We’re lucky to have so many amazing cafes here in Melbourne. So many, it’s hard to choose! If you need help finding somewhere to go for your next coffee, or want to try something new, check out our list of what we reckon are some of the best around.
Feast of Merit
If you like your meals locally sourced, sustainable and charitable, then Feast of Merit is definitely the place to go. Run as a social enterprise for YGAP (Y Generation Against Poverty), this trendy Swan Street restaurant donates 100% of its profits to up and coming entrepreneurs in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ghana, Malawi and Rwanda. At Feast of Merit everything has been built and presented in a sustainable fashion, and even though it’s a charitable social enterprise, they don’t cut corners to save money when it comes to their produce. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, you can expect Middle Eastern-inspired fare that tastes as good as the charity it provides.
117 Swan Street, Richmond
Here’s one for all you passionate paleos – or even for those of us who aren’t entirely sure about the whole cave man craze. Richmond’s Patch Café serves up paleo, paleo-inspired and raw breakfast and lunch, with the aim of sharing their healthy eating philosophy with everyone. Don’t let ‘paleo’ put you off: All your favourite classics are there, including eggs benedict and chilli eggs. You can also expect sweet potato hash browns, paleo bread and grass fed sirloin steak, alongside organic kimchi, coconut poached chicken, gypsy ham and locally sourced duck eggs. And their coffee is local too, coming from Brunswick’s Code Black roasters. Also worth a look are their Patch Boxes: gluten, dairy, grain and refined sugar free salad boxes, available to pick up from the café.
Studio Nine, 32 Bendigo Street, Richmond.
School of Seven Bells
Rushing down Chapel Street, you’re likely to be drawn to the smell of coffee from Windsor’s School of Seven Bells. Their streetside espresso window serves Melbourne’s own Artful Dodger coffee to busy commuters, but don’t stop there – the food is worth slowing down for. You’ll find all your favourites in this cosy café: breakfast eggs and muesli, as well as salads and burgers for lunch. And for such a tiny kitchen, their meals certainly pack a delicious punch!
33 Chapel Street, Windsor
Have you been dreaming of a tropical getaway? Well, turns out you only have to go as far as Elwood! Combi Coffee first started up serving organic fair trade coffees out of a VW Kombi van at music festivals around Australia. It’s now grown into a fully-fledged healthy eating haven, with delicious organic smoothies, breakfast and lunch, an entire ‘Raw Bar’ of healthy sweets, and organic coffee. Owners Penny Loughnan and Anthony Baker are passionate about all things healthy and organic. The food really is beautiful, and so full of colour you feel healthier just looking at it. It’s all about the community for Combi Coffee – creating a space for ‘honest, beautiful, organic nourishment.’ And tell your mates in Adelaide: there’s a Combi Coffee over there too!
Shop 1, 140 Ormond Road, Elwood
The new kid on the café scene in Windsor, you’ll know Uncommon instantly from its crisp white interior spilling with lush indoor plants. Uncommon has a mission: to deliver unprocessed, whole food – and make it taste great. You wouldn’t know until you really looked at the menu just how healthy everything they serve is. Sort of like health by stealth. The food is sophisticated – think a breakfast salad of kale, beetroot quinoa, coconut and spouts, or Wagyu beef short rib and roasted pepperberry duck. Better yet, it’s sourced locally and sustainably. And, most importantly of all in this social media age: we can confirm all the dishes are 100% Instagram-worthy.
60 Chapel Street, Windsor
What’s in a name? For Serotonin, it’s all about making food that can – scientifically – make us happy. Named after the chemical responsible for our feelings of happiness, Serotonin Eatery serves plant-based, nutrient-packed food from their Burnley location. And by plant-based, we really mean plant-based. Protein comes from vegetables and eggs, not meat. Not that people mind the meat-free menu – or even notice that it’s missing! ‘People come here about 5 times before they realise we don’t serve bacon’. Food that’s not only healthy, but happy? Sign us up now!
52 Madden Grove, Burnley
Two Lost Boys
Those three little words: All. Day. Breakfast. Tucked away next to Windsor Station, this cheery café might look like a well-kept secret – but from its bustling interior, it looks like the secret’s out! In this bright, airy café you can expect delicious, modern takes on all your favourites, including their famous sweet potato and beetroot fritters. For lunch, there’s a selection of burgers and sandwiches, and of course the entire breakfast menu. Oh, yes. Customer service is a priority for Two Lost Boys, which for them means getting to know their customers and making it feel like ‘a place people want to come’.
20/2 Maddock Street, Windsor
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