Best Cafes in Melbourne
Melbourne is one of my favourite city as the city is pretty vibrant and attracted a lot of Asian to come over to study especially from Singapore, Vietnam and China. Hence, there are a lot of cafes in Melbourne and you probably should visit them.
When it comes to judging cafes, the ambience is just as important a criterion as taste and quality. I love cafe vibes especially those retro, unique style design. Melbourne’s cafes are recognised around the world, and it’s easy to see why. We have former fine-dining chefs in kitchens, fit-outs from recognisable interior designers and some of the best roasters and baristas there are. And don’t forget the efficient yet friendly service that’s gained attention in New York, Singapore, Hong Kong and many other cities.
This tiny little brick cubby might have been a bakehouse in the dim distant past, but these days it’s serving up breakfast and lunch (and dinner on Fridays) to those in need of some nourishment sans-guilt – it’s completely vegan here, right down to the absence of eggs. What I like about Monk Bodhi Dharma is because they have excellent coffee, the baristas who know their beans and are happy to help you choose something to suit your own flavour profile and an animal-friendly menu that will feed your stomach as well as your soul. Also, the entrance looks like a trashed house but inside full of surprise!
Inside there’s the comfort of old-is-new-chic, with a pre-loved workbench serving as the communal dining space and re-birthed Singer sewing tables for a cosier tête-à-tête.
Look for healing teas to get you regrouped and rebalanced, but if you’re in need of some deep spiritual healing head straight for the Monk porridge with its pool of stewed berries or the Bodhi bircher – packing spices, pecan and almond chunks, a whopping great dollop of biodynamic yoghurt and a rainbow of green and red apple. That was so delicious and yummy.
Higher Ground is located at Little Bourke Street pushes the boundaries of what I understand the cafe experience to be. The high ceiling is the unique style of this cafe. There’s a steamed market fish on the breakfast menu. There’s a list of small plates that includes charred brussels sprouts, cured kingfish and a charcuterie selection. Waiters are dressed smartly in uniformed shirts. Long hair tied back. The interior design is pretty modern + industrial feel.
People walk in the door of the former power station and crane their necks. The ceilings are 15 metres high which is very high compared to the rest. Natural light comes in. There’s a long, stainless-steel bar for brewing coffee and unusual teas, and for pouring wine and cocktails.
The layout and atmosphere are inspired by Ace Hotel and Soho House in London and boutique hotels in New York that have an all-day feeling that goes from morning to night.
After dark, the mood changes as the operation melts into dinner service. A new menu is placed on the tables. The ceiling lights and lamps dim. There is an L-shaped mezzanine that overlooks the bustling ground floor. The upstairs level, which comes with its own barista station, is an unhurried lounge to read, work or eat a meal in. So, whether you are students, workers, or just to chill with your friends, I would recommend you to come here!
This Liminal is located at 161 Collins Street. At Liminal, diners can stop in for a coffee or glass of wine; pick up charcuterie, cheese and rotisserie meats; host meetings and events; and attend workshops in the demonstration kitchen. I find here quite busy and crowded during office hours.
Imagine you're late for work, so you grab a quick breakfast on the way in, a thick slice of pumpkin brioche with buffalo curd and honey, or a mozzarella, sage and white anchovy toastie. Later, in search of lunch, you pop down to the foyer to the rotisserie full of rotating golden chooks ready to be sliced and stuffed into a hot roll with gravy. As this cafe is pretty near the workplace, so after a busy day, all you can think about is wine and cheese. Lucky for you there's a store with more than 200 bottles, many in the mid-$20 range, and an eclectic cheese selection to match.
So, do recommend me your favourite cafe in Melbourne and share with me your review as well!