Want to try something new in Melbourne? These cafes are serving up delicious, fresh flavours for breakfast and lunch - as well as a great coffee.
Melbourne is synonymous with coffee culture, which makes it pretty hard to pick a cafe if you’re new to the city or want to try a newer place than your local. I visited some of the new kids on the block, so you know where to go when looking up your new coffee hot spot.
Named after the suburban district in West London often referred to as Little India, this delightful cafe is seeking to create its own corner of desi flavour right on Carlisle Street. And it delivers in bucket fulls. Cafe Southall’s menu celebrates the joys of Indian brunch - or ‘tiffin’ as it’s called in many corners of the subcontinent - with a local twist.
Key highlights include Akuri, a Parsi scrambled egg dish served with flatbread and a kick, Batata Wada, a crispy spicy potato patty with tangy chutney served in a brioche bun and a Bacon & Onion Uthappa, a South Indian fermented rice pancake served with a mint and coriander chutney and a fried egg. If it’s lunch you’re after, you cannot go past the Goan Style Fish Curry.
Don’t miss: While Cafe Southall delivers a mean coffee, you’d be silly to miss out on the heartwarming masala chai.
Everyday Coffee has been a household name in Melbourne’s coffee scene for the past few years, and they have recently ventured into... baked goods!
Collaborating with Californian baker and pastry chef Boris Portnoy, All are Welcome is the place to go for your caffeine fix in Northcote and to fill your every pastry desire.
The baked goods range from San Francisco sourdough and cinnamon brioche buns, to Czech honey cake, medovnik and ensaïmadas - a sweet spiral pastry from Mallorca in Spain.
Don’t miss: the Gianduja Babka Bun masking as a pain au chocolat.
Parked next to Abbotsford icons, Minh Phat Supermarket and Saigon Village - both pilgrimages for appreciators of Asian groceries! - AU79 is the latest cafe to aim for greatness. Seating 200 people, with two coffee stations and an industrial bakery, AU79 doesn’t hold back punches in its bid to become another household name in Abbotsford.
If you decide to eat in, which you should do, you’ll be treated to an East Asian inspired brunch menu including a Korean Veggie Benedict, Okonomiyaki and Smoked Bonito Croquettes. On the day I visited, AU79 was also serving up a special of Truffle Scrambled Eggs which were made with shaved Tasmanian black truffle.
If you, however, are looking for a coffee and treat on the go, don’t miss picking up either a loaf of their house baked bread - specials included a sweet potato and roasted garlic bread and a fig and walnut sourdough - or some handmade chocolate truffles.
Don’t miss: the okonomiyaki and house baked sourdough.
If coffee is the main game for you, Acoffee is probably the kind of place you would love. Having established their brand of beans before ever opening up a space to the public, this vast cafe doesn’t do much more than coffee and a matcha option - but it doesn’t need to when the coffee is that good.
While there’s no brunch options, Acoffee does offer pastries from Cobb Lane to takeaway or eat while you’re waiting for their perfect brew. We tried a delicious Lamb, Rosemary and Onion Kolache - a Czech savoury, soft, baked bread.
Don’t miss: the coffee obviously, but also grab some of their roasted blends to take home and make your own java magic.
Feature image: Instagram/@acoffee_melbourne