The Best Cafes in Richmond

Updated 5 months ago


Richmond has had its troughs and peaks over the years, but it’s never really lost relevance. Today, the bustling suburb is home to a number of outstanding cafes, bakeries and sandwich shops.

In the former camp, longstanding spots like Top Paddock and Rowena Corner Store have kept their regulars coming back. And as for the latter, newer spots like Ca Com and Warkop are serving mighty fine banh mis and Indonesian-inspired sandwiches. They’re just the standouts on this curated guide to Richmond’s best cafes.

  • A local landmark from Melbourne cafe royalty.

  • At this “cellar door” for coffee you can taste up to five single-origin brews in a single visit.

  • A classic sandwich shop with elevated ingredients and credentials.

  • Inside this banh mi bar from the Jeow team, a woodfire hearth turns out turmeric chicken, jungle pork sausage and Manchurian pumpkin to fill the crusty baguettes.

  • Croissants are baked four times a day at this popular bakery, which has been a locals’ favourite since 2018. Go for its hot coffee alongside doughnuts, fancy cakes by the slice, boeuf bourguignon pies and pork and fennel sauso rolls.

  • Simplicity and class are the hallmarks of this cafe.

  • 120 seats and a huge menu to match. This is one seriously ambitious cafe.

  • It’s designed to feel like your lounge room. But you could never make food this good at home.

  • Camel-milk lattes and bowls of crickets. This isn't your average cafe.

  • Providing the Richmond community with its daily newspaper, milk and bread since 1956. Go for classics alongside Mediterranean-style plates like Turkish cilbir and Greek kaski. Plus, Small Batch coffee and nostalgic thickshakes.

  • Warkop is a snug, laid-back sandwich shop headed by Indonesian chef Barry Susanto. On the menu, you’ll find a line-up of bready classics, from the aromatic chicken sanga, to a beef pastrami with coconutty rendang sauce, and a soft grilled brioche with custard-like coconut jam.

  • Stop in to this sleek, concrete-clad cafe from the team behind Fitzroy favourite Burnside. It's serving up Seven Seeds coffee, snatch-and-grab sandwiches and stellar bagels.

  • Join the queue at this locally-minded sandwich shop for fried chicken sangas on shokupan, or a classic Reuben featuring Uncle’s Smallgoods pastrami. Pair with a coffee on tap (served hot or cold) and you've got a hot contender in the city's sandwich boom.

  • As solid as the immovable pillar in the middle of the seating area.

  • An all-day every-day cafe with a solid list of brunch cocktails.

  • Enter for superb single origin and filter, or invest in a $10 shot of espresso.

  • On weekends, this bar puts on bottomless prosecco and Mimosas, plus other goodies such as jerk salmon tostadas, fried buffalo broccoli and fried chicken you can pimp with optional caviar.

  • Daytime staples and intriguing sit-down dishes.

  • This backstreets spot is dedicated to using the freshest local and organic produce in a way few others are.

  • A social-enterprise cafe upholding the idea of a fair go.

  • A tranquil cafe on an otherwise hectic strip.

  • This Greek deli’s third-generation owner is serving contemporary takes on his mother’s recipes.