Bridge Road's demise as a retail destination was a blow for shoppers, but if you're the kind of person who prefers brunch, things have turned out for the best. The strip is now home to a number of outstanding cafes. Plenty of others are scattered along Swan Street and throughout the back streets, from slick newcomers to homely classics. These are our favourites.

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Fifty Acres

Cafe

Simplicity and class are the hallmarks of this cafe.

65 Bridge Road, Richmond

Touchwood

Cafe

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

480 Bridge Road, Richmond

Reunion and Co

Cafe

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

472 Bridge Road, Richmond

Jethro Canteen

Cafe

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

385-389 Burnley Street, Richmond

Top Paddock

Cafe

A local landmark from Melbourne cafe royalty.

658 Church Street, Richmond

Mayday

Cafe

Coffee is the focus at this spot from Axil Coffee Roasters, but the menu is no B-team.

410 Bridge Road, Richmond

Hector’s Deli

Cafe

A classic sandwich shop with elevated ingredients and credentials.

94 Buckingham Street, Richmond

Penny for Pound

Cafe

Cruffins, strawberry-cheesecake croissants and stunning petit gateaux in a matching petite shopfront.

Rear 410 Bridge Road, Richmond

Maker Coffee

Cafe

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

47 North Street, Richmond

Pillar of Salt

Cafe

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

541 Church Street, Richmond

Friends of Mine

Cafe

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

506 Swan Street, Richmond

Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Cafe

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

16-18 River Street, Richmond

Fargo and Co.

Bar

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.

216 Swan Street, Richmond

Be the Duck

Cafe

Daytime staples and intriguing sit-down dishes.

131 Burnley Street, Richmond

A Thousand Blessings

Cafe

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

251 Highett Street, Richmond

Holla Coffee Roasters

Cafe

A relaxed cafe, bar and grill open every day of the week, serving booze at whatever time you’re ready for it.

284 Victoria Street, Richmond

Long Street Coffee

Cafe

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

45 Little Hoddle Street, Richmond

Bendigo Street Milk Bar

Cafe

Like the milk bars of yore; a place to drop in for coffee, breakfast or a sandwich.

37 Bendigo Street, Richmond

Rowena Parade Corner Store

Cafe

Providing the Richmond community with their daily newspaper, milk and bread since 1956.

44 Rowena Parade, Richmond

Amsterdam Street Cafe

Cafe

A tranquil cafe on an otherwise hectic strip.

1 Amsterdam Street, Richmond

Warkop

Cafe

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.

12 Risley St, Richmond

Laikon Deli

Cafe

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

324 Bridge Road, Richmond