Whether you want to escape the scorching midday heat or enjoy a twilight tipple after a day’s play in the city, here’s our guide to the city’s coolest cafes.
Wake up to a humble brunch at fresh new Carlton eatery Humble Rays. This ray of sunshine means business when it comes to brunch. If you’ve got French toast fever or a calling for Axil coffee, pop by from 7am-4pm weekdays and 8am-4pm on weekends. Stay hungry, be humble.
Butcher Shop Café
Watch as the world goes by at this local, quirky, friendly breakfast and lunch cafe in a historical terrace in West Melbourne. There’s rustic street-side seating or a sunny outdoor courtyard at the Butcher Shop Café. Enjoy a range of cool drinks including iced coffee, iced lattes, iced chocolates and organic soft drinks.
5 Points Deli and Longhorn Saloon
It’s bagels by day, rock ‘n’ roll by night at 5 Points Deli and Longhorn Saloon. This Art Deco darling serves up New York-style deli sandwiches, soups and salads, and an array of bagels to tempt your fancy whether it be smoked salmon, smoked turkey, cream cheese or a sweet selection.
With a focus on fresh produce and simple flavours, Fratelli Fresh serves much-loved, authentic Italian cuisine. Drop by for aperitivo hour. Enjoy $5 wine, beer, $7.5 Negronis and $10 Spritzers 3-6pm every day. Or cool down with the delicious homemade Italian gelato. Choose from flavours including creamy tiramisu, lemon sorbet and pistachio crunch for $6.
Yearning for a European summer? Then a visit to Saluminisiti might do the trick. It’s more than a panino bar, it is the flavours of an Italian childhood, like a journey through Italy with fresh produce, shared meals and food prepared with love. Enjoy the traditional coffee and granita.
Melburnians love their meat. And more specifically their burgers. So combine the finest quality Australian beef sourced from Cape Grim, Tasmania with the finest natural ingredients and you’ve got a recipe for world-class, healthy, nutritional burgers at Burger Project. It’s fast food with slow food values.
Mad Duck Café
Make like a duck and head to the water’s edge at Docklands for a fresh brekkie or a coffee and cake pick-me-up. Coffee is 100% rainforest alliance and organic certified at Mad Duck Cafe. Enjoy the summer specials menu – $5 beer 1-2.30pm every day, and $10 tapas plus beer or house wine on weekends. Pet-friendly.
The Tea Salon
Settle in for summer high tea at The Tea Salon. Enjoy the signature High Tea, scones, premium loose-leaf tea (28 blends), house-baked cakes, ice cream sundaes, gourmet ribbon sandwiches, as well as iced teas and pink French champagne at this fun and whimsical dining destination at Emporium.
Tried the infamous black latte yet? Made from sesame, peanuts, almonds and steamed soy milk, White Mojo’s vegan-friendly, caffeine-free ‘coffee’ has Melburnians mesmerized. There’s also cold pressed juices and single origin teas to complement the all-day breakfast menu and summer lunch offerings.
The drink of summer is undeniably the Aperol Spritz. Enjoy a glass or a Campari, wine or beer at cool Italian favourite Caffe Duomo in The Block Arcade and receive traditional Italian finger food at no extra charge. Bellissimo!
Chocolate Bar New York
Chocolate Bar New York combines New York aesthetics with sophisticated Melbourne style bringing sweet tooths an unparalleled chocolate experience. Try the high tea for two or sample the summer menu featuring Earl Grey and milk chocolate or matcha macarons, salted caramel double chocolate brownies, New York burgers, spicy hot chocolate and more.
Pick a perch in the window of Everyday Midtown, a small, slick specialty coffee shop, serving it’s own brand of roasted coffee and a selection of cakes and pastries. Cool down with the summer drinks menu – three flavours of affogato, their one-of-a-kind New Orleans iced coffee and straight up refreshing iced filter option.