Wide and spacious, The Grain Store seems to always be crowded, and it’s not hard to understand why. With white walls and slightly dimmer lighting, the space feels homely and comfortable.
The cafe prides itself on creating dishes that uses locally-grown and harvested fruits and vegetables. More hearty options include the polenta corn fritter with avocado, or the passionfruit ricotta pancakes.
Exuding a rustic charm, Three Bags Full is decorated with earthy wooden planks, classic red bricks, and even upturned cups and saucers turned into lamps.
Simplicity is what inspires their menu, which differs based on the seasons. Currently, their winter menu consists of eggs on toast, hotcakes and more classic breakfast dishes. The cosy cafe also serves up their own house-made speciality coffee for your mid-afternoon perk-me-up.
Simplicity and timelessness seem to be the running theme behind The Kettle Black’s interior design. The cafe is mostly white and spacious, with an occasional pop of green and gold. The space is also bathed in a copious amount of sunlight, thanks to the ceiling-high glass windows.
With a selection of drinks and hearty food such as a soaked muesli with Australian grains, or the mouth-watering beans with basil pesto toast, the Kettle Black seems to be the perfect place to sit, relax, and bask in the glorious sunlight.
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne, Tel: 61-3-9088-0721
Image: The Kettle Black
Manchester Press is yet another cafe that exudes industrial-esque charm, with wire shelves and exposed wiring. The cafe also feels more spacious thanks to its high ceiling. Fun fact: The cafe was named after the printing press that used to occupy the location.
Manchester Press is known for their bagels, with a wide array of open and closed selections. Pick from savoury flavours such as the Texas BBQ pulled pork, or sweet ones like the toasted mixed berry.
The warehouse-turned-bakery boasts roomy interiors and a wide selection of delectable desserts. The cafe shows accents of raw, industrial-chic influences, with the tiled counters, and country-esque wood furnishings.
The French-inspired food items in Chez Dre includes signature dishes such as the pecan and cranberry granola, the house-made brioche French toast, or their baguettes, available with a selection of fillings.
285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Tel: 61-3-9690-2688
Airy and spacious, Auction Rooms Cafe is the best place to unwind with a simple cuppa and some food. Decorated with an unpolished design, the cafe itself features indoor and outdoor seating areas, so you can choose to bask in the Australian heat, or enjoy a more cooling meal inside.
Some of the standout dishes at Auctions Rooms include the brulee french toast, or the signature pressed pork shoulder, served with poached egg and bone marrow. All-day breakfast is served from 7.30am onwards.
103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne, Tel: 61-3-9326-7749
Image: Auction Rooms Cafe
Two Birds One Stone
White tiled walls, minimalist lighting and simple furnishings make this cafe the stuff of Instagram-worthy snaps. The 80-seater cafe is also a nice place to sit down, and relax after a long day of shopping or sight-seeing.
Two Birds One Stone was originally run by the folks behind The Kettle Black, so it’s not surprising to see similar food selections on their menu. But the cafe changes their menu every season, in order to keep things fresh and interesting. Some of their specials include the oven baked beans with Dukkah spiced labna and charred toast, or the black angus steak sandwich.