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 unmissable croissants.

147-149A Cecil Street, South Melbourne

The Kettle Black


This is one of the cafes responsible for elevating chef-prepared breakfasts and brunches to the same level of respect as lunches and dinners. And, even after changing hands a few years back, it's still one of the best places in town or a morning meal.

50 Albert Road, South Melbourne



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

1 Wynyard Street, South Melbourne

St Ali


The busy headquarters of a growing coffee empire.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

KUU Cafe


Kuu's owners are a Japanese couple with a love for Melbourne, so you'll see influences from both places on display here. They shows up in the design, which is clean and minimalistic. They also appear on the menu, where traditional dishes are often given a local spin. There's a great range of salads and sandos to take away, too.

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).

108 Bank Street, South Melbourne

Woods Yard


Wood-fire sourdough pizza is the star at this wine bar, which pours natural wine, wild brews and coffee. Plus, grab sourdough rolls for lunch loaded with fillings such as mortadella, or a fancy omelette on the weekend.

74 Eastern Road, South Melbourne

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