a stone’s throw away from Flinders Street Station, Dukes Coffee Roasters at Ross House is the go-to place for a comforting cuppa.

The specialty coffee shop is decked out in recycled timber and we love the overall inviting ambience! An assortment of coffee-making equipment is up for grabs too and we reckon it is a paradise for all passionate baristas to congregate.

247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9417 5578
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4.30pm
Sat: 9am – 5pm
Sun: Closed
Nearest Train Station: Flinders Street

grub food van
Grub Food


People sick of cutting-edge cities’ lifestyles would find Grub Food Van’s peculiar nonchalance for the outside world extremely heartwarming.

Located in Melbourne’s bohemian district, Fitzroy, Grub Food Van has made a name for itself with its quirky design and interiors. Artisan breads and boutique beers are accompanied by the creepy exhibition of bodiless dolls around the glass house. One must not miss out on this eclectically bizarre experience.

If alfresco dining is what you fancy, watch in awe as food is served through a retro 1965 airstream van. Pastries start from A$5.50 and beers start from A$6.

87-89 Moor Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: +61 3 9419 8991
Mon: Closed
Tue to Sat: 8am – 9pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Bell Street

Hash Melbourne

Hash Cafe Melbourne


Hash Specialty Coffee & Roasters has made quite a name for itself on Instagram with its signature Hot Chocolate (A$6). 85% Mork Chocolate is served in a lab-style beaker and complemented with a ceramic cup stuffed with cotton candy. Pour the hot beverage over the fairy floss and you are all good to go!

113 Hardware St
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 8529 0284
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat and Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Melbourne Central Station – Stop 5

Higher Ground


Higher Ground – located just across Southern Cross train station in the city – is a cafe concept situated within a heritage-listed former power station and characterised by exposed brick walls and high ceilings.

The establishment’s old-world charm is neatly counterbalanced by potted greenery and minimalistic decors.

650 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 8899 6219
Mon to Wed: 7am – 4pm
Thu and Fri: 7am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Sat: 8am – 4pm, 5.30pm – 11pm
Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Train Station: Southern Cross

Industry Beans

Industry Beans Melbourne


The coffee snob in you will be immensely satisfied after a trip to Industry Beans. The folks running this reputable business know what they are doing and from aeropresses to the good old flat whites, they have got everything covered.

Complete your experience with their gourmet brunch items, namely Coffee Rubbed Wagyu Burger (A$23) and Kale Kimchi Bowl (A$22).

3/62 Rose St
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Tel: +61 3 9417 1034
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat and Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Leicester Street – Stop 17

Krimper Cafe



Krimper Cafe was once a furniture factory and a gallery, but today this spacious warehouse is a café well loved by locals in the know. Named after a famous designer in the 1950s, this rustic looking cafeteria is tucked away from the main streets, in one of Melbourne’s oldest alleyways. Its secluded location makes it hard to believe that it is actually right smacked in the city centre; a 5-minute walk from Melbourne Central to be exact.

Start your day with the Krimpers Benedict, a classic dish with a Krimper twist; pulled smoked ham hock and poached eggs with fresh basil pesto, leafy greens and rich hollandaise sauce.

20 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 3 9043 8844
Mon to Thu: 7am – 5pm
Fri: 7am – 9pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Elizabeth St/La Trobe St

Manchester Press Cafe

Manchester Press Bagel


Famed for its coffee and bagels, Manchester Press is tucked away in Rankins Lane, just slightly off Little Bourke Street. It is inconspicuous, the kind of place that you will walk past without noticing it. But once you turn in to the narrow alley, you will be surprised by the sheer size of the cafe.

The menu is small and concise; divided into four sections – breakfast, open bagels, closed bagels and salads. Yea, bagels everything. Just about right! There are options such as The MP Club Sandwich Bagel (A$14.50), Texas BBQ Pulled Pork Bagel (A$15.50), and Toasted Mixed Berry Bagel (A$14), but our favourite is the Grilled Spanish Chorizo Bagel (A$14) with spinach, sliced tomato, tomato relish and cheese.

8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne
Rel: +61 3 9600 4054
Mon to Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Bourke St/Elizabeth St

Market Lane Coffee

Market Lane Cafe


A small space with nothing but brew, Market Lane Coffee sits across Queen Victoria Market. Serious coffee drinkers come here for simple reasons – fragrant, acidic coffee. What baffles us is the lack of latte art, but if you can look past that, you’d know that Market Lane Coffee is one of those coffee places that you just can’t miss when you are in the Australian city.

Queen Victoria Market Food Court
109/111 Therry St, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9804 7434
Mon to Thu: 7am – 3pm
Fri & Sat: 7am – 4pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Queen Victoria Market/Peel St


Mart 130 Melbourne


Mart 130 Café is a refurbished stationmaster building and is located directly beside an operating tram stop in Middle Park. The concept is indeed one-of-a-kind.

Mart 130 Café’s interesting location makes the dining experience a truly unforgettable one – especially when it is located right outside a functioning tram stop. The only tram stop going through the café is tram number 96 and visitors can easily board the tram from Bourke Street Mall (the direction that is headed towards St Kilda Beach).

107A Canterbury Road
Middle Park VIC 3206
Tel: +61 3 9690 8831
Daily: 7.30am – 3pm
Nearest Tram Station: Middle Park

Operator 25

Operator 25 Cafe


A little quirky, a little funky. That is what you’d get from Operator25. As with their menu. The options looked really foreign, and they do not come cheap. The matcha hotcakes was pretty “acquired” and we didn’t quite fancy the taste. The pan-seared scallops with pumpkin puree and lentils was pretty decent though, rest that the portion was tiny.

We might have ordered the wrong items, because Operator25 is a fairly hyped about place. Perhaps, you would have better luck than we did?

25 Wills St, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9670 3278
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Queen St/La Trobe St

pepper cafe


Pepper Café is an unpretentious rustic-looking neighbourhood café in the quiet residential area of New Market. We have dined this quaint spot countless of times; we love how affordably priced and delicious everything is at Pepper Café.

Diners can enjoy scrumptious all-day breakfast items such as the classic Eggs Benedict (A$14.50) or the piping hot Tunisian Shakshuka (AU$15.50). Coffees in Melbourne are generally good and Pepper Café’s caffeinated beverages are no exception (small – A$3.30, large – A$4).

44 Pin Oak Crescent
Flemington VIC 3031
Tel: +61 3 9372 2726
Mon to Wed: 7am – 4am
Thu and Fri: 7am – 10pm
Sat: 8am – 10pm
Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Train Station: Newmarket

Pillar of Salt


One cafe to visit when in Richmond is Pillar of Salt. Brick walls and neon signs dominate the outlook of this space, and there is an outdoor sitting area too.

Pillar of Salt Melbourne

On its menu, interesting finds include Red Chilli Scrambled Eggs (A$18), Smashed Avocado with Saffron & Lime (A$17.50) which we thoroughly enjoyed, and Nordic Breakfast Board (A$18.50).

541 Church St
Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9421 1550
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 4.30pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Balmain Street – Stop 54

Proud Mary

Proud Mary Cafe


A pioneer of third-wave cafes in Melbourne, Proud Mary is an ideal spot for stopping for a quick cup of coffee, or hanging out with a group of friends for a meal. Some of the highlights include Ricotta Hotcake (A$16), Pea & Feta Fritter (A$18.50), and the outstanding Pork Belly Sandwich (A$16)

From all day breakfast, to hearty lunches, homemade cakes, fresh juices and kick ass coffee, there is surely something for everyone at Proud Mary.

172 Oxford Street
Tel: +61 03 9417 5930
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Hodgson St/Smith St


For selfish reasons, we actually hate to share this hidden gem with you. But hole-in-the-wall cafe Rex Tremenade is honestly one of our favourite coffee shops in Melbourne. The venue is tiny and the concept is simple; the owners roast the coffee beans themselves and after having countless cups, we can vouch for their excellent consistency.

Open only till 3.30pm on weekdays and closed during the weekends, Rex Tremendae is a localized café that is worth waking up early for!

555 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC 3000
Tel: +61 401 837 674
Mon to Fri: 7am – 3.30pm
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Nearest Tram Station: Melbourne Aquarium – Stop 2



Neighbourhood cafe Rudimentary offers an unique dining experience unlike any other. The premises feature sleek shipping containers – characterised by shades of black and brown – surrounded by brick tiles and Astro Turf. These containers are mobile; Rudimentary can pack up and relocate any time.

The menu is affordable, simple and healthy. Gluten-free options are available too upon request.

16/20 Leeds St
Footscray VIC 3011
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 3.30pm
Sat and Sun: 8am – 3.30pm
Tel: +61 497 058 173
Nearest Tram Station: Nicholson Street – Stop 62

Sensory Lab


Sitting within David Jones is Sensory Lab, somewhere we’d like to think of a “place of interest” for coffee lovers. The owner also runs St ALi, and by that, you’d know that Sensory Lab is serious about their third-wave coffee. Primarily an outlet for coffee lovers to learn more about the brews, Sensory Lab allows customers to better understand the brewing methods as well as a series of sensory tests with tasting notes.

Want to heighten your exposure on the finer points of coffee tasting? You’d fit right into Sensory Lab.

297 Little Collins St
Tel: +61 3 9645 0065
Mon to Wed: 7am – 6pm
Thu & Fri: 7am – 9pm
Sat: 8am – 7pm
Sun: 9am – 6pm
Nearest Tram Station: Bourke St/Elizabeth St

Seven Seeds Cafe

Seven Seeds Melbourne


Seven Seeds Speciality Coffee has firmly established itself as one of the most famous coffee shops in Melbourne, From Pour Over (A$6), to Flat White (A$4), Piccolo (A$4), and Cold Brew (A$4), the passionate baristas at Seven Seeds Speciality Coffee will prepare each cup of coffee with equal care. Non-coffee drinkers can get a selection of tea (A$4) from Storm In A Teacup.

Whether you want Homemade Waffles with Blood Plum Jam (A$15), Eggs Benedict on English Muffins with Corned Beef (A$16), Jamaican Style Jerk Chicken (A$17.50), or Double Wagyu Patty Burger (A$18), the crew will happily oblige.

106-114 Berkeley St
Tel: +61 3 9347 8664
Mon to Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Queensberry St/Swanston St

Sir Charles


Sir Charles is undisputedly one of the best cafes in Melbourne. The huge space is modern and minimalistic with touches of white and plants hanging around sporadically. A roastery sits within the compound too, and you bet these guys are true coffee connoisseurs.

Sir Charles Brunch

On its menu, the Eton Mess Waffles (A$17) is what everyone goes for. Essentially Belgian waffle topped with colourful meringue kisses, marshmallow, jelly tip ice cream and fresh berries, this is one stunning dish to love. And we have to say the Special K (A$18) – corn fritters with poached eggs, kale, avocado and tahiti yogurt – is one of the best we’ve tried.

121 Johnston St
Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9415 7077
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Johnston St / Brunswick St

Small Victories

Small Victories Melbourne


One of our favourite breakfast places is Small Victories, though they have menus for lunch as well. This is such a popular spot in North Carlton, and it is perpetually packed in the mornings. You will learn why after you’ve sipped their aromatic coffee. They are smooth with a nutty aftertaste.

On the menu, breakfast is a lot about eggs. Poached Eggs on Toast variations are aplenty, and you can add on sides such as our favourite avocado with miso and sesame dressing.

617 Rathdowne St
North Carlton VIC 3054, Australia
Tel: +61 3 9347 4064
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat: 8am – 5pm
Sun: 9am – 5pm

St Ali Cafe Melbourne

St ALi Cafe


Bustling and full of chatter, St ALi Coffee Roasters – one of the pioneers of specialty coffee in Melbourne – is housed in what used to be a warehouse near to South Melbourne Market, and the space is ever lively with club tracks and funky baristas.

The menu has both breakfast and brunch choices, and we went for The Daddy (A$17.50) and Up Seven Creek Without A Paddle (A$24). Damn, the latter was a mouthful. But it is really an awesome open-faced steak sandwich with smoked onion, garlic mayo, baby beet and gruyère. The beef used is a Seven Creek marble score 9 Wagyu beef, and it is done medium well with a hint of char. Needless to say, this had our hearts and we polished them all within minutes.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9686 2990
Daily: 7am – 6pm
Nearest Tram Station: York St/Clarendon St

south of johnston


South of Johnston aka SoJo was previously an old factory that was resurrected to life after undergoing the wonders of owner Stuart McKenzie and Carver Design. The transformation is almost magical and dog-friendly SoJo is now a frequent haunt amongst Fitzroy residents for both dine-in and takeout coffees. P.s. Coffee is excellent!

The warehouse-style café serves reasonably priced all-day breakfast and lunch items that would give you the bang for your buck. If you experienced some sort of Déjà vu whilst dining at SoJo, know that it is only because Stuart was once the owner of famous MART 130.

We highly recommend Zucchini and Corn Fritters (A$18.90) served with homemade kassoundi, guacamole, sour cream, poached eggs and either smoked salmon or grilled bacon. This all-day breakfast item is unsurprisingly one of their bestsellers.

46 Oxford Street
Collingwood VIC 3066
Tel: +61 3 9417 2741
Daily: 7.30am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Peel Street/Smith Street



The Farm Café is relatively inaccessible due to the lack of nearby train and tram stations, hence driving there and parking at the nearby public car park would be ideal.

As its name suggests, The Farm Café is literally located within a farm’s vicinity. While admission to The Farm Café is completely free of charge, entrance fees (A$5 per child, A$10 per adult and A$20 per family) will be collected to access the farm, where you can get up close and personal with domestic farm animals.

Everything served at The Farm Café is superbly fresh and those with dietary restrictions will be pleased with their gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. We love their fluffy scones served with jam and cream – one of the best we had!

18 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067
Tel: +61 3 9415 6581
Daily: 9am – 4pm
Nearest Train Station: Victoria Park

The Kettle Black Melbourne

The Kettle Black


Quite possibly the hottest – and most crowded – cafe in Melbourne right now, The Kettle Black has garnered an insane following. It is practically impossible to get a table on weekends. Get there early, or be prepared to wait in line.

Highlights include Benedict Style Eggs with Braised Pork Shoulder (A$17), Tataki Ocean Trout with Raw Kale Salad (A$20), Cape Grim Beef on Bun (A$23), and Burrata with Raw Heirloom Tomatoes (A$17).

50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9088 0721
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Domain Interchange/St Kilda Rd

The Grain Store

The Grain Store Cafe


Nestled within the west of Melbourne CBD – just a short walk from Southern Cross Station – The Grain Store is a cosy cafe that serves well-executed simple food using locally grown and harvested fruit and vegetables.

On the breakfast menu, you can find wholesome options such as Polenta Corn Fritter with Avocado and Smashed Greens (A$15); Passionfruit, Buckwheat & Ricotta Pancakes (A$18); and Elderflower Watermelon & Summer Fruit (A$13). There is also an assortment of freshly baked goods and sandwiches on display every day.

517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9972 6993
Mon & Tue: 7am – 4pm
Wed to Fri: 7am – 4pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Sat: 8am – 4pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Melbourne Aquarium/ Flinders Street

Hardware Societe Cafe

Hardware Societe


So prior to coming here, we heard so much about The Hardware Société. It is one of the most popular cafes here in Melbourne, and the daily queue says it all. It was breakfast for us one breezy morning, and we were so spoilt for choice with its relatively large menu.

But don’t get too distracted, because these folks are known for their Baked Eggs (A$18) and yes, they are irresistible. The Picnic Board (A$20) really satisfied too; think a sumptuous serving of confit drumstick, cured meats, free range eggs and pickles

And of course, do not leave without a cappuccino.

120 Hardware Street, Melbourne
Mon to Fri: 7.30am – 3pm
Sat & Sun: 8.30am – 2pm
Nearest Tram Station: Queen St/La Trobe St

The League of Honest Coffee

Hot Chocolate


Like what its name suggests, The League Of Honest Coffee is in a league of its own when it comes to serving good and honest coffee skilfully prepared by earnest baristas. From the Slayer, you can get the usual Espresso (A$3.50), Piccolo (A$3.50), Flat White (A$4) and Magic (A$4). From the brew bar, you have Clover (AUD$5), Chemex (AUD$6), and Cold Drip (AUD$6).

The food menu is pretty limited – with some Toasties (range from A$4 to A$8), Salads (A$9) and Baguettes (A$7) to choose from – so come here for a cuppa over hearty conversations.

8 Exploration Ln, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9654 0169
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4.30pm
Sat: 8.30am – 3pm
Nearest Tram Station: Exhibition St/La Trobe St

wood frog bakery


The Wood Frog Bakery might be an unassuming St Kilda café, but boy, they are famous for their baked loaves. From healthy honey oat, 23-hour aged baguette to pumpkin sourdough, the seemingly endless variety of bread is truly impressive.

Customers from all walks of life make up the steady stream of customers and they are all queuing up patiently to get their hands on artisanal goodness. We know selection is tough, but if you have only space for one item then it has to be their freshly baked Almond Croissant (A$5) – it was love at first bite for us.

108 Barkly Street
St Kilda VIC 3182
Tel: +61 3 9077 5440
Daily: 7am – 5pm
Nearest Tram Station: Inkerman St/St Kilda Road

Three Bags Full

Chai Latte


Farther down from Little Saigon in Richmond, Three Bags Full is a quaint 150-seater cafe that we love. Split into different sections, each with its own vibe, Three Bags Full is like a neighbourhood joint for the residents to grab a hearty breakfast and some coffee.

The food menu consists of mainly sandwiches and salads. A 200g Wagyu Cheese Burger (A$19) with cheddar cheese, tomato relish and roasted wedges is always a fine way to start your day. For something lighter, go for the Zucchini and Ricotta Fritters (A$18).

The crowd here is less rowdy – mostly families, and pets are allowed as long as you sit outdoors. Yea, the outdoor seats on the walkway. We enjoyed our Chai Latte along with the cool morning breeze while looking out to the line of trees and big blue Aussie skies. Such is life.

Nicholson Street & Mollison Street
Tel: +61 3 9421 2732
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Lennox St

Top Paddock

Top Paddock Cafe Ricotta Hotcakes


Top Paddock is yet another successful venture of Melbourne food maestro Nathan Toleman and his talented A-team. Every dish here is not only executed with masterly finesse but also presented in the most aesthetically pleasing manner. Their bestseller Blueberry & Ricotta hotcakes (A$19.50) – served with berries, organic maple, seeds and double cream is a must try.

658 Church St
Richmond VIC 3121
Tel: +61 3 9429 4332
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat and Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: Alexandra Av/Church St

Two Birds One Stone



Located just next to Adriano Zumbo in South Yarra, Two Birds One Stone was previously ran by the guys behind Kettle Black and Top Paddock, but it has since changed hands and has a new owner now. The current menu is still very much similar to Kettle Black’s, though.

The cafe serves a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes all day. Specials include Oven Baked Queensland Spanner Crab Omelette (A$19.50), Oven Baked Beans with Dukkah Spicwed Labna and Charred Toast (AUD$16.50), and Black Angus Steak Sandwich (A$19.50).

12 Claremont St
South Yarra
Tel: +61 3 9827 1228
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 4pm
Nearest Tram Station: South Yarra Station



Spacious and minimalistic, Workshop Brothers is an inviting specialty coffee café that can be identified from across the road with its catchy green façade. The space is designed by award-wining designer Hana Hakim and is the go-to place for a quick perk-me-up amongst nearby working executives.

190 Queen Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Mon to Fri: 7am – 4pm
Tel: +61 3 9078 6533
Closed on Saturdays and Sundays
Nearest Tram Station: Queen Street – Stop 4

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