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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.

First Love Coffee
First Love Coffee

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. 

Image Credit - Rebecca Newman
Image Credit - Rebecca Newman
First Love Coffee

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

Farmer's Daughters

Having opened its doors in January, respected Melbourne chef Alejandro Saravia has brought his vision to establish an embassy for Gippsland in the heart of the CBD. All areas of the striking three-level concept champion the true essence of Gippsland, celebrating the diversity and richness of produce from the region. Starting on the ground floor, the Deli brings Gippsland to Melbourne and offers a casual dining experience including an open kitchen, gourmet deli and retail pantry. The Deli showcases a range of specially curated products from across regional Victoria specialising in Gippsland produce wherever possible.

6/80 Collins Street, Melbourne

Image Credit - Renee Oliver
Image Credit - Renee Oliver
Zero Gradi Gelateria and Dessert Bar

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

Coe & Coe Yarraville

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

ONA Coffee

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

Beggs & Acon (Image credit: James Butler)
Beggs & Acon (Image credit: James Butler)
Beggs & Acon

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

Federal Coffee
Federal Coffee
Federal Coffee

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

Norman South Yarra (Photo credit: Simon Shiff)
Norman South Yarra (Photo credit: Simon Shiff)
Norman South Yarra

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

The Budapest Cafe
The Budapest Cafe
The Budapest Cafe

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

Image Credit - Nico's Sandwich Deli
Image Credit - Nico's Sandwich Deli
Nico's Sandwich Deli

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

Bellboy Café
Bellboy Café
Bellboy Cafè

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 

Image Credit - Monforte Viennoiserie
Image Credit - Monforte Viennoiserie
Monforte Viennoiserie

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


Loving our list of the best new cafés in Melbourne? We've got plenty more delicious eateries to fuel your appetite. From gourmet burgers and Italian pizza joint, to romantic date nights and boozy brunches, we've whittled down the coolest things to do in Melbourne to make sure your next food date is a complete success.