The Best New Cafés in Melbourne to Brunch at in 2024
Whether it's a quick brekkie, brunch or long lunch, do it in style at some of the best new cafés Melbourne is dishing out.
Melbourne is the food capital of Australia - that's news to no one. It feels as though every corner you turn, there's a café or restaurant calling your name, tempting you inside, not to mention all of the new places to eat popping up across the city. It's a hard game to try and save money when the best new cafés in Melbourne are oh so tempting! Don't worry, we don't blame you for 'forgetting' your work lunch.
Wanting to try somewhere new, and perhaps find a new go-to spot? Here are our favourite new cafés in Melbourne.
Best New Cafés Melbourne 2024: February
LaManna & Sons Cafe
In a rush or looking to relax and dine in? Either way it’s no problem at LaManna & Sons Cafe in Cremorne. Not necessarily new but a new favourite find, this off-shoot cafe of the beloved LaManna grocery brand is must-try in our books.
Head on in to discover their massive deli-inspired display full of tasty and diverse breakfast and lunch offerings. They pride themselves on serving healthy dine in or takeaway that's fast and fresh. Expect charming customer service, a large and welcoming space, home style eats (we love their homemade granola and yoghurt with seasonal fruit), and of course, expert coffee.
The best part? It's now open seven days a week!
Sitchu Tip: Go for the salmon breakfast plate, heaving with gorgeous layers of smoked salmon, capers, pickled cucumbers, plenty of toasted sourdough, creme fraiche, a perfectly cooked egg and wedge of lemon. It's a new menu item - and an absolute scene-stealer.
98 Balmain Street, Cremorne
The Library Bakery
The Library Bakery is a fusion of Korean and French baked goods, and we couldn't be more excited. This cosy café is sister to Baguette Studios, and is all about creating a 'library of flavours,' hence the combination of the two vastly different styles of French and Korean baked goods. So grab a book and curl up with a French baguette, pistachio cream filled pastry, or Korean honey cookie after visiting TLB, one of the best new cafes in Melbourne.
457 Lygon Street, Brunswick East
Piccolo Panini Bar
Can you taste that Melburnians love their carbs? Focaccias, paninis, bagels, you name it. 2024 is the year for bread, and we're not complaining. Piccolo Panini Bar has joined the ranks of the best new cafés Melbourne has seen open recently, and to great success. This joint is quickly becoming a local favourite, and is the perfect place to head to for a bite to eat during your lunch break or for something new to try on the weekend.
636 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
Sandwich shops really are the new hit thing in Melbourne, because guess what? Another new panini shop has opened up in Carlton North! Spazio Paradiso is an Italian-style panini bar that's open from 10.30am until 2.30pm - or until sold out (which happens more often than not). Owners Jamie Georgopoulos and Meika Khong were inspired to create Spazio Paradiso due to their love for creating paninis at home using fresh ingredients from their favourite delis. Now, they craft these delicious sandwiches for the rest of Melbourne to enjoy, too!
709 Nicholson Street, Carlton North
Peregrine Social Club
Peregrine Social Club, fondly called Perry's by locals, combines two hospitality venue types Melbourne does best: cafés and wine bars. Have your morning coffee or a cheeky wine with lunch as you soak up the atmosphere of this ultra-cool setting. Situated in a quarry, this new Melbourne café is anything but the pits! We recommend dining outside so you can take in the gorgeous views of the water.
45 Valley Lake Boulevard, Keilor East
Elster is a cute daytime diner located in Elsternwick. The light-filled café is the perfect spot to brunch with friends or family, and the food certainly doesn't disappoint. From classic breakfast options such as avocado toast and granola to trendier meals like anchovy toast, Elster has something for every stomach. The menu is a classic European fare, and we can't get enough!
258 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick
Step aside, paninis, bagels and focaccias, because the classic Balkan chevapi roll has arrived. Stan's Grill is a takeaway café serving up traditional chevapi (Balkan sausage sizzle) and European sandwiches. This is the perfect place to go to if you're looking to grab something to eat and go, rather than sitting down for a long lunch. Everything is made in-house, including the pickles and relishes - yum!
1/83 Hudsons Road, Spotswood
Best New Cafés Melbourne 2024: January
There's one new reason why we'll be adding Preston to our regular rotation - and that's the arrival of Skinny's Eatery.
American-style nostalgia is the order of the day here - and we couldn't be more here for it. It's a cafe and diner housed in an old milk bar, brimming with retro style, good vibes, scrumptious eats and friendly service.
This new cafe in Melbourne is all about canteen classics. Think French toast, an array of tasty sandwiches (breakfast style right through to lascivious hoagies) and their already icon-status level chicken salt hash browns. We're heading in for their on-point small plates selection too - the seasonal fruit plate, where you can add on a spoon of clotted cream, is next-level pretty.
In short, it's simple food, refined - and a new way of brunching in Melbourne for 2024.
107 Gilbert Road, Preston
Pickles Milk Bar
For that nostalgic feeling of heading to the milk bar after school to pick up a sweet treat or snack, head to Pickles Milk Bar. This new café in Carlton North is serving up a range of small bites and hearty loaded sandwiches. Plus, it's all vegan! Whether you want a potato cake, loaded HSP fries or a delicious melt, Pickles is the place to go. Previously only available until sold out, due to immense popularity and demand, they have just began trading from 9.00am until 3.00pm, meaning you can grab a sandwich whenever you please - yes, please!
1008 Lygon Street, Carlton North
Nothing beats the warmth and comfort that comes along with an authentic Italian focaccia. And Zita's Focaccia in South Yarra is a new café offering not only delicious focaccias, but also the perfect range of Spritzes to go with it. You'll want to get in as early as possible in order to secure yourself a bite to eat, because Zita's Focaccia opens at 12.00pm and closes once they sell out.
16 Toorak Road, South Yarra
Mietta by Rosemary
Founded by the queen of cakes during lockdown, Rosemary Andrews, Mietta by Rosemary is all about baking premium quality pastries and cakes to go alongside your morning (or afternoon) coffee. And trust us when we say these mouth-watering cakes are worth every cent. From Pandan and White Chocolate Basque Cheesecakes to an extravagant Eight Layer Carrot & Pecan Cake, you'll be coming back each week to ensure you get through the entire menu.
23 Glenferrie Road, Malvern
Le Yeahllow is another new premium cake shop in Melbourne selling what could easily be deemed as 'edible art.' From cakes shaped like oranges to balloon animals, these look like the real deal - you might even forget they're cakes, to be honest (and we wouldn't blame you). But don't let the fear of sinking into the skin of an orange prevent you from trying these unique creations - they are truly divine!
14 Claremont Street, South Yarra
366 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
Kōhī No Deshi
If you like experimenting with your drinks and trying all sorts of concoctions, Kōhī No Deshi will be a delightful experience for you. Located next door to sister venue Discipline Roasters, this new café in Melbourne is crafting coffees that you've most certainly never heard of before. Focussing on dairy and plant-based milk drinks, Kōhī No Deshi is playful and adventurous. Peach, toffee apple and sakura blends are just some of the unique options on the menu. But don't worry, you can still get the classics if you're not in the mood to venture into unknown territory that day.
18 Black Street, Brunswick