Restaurants

Cafe in South Melbourne, Port Melbourne & Albert Park

St Ali

A hideaway warehouse conversion where the coffee's carefully sourced and guaranteed to be good. If you can't decide between house blend, speciality, black or white, there's a six-coffee tasting 'adventure' ($20). Th…
Cafe in City Centre

Hardware Société

If you're not prepared for a lengthy queue, go elsewhere, as this wonderful little cafe is always heaving. Once you're finally seated – either outdoors under the awnings or beneath the butterfly wallpaper in the cut…
Cafe in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Stables of Como

This studiously rustic cafe occupies the former stables at heritage-listed Como House. Nibble gourmet sandwiches, salads or more substantial creations like corn and zucchini fritters with roasted tomatoes, bacon and…
Cafe in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Two Birds One Stone

Sandblasted oak stools, whitewashed timber and a wintry forest mural evoke Scandinavia at Two Birds One Stone, a crisp, contemporary cafe with smooth third-wave coffee and a smart, produce-driven menu. Find your hap…
Cafe in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Drugstore Espresso

A split-level, graffiti-pimped hipster haven, Drugstore trades in serious coffee and smashing brekky and lunchtime grub. Lick your whiskers over buttermilk hotcakes with maple bacon, stone fruit and whipped espresso…
Cafe in St Kilda

Batch Espresso

Like a pair of well-worn slippers, Batch feels snug and familiar. Upcycled artworks by Melbourne-based artists Joost Bakker and Peter James Smith share the limelight with trinkets from loyal regulars, many of whom k…
Cafe in St Kilda

Monk Bodhi Dharma

Monk Bodhi Dharma's location, down an alley off Carlisle St (next to Woolworths), means it doesn't get much foot traffic, which is lucky given that this cosy brick cafe has enough devotees as it is. A former 1920s b…
Cafe in South Yarra, Prahran & Windsor

Tivoli Road Bakery

Join fashionistas, realtors and upmarket hipsters at this contemporary, side-street bakery-cafe, serving everything from impossibly light custard doughnuts to generously stuffed sandwiches, made-from-scratch pies an…
Cafe in St Kilda

Galleon Cafe

Affable and reassuringly worn, this '80s veteran is a true St Kilda institution, having pumped caffeine, grub and Bloody Marys into generations of local writers, musos and eccentrics. Especially hectic at weekends, …
Cafe in City Centre

Traveller

This pocket-sized place is a proper stand-and-lean espresso bar, serving top-notch coffee courtesy of local roastery Seven Seeds. However, there are a couple of stools around the edge if you want to settle in with a…