After a two-year long renovation, Higher Ground Melbourne alas opened its doors to the public on 04 July 2016. The venue—located just across Southern Cross train station in the city—is housed within a heritage-listed 19th-century former power station and characterised by exposed brick walls, high ceilings of at least three storeys and beautiful arched windows.
Higher Ground Melbourne’s old-world charm is juxtaposed with lounge-style nooks, split-level mezzanines, potted greenery and minimalistic decors. The new dining establishment is brought to you by the same team behind Top Paddock and Kettle Black; and a formidable line-up of chefs with reputations of pushing boundaries helm this gorgeous space.
Higher Ground is the hottest brunch spot in Melbourne RN.
The comprehensive menu at Higher Ground Melbourne showcases an array of delectable brunch and dinner items. These innovative delicacies are not your typical cafe nosh. Think Spicy Cauliflower Scrambled Eggs (A$19.50) served with homemade flat bread and Wagyu Short Rib Roll (A$19) complemented with chilli, daikon, sesame and crisp vegetables.
Should these alternative classic interpretations not suit your fancy, you can always choose to stick to familiar crowd pleasers such as Ricotta Hotcakes (A$21). These incredibly light and fluffy pancakes are garnished with edible flowers, seasonal fruits and drenched in luscious maple syrup. Do note that the portion is massive – hence you might actually want to share.
Coffee is serious business here and you can expect to sip the same caffeinated beverages as you would from its sister restaurants, Top Paddock and The Kettle Black. This is because Higher Ground Melbourne uses the same beans from the group’s own coffee roastery, Square One.
Higher Ground Melbourne’s impressive interiors is already a major draw itself. But its immediate success also lies in its several other key factors, namely its unique never-seen-before gourmet inventions that taste as good as they look, artisanal premium coffees that already have a legion of fans and friendly hospitable staff who are passionate in what they do.
Melbourne food maestro Nathan Toleman and his talented A-team have indeed taken brunch in Melbourne to a whole new level of higher grounds with Higher Ground.
Higher Ground Melbourne
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
For more recommendations, read our guide on 26 cafes in Melbourne’s suburbs that are worth travelling for out of the city centre.