Penny For Pound
This pocket-sized pastry powerhouse does creative takes on all your favourite baked goods. Their showstopping fig, honeycomb and orange crème brûlée doughnut catapulted them to (Insta)-stardom, and they’ve followed up with lust-worthy mashups like strawberry cheesecake croissants and lemon meringue cruffins. For Richmond locals, they’re a Saturday morning tradition.
Reunion & Co
Reunion and Co are passionate about supporting local farmers and producers, with their ethical menu and high-quality coffees generating a strong local following. Their calm and comfortable eatery is a perfect setting for exploring their generous menu of contemporary brunches and unique brews.
Modern Australian plates inspired by cuisine from across the globe, Touchwood is all about their top-notch coffee brews and consistently tasty food. With their menu faring all day brekkie and lunch with an array of health-conscious beverages, there is something to satisfy every belly (including the kids).
Fargo and Co
For a chic rooftop party vibe, Fargo and Co is always pulsing. You can book a table up-top to kick back with a DJ, a great view, and a bottomless brunch – which comes with your tipple of mimosas and prosecco. Walk-ins available if you’d like to sit downstairs. This Easter, they're serving up a decadent Cadbury creme egg martini, with a gooey chocolate rim. By the looks of it - it's worth every calorie! Meet you at the bar.
Monroe, much like it’s namesake Marilyn, is iconic (and beautiful!). The lust-worthy interiors set the scene for an equally as Instagrammable meal. The space is made up of pastel hues, sleek matte-black furniture and marble accents. The plates are colourful and hearty and play with flavour combos like you’ve never seen them before. Our pick: The Banana roti – it’s as delicious as it sounds.
Nutrition Bar Richmond
A colourful array of healthy bites and nourishing drinks, the Nutrition bar is the perfect spot to fuel up for the day. Dishing up health-conscious fast food, smoothies and cold-pressed juices, their major drawcard is their acai bowls, renowned for being some of the best in Melbourne.
Friends of Mine
A classic corner store transformed into a quaint neighbourhood café, this welcoming local haunt exudes genuine character and family-friendly vibes. From light brekkie staples to larger innovative dishes, the menu at Friends of Mine is fresh and wholesome and is served all day to enjoy at your leisure.
Providing the Richmond community with authentic Greek sweets for over 50 years, this family-owned cake shop is a true local gem. Expanding from its humble bakery beginnings, Hellas Cakes offers locally roasted coffee and contemporary breakfast and lunch plates, to complement their highly-rated traditional baked treats.
Pillar of Salt
The relaxed nature of this local coffee house is clear from the moment you arrive, especially if you’re lucky enough to be greeted by the resident English bulldog, Henry. A light-filled contemporary setting, Pillar of Salt offer freshly brewed coffee how you like it, with fresh wholesome meals and tasty baked treats.
Top Paddock Cafe
If the food and coffee wasn’t so darn good, we swear Top Paddock would still draw a crowd just for its beautifully curated café and its inherently cool vibes. Enjoying breezy feels in the summer and cosy fireplace dining come winter, this local favourite is notorious for their great specialty coffee and unique modern feeds.
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.
Inspired by the iconic Skipping Girl Vinegar sign that towers over Abbotsford, Kitty Burns is a fitting homage to an area that is both leafy and urban, gritty and cosy. All done up in warm, pale timber and shades of blue, the cheerful interiors offer a welcome respite from the city streets. While the menu lets you indulge, or keep things healthy.
Kitty Burns does adventurous and innovative cafe fare, mastering the art of creating beautiful 'gram worthy dishes that are also surprisingly healthy. On top of this, this Abbotsford gem is also committed to reducing food wastage so you can feel good about digging into their deliciously moreish plates. Can't hang around? Grab one of their flaky cronuts - courtesy of Rustica and pair it will an Allpress to go.
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.
A neighbourhood gem housed within a quaint refurbished cottage, Stepping Stone is loved for its specialty coffee and nutritious fare. The kitchen dishes up artful brunch creations and nourishing smoothies, while their front veranda is go-to spot for a morning out with four-legged friends.
The Stables of Como Cafe
Architecturally converted horse stables adjacent to picturesque heritage gardens, The Stables of Como is not just your typical coffee house. Home to beautiful functions, high teas and picnics, their cafe serves up top coffee and an all-day menu created from locally sourced products and seasonal produce picked from their own organic garden.
Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio
Burch and Purchese is a decadent store featuring precious gem-like desserts with innovative fusions of flavour. Boasting views into the kitchen where their self-proclaimed ‘edible art’ is created, the chefs craft beautiful chocolates, sweets and cakes, made fresh daily with high-quality ingredients.
An industrial and sleek café with modern feels, this unassuming yet impressive setting reflects Smak’s mantra of creating simple, tasty and nourishing food. Boasting all-day breakfast, fresh juices and top-notch coffee, this local café strives to create the perfect balance of nutrition and indulgence.
The labour of love from celebrity chef Adriano Zumbo, famous for their colourful macaron creations. Dine in or takeaway, you will be greeted with an enticing counter filled with their photo-worthy signature ‘Zumarons’ along with an array of artful cakes, pastries and tarts. For a special event, you can’t go past their impressive Croquembouche.
Two Birds One Stone
A warm contemporary eatery with an appealing array of unique café fare and freshly brewed coffee varieties, Two Birds One Stone has something to suit any mood. Offering a homely and welcoming atmosphere, their seasonal all-day menu offers a blend of nourishing bowls and sweet and savoury plates.
Tivoli Road Bakery
Tivoli Road Bakery is a tucked away gem offering freshly baked bread, savoury and sweet pastries and no-fuss lunches. Known to be one of Melbourne’s best bakeries, their tasty food is paired with top quality coffee, making it a go-to for morning and afternoon bites.
An elegant and on-trend setting topped with marble textures and brass fixtures, Darling Café is vibrant neighbourhood coffee house with a touch of class. With a unique menu of breakfast and lunch plates with a nod to traditional Asian cuisines, it’s not hard to see why the South Yarra locals are regulars at this photo-worthy gem.
Master Roll Vietnam
Honest Vietnamese cuisine loved by locals for its authentic flavours, Master Roll is perfect for a quick after-work bite or lunchtime feed. Famous for their Vietnamese Rolls, this modest eatery also serves up fresh street-food style soups and sides, available to enjoy in-house or in the comfort of your own home.