Vibrant St Kilda is more than a suburb – it’s an icon. So, it comes as no surprise that this eclectic neighbourhood is home to one of food mad Melbourne’s best and brightest café scenes. From carefully constructed vegan delights to full English breakfasts, here you’ll find the kind of eateries that people travel from the other side of town for (even North-siders have been known to make the trek across the river). Indeed, café culture is something of a religion here. So join us, as we deliver you into pure culinary bliss.
In a city of micro herbs, spice-infused lattes, and all things superfood, Staple Providore is bucking the trend and taking things back to basics. As the name suggests, the menu heroes classic brunch staples; eggs, bacon, crumpets, potato hash, and everyone's favourite bacon and egg butty. Rumble has the coffee covered with a cheeky collab for you to sample as well as their signature Shadowboxer blend. If brunch in your pj's is more your speed, everything you need is available for delivery through their website.
183 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
While most cafes have got a handle on the whole takeaway food and coffee thing by now, Garage is raising the bar offering an impressive selection of indoor and outdoor plants for you to take home along with your morning flat white. Occupying an old mechanic's workshop, it's a local favourite that ticks all the boxes; the staff are beyond friendly, the coffee is strong and the benny is brilliant.
126A Chapel Street, St Kilda
72A Acland Street, St Kilda
With a smooth soundtrack courtesy of a much-loved record player and vintage Rotel amplifier nestled behind the counter, Hannah is the certified cool kid of the St Kilda café scene. Offering deli classics with a welcome twist, such as cheese on rye with Kimchi – this charming local keeps its growing fan base coming back for more of that winning hip yet homey atmosphere.
141 Chapel Street, St Kilda
What was once the dilapidated storage room of a Greek taverna is now a stylishly low-key café specialising in hearty fare such as Texan brisket and crispy pork belly. Hiding away from the main drag, Miss Jackson is a cherished hidden gem that trades in a mean espresso. Just the spot for coffee and conversation, it won’t stay a secret for long.
2/19 Grey Street, St Kilda
For eggs served with a side of history, there’s no beating St Kilda Dispensary. What is now a charming café was once the largest dispensary in the Southern Hemisphere, housing doctors’ surgeries, a pharmacy and dentists. In its newer culinary iteration, the humble sandwich is elevated to an art form with everything from a gourmet Serrano ham toastie to roast chicken on herby flatbread fighting for your attention.
13 Brighton Road, St Kilda
A true local institution, the hippie flavoured Galleon Café harks back to the peace and love touting St Kilda of old. Eternally laidback, the brekkie bagels and lunchtime burgers come on mismatched crockery and the cheerful wait staff stop by for conversations over coffee. All a welcome reminder that sometimes, they still make them like they used to.
9 Carlisle Street, St Kilda
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