5 & Dime
This bagelry and cafe in Katherine Place is open for curbside pick-up, and owner Zev Forman is also doing contactless local deliveries. Order online the day before and your brekkie will be delivered between 6am and 11am the following day. The online menu includes breakfast packs; a variety of bagels (from the classic everything to jalapeno and cheddar); schmears (including vegan cream cheese and bacon maple chipotle); deli sandwiches; and coffees. Bagels are also sold at farmers markets around Melbourne every week – follow 5 & Dime on Instagram for updates.
Australian bagels just weren’t cutting it for Zev Forman. The New Jersey native grew up with the good stuff, so the local interpretations left something to be desired.
The now proudly Melburnian chef began baking his own and selling them at markets such as Flemington and Coburg Farmers’ Market. Turns out people liked them.
5 & Dime is a dedicated bakery and a snappy, deco-style cafe which stays far away from Yankee cliché, fitted out by Brand Works and Beyond the Pixel
True to its American origins, though, 5 & Dime serves batch-brewed filter coffee – though it’s made to Australian standards. Offering rotating single origins, the coffee’s taken care of by Collingwood’s Promised Land. There’s no customer-wait time because it’s immediately available to serve.
But really, 5 & Dime’s all about the bagels. It serves plain, onion, rye, poppyseed, sesame, cinnamon and raisin, dill, or salt varieties. Forman also smokes his own salmon, cures his own gravlax and uses Goldfields Farmhouse’s real cultured cream cheese.