Ahhhh Melbourne. With it’s perfectly poured cold-drip and seriously creamy lattes, Melbourne is a coffee lovers dream. And, I may be biased, but I believe it’s also home to some of the best cafes in the world. And with a cafe on every corner serving up incredible brunches to boot, choosing the best Melbourne coffee shops is no easy task. So whether you’re here for a quick stop or hanging around long term here are the 6 cafes you can’t leave Melbourne without trying… Trust me, I’m a local!
1. The Kettle Black
Home to one of the most iconic brunch dishes in the city, and set in a gorgeous, easy, breezy and bright location in South Melbourne, The Kettle Black definitely needs to make your list of best Melbourne coffee shops to try while you’re here. The space is sleek and modern and there’s an option to sit indoors or outdoors (perfect for Melbourne’s bipolar weather). While you’re here you’ve got to try the famous ricotta hotcakes with blueberries, maple and cream. The chilli scrambled eggs with Mooloolaba crab is also pretty hard to go past. They also have a range of breakfast cocktails perfect for those who love a bit of a tipple with breakfast.
2. higher ground
If you really want to experience the upper echelon of best Melbourne coffee shops Higher Ground is your place. Created from the ashes of an old power station, not only are the interiors beautiful the food is pretty epic too. The menu standouts include the Buckwheat Granola with mango and coconut whip and the Kale & Cauliflower Salad with miso, almond hummus, avocado and a poached egg.
3. St Edmonds
Long at the top of my list of Melbourne’s best cafes, St Edmonds is definitely an understated option for a casual Friday brunch. Situated in the backstreets of Prahran I love their outdoor courtyard for a quick coffee with friends. Their breakfast menu doesn’t disappoint either. My choice is the Brekkie Greens with some deliciously smoky ham hock on the side. The St Edmond’s Hash with haloumi, mushroom and confit tomato is also excellent. And don’t forget to check their specials board if you’re in the mood for something a little different.
This newly opened Melbourne coffee shop, residing in the north has some of the prettiest food going around. Bentwood’s interior features that classic Melbourne industrial look and feel with exposed brick and cute wooden and leather seating, this converted furniture store oozes Melbourne sophistication. Got a sweet tooth? You can’t ignore the Golden Gaytime Panna Cotta (A Golden Gaytime is a famous Aussie ice cream guys). And the Brekkie Bowl with quinoa, halloumi and greens is a winner for the health-conscious foodie.
5. Rustica canteen
Delicious pastries? Check. epic coffee? Check. Next level brunch? Check. Rustica Canteen is your one-stop-shop for brunch and a sugary treat. With plenty of locations around Melbourne and a couple in the CBD Rustica is the perfect place for a visitor to check out our amazing food scene. The brunch is delish with awesome options like Eggs Benedict with pulled pork and the dill cured ocean trout, sprinkled with slices of pickled baby beet, heirloom vegetables, greens and a poached egg. And once you’ve finished your breakfast you can wash it all down with their amazing cronuts or a raspberry and lychee donut. If you’re after one of the best coffee shops in Melbourne, you’ve come to the right place.
6. Ascot food store
Located a little out of the centre of Melbourne in Ascot Vale, the Ascot Food Store is one of the top cafes in Melbourne and definitely worth travelling for. Famous for their injectable donuts, cakes and pastries this is definitely a spot to stop in if you’re a bit of a sweet tooth. They also have a delectable brunch menu serving up winners like the acai bowl with almond milk banana and blueberries, and French Toast brioche with berries and creme fraiche.
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