From sunny kitchen gardens to some of the best bakeshops in the city, Melbourne's west is hoarding some serious gems. Here's where to go.

*Be sure to check venue's websites for holiday trading hours.

St Martha’s

The right balance between hearty and experimental.

123 Buckley Street, Essendon

Wolf and Hound

A tiny cafe with a big local spirit.

60 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington


Consistency and comfort are key.

44 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington

The Reading Room

For your caffeine-fuelled study break.

88 Ballarat Road, Footscray

Footscray Milking Station

Solid coffee and one hell of a pulled-pork panini.

35 Bunbury Street, Footscray

West 48

A refreshingly simple menu.

48 Essex Street, Footscray

Brother Nancy

A clean, minimalist space with a community atmosphere.

182 Essex Street, West Footscray


A transportable cafe fashioned from three shipping containers.

16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray

The Premises

Coffee veterans serving standout breakfasts.

202 Bellair Street, Kensington


Friendly service and a comfortable atmosphere.

173 Rankins Road, Kensington

Darling Street Espresso

Supplied by its own organic garden.

146 Athol Street , Moonee Ponds

Ascot Food Store

Restaurant-quality food at cafe prices.

320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds

The Pint of Milk

Old world charm combined with modern eating standards.

19 North Road, Newport


Dog and pram friendly.

5 Mason Street, Newport

Common Galaxia

A menu full of unexpected twists.

Shop 3-4 130 Victoria Street, Seddon

Sourdough Kitchen

A no-frills bakery that keeps things simple.

172 Victoria Street, Seddon

Candied Bakery

An Aussie bakery with a sweet American twist.

81a Hudsons Road, Spotswood

Roller Door

A shed that serves ethical produce.

13 Stawell Street, West Melbourne

Junie Moon's

A playful space with dim sims worthy of a cult following.

511 Spencer Street, West Melbourne


A bustling brunch destination with a Mediterranean and Middle Eastern infusion.

9 Ballarat Street, Yarraville

Wee Jeanie

Like sitting in your own sun-lit kitchen.

50 Anderson Street, Yarraville

Heal.Thy Self Co.

Tons of healthy, clean-eating options.

26 Ballarat Street, Yarraville