Melbourne’s cafe culture.

There is no way you can step into Melbourne and not set foot in any one of the cafes littered all over their streets. Melbourne and cafes are practically synonyms, which explains why cafe culture walking tours are organised for, in the city.

They say when you are in Rome, do as the Romans do. So, during my past 2 visits to Melbourne, last September and this June, I managed to plan by days accordingly and stop by some of the better cafes in town. Here’s my recommended 4 cafes for you when you’re heading to Down Under.

Pitstop #1: Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Lane 


Bagel with smoked salmon

A very indie looking cafe with a rustic look created by their wooden furniture, Manchester Press boasts some excellent bagels and coffee you shouldn’t miss. Perfect cafe to spend a lazy afternoon in, reading the papers or getting some work done.

For more info, please check Broadsheet out.

Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sat 9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Pitstop #2: Dr. Dax Kitchen, Melbourne Brain Centre, Parkville

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A decent, affordable cafe within University of Melbourne that serves breakfast till 11:30am. From muffins to muesli with yogurt to eggs benedict to omelettes and also french toast you’ll be spoilt for choices.

Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri 7:00 am – 7:00 pm


Pitstop #3: The Hardware Societe, 118-120 Hardware St 

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Baked eggs with chorizo, sofrito, manchego

Easily one of the better few cafes in Melbourne which explains the wait you might experience to get a table at The Hardware Societe. But, I assure you, the food is well worth the wait. Their breakfast spread is pretty extensive with some French-inspired dishes like Brioche french toast and Croque Madame.

Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri 7:30am to 3pm

Sat& Sun 8:30am to 2pm


Pitstop #4: Mart 130, 107A Canterbury Rd, Middle Park



Eggs benedict

Another unique cafe to stop by would be Mart 130 which is located at Middle Park and also next to the tram stop. Why the name you may ask. Mart is tram spelled backwards and 130 is the tram stop number. Hence, the name Mart 130. It’s most popular dish on the menu – corn fritters.

Corn fritters


A very cosy and homely environment and in perfect location to take a stroll in park after a satisfying meal.

Opening Hours:

Mon to Sun 7:30am to 5pm

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