Reading from the menu at these 10 cafes should have your taste buds well and truly charged. They're twisting classics, tweaking presentation and throwing in a few curious ingredients to indulge with audaciously individual dishes, perfect to welcome the springtime change. Making our top 10 is a mix of both fancifully sweet and sophisticated savoury dishes that look to serve you with something a little unexpected and refreshingly adventurous. Whether it be the delicate subtlety of a cleansing watermelon salad, an unexpected drizzle of sauce gribiche or a re-imagining of the favourable peanut butter and jelly sandwich, we’re taking a look to see which cafes are distinguishing themselves from the rest and tempting us away from those somewhat trusted and predictable classics.

  1. Cavallero's peanut butter and jelly sandwich: homemade berry jam, crunchy peanut butter, hot French toast served with whipped citrus cream.

  2. Ora's fried duck egg, black pudding, breakfast radish, parsley salad.

  • Chez Dre's corn and jalapeno pepper brioche with Mexican-style black eyed beans, guacamole, tomato salsa, pulled pork and a fried egg.

  • A Minor Place’s smashed avocado and grapefruit on hi-top sourdough with olive oil, sea salt, lemon and fresh herbs.

  • Golden Fields’ Shanghai crepe, fried eggs, spring onions, hoisin sauce and coriander.

  • The Premises’ smoked kippers served with bubble and squeak, lemon and herb butter and a poached egg.

  • Monk Bodhi Dharma’s slow roasted king oyster, shitake, oyster and enoki mushrooms on a house made pumpkin, spinach and sun dried polenta bread served with goat’s cheese, thyme and red chilli oil.

  • Cumulus Inc.’s water melon salad with berries, mint and fromage blanc.

  • Cafe Vue’s salmon pastrami, with watercress and rocket salad, sauce gribiche and a poached egg, served on a crumbed potato and fish cake.
    401 St Kilda Road, Melbourne
    (03) 9866 805

  • Red Door Corner Store’s coconut crumpets, local rooftop honey, homemade berry jam and Myrtleford butter.