Frank & Ginger Cafe
Coffee specialists and self-proclaimed foodies, this light-filled café has one goal – to fill you with nourishing and delicious food. Boasting an impressive and unique all-day brunch menu, Frank and Ginger’s simple yet tasty plates are seasonal, fresh and can be enjoyed in the comfort of their home or yours.
Milk n Honey
A warm and welcoming eatery, Milk n Honey is a friendly neighbourhood hotspot loved for its signature pizzas and relaxed atmosphere. With their Mediterranean-inspired menu serving up fresh wholesome plates, its renowned amongst locals for its vegan, vegetarian and Kosher-friendly fare.
Collective Espresso is a light-filled coffee house serving up an array of all-day brunch delights, from classic no-fuss choices to indulgent belly-fillers. Pull up a pew around their communal dining table or grab a coffee to go – anything goes at this laidback local hangout.
Dish & Spoon Camberwell
Top customer service, locally roasted beans and the best of Melbourne’s produce; Dish and Spoon’s priorities are on point. Offering colourful plates, home-style sweets treats and top coffee brews, it’s not hard to see why it’s become one of the Camberwell favourites.
Mothers Milk Brighton
A cosy local haunt topped with an open-air deck adorned with festoon lighting, Mother’s Milk is an all-rounder for any occasion. With a twin sister venue in Windsor, their specialty is creating top-notch cocktails, best enjoyed with friends while experiencing their live entertainment.
The Little Ox
The Little Ox is a light and bright café in the Brighton backstreets, easily spotted with its iconic stripy exterior. Whether you settle into their homely eatery, or perch outside and enjoy the sunshine, their all-day menu of classic brekkies, larger plates and home blend coffee has got you sorted.
Sons Of Mary
Sons of Mary is a local staple featuring modern Australian fare in a polished Brooklyn-inspired setting. A family-friendly eatery rich in atmosphere, locals love their all-day dining menus featuring an array of colourful and nourishing dishes. With an extensive wine list, Sons of Mary is perfect for group dining.
Zia Rina's Cucina
Zia Rina’s Cucina is much loved for its honest homestyle Italian cuisine with a modern flare. A la carte dining paired with a selection of handpicked Italian wines, the kitchen likes to keep their guests on their toes with their popular 3-course set menu changing nightly.
Phillipa's Bakery is where you can enjoy homemade treats and baked wholesome food with all the hard work taken care of. Using family recipes and natural ingredients, Phillippa’s specialises in artisan breads, sweet and savoury tarts and an array of tasty takeaway provisions.
Middle Park Hotel
A classic Melbourne pub with a refreshed contemporary appeal, The Middle Park Hotel is a one-stop shop for dining, nightlife and accommodation. Boasting one of Australia’s longest bars, the menus are proudly Victorian with a hand-picked selection of beers and wines to accompany their fresh bistro plates and renowned cuts of steak.
An elegant boutique-inspired eatery within a historic hotel, the marble clad bar and vibrant floral mural is just the beginning. With regular family-friendly events, weekly menu specials and dining for all occasions, The Vincent can cater for just about anything. Their a la carte menu serves up classic pub fare rich in locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.
An intimate venue for dinner or a late-night dessert, Kamel serves up Middle Eastern and North African favourites with a modern flare. The colourful mezze-style menu has something for everyone and is enjoyed best when shared. Be sure to pick up a pack of traditional Turkish Delight on your way out.
Fledgling Espresso serves up the kind of picture-perfect, candy-coloured breakfasts bloggers and Instagram fanatics go crazy about. Luckily, they taste even better than they look (while the coffee is equally impressive). A cosily fitted out space with a low-key feel, this Carlton North mainstay lets the menu do all the talking.
Vertue Coffee Roasters
Vertue, the labyrinthine coffee wonderland that’s a long-loved stalwart in Carlton, has opened a pocket-sized new outlet just across from Richmond station. They’re waking up commuters with robust house brews that can be taken away or enjoyed slowly. Watch the activity of Swan Street from an inviting space characterised by exposed brick, hanging planters and covetable window seats. While the full brunch menu hasn’t made the move over, you can still grab ready-to-go bites like bacon egg brioches or a ...
Great Northern Hotel
Carlton North’s local, Great Northern Hotel is a cheerful joint that features an impressive 21 beers on tap. Beyond supporting local producers, you’ll find plenty of hard to find American names – all of which pair exceedingly well with the classic pub menu. A leafy green beer garden draws crowds on a sunny day, while cosy fires keep them warm come wintertime.
A Carlton North institution, Gerald’s has gained a reputation as the area’s unofficial date spot. Always guaranteed to be full of atmosphere, this old school European style joint has a wine list that goes for days and the perfectly cured meats to match. Whether you fancy sidling up to the bar or spilling onto the outside terrace, chances are you’ll stay for a while.
A Fan's Notes
Dishing up a vegan roast so good it gives the real thing a run for its money, A Fan’s Notes serves gourmet meat-free fare with a healthy dose of rock and roll attitude. Here, pub classics like parmas, tacos and burgers are so beautifully re-invented, they’re a reminder of what vegetarian food should be.
Nestled within the historic Abbotsford Convent from which it gets its name, Convent Bakery specialises in fresh, crusty bread, sweet treats and a wholesome cafe menu. With two wood-fired masonry ovens and a cosy main space, the jam-packed countertop offers up an enticing array of snacks and meals that are custom made to takeaway.
Born out of a humble Abbotsford garage, AU79 is serious about coffee (this is Melbourne, after all). With a roastery on-site and the best coffee beans sourced from around the world, there’s not much this chic cafe, bakery and chocolatier can’t do. While their menu of elevated breakfast, brunch and lunch classics offers more proof that simple isn’t always better.
The perfect place to kick back by the banks of the Yarra River, Frankie Says is certainly a picturesque spot to breakfast, brunch and lunch. With a charming alfresco dining area, mezzanine and cozy coffee nook on offer – there’s ample space to relax over the kind of produce-fueled daytime dishes that Melbourne excels at.
Dr Morse Bar & Eatery
From breakfast time right up until the early hours of the following morning, Dr Morse doesn’t stop. Complete with a winning Pan-Asian inspired menu, the food is as delicious as the decor is inviting. Moodily lit exposed brick interiors make way for an expansive outdoor area and bar – all glowing under the light of a spinning disco ball.