The Best Cafes in Fitzroy

Updated 1 month ago


Fitzroy wasn't ground zero for specialty coffee in Melbourne, but it (and adjoining Collingwood) are two of the best suburbs to drink it these days. The roasters and baristas here are among the city's best. And where good coffee goes, good food often follows. Accordingly, all these spots brew a quality cup and cook to the same standard, even if just bagels or doughnuts. Start ticking them off.

Brunswick Street

  • A Melbourne sandwich institution in a northside backstreet. You might go for a chicken schnitzel sanga with an undersized potato bun, a decadent egg-and-cheese breakfast muffin or the standout vegan sanga.

  • You'll find this tiny sandwich joint by a former Gimlet chef next door to Fitzroy craft-beer bar Near & Far. Wrap your hands around a French-dip, NY-deli or chicken sanga with a hazy Victorian beer on the side.

  • Hot-pink signage marks the spot at Token Toasties, where the walls are plastered with rock’n’roll merch and the sandwich names are riffs on songs (like the Reuben Tuesday).

  • Wait-in-line-worthy pastries, cruffins and twice-baked croissants are served fresh out of the oven in this converted Fitzroy warehouse.

  • Lune is synonymous with croissants. And world-famous ones at that. But Moon orbits around crullers – deep-fried choux pastry that’s twisty and crispy on the outside, and not at all what you’d expect on the inside.

  • An old furniture warehouse transformed into a polished and welcoming daytime diner.

  • A white, bright successor to the famed Melbourne coffee roasters old flagship site down the street. Single origins and ground-breaking brunches still reign supreme, served within a skylit warehouse splashed with greenery.

  • A cosy cafe with hearty home-style cooking.

  • A rustic Mediterranean deli and eatery in the heart of the action on Brunswick Street.

  • Single origin coffee and tales of cold-blooded murder come together at Proud Mary's second cafe venture.

Smith Street

  • Coffee and a minimalist menu, served from some pretty prime real estate.

Johnston Street

  • A place where fried and scrambled eggs – stuffed inside brioche-adjacent buns and served in a jiffy – are the hero.

  • Sourdough and croissants baked in an old recording studio.

  • This friendly local punches out bold eats and a balanced cup of coffee.

  • Sweet, wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels are what sets this bakery apart from the rest of Melbourne’s bagel merchants.

  • It’s not the newest. It’s not the most obvious. But it is one of the most loved local cafes in Fitzroy.

Gertrude Street

  • Enter this Euro-style grocer and cafe for an impressive salad sanga, Baker Bleu pizza squares and fancy picnic hampers. Plus, two-person cakes (including Marion’s Basque cheesecake), produce, seedlings, fresh blooms and more for home.

  • A tiny daytime coffee nook, using beans from one of Australia's best roasters.

  • The permanent home of popular Italian sandwich pop-up, Rocco’s – with the addition of big bowls of pasta, house-made Italian liqueurs and a vibe reminiscent of an Italian nonna's house.

  • Daytime cocktails and an Old World feel are the hallmarks of this elegant cafe.

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  • This all-day diner serves the goods any time you need.

  • A kitsch and colourful Colombian cafe.

  • One of Gertrude's Street's longest-serving cafes remains a solid go-to for hearty brunches, good coffee and a stiff drink when you need it. Spread out in the sunny rear courtyard or go al fresco on the footpath out front.

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