This is our edit of Melbourne’s best new cafes from the past 12 months, 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 right now.

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Moon Cruller

Cafe

Lune is synonymous with croissants. And world-famous ones at that. But Moon orbits around crullers – deep-fried choux pastry that’s twisty and crispy on the outside, and not at all what you’d expect on the inside.

50 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Jerry's Milk Bar

Cafe

This Barkly Street icon has stood for over four decades. And after a brief Covid-enforced closure, it's in new hands and is better than ever. It's doing classic subs, thickshakes and vegan cakes.

345 Barkly Street, Elwood

Florian

Cafe

This Rathdowne Village cafe has an old soul: with a relaxed, unpretentious feel reminiscent of the pre-Instagram era. It's got a pared-back, produce-driven menu that looks different day to day (but the standout gravlax and signature riff on eggs Florentine aren't going anywhere).

617 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North

Stan's Deli and Sandwiches

Cafe

This deli and sandwich spot is inspired by New York's old-school delis. The team behind the slick white-and-green spot includes co-owners of Leonardo's Pizza Palace, and Frankie's Tortas and Tacos. Go for 5 & Dime bagels smeared with whipped ricotta, cheesy pork-and-fennel-sausage muffins and a hefty eggplant-parm sandwich.

248B Glenferrie Road, Malvern

Matteo’s Delicatessen

Cafe

A one-stop shop for sandwiches, smallgoods and Italian pantry staples. The floor-to-ceiling shelves are impressively jam-packed, so you can stock up on fancy Italian pantry staples while you're picking up lunch. Plus, grazing platters, flaky pastizzi and Ned's Bake pastries.

30 Pier St, Altona

Bench Coffee Co

Cafe

At Bench Coffee's CBD flagship, stop in for an espresso at the sleek standing bar or grab a latte and rich, bite-sized dacquoise (in flavours such as matcha, black sesame and vanilla-sea salt) to go. It's by the same team as nearby katsu sando bar Saint Dreux.

321 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Warkop

Cafe

Warkop is a snug, laid-back sandwich shop headed by Indonesian chef Barry Susanto. On the menu, you’ll find a line-up of bready classics, from the aromatic chicken sanga, to a beef pastrami with coconutty rendang sauce, and a soft grilled brioche with custard-like coconut jam.

12 Risley St, Richmond

Le Bajo

Cafe

At this Japanese cafe in a North Melbourne warehouse, almost everything revolves around fluffy-house baked shokupan (which you can get to take away). You'll also find fried-chicken katsu sandos, teriyaki fries and airy sponge cake. It’s from one of the founders of Bali’s Potato Head Beach Club – and it shares a space with his impressive old-school car collection.

8-14 Howard Street, North Melbourne

Farmer’s Daughters

Restaurant

This three-storey love letter to Gippsland and its produce is by Alejandro Saravia, the chef behind CBD classic Pastuso. There's a deli with house-made terrine; a suave restaurant with a focus on cooking with flames; and a greenhouse-like rooftop oasis.

80 Collins 95 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Nico's Sandwich Deli

Cafe

Whether you’re visiting the Healeys Lane original or the Fitzroy spin-off, expect jazzed-up Italo-Japanese-leaning sangas, strong coffees and sweet shakes.

1 Healeys Lane, Melbourne

Rumble Coffee Roasters

Cafe

A red-brick coffee roastery with a pint-sized espresso bar. Get your beans brewed or bagged, right where they’re roasted, by a team that’s all about sustainability and transparency. Plus, there are pistachio-and-raspberry blondies and flaky, cheesy croissants.

8 Thompson Street, Kensington

First Love Coffee

Cafe

A slick specialty coffee bar by the Rustica Team. Pop by for a smooth locally roasted brew and a grab-and-go egg-and-bacon roll, then take in the peach-terracotta terrazzo and striking green marble of the pretty room.

Shop 4/447 Collins Street, Melbourne

Greta

Cafe

Swing by this olive and mustard-toned sandwich and wine bar for Axil coffee and Penny for Pound pastries, or linger with a Martini made with Four Pillars Olive Leaf Gin.

450 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Zelda Bakery

Shop

It's not a cafe, but this sourdough micro-bakery – by loyally followed baker Maaryasha Werdiger – should be on your radar. She's pulling crowds with her sourdough loaves, pillowy focaccia, beautifully braided challah and swirly chocolate babka.

54 Glen Eira Road, Ripponlea

Bread Club Albert Park

Cafe

The bakery's southside location is near-identical to the light-filled North Melbourne original. Go for mortadella-stuffed sandwiches, outstanding pies and pepperoni pizza on weekends. Plus, chocolatey hot cross buns and hefty cardamom scrolls.

65 Cardigan Place, Albert Park

Udom House

Cafe

A Thai cafe serving Chiang Mai-style coffee, Thai toast with coconut jam, durian rolls and other sweets. It also has some of the best – and most unique – pies in town: glorious parcels of pastry with fillings inspired by Thai staples such as chicken red curry and pork larb.

343 Victoria Street, West Melbourne

Morning Market Prahran

Cafe

A second permanent outpost for prolific restaurateur Andrew McConnell's Covid success story. Enter the sunny flower-filled grocer for chicken Waldorf ciabattas, salmon melts and jaffa-flavoured cakes. Plus, Baker Bleu loaves, fruit and veg, and fancy pantry staples.

579 High Street, Prahran