For some time now it has been possible to find nice cafes and places to hang out in the western suburbs, so long as you are willing to seek them out. We particularly like the Social Roasting Company in Flemington and Cornershop in Yarraville. But new cafe The Premises has raised the bar significantly.

On a leafy little corner in Kensington, which at times can feel like a little country town despite being only two stops from the city, The Premises is proudly serving some of Melbourne’s best coffee.

Alex Anderson and Kate Holloway, both long time coffee industry veterans (having worked at places like St Ali, Seven Seeds, Brother Buda Budan, Liar Liar, The Pound and Fandango), have opened a terrific little cafe in an area that's been craving it.

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Alex and his team of baristas are making truly excellent coffee using Seven Seeds and Kate is running the kitchen serving up standout cafe fare. Highlights include the already popular creamed corn with locally smoked bacon and the slow roasted pulled pork with Kate’s homemade chutney.

They’ve created a comfortable, friendly and inclusive atmosphere that seems to permeate the cafe. The local community plays a strong role with produce sourced from nearby where possible.

The place looks great with a polished homemade aesthetic. Beautiful green Italian tiles form the splashback behind the long bar along with striking vintage green lamps. Much of the furniture was built by Alex’s dad; including the bars, benches, tables and cabinets.

With The Premises, the western suburbs now have access to some of the best coffee in Melbourne.

The Premises

202 Bellair Street, Kensington


Closed Mon

Tue-Fri 7am-4.30pm

Sat-Sun 8am-4pm