Best Cafes in Thornbury

Updated 1 week ago


Thornbury has a more suburban feel than its southern neighbour, Northcote. You'll notice the difference at any of these small, modestly appointed cafes. The pace is a little bit slower, and early in the day, there are always more kids about.

This isn't the suburb to eat if your breakfast is destined for Instagram – these cafes are more concerned with nailing the classics than inventing the next big thing. Likewise, when it comes to coffee, established roasters and tried-and-tested blends are generally favoured over upstarts and obscure single origins.

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  • This is an expansion for one of Melbourne's most popular bakeries – tasked with alleviating the huge demand that the Northcote original generates. Come here for sourdough loaves; pork and fennel sausage rolls' and cheese-and-oregano pastries.

  • A tribute to the owner’s Calabrian-born father, Umberto plates up cucina casalinga homestyle cooking and classic Italian aperitivi in a former shoe shop. It’s also home to Gigi, a rooftop bar where you can sip a Negroni with one-of-a-kind views.

  • This sunny Thornbury cafe marries flavours from Mexico and southern California.

  • A neighbourhood specialty coffee shop and eatery in the backstreets of Thornbury.

  • This 130-seat space is full of warm hues and natural materials. Whether you're sitting on a sleek leather banquette or you've got a table in the large outside courtyard, there are no dud spots here. On the menu, you'll find a range of inventive Middle Eastern-inflected dishes, many of which showcase vegetables.

  • Take a seat in the front room if you want to enjoy the cafe's community spirit. Alternately, head to the leafy courtyard for some quiet.

  • At this dedicated house of Portuguese tarts, watch your “pastéis de nata” be made, then eat them fresh from the oven – flaky, silky and with a touch of cinnamon.

  • A Thornbury cafe that epitomises the concept of a local haunt.

  • Jerry Joy believes eating out should be easy for everyone, whether you have a food allergy or a pram.

  • You didn’t get matcha pancakes and Wagyu brioche burgers in the ’70s.

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  • A spacious eatery with a wealth of breakfast and lunch options.