The Best New Cafés in Melbourne to Brunch at in 2021
We've rounded up the best new cafes in Melbourne that are guaranteed to start your day off right.
With a café culture that’s second to none, Melbourne’s coffee game goes far beyond pastries, cakes and roasted beans. These brunch barons are constantly pushing the envelope. After a long hiatus, we are couldn't be more excited to be back bringing you the newest spots open on every corner of the city – from nostalgic neighbourhood gems to daring fusion diners. So drum roll please... we've got you sorted with the best new cafes in Melbourne to add to your brunch rotation.
The humble sandwich is definitely having a moment right now, and Mordialloc’s Milhouse Canteen is throwing their towel in the ring with some seriously good sangas. The launch menu includes a hunger-busting meatball roll supercharged with shakshuka sauce, an oozy tuna melt with zingy pickles and the Viet-ham, an ode to the classic banh mi. The bright, white-washed café stands out against its industrial neighbours, while also offering great coffee, hot pies plus cookies and cakes baked by the owners’ own mum.
39A Hinkler Road, Mordialloc
Get a heady dose of sugar and nostalgia at Pandy Bakeshop, a new all-vegan bakery in Northcote. With an ever-rotating lineup there’s always something new to try, from fairy bread lamingtons and apricot teacakes to spicy Aztec hot chocolate tarts. Owner Sophie O’Connor started out making sweet treats for Baketico nearby, with demand growing so quickly she decided to open her own delightful, plant-filled store. O’Connor researches obsessively to create plant-based recipes that deliver all the satisfaction of the originals – seriously, just try her strawberries and ‘cream’ sponge cake and see for yourself.
62 High Street, Northcote
When lockdowns hit last year, the owners of lauded Vietnamese fine diner Anchovy needed to think of a side hustle to keep the wheels moving. They settled on slinging gourmet banh mis, and they’ve become such a hit that they’ve made it a permanent fixture with a standalone shopfront to open next door. Using a hibachi to grill proteins and a rotating selection of fillings, they’ve wrapped up creative combos such as crispy pork belly with tamarind and galangal, turmeric chicken and a Manchurian-spiced roast pumpkin number for the vegetarians.
336 Bridge Road, Richmond
Best New Cafes in Melbourne: August
Richmond has a new weekday spot for coffee and sangas in Midi, a stylish café tucked behind the train station. Spot the white sign poking out from a commercial building or follow the roasty aroma of Seven Seeds coffee. The striking industrial fit out features concrete walls contrasted with a warm wood counter crafted from Tasmanian oak. Grab to go or sit in to enjoy sopresso and spicy roasted fennel sandwiches, vegan fried cauliflower toasties or a selection of tasty bagels.
45 Wangaratta Street, Richmond
Bala Sanga started its life as a lockdown pivot, with the team behind Balaclava wine bar Pretty Little selling sandwiches out their front window to feed the WFH crowd. The locals loved it, and now they’ve set up a permanent shop in the garage out back, offering a snappy selection of fresh and grilled sangas that brighten up lunchtime. There’s triple cheese toasties and a moreish curried egg, red onion and endive number perfect for a light meal, with bigger appetites busted by garlic meatball subs and the Thomo, which couches barbecued beef cheek, red kraut and smoked raclette.
296 Carlisle Street, Balaclava
Say hola to Reservoir’s glowing new café Colores. They’re set to become an instant Insta favourite, thanks to a back wall and counter awash with LED lights that change colour every month. They’re serving Industry Beans coffee, juices and have a cabinet stacked with pastries from surrounding bakeries including Portuguese tarts and vegan sweets. The biggest drawcard however are the Colombian pasteles, addictively flaky square pies stuffed with beef, chicken or eggplant and cheese. Swing by on the weekend and you’ll also be able to score hot and moreish empanadas.
783 High Street, Reservoir
Best New Cafes in Melbourne: July
Their first foray into Victoria, Three Blue Ducks now calls URBNSURF Melbourne home. They opened up over summer but lockdowns may have stopped you from heading out there to sample their delicious food. Passionate about the surf and rustic cuisine, you can expect delectable, wholesome meals lovingly made with fresh, seasonal produce.
309 Melrose Drive, Tullamarine
From coffee and breakfast treats, to deli staples and grocery essentials, renowned chef Scott Pickett has launched a chic European-inspired espresso bar and grocer in the heart of the CBD. At Le Shoppe you can expect decadent produce both on the menu and the shelves, and the soulful and cosy interiors reflect the welcoming service and soul-warming eats.
430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: May
Kings of sourdough, Rustica have launched a brand-new cafe and retail concept, in South Yarra and you know it's going to be good. The stylish space designed as a walk-in standing-room-only coffee bar features peach terracotta terrazzo lines, copper cabinets, marble counters, and rose gum benches while providing the first home to its in-house coffee blend First Love Coffee.
447 Collins Street, Melbourne
Zero Gradi has scooped up a sweet spot along the Crown Riverwalk for their brand-new Gelateria and Dessert Bar. The Crown location will be offering its legendary own-made gelato, sorbets, handcrafted Italian cakes, and pastries from the heart of the city. With over 30 different rotating flavours, sweet tooths looking for their next fix have everything from the classics to quirkier options like Black Hawaii and White Chocolate and Sour Cherry and to choose from.
Shop 34, 8 Whiteman Street, (Crown Melbourne Riverwalk) Southbank
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: April
Giving new meaning to the phrase if it ain’t broke don’t fix it, the Coe & Coe crew have found themselves a new home in Yarraville. If you’ve been to the Cremorne location, you know to expect three things: great coffee, banging paninis, and all-around good vibes thanks to their top-notch staff. The same goes for Yarraville. Where breakfast is concerned, the Egg & Bacon Panini with sweet hickory BBQ sauce is a simple classic. For a little extra kick look no further than the Burger Life panini with chicken, cheese, avocado and Jalapeño aioli.
16a Wembley Avenue, Yarraville
Adored for its primo blends and trendy fit outs, ONA Coffee was up against some serious competition here in Brunswick. Serving up beautiful beans to over 100 cafes across Australia including a handful of their own in Canberra and Sydney since 2008, they seemed up for the challenge. Coming in hot with their first Melbourne venture, the Ovens St location offers over 20 specialty blends at any given time. Pair this with a refined yet rounded brunch menu and thoughtfully understated interiors, and it’s safe to say ONA is holding its own in the coffee capital. While the team has been pumping out coffees since June, with the chaos of last year we're putting it back on your radar.
22 Ovens Street, Brunswick
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: March
Forget green eggs and ham, this year it's all about Beggs & Acon. Prahran's newest pop-up turned bonafide brunch spot from the team behind Mr. Miyagi is without a doubt one of the better things to come out of 2020. For breakfast, choose between four simple yet far from basic dishes including the Famous Egg and Bacon roll with scrambled eggs, chives, grilled short bacon, hollandaise, and chilli jam. Lunchtime offers a heartier selection of bites ranging from the classic BLT to the prized Beggs Chicken Sanga.
24 Chatham Street, Prahran
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: February
Considered 'Melbourne's meeting place', Federal Coffee calls the historical GPO building home, and serves up seriously good brews. Take in some prime people watching as you sip your morning coffee and sample some of their pastry-wrapped delicacies.
Melbourne's GPO, 350 Bourke Street, Melbourne
Locals are flocking to the new kid on the block, Norman South Yarra. Nestled in the heart of South Yarra, Norman is serving up the breakfast and brunch classics you love in a stylish, picture-perfect setting. From crumpets and waffles, to chilli scrambled eggs and the breaky board, you'll find it hard to just order one dish.
Shop 2/300 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Inspired by Wes Anderson's whimsical film The Grand Budapest Hotel, Carlton's Budapest Cafe boasts uber-cool interiors and a stunning menu to match. We can't get enough of the pink-hues, symmetrical design and Industry Beans brews.
498 Swanston Street, Carlton
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: January
While the rest of us were chilling out on the couch during the lockdown, the team that brought us Peaches, Dexter and Takeaway Pizza were busy setting up Melbourne's latest sandwich pop-up. While their CBD location remains closed for now after only one day of trading, you can score yourself a loaded sanga at their temporary Fitzroy location. Notable mention to the Nico's Original; a Caprese-inspired sandwich with a creamy sauce that packs a punch.
100 Kerr St, Fitzroy
Putting Brunswick East Village on the map is a new brunch-turned-bagel joint. Much like your favourite hotel, when you arrive at the Village, the Bellboy is the first thing you see. If roasting their own coffee on-site isn't reason enough to head down, their list of stuffed bagels is so substantial it requires its own section on the menu. From plain with a cream cheese schmear to the mother of all bagels - The Muffuletta (ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, red peppers, olive salad and mustard), there is a new one for every day of the week. If bagels aren't your thing, the Bellboy Benny with pastrami will cure the most hectic of hangovers.
2/131 Nicholson Street (East Brunswick Village), East Brunswick
If there is one thing that needs to be fresh - it's pastries. Flakey on the outside and soft buttery goodness on the inside, a great pastry can brighten even the somberest of moods. If you're in need of a sugar fix, Monforte Viennoiserie has you covered with their rotating assortment of sweet, melt in your mouth bites. Choosing only local organic ingredients like butter from Bellarine Peninsula's LardAss, flavour explosions like their honey, sea salt and chocolatine croissants are born.
585 Canning St, Carlton North
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