Friday, September 16

5 of my favourite Melbourne cafes

As much as I love exploring cafes when I'm travelling, I've come to the realisation that there are few (if any) places in the world that have better cafes than here in Melbourne.

From Altona to St. Kilda, you'll rarely find yourself in a suburb without a great, local cafe. As such, there's probably a hundred I could recommend here but have decided to list my absolute favourites here for you to check out yourselves.

5. Rustica Canteen, Melbourne CBD & Richmond

I mainly frequent the Richmond location, but either of the Rustica Canteen destinations. My meal of choice is, without fail, whatever pulled pork sandwich is in season. At the moment, that's the sandwich with spiced pulled pork, apple, red cabbage + fennel slaw, garlic aioli + brioche bun. So good.

The pastries and baked good are also fantastic! I generally pick up their pumpkin loaf and a tasty treat for later (lemon meringue doughnut, anyone?), or if Easter is around the corner, their excellent hot cross buns!

Photography: Josie Withers

4. Hardware Société, Melbourne CBD

If you're in need of a quick breakfast or lunch in the city, Hardware Société should be one of your first ports of call. Beautiful croissants, savoury tarts, and other baked goods are displayed gorgeously on the

The counter is adorned with sweets. Macarons are set in lines next to other baked goods such as almond praline biscuits and croissants, which go down well with coffee in tea party crockery or teapots with colourful, woolly cosies. Savoury tarts and empanadas change flavours daily and sit inside the light cabinet. Specials are written up on a small blackboard on the wall. Weekday lunchtime hour can be rather busy at this bustling city venue, so if you’ve only got an hour, get in early.

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

3. Touchwood, Richmond

I work in Richmond, and the particular area I work in is a bit of a dead zone when it comes to good food. Fortunately, Touchwood is a short tram ride down Bridge road, where they have a fantastic menu for breakfast or lunch. No matter what time of the day, I tend to get the waffles with (are you ready for this?) fresh berries, peanut butter mascarpone, maple syrup, almond flakes & strawberry dust. Yuuuuuuum.

Photography: Tim Grey

2. Twenty and Six Espresso, North Melbourne

Ahhh, I miss living in North Melbourne. Twenty and Six Espresso was my old local, and their menu was that impossible mix of having too many good things to choose from. Nevertheless, I'd often find myself going back to old faithful: black sticky rice pudding, banana, coconut cream, passion fruit and toasted coconut flakes. It's basically my favourite meal in Melbourne - you need to try it.

While Auction Rooms around the corner often demands the cafe attention of North Melbourne (with good reason, the food and coffee is fantastic), Twenty and Six Espresso is my go-to in the suburb.

Photography: Kristoffer Paulsen

1. The Premises, Kensington

The Premises is fantastic, and ticks all the boxes: a ten-minute walk from my house, lots of cute dogs out the front, great coffee, amazing food, lovely staff, and you never have to wait too long to get a seat. It also happens to be one of the only places where I tend to order the special of the day: it's often some kind of porridge with mascarpone, crumble, and with cream on the side. SO GOOD.

It's also incredibly close to the city if you feel the need to get out and explore while still keeping the skyline in your sights. Make sure to get a takeaway cake on your way home!

What are your favourite cafes in Melbourne?

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