This time of year is strange: most of us have a fair bit of time off, but so do our favourite venues.

Thankfully, quite a few cafes are staying open over the holidays to make sure you get out of the house. Some are old favourites; others are some of the best new spots in town. They’re all worth a visit – use this break as an excuse to finally get to that spot across town you’ve been meaning to visit.

Note: we’ve been as diligent as possible with the information on this page, which was confirmed in writing from each venue in the week prior to Christmas. But the Omicron situation is changing almost daily. We strongly advise you call ahead to make sure that the place you plan to visit is open on the day.

Related pages
What’s Open for Summer 2020/21: Bars and Restaurants
What’s Open on Christmas Day
What’s Open Boxing Day
What’s Open on New Year’s Day

Via Porta

Cafe

Open as normal from January 3. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day.

677 Whitehorse Road, Mont Albert

Wild Life Bakery

Cafe

Open as normal from January 5. Closed on Boxing Day the 26th, Boxing Day the 28th and New Year's Day. Open Christmas Day 7:30am–11am.

90 Albert Street, Brunswick East

Umberto Espresso Bar

Cafe

Closed from Christmas eve until January 5.

917 High Street, Thornbury

Joanie's Baretto

Bar

Closed from Christmas eve and until January 5.

832A High Street, Thornbury

Touchwood

Cafe

Open New Year's Day 8:30am-2:30pm and as normal all January. Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day the 26th and Boxing Day the 28th.

480 Bridge Road, Richmond

A Minor Place

Cafe

Closed from Christmas eve and until January 3.

103 Albion Street, Brunswick

Ima Project Cafe

Cafe

Closed from Christmas eve and until January 5.

169 Elgin Street, Carlton

Beatrix Bakes

Cafe

Closed from December 19 until January 4.

688 Queensberry St, North Melbourne

Small Axe Deli

Cafe

Closed Christmas Eve until from January 11.

1/625 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Everyday Coffee

Cafe

Closed on New Year's Day, but open as usual otherwise, including Christmas Day (9am–11am) and Boxing Day, plus the two public holidays in lieu on December 27 and 28.

36-38 Sackville Street, Collingwood

Liminal

Cafe

Closed from December 23 until January 10.

161 Collins Street, Melbourne

Auction Rooms

Cafe

Closed from Christmas Day until the 27th. Open Boxing Day the 28th, New Year's Day and throughout January as usual with an 18 per cent surcharge on the January public holiday the 26th.

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne
Book a Table

Bentwood

Cafe

Open as usual all January, with a 15 per cent surcharge on public holidays. Open Christmas Day until 1pm for coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

237 Napier Street, Fitzroy

Clubhouse Malvern

Cafe

Open as usual all January, with a 15 per cent surcharge on public holidays. Open Christmas Day until 1pm for coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

1290-1292 Malvern Road, Malvern

My Other Brother

Cafe

Open as usual all January, with a 15 per cent surcharge on public holidays. Open Christmas Day until 1pm for coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

586 Burke Road, Camberwell

Stanley

Cafe

Open as usual all January, with a 15 per cent surcharge on public holidays. Open Christmas Day until 1pm for coffee, pastries and sandwiches.

63 Stanley Avenue, Mount Waverley

Small Axe Deli

Cafe

Closed from Christmas Day and reopening on January 11.

1/625 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Small Axe

Cafe

Closed from New Year's Day and reopening January 5. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day the 26th.

281 Victoria St, Brunswick

Cannoleria by That’s Amore

Shop

Open as usual all January.

Stall 72 South Melbourne Market Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Ned’s Bake

Cafe

Open as usual all January.

134 Toorak Road, South Yarra

Calere

Cafe

Closed from New Year's Day and reopening January 15.

166 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Cibi

Cafe

Open as usual all January. Closed New Year's day.

31-39 Keele Street, Collingwood

Abacus Bar & Kitchen

Cafe

Closed Christmas Day. Open as usual otherwise.

383 Chapel Street, South Yarra