• This charming daytime diner is by a respected Melbourne cafe mogul. It walks the line between cafe and restaurant with breakfast classics and lunchtime dishes inspired by European bistros.

  • Named for its dough’s 48-hour rise time (and officially recognised as one of Oceania’s best pizzerias), the menu here runs the gamut of classic and modern pies with notable vegan alternatives. The eponymous gnocchi is made small, “della nonna” style, and completely gluten-free.

  • Copycat is a moody date-night destination right next to Classic Cinemas. Perch at the bar for elevated snacks and lively cocktails, or settle in the curvaceous dining room for Peruvian-influenced, modern Australian dishes.

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  • Spot number two for the southside’s favourite Vietnamese restaurant.

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  • An all-day French Indochine restaurant by the team at Riverland and The Boatbuilder's Yard.


  • This beloved bakery was a hit in Collingwood before branching out to the south. Come for slow-fermented breads, hazelnut babka and loaded focaccias. Take your treats home or enjoy them in the park across the road.

  • This Victorian era-inspired cafe and diner from a group of hospitality veterans makes good use of the beautiful space it lives in. Whether you’re stopping by for breakfast or a drink, you’ll find a menu of spryly tweaked classics.

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  • Coffee is their thing.

  • A change of management hasn’t dampened the appeal of this trusted veteran.

  • Breakfast that goes beyond the usual Melburnian staples.


  • This tiny bakery churns out a colourful array of coeliac-friendly cakes and treats – plus bagels, babka and challah. Need an egg-free, gluten-free celebration cake? A fodmap-friendly focaccia? Baker Yinon Hacham has you covered.

  • This family-run bakery serves up Middle Eastern-inspired pita pockets, bagels, challah and loaves. Bag a loaf of bread for home or pick up its grab-and-go lunches of shakshuka-stuffed pita pockets, and bread twists topped with fragrant za’atar.

  • Pick a beer or wine from the wall and drink it right there.

  • Raw vegan fare inspired by the Incan goddess of health and happiness.