Snippets: The Best Cafes And Bakeries To Check Out In Melbourne, Australia – A Coffee And Brunch Guide [Updated 2022]

Our first overseas travel after 2 years, the pandemic may have disrupted plans, but it definitely does not change our love for travel. Planning for this trip took awhile as with the ever-evolving nature of post-Covid travels. On a side note, wrote on the current travel requirements between Australia and Singapore, you can read more here.

Melbourne and Coffee are synonymous. So excited we were, we drank way too much coffee everyday and had too much pastries as we roam the streets of Melbourne city. Here is a list of the best cafes and bakeries in the city you should visit when you are next here!

Melbourne CBD

Bakemono Bakers
Amongst our first stop, the bakery is in the midst of the city, operated by a Japanese community. No dine-in available, but do not let that dissuade you from visiting here. With the usual Japanese obsession with perfection, the French bakes here are a joy to enjoy – try the Almond Yuzu Croissant. At 273 Little Lonsdale St.

Manchester Press
Using Ona Coffee, an institution here at Melbourne, this is a rustic spot tucked away in a charming lane which you can definitely look to chill in while in the city. At 8 Rankins Ln.

Higher Ground
If there is any café you must visit in the city, this is it. High ceiling, industrial and rustic chic vibes in what used to be a former power station. Make a reservation because the walk-in wait can be long. A popular brunch food item in Melbourne is the Chilli Scrambled Eggs, and here is where you should have it. At 650 Little Bourke St.

Hardware Societe
Another popular café in downtown Melbourne, it closed its original location, though operates now out from its larger Katherine Place spot. Head here for a more polished French take on café brunch food. At 10 Katherine Pl.

Maker Coffee
Located along the quiet lanes behind the busy CBD streets in Melbourne, Maker Coffee offers a great spot to enjoy a good cup of coffee as you escape from the busy city. If the weather is good, grab a sit at the outdoor benches, great for people-watching. At 387 Little Bourke St.


Lune Croissanterie
Perhaps the most famous bakery in Melbourne, the branch at Fitzroy is a must-visit with its spacious industrial space with an open kitchen, while the city outlet only offering take-outs. Of course, trying Lune’s croissants is a must, we particularly like the Ham & Gruyere Croissant. Come early, or be prepared to queue. At 119 Rose St.

Industry Beans
Another coffee roaster in town, their café at Fitzroy is a must visit. Entirely white interiors, with a contemporary industrial theme look, Industry Beans is living up to its name here. Serious coffee drinkers will enjoy their visit here, with various speciality coffee on the menu. At 70-76 Westgarth St.

Proud Mary & Aunty Peg’s
Visit Proud Mary for a brunch, and visit Aunty Peg’s for its coffee bar experience. Both concepts are within walking distance from each, with Aunty Peg’s offering only coffee with a seasonal menu focusing on different themes. From pourovers to Snap Chill, aka Cold Brew Foam Coffee. At 172 Oxford St & 200 Wellington St.

To Be Frank Bakery
Frankly, this bakery got our attention as a serious bakery outfit. Head here if you are looking beyond just typical café brunch food. Be early, to avoid disappointment as some of their popular bakes sells out early. At 1/4 Bedford St.

Unpretentious café leaving you very much to your own. Not to be taken for granted, the large industrial spaces available for cafes in the outskirts of Melbourne makes these cafes a much better spot to chill in. At 30 Sackville St.

Allpress Expresso Melbourne Roastery
Our favourite coffee roasters, we have made it a point to visit every Allpress cafes in each city we visited, including the long drive down to NZ’s Dunedin when Allpress first started, so no exception when it comes to Melbourne. Take a seat at their outdoor tables, sip their coffee and enjoy the conversation. At 80 Rupert St.

North Melbourne / Carlton

Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters
Another OG for coffee in Melbourne, started since 2007, Seven Seeds has a couple of cafes in the city. The Carlton location is the largest, and has a great vibe housed within a warehouse amidst the towering skyscrapers around. At 114 Berkeley St.

Bread Club
Losing count of the number of bakeries we visited in Melbourne, though Bread Club is amongst those I will highly recommend. Pity no dine-in here, though you can grab a pastry and roam the industrial-hip vibe of North Melbourne. If you are undecided on which pastry to grab, just go with the Almond Croissant! At 558 Queensberry St.

Mork Chocolate Brew House
Visited here years back, and here again because it is worth a return visit. Used to have dine-in facilities, Mork Chocolate is now a take-out and retail outfit, though there are some outdoor tables for you to enjoy your hot chocolate and nibs. Go for the classic drinks, and perhaps some of the chocolate powder to enjoy again when you are back home. At 150 Enrol St.

Brunswick / Northcote

Ona Coffee Melbourne
An OG here in Melbourne, perhaps our expectations were a tad too high, but head here for their coffee and not their brunch food. Having said, the extensive coffee menu will excite any coffee drinkers looking for their unique morning brew. At 22 Ovens St.

Wild Life Bakery
Amongst our last stop before the drive out from Melbourne city, this bakery café is a must-visit. Using Market Lane beans and Mork Chocolate, have these with their own bakes. Recommend the Cheese Toasties. At 90 Albert St.

All Are Welcome
A place where All Are Welcome! Bakery concept with limited seatings, mainly catering to take-out orders. Grab some of the freshly baked French pastries or sourdough bread if you are in the area. At 190 High St.

South Melbourne / South Yarra

Tivoli Road Bakery
Located at South Yarra, Tivoli Road Bakery offers fresh bakes for take-outs. Always nice to grab a pastry, and just chill along the streets of Melbourne people-watching. Wide selections of bakes here, expect a queue. At 3 Tivoli Rd.

St Ali Coffee Roasters
This is perhaps our favourite café during our stay in the city. Both al-fresco and indoor seatings are great, and make sure you order their Truffle Cheese Toast and Magdalene! The latter is made aka minute and comes with a lemon curd, the pairing is to-die-for! Grab some of the merchandise too, their Nespresso-compatible capsules are good. At 12-18 Yarra Pl.

Agatha Patisserie
This popular pastry booth at South Melbourne Market offers an extensive selection of bakes and sweets. Only available for take-outs, expect a snaking queue here. At 322 Coventry St.

Market Lane Coffee
One of the well-established coffee roasters in the city, Market Lane Coffee now spots a few branches across the city, and we gladly visited a couple during our trip here. Love a café that makes effort for its aesthetics too, each of its branches are designed slightly differently but with the same welcoming vibes. At 305 Coventry St.

Photo by Armelle Habib

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