Calling all coffee lovers and cafe-hoppers! Here's a city you'll definitely fall in love with. With a sheer number of good cafes and brunch options here in Melbourne, this Aussie city will never fail to disappoint you with their quality coffee and good food. Stuff yourself silly with all-day brunch, and drink as many cups of coffee you can while you're in Melbourne.
Well, this city certainly has no shortage of cafes to visit. Walk along the bustling streets and you will notice huge amount of cafes at almost every laneway and corner. Having lived in Melbourne for almost a year, we have got the best sussed out. Here's 5 best cafes you must visit that's sure to whet your appetite!
1. Manchester Press
If bagels are your thing, we're sure you'll love Manchester Press. Hidden in a laneway off the busy Little Bourke Street, this cafe has a hipster feel with its exposed-brick facade and combination of low-hanging lampshades and wooden tables.
Melbourne has good coffees everywhere, step into any coffee shop and you'll get a nice cup of coffee. However, at Manchester Press, you get perfectly crafted coffee with cute latte art from their friendly baristas. One of the must try is their bagels which is rarely found in Melbourne. If you're prefer a sweet bagel, go for the toasted blueberry bagel, topped with whipped berry mascarpone and finished with fresh strawberries and crushed pistachio. All goodness in a bite. For a savoury choice, the avocado and feta smash is a great option. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with bagels at Manchester Press!
With great atmosphere, fantastic food and excellent coffee, Manchester Press is the quintessential cafe everyone must go. It is also a favourite for university students as it is located right in the city. Do note that the cafe tends to be crowded at anytime of the day so do be prepared to line up especially on weekends and at lunchtimes. Well, good food are always worth the wait!
Address: 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Contact: +61 3 9600 4054
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat-Sun 9am-5pm
2. Hardware Societe
Hardware Societe definitely lives up to its name of being one the best cafes in the city. Located in the heart of Melbourne CBD on Hardware Lane, Hardware Societe is an inviting and lively cafe. With their relatively wide choice of items to choose from on the menu, you'll be spoilt for choice. The most famous baked eggs are definitely a must try. Other recommendations are the Lobster Benedict and Salmon En Croûte, served with poached egg, pea purée, wilted spinach and baguette. Also, do not leave without ordering their cappuccino. It is best to visit early in the morning to avoid the queues!
Address: 118-120 Hardware Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Contact: +61 3 9078 5992
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8.30am-2pm
3. Top Paddock
Top Paddock is another famous brunch place in Melbourne and is perfect for big groups. The space in Top Paddock is spacious and beautifully decorated with a modern and classy feel. With a great mix of sweet and savoury delights to choose from, opt for the popular Ricotta Hotcake or the Soft-Shell Mud Crab in Brioche Bun, served with a fennel, dill and lime mayo. If you love fish, try the kingfish with avocado, fried egg and purple soft tortilla. The cafe uses Five Senses coffee as well as green beans with an in-house roaster to create signature blends to match the dishes.
You're sure love the interiors and atmosphere at Top Paddock. Enjoy having a nice coffee and brunch in their lovely terrace on a sunny day. However, try to visit during the weekdays as the cafe would be packed during the weekends and holidays. Alternatively, bookings are available for groups for 4 or more from Monday to Friday.
Address: 658 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Contact: +61 3 9429 4332
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
4. Dead Man Espresso
If you're in for some good coffee, Dead Man Espresso is certainly the place to go! This cafe uses a special Dead Man Espresso blend custom made for them by Seven Seeds. For their menu, Dead Man Espresso offers seasonal and routinely dishes featuring herbs and veggies grown in their rooptop garden. Vegan and gluten-free food options are also available. Grab a spot on the balcony or on the quiet street-side tables and enjoy your coffee along with their food. This quiet quaint cafe is definitely a place to wind down relax
Dead Man Espresso
Address: 35 Market St, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Contact: +61 3 9696 3912
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
5. Breakfast Thieves
Quaintly positioned in the remains of an old chocolate factory, Breakfast Thieves is a spacious cafe away from the constant bustle of the city. The cafe is furnished with large communal tables which are great for group outings. With an emphasis on fresh local goodness, all the beans used at Breakfast Thieves are hand roasted and 100% ethical.
One of the must try is the Ms Florentine (available only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays) with wilted baby spinach, charred cauliflower, crisp patatas, organic quinoa, poached eggs with yuzu-hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast. Hearing the description of it makes us want to visit the cafe for it! If you're in doubt, simply get The Breakfast Chain. It serves with berry compote yoghurt and homemade granola with a whole of other ingredients and a side of soft-boiled eggs with cheddar melted soldiers. The menu offers a good range of breakfast options. Pair it with a good cup of coffee and enjoy your breakfast at the Breakfast Thieves.
Address: 1/420 Gore St, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Australia
Contact: +61 3 9416 4884
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 7.30am-4pm, Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
What is brunch without some coffee? Well when you're in Melbourne, we're sure to turn you into a coffee lover even when you're not one! You can definitely count on these Melbourne cafes to serve up a good cup of coffee and a wide range of brunch options.
(Header image by melbourne.breakfastout.com.au)