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The Best New Cafes 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 cafes Melbourne is dishing out.

Petite by Matilda

Melbourne is the food capital of Australia - that's news to no one. It feels as though every corner you turn, there's a cafe 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 cafes 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 cafes in Melbourne.

Best New Cafes in Melbourne 2024: May

Cafe Larome

Cafe Larome

Come to Cafe Larome in Footscray for great coffee and even better sweet treats. This Japanese-inspired new cafe in Melbourne doubles as an Izakaya and is open for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays, running as a cafe on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and weekends. If you're craving something sweet, you need to try their strawberry whipped cream sandwiches - they're as though you're biting into heaven. The tamagoyaki mentaiko sando is another top pick if you still want a sando, but would prefer something a little more savoury. There's no better place to start your morning if you're located in Footscray than at Cafe Larome

8 Warde Street, Footscray

Matta Melbourne

Matta Melbourne

Originally situated in Balwyn, Matta has opened a second cafe in Blackburn North, and eastern suburb locals are loving it. Except you won’t find your classic breakfast and lunch cafe fare here; instead, there’s an array of deliciously comforting Japanese dishes, from udon Bolognese and cold spicy soba salad to a collection of fluffy sandos. Trust us when we say you’ll be back!

55 Katrina street, Blackburn North

Longrain Canteen

Longrain Canteen 

Restaurant Longrain has just extended its hours to offer a new lunch pop up exclusively on weekdays. Longrain Canteen is serving up nutritious and flavoursome Thai salads, rice dishes, and fried snacks that go down a treat alongside their Thai coffee. The perfect pick-me-up for a mid-week slump, this CBD spot is sure to be a hit.

430 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Overture Cafe & Restaurant

Overture Cafe & Restaurant

Overture Cafe & Restaurant has joined the Camberwell cafe scene, bringing Asian fusion dishes to the forefront of its lively and vibrant space. This joint is always packed, especially on weekends, so it's great to know that they now offer dinner on Thursday to Saturday, too! Order classic brunch fare like their creamy smashed avocado on toast, or try something unique like their slow cooked lamb shank, which melts in your mouth! This is bound to become your new regular spot.

2 Burke Avenue, Camberwell

Best New Cafes in Melbourne 2024: April

Rombe

Morning risers, this leafy hidden gem is the one for you! Nestled within Burwood Brickworks, Rombe stands out as a delightful brunch destination surrounded by sky and greenery, just 14km from the CBD.

Its rustic charm and alfresco dining options set the stage for all-day dining, from quick coffees to leisurely brunches and special celebrations. Head Chef Jerry Yi, with experience from Shihuishi and Red Spice Road, curates a menu celebrating locally sourced, seasonal produce.

Indulge in ricotta hotcakes or charcoal grilled red snapper, paired with specialty drinks like iced strawberry matcha or Rombe mimosas. Don't miss their daily made cakes, like the coffee and miso caramel, for a sweet ending.

Immersive dining above the daily bustle, Rombe is a new cafe in Melbourne you need to try this month. 

Sitchu Tip: Be sure to try the cacio e pepe eggs. It's dunkable comfort in a bowl. 

T38-39/70 Middleborough Road, Burwood East 

Yawye

Yawye 

The prospect of ordering an acai bowl for under $15 may be unheard of these days, but it's not impossible. Yawye is one of the best new cafes in Melbourne this year, and they're delivering health and wellness to citygoers in the form of delicious and nutritious smoothies and acai bowls. Their smootheis range from cosmic blue to sunset orange as just about every colour under the sun is captured on their menu. Pick from flavours like coffee and strawberry, or if you want a benefit-based smoothie, try their post-workout, immunity or fountain of youth. And as for the acai bowls, if you have a bit of a sweet tooth, we recommend opting for the PB&J, otherwise, the health bowl is a nourishing treat.

181 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Livingstone Cafe

Livingstone Cafe 

Livingstone Cafe is bringing the Bali vibes back down to Melbourne through its vibrant South Yarra cafe. Known for baking some of the best croissants in Bali, this cafe also has an array of delicious Balinese breakfast and lunch dishes such as their Balinese Nasi Campur, Ubud deep fried duck, and more. Come for their classic breakfast croissant or venture out of your comfort zone and try something new!

16A Claremont Street, South Yarra

Amiri Cafe

Amiri

From the moment you step inside of Amiri, this cafe radiates beauty, not just from its aesthetic interiors, but from its food.  Matcha lovers will feel right at home amongst the strawberry matcha, matcha lattes and matcha cakes. If you prefer savoury dishes, the Kyoto Omurice is a must try, as well as the The Beast Pasta and Tom Yum Ramen. Located inside QV, it's the perfect stop for lunch on your city adventures!

Shop R02, 14 Corner Lonsdale Street, QV

The Continental

The Continental

This exclusively takeaway venue is taking Collingwood by storm. The Continental, also known as The Conti, is entirely standing room - making it the perfect place to go and grab your lunchtime focaccia, cheeseboard or seafood dish and drink espressos while you play some pool. Mix and mingle with other customers while waiting for your food, then be on your merry way. This innovative cafe is one of the best new spots in Melbourne this year, producing unique dishes from Continental classics like fish, seasonal fruit, locally sourced meats and quality olive oil, all on a budget. It's a Mediterranean feast in the heart of Melbourne's inner northern suburbs.

Their only dine in option is the $3.50 espresso, and why wouldn't you want to grab one to sip away at while you wait for your meal? 

171 Johnston Street, Collingwood

Best New Cafes Melbourne 2024: March

Suntop Plaza

Suntop Plaza 

Our pick for the weekend will now be the all is golden, nostalgic vibes of this Nicholson Street cutie. Suntop Plaza has a fresh new look and creative mind at the helm - 1800 Lasagne owner, Joey Kellock - and it’s the perfect place to settle in for fresh sandwiches, coffee, pies and dreamy house made cakes and cookies.

If it’s on the menu, the loaded salad sandwich is a must, but the poached chicken panini with mayo, salsa verde, radish, celery and iceberg comes in a close second.

You need to save room for something sweet too, just sayin’. Their baked goods hit different, in a nostalgic way that’s guaranteed to bring a smile to your dial. The warm and sunny interiors will do the same. 

One of our favourite new cafes in Melbourne to pull up a seat in right now. 

241 Nicholson Street, Brunswick East

Nouns Deli

Nouns Deli

Nouns Deli is where food and cryptocurrency come together in a warm and technological embrace. Sound confusing? That's because it kind of is. We'll spare you the nitty gritty details (if you want them, you'll have to go to Noun's and find out for yourself) but long story short, this sandwich shop was birthed from an NFT community. And we're thankful it was, because they're now making some delicious sandwiches and soft serve in the heart of Malvern. Choose from Cuban-style, Chicago-style or breakfast sandwiches, plus many more. Stick around once you're done and enjoy a soft serve afterwards.

248b Glenferrie Road, Malvern

Petite by Matilda

Petite by Matilda

Petite by Matilda is Mont Albert cafe Matilda's little sister, made solely for takeaway. Here, you can order all of the toasties and salads Matilda is known and loved for, plus acai bowls, coffees, hot chocolates, and even cakes and catering for your next celebration! Grab it and go, or if you're feeling like a sit down meal, head across the road to Matilda.

14 Arcade Road, Mont Albert North

Arlo

Arlo

There's a new kid on the block in Elwood, and Baysiders couldn't be happier. Arlo is Elwood's latest cafe serving up all the classics we know and love, and then some. On their menu you'll find everything from beef short ribs and chicken bang to pancakes and sticky date pudding, as well as granola bowls and chilli scramble. There's something for everyone, no matter how fussy they may be!

133 Ormond Road, Elwood

Silvs on Kennedy

Silvs on Kennedy

If you're a Richmond local, this may just become your new favourite cafe. Silvs on Kennedy prides itself on serving fresh coffee and healthy meals to Melburnians daily, and only serves up the best of the best using local ingredients. Plus, their menu is absolutely huge and full of yummy breakfast treats, hearty lunches and refreshing smoothies that will satisfy any craving.

10/1 Khartoum Street, Richmond

Best New Cafes Melbourne 2024: February

LaManna & Sons Cremorne

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

The Library Bakery is a fusion of Korean and French baked goods, and we couldn't be more excited. This cosy cafe 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

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

Spazio Paradiso (Image credit: lachisiu)

Spazio Paradiso

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

Peregrine Social Club, fondly called Perry's by locals, combines two hospitality venue types Melbourne does best: cafes 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 cafe 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

Elster

Elster is a cute daytime diner located in Elsternwick. The light-filled cafe 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

Stan's Grill

Stan's Grill

Step aside, paninis, bagels and focaccias, because the classic Balkan chevapi roll has arrived. Stan's Grill is a takeaway cafe 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

Skinny's Eatery

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

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 BarThis new cafe 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

Zita's Focaccia

Zita's Focaccia

Nothing beats the warmth and comfort that comes along with an authentic Italian focaccia. And Zita's Focaccia in South Yarra is a new cafe 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

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

Le Yeahllow

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

Kohi No Deshi

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 cafe 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

Keen to get out and explore Melbourne's food scene after reading about the best new cafés to try in Melbourne? We think you'll love reading about the best bottomless brunch spots in Melbourne along with the best places to grab a slice of pizza in Melbourne.

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