Merchants of Port
Housed in an old Easter-egg factory that used to be Salford Lads Club, Merchants of Port is a bright contemporary cafe. And one that stands out in Port Melbourne’s industrial landscape.
The cafe is a large, open warehouse with high ceilings, huge windows and white-brick walls. It attracts tradies from nearby factories as well as local office workers, so head chef John Barke (previously of Syracuse) makes sure to cover all bases with his menu, which tends towards hearty.
Early on, basics such as porridge and granola sit alongside baked eggs with feta; roast pumpkin and zucchini hash with harissa hollandaise; and corn fritters and poached eggs. Lunch takes in pork belly, a Wagyu burger and a superfood salad. Coffee is by Sydney’s Single Origin Roasters.