The Best New Cafes in Melbourne

Updated 2 days ago


This is our edit of Melbourne’s best new cafes, updated monthly. Some are highly invested in serving excellent food and following the latest coffee trends, while others are just trying to become great neighbourhood catch-up spots. Here’s where we’re going for coffee, pastries and all-day eats right now.

  • Everything is made in-house at this vegan diner. Stop by for some of the best falafels and fatteh in town and watch owner Ahmad Al Alaea – donning his signature cowboy hat – work in the open kitchen.

  • Cup, cone or tub from the vending machine? You can have it all at Kori, a Japanese-inspired ice-creamery by ex-Tonka and Luxbite pastry chefs. Scoop up flavours like Hokkaido cheesecake, white-sesame, tofu-vanilla and more.

  • Book it to this French and Korean bakery to get your hands on Korean honey cookies, pretzel baguettes and a peanut butter bread-inspired pastry from a trio of pastry chefs.

  • Behind arched windows and an egg blue facade, this cosy cafe serves six-inch cakes, toasties, chicken baguettes and salads. Nab a spot on the lawn out the front, or at one of its outdoor tables under a very-French umbrella.

  • Move over froyo. This Tokyo-born dessert haven, backed by Le Bajo Milkbar's owner, serves soft kakigori. The cult shaved-ice dessert comes layered with syrup, crumble, foam and diced fruit (and includes a “Rare Cheese” flavour).

  • This tiny pastry shop, set in a bustling north-side market, serves traditional French pastries with a Hong Kong twist. Find choux-pastry swans, caramelised hazelnut eclairs and Hong Kong-style jellies.

  • This day-to-night brasserie, by two established cafe owners, has a breakfast and brunch offering that would fit comfortably at any of their other venues. But its French-style lunch and dinner menus feature steak frites and hamburgers.

  • A hole-in-the-wall coffee shop by a legendary barista, who brings experience from Intelligentsia Coffee in LA and Cafe Kitsune in Paris. Here, he serves made-to-order brews, All Are Welcome pastries and Japanese-style iced coffee.

  • This spot, by a trio of Melbourne cafe legends, has a neighbourhood famiresu (family restaurant) vibe. Find katsu curry Benedict with house-made spam and Japanese curry hollandaise, AM Bakehouse pastries and whisked-to-order matcha.

  • Suntop Plaza is the cosy beach town cafe away from the beach. Here the team serves poached chicken sandwiches with salsa verde, fruit-forward bakes and classic drinks.

  • Thai dining stalwart Longrain is behind this pop-up canteen. It’s all about grab-and-go dishes, including a caramelised pork bun and a hot and sour prawn salad. Plus, Thai desserts to go.

  • A tiny, light-filled cafe by a trio of local hospo legends. It’s small but mighty, turning out tiramisu croissants, macarons and deli-style Reuben sandwiches. Plus, top-quality coffee including cold brew and hot batch brew on tap.

  • Fancy a sliver or a slab? This deli-style bakery in a light-filled warehouse is dedicated to cheesecakes. You can sample its offerings before you buy – like Basque cheesecake, a New York-style number and pandan.