The Best New Cafés in Melbourne to Brunch at in 2022
We've rounded up the best new cafes in Melbourne for brekkie and a brew.
Melbourne's thriving café culture continues to attract people from near and far – from serious breakfast aficionados to lovers of a strongly brewed coffee. Every month, new bakeries, hole-in-the-wall coffee shops, casual eateries, and bougie brunch venues pop up across the city delighting guests with their originality in both dishes and décor. To keep you across the city's latest openings, we've compiled the best new cafes in Melbourne to add to your list this month.
Green Cup's nourishing smoothies and picture-perfect acai bowls are a mainstay on the UberEats circuit, and now the healthy treats have arrived in Carlton with the opening of their gorgeous new store. Melbourne architects Ewert Leaf have worked their magic, with a fresh green palette and overflowing pots of devil's ivy bringing a light, inviting feel to the relatively small space. Pop in for an early morning pick-me-up – menu highlights include a nutella acai bowl, vegan toastie and healthy peanut butter deluxe.
233 Faraday Street, Carlton
Rustica's sourdough empire continues to expand with the addition of a fifth bakery and café smack bang in the middle of Melbourne city. The cabinet shelves are lined with regular faves including blueberry and finger lime crullers, ferrero french crullers, Iced Vovo brioche donuts, and the brekkie and brunch menu is guaranteed to make the return to the office just that little bit easier... Think lobster and prawn eggs bene, a roast porchetta roll and linguini allo scoglio for when you're feeling extra fancy.
104 Queen Street, Melbourne
Melbourne coffee connoisseurs Sunny Boy Coffee Roasters are slinging their seriously good beans (and classic café fare) from a new retro '70s-style eatery in Moonee Ponds. Opening weekdays at 5.30am, you can pick up nostalgic treats like Vegemite and cheese croissants or pastries for an early morning brekkie and sample the fun flavours of coffee which include a strawberry jam and toffee 'Razzle Dazzle' and a dark cherry and roasted macadamia 'Goodfella'.
736 Mt Alexander Road, Moonee Ponds
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: March
Opened as part of Richmond's fancy new food and dining precinct Richmond Traders, Cobb Lane is bringing its much-loved British-inspired baked goods to Bridge Street. Stop by and pick up artisan bread, cakes, donuts, strawberry tarts, pretty pastries, danishes and their extra special fresh hot cross buns.
271 Bridge Road, Richmond
Fabulous Mediterranean-inspired food and wine come together at this new Albert Park eatery. Stop by for brekkie or lunch and treat yourself to their eastern-style eggs, original eggplant and feta dumplings, fancy toasties loaded with cheese, zucchini fritters, and ricotta hotcakes. In addition to serving seriously good food, Monti Food and Wine also do a bottomless brunch and cocktail-making classes (which are perfect for date night).
315 Montague Street, Albert Park
Just when we thought Melbourne's café culture couldn't get any more elevated, Dame stepped in. Elegantly adorned with shades of blush pink and opulent furnishings, Dame brings French feminine energy and class to Collins Street. Not just a pretty face, the sophisticated new all-day eatery has an sublime menu of breakfast and lunch dishes freshly baked to perfection – think avocado and bloody mary spiced tomato on sourdough and crisp skin duck leg with black caviar lentils, paired with delicate cocktails to suit every occasion. Open from 7am-7pm on weekdays, the choice as to which meal you'll enjoy in the company of the Dame is entirely yours.
Atrium entry, 35 Collins Street, Melbourne
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: February
Melbournians love their sandwiches and well-made coffee. Luckily, new hole-in-the-wall Two Snakes excels in both. Opened by a former Toby's Estate coffee roaster, the café is tucked away inside a (working) laundromat in Carlton and slings seriously good sandwiches, house-baked goods and specialty coffee. The made to order sangas feature all sorts of ingredients, from a popular tuna melt toastie to Hoi Sin chicken and fresh salad, and all are made with local Dench Bakers bread.
63 Elgin Street, Carlton
Opening its doors in late 2021, Rumour Has It has quickly earned locals' tick of approval thanks to its modern, inner-city vibe with cosy, neighborhood charm. The delightful eatery delivers big on the food front, with dishes highlighting local and seasonal produce. Our top picks include the cured salmon nicoise with kipfler potato, cos lettuce, heirloom tomato, horseradish mayo, soft boiled egg and baguette croutons, and the peach panna cotta, which is just as easy on the eyes as it is on the palate.
2 Monteath Avenue, Hawthorn East
Collingwood's cosmopolitan Smith Street is brimming with buzzing bars, eateries, and cafes, and the coolest new spot to hit the street comes from the team at Terror Twilight. Serving up a drool-worthy mushroom melt, a dry age drib-eye Reuben, bagels, curly fries, milkshakes, coffee and other decadent bites, the takeaway sandwich bar is bound to be a hit with locals. Come for the vintage vinyl, and stay for the sandwiches.
316 Smith Street, Collingwood
Best New Cafés in Melbourne: January
Abbotsford is one of inner city Melbourne's most vibrant and creative communities, with markets, leafy gardens, buzzing breweries, hip pubs, and of course top notch cafes. The newest addition is Panenka Foodstore, a football inspired café which serves a fancy blend of Australian and Mexican dishes. Scoring top points for originality, the cool café is discoverable via the entrance of Ultra Football. On the all day menu you'll find Açaí bowls, grilled haloumi toasties, breakfast chilaquile, four different breakfast burritos – chorizo, pulled pork, scrambled tofu and spicy beef, and more.
200 Gipps Street, Abbotsford
Melbournians can once again enjoy Australia’s most Instagrammed dessert as cult status patisserie Black Star Pastry has opened at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Beneath the eye-catching white halo, you'll find all the café's classic offerings including the world-famous Strawberry Watermelon cake, pastries, coffee and extra special new Black Sesame Zen cake and Mango Yuzu cake.
1341 Dandenong Road Kiosk, Lower Ground Chadstone Shopping Centre
Serving up seriously fresh Mediterranean-inspired baked goods, brunch, and great coffee, Ned's Bake is fast taking over Melbourne – having recently expanded to Middle Park and soon Armadale. Opening at 6.30am daily, locals will be able to pick up the classic brioche sandwiches, sweet and savoury pastries, brunch treats and more – all served with classic Italian hospitality and charm. Bellissimo!
134 Toorak Road, South Yarra
40 Armstrong Street, Middle Park
953-967 High Street, Armadale (opening soon)
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