In South Melbourne you really can't beat the main attraction – the market. Between all the wandering around, tasting samples and lugging bags of shopping, after a certain amount of time you'll need to find coffee and a filling breakfast. There's a lot to choose from in this charming, leafy suburb. Here's the best of a brilliant bunch.

Related pages:
Guide to South Melbourne
Best Cafes in Albert Park
Best Cafes in South Yarra
Best Cafes in Prahran


An Austrian-inspired bakery serving pretzels, sachertorte and shakshuka croissants.

147-149A Cecil Street, South Melbourne

The Kettle Black

One of Melbourne's most sophisticated cafes.

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
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Aucuba Coffee

A cafe and roastery that bucks the usual Melbourne trends.

108 Bank Street, South Melbourne


Wholesome food, killer coffee and friendly neighbours, all down a single dead-end street.

1 Wynyard Street, South Melbourne
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St Ali

The busy headquarters of a growing coffee empire.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

KUU Cafe

Hearty Japanese food with a Western influence.

190 Park Street, South Melbourne

Chez Dré Patisserie Boulangerie

French-inspired all-day breakfast in South Melbourne.

Rear of 285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne


A dessert boutique next to Chez Dré.

285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Padre Coffee South Melbourne Market

Your go-to coffee spot when you're doing the shopping.

Stall 33 South Melbourne Market Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Market Lane Coffee South Melbourne

Cafe number six for one of the city’s favourite coffee roasters.

305 Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Dead Man Espresso

Nab a spot on the balcony and order the famous Reuben sandwich.

35 Market Street, South Melbourne

The Crux & Co

A challenger in South Melbourne’s brunch game, opposite The Kettle Black.

35 Albert Road, South Melbourne

Montague Park Foodstore

A modest, homely cafe where the wholesome food is as warm as the service.

406 Park Street, South Melbourne


A minimalist cafe catering to South Melbourne workers and their quick lunch breaks.

269 Coventry Street , South Melbourne


The tiny coffee shop with big ambitions.

Stall 89, South Melbourne Market 116 Cecil Street, South Melbourne

Cafe Zappa

An offbeat cafe run by an Italian with a penchant for Frank Zappa.

206 Bank Street, South Melbourne

The Left-Handed Chef

Israeli share platters and pita pockets (and yes, the chef is left-handed).

219 Park Street, South Melbourne
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Happy Place

Yogis and juice fiends – assemble.

Stall 56 South Melbourne Market, Corner of Cecil and Coventry Streets, South Melbourne

Proper & Son

Meals fresh from South Melbourne Market.

Shop 13 & 14, South Melbourne Market 322-326 Coventry Street, South Melbourne