The old milk bar is on its last legs in Melbourne. You can still find them around, but the signage is likely to be fading and the proprietors nearing retirement. It's sad - many of us have rosy memories of these small community hubs, which were usually reached by bike or on foot, rather than in a car.

Luckily, a new generation has stepped up. Most of them aren't particularly faithful to their predecessors, but that's okay. Even if they only sell a few eggs or whizz up a superb blue-heaven milkshake, to us, all these spots embody the friendly spirit of the old milk bar in one way or another.

If that's not enough for you, check out Jerry's and Rowena Parade Corner Store, two hold-outs which have been around since the mid '50s.

Pie Thief

Not a milk bar in the strictest sense – you won't be able to buy some milk or the paper here. But order a pie or a milkshake (or a Milo, available hot or cold) and you're guaranteed to get that warm, nostalgic milk bar feeling.

297 Barkly Street, Footscray

Bendigo Street Milk Bar

A specialist in take-home meals.

37 Bendigo Street , Richmond

Cowderoy's Dairy

There's a dedicated candy bar.

14 Cowderoy Street, St Kilda West

Jerry's Milk Bar

Milkshakes and spiders galore.

345 Barkly Street, Elwood

Frankie’s Top Shop

A new-school corner store from chef and food writer Michele Curtis.

20 Cowderoy, St Kilda West

Rowena Parade Corner Store

Keeping the Italian-Australian milk bar alive.

44 Rowena Parade, Richmond


Bread, milk and flowers in a Scandi-cool space.

11 Argyle Street, West Footscray