There’s definitely no shortage of cafés with delicious insta-worthy menus and aesthetic surroundings in Melbourne. It’s not a secret the city is very well known for its vibrant brunch scene, with a lot of its popularity contributing to Instagram. Whether you’re a local or you’ve booked a hotel in Melbourne for the weekend, here’s some cafés to add to your bucket list.
Housed in a former power station and inspired by glam hotel lobbies, Higher Ground is one of the most ambitious café-restaurant’s here in Melbourne. The first thing you’ll notice is the grand 15 metre tall ceilings, strategically placed greenery and glorious arched windows. Every corner is beautiful. You can expect nothing less from the food, than you will the interiors.
The Stables Of Como
Set in a quaint shed on the grounds of an upscale country mansion, The Stables of Como is the ultimate Garden cafe, and one of Melbourne’s best kept secrets. It’s the perfect backdrop to enjoy some pastries or high tea.
The Kettle Black
Situated in a chic terrace house, The Kettle Black is a modern Australian cafe. The ricotta hotcakes are probably one of the most photographed brunches!
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Serotonin Eatery serves up health-conscious and nourishing meals in an airy, light-filled space. Think banana-flour pancakes and galaxy acai bowls with a vegan magnum ice-cream. There’s also several styles of seating, including swings suspended from the ceiling!
A cafe that focuses on beautiful and healthy brunch food. It’s the perfect place to nail bright, bold food against light backdrops. The peanut butter waffles and smoothie bowls are literally made for Instagram (but definitely don’t disappoint in taste either, I promise).
This inner-north cafe is actually named Melbourne’s No.1 most instagrammable cafe of 2019 – and I can see why. The interiors are pretty and contemporary, but it’s the food that’s the real winner here. Everything from the breakfast panacottas, to the hotcakes and smoothie bowls, has people quickly whipping out their cameras.
Darling Cafe was made famous by its Instagram-worthy brunches and smoothies served in light bulbs. Everything is super aesthetic and on trend for social media. Even the tables provide the best backdrops for your food flatlays!
Part juice-bar, part cafe, Combi first started as a van at music festivals and is now a tiny cafe in Elwood. It’s offers up health-conscious food that centres around superfoods. The smoothies and smoothie bowls are undoubtedly the most grammed’ things on the menu.
Code 21 offers a light-filled interior with pastel colours and a green neon lit wall claiming “I licked it, so it’s mine” designed for Instagram. It’s clear these guys have a well attuned eye for social media. Although, they’re not just for looks – the food lives up to their style too. I can never go past the spiced orange hotcakes.
Good Times Milk Bar
Good Times Milk Bar is a Californian-cool cafe which definitely brings all the good vibes with its cute interiors and puppy courtyard. The pastel interiors make for some very instagrammable backgrounds. It revives a space previously inhabited by a former convenience store. It’s actually quite fitting given its aesthetic is reminiscent of old-school milk bars. Highly recommend gramming’ the salted caramel panna cottas, lamington or Golden Gaytime milkshakes.
Kitty Burns boasts open interiors that resemble cubby-houses, complete with lush greenery and high ceilings. It definitely falls within Melbourne’s most beautiful cafes. The menu even offers photos of the dishes before ordering!
This Albert Park cafe serves up Cali-Japanese cuisine in a peachy, pastel-hued space. If millennial pink is your scene, you’ll want to check this place out. It also serves up some delightful (and of course insta-worthy) brunches, including California sushi roll-meets-avo-toast and green tea-poached salmon bowls.
Fika is a brand new cafe to open in Melbourne that certainly has Instagram in mind. These guys dish up breakfasts, brunches, lunches, cake and coffee in a pink-hued paradise. It’s interiors are fit with flower walls and neon-lit signs. The menu serves up food including rainbow pancakes and 24 ct gold coffee with fresh candy clouds.
An old mechanic’s garage turned into a pastel- and plant-heavy paradise. Think pink tables, marble benchtops, polished cement floors and watercolour wall art. If that doesn’t scream Instagram, I don’t know what does.