Melbourne’s café scene is alive and buzzing and we pride ourselves in having some of the best coffee in Australia – if not the best. Whether you find your coffee in one of Melbourne’s cobbled laneways in the CBD, or in one of Melbourne’s other popular and unique cafe strips (Prahran, Ripponlea, St Kilda, Brighton, Richmond , South Melbourne, Brighton or Richmond) you will find it and it will be superb. Try any of these to get you going and I am sure you will be back:
CBD – The Old Chamber
Prahran – Dukes Coffee Prahran/Windsor
Ripponlea – Hawk & Hunter , Spout
St Kilda – Galleon Cafe
Brighton – Olli & Ari
Richmond – 7 Grams, 505 Church St Richmond 3121
South Melbourne – Café Zappa – 206 Bank Street, South Melbourne 3206
Windsor- A cafe which is a work of art!
Cafe Tyranny of Distance, 147 Union Street Windsor (03) 95251005 is a unique converted gas station full of truly interesting recycled pieces of art worth a visit for the experience of the works alone. Yet there is so much more. The owners Carlo Colosimo and George Loukas have designed a wonderfully fresh menu of home made dishes for you to enjoy!
Cafes where newcomers will meet people easily.
Community Centres and charitable Organisations are wonderful places to meet people if you are new and some also have great cafes a well.
Lentil as Anything
1-3 ST Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC 3067
Phone: (03) 9419 6444
41 Blessington Street, St Kilda VIC 3182
Phone: 0430 388 984 (Amit)
233 Barkly Street, Footscray VIC 3011
Phone: 0401 810 890 (Text only)
288 High Street, Preston, Victoria, 3072
The unusual thing about all these cafes is that you pay not a fixed price for a meal but a donation of whatever you think. The doantions are distributed to the various projects which the company supports.http://lentilasanything.com/about/
307 Racecourse Road, Flemington
5 McKilop Street, Melbourne
Wonderful food with a socially motivated philosophy. Very often those who work at the cafe are being given opportunities which others have not given them. Just come to eat or join in supporting the disadvanataged.
675 Bourke Street, Melbourne
The food here is delightful with different things on the menu to tempt you back. Every dollar you spend is going to a good cause but this is also a hub for different activities that are intersting to join in.
This lovely cafe is next to the CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) permaculture nursery. Many of the ingredients are sourced from the community members or from the CERES farm. Welcoming and bustling this is a great place to enjoy organic breakfast or lunch!
Melbourne is famous for its hidden laneway bars and in summer people spill out on to the streets to enjoy a drink (or two). Here is a selection to get you started.
Cummulus Inc – 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
Gin Palace – 10 Russell Place, Melbourne
Loop – 23 Meyers Place, Melbourne
Charlie’s – 71 Hardware Lane, Melbourne
Cookie – 252 wanston Street, Melbourne
Bar Lourinha – 37 Little Collins St, Melbourne 3000
Melbourne is full of wonderful places to eat and drink at all times of the year but if you would like a few tips for ideal places that you can sit outside you might try these:
A wonderful piece of history this old gambling salon now has an impressive wine list and inspiring French food to savour near the open fire and afterwards to enjoy a game of pool at the massive pool table.
1 Reid Street, Fitzroy North
Lazerpig 9-11 Peel St, Collingwood VIC 3066
Great mix of a pub with wonderful not traditional pub food and on Fridays and Saturdays a full blown disco! Great pizzas!
Sarti, 6 Russell Place, Melbourne 96397822
This is a rooftop terrace lined with olive trees yet surrounded by high rises. Lots of small dishes for sharing for special occasions http://www.sartirestaurant.com.au
Giant Steps, 316 - 334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville (03) 5999 9222
This is a great place which is a winery restaurant with attached cheese shop, provedore and bakery. The wide verandah is a great place to check the menu and enjoy the sunshine!
Movida Acqui, Level 1, 500 Bourke Street 9663 3038
In the city this has a great outdoor terrace overlooking the Supreme Court and a great menu including a huge paella for sharing as you watch the world go by!
The Farm Café ,Collingwood Children’s Farm, 18 St Heliers Street Abbotsford (03) 9415 6581
With delightful food straight from the farm itself, this is a great place for families. Enjoy organic coffee, fresh eggs and wonderful lunchtime creations bursting with flavor!
The Baths, 251 the Esplanade, Brighton (03) 9539 7000
Here you can choose between fine dining upstairs or more casual seating downstairs but both with a lovely view of the bay. The menu is extensive and they open early if you would like breakfast after your early morning dip. Dolphins are sometimes seen on warm days before the crowds come.
There are lots of places in Melbourne where you can enjoy heart winter fare but here are a few suggestions:
Afghan Gallery, 327 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (03) 9417 2430
There are lots of great dishes to choose from but the Cauliflower Korma is a traditional winter dish for Afghans and quite different.
The Grand Hotel, 333 Burnley Street, Richmond (03) 9429 2530 is a gastropub with some amazing winter treats. Try the slow roasted duck served with home made gnocchi.
Masani, 313/315 Drummond Street, Carlton (03) 9347 5610
Italian dishes to warm the soul and great huge fireplaces to warm the rest of you!
Pause Bar, 268 Carlisle St, Balaclava (03) 9537 0511
Middle Eastern dishes and interesting cocktails to keep away winter chills! http://www.pausebar.com.au/
Gingerboy, 27-29 Crossley Street, Melbourne (03) 9662 4200
Very chic and inventive, the stars on the ceiling make it feel like outdoors but the hawker style food is inside and delicious.
Think wood fired grill with open coals and a huge wood fired oven in the heart of this city wine bar with sizzling menu!
122 Russell Street
Try the beautiful healthy breakfasts at Grange Rd Egg Shop. wonderful smoothies! Relax in egg shaped furniture!
1a Grange Road, Toorak
Tel (03) 9827 2736
Suburb Focus: ALTONA
Altona is not far from the city, has amazing beaches and has a lovely village atmosphere. Every Tuesday the main street has a great market and if you have a chance to go there enjoy one of the local cafes as well. If you are a sweet tooth then it is worth trying Creme at 60 Pier Street, (03) 9315 0000. Alternatively you might look at Melissa at 65 Parker Street, (03) 9850 4882 if you like sweet traditional Greek goodies.