If you’re looking to try the it café of Melbourne, Kettle Black is the one. When you arrive don’t forget to look up (#instafriendly), this nostalgic white Victorian building is nestled in amongst St Kilda’s most modern architecture. But the unique experience doesn’t stop there, the menu is definitely a step above your average brunch fare with unique ingredients elevating their menu to almost a fine dining experience (for those sweet tooths amongst us the hot cakes are famous for a reason). Or if you need caffeine fast and still want a piece of the Kettle Black experience, most weekends you can grab a takeaway from the mobile cart out the front.
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Come for the coffee… stay for several cups. A local favourite, on weekend mornings this place is buzzing. A great brunch menu is offered but for the true coffee connoisseur the caffeine selection is more than ample- from cold brew, hot pressed to even infusions served in summer…. Your every wish is granted. And if you are a big enough fan they even sell their beans for you to try at home.
From the same guys behind Kettle Black this ex-power station is the inner city café to try. Expect a similar menu to KB and be open to a few refined updates on your brunch regulars. But the real drawcard for this place is that the atmosphere remains all day long. Inspired by fashionable hotel lounges in New York and London, the idea behind Higher ground is a cross section between a café and all-day lounge. So grab a couch on the mezzanine and settle in for the afternoon. Oh and keep the latte’s coming thanks.
Another impressive café from a design perspective, your entry through a large antique door that appears suspended in the glass frontage is just the start of Fourth Chapter’s fresh and trendy addition to Prahran’s café scene. If you’re health minded this café will be for you, tried and tested recommendations are their take on the acai bowl or ‘The Bowl’ green breaky bowl. And for your coffee they offer Soy, Almond and Coconut milk as an option alongside their Melbourne roasted brew that will not disappoint.
A step out of the city into the Eastern suburbs this new addition is quickly getting traction. And for good reason, the brew is excellent and a coffee lover’s delight with an intense flavour that will give you a satisfying kick. Either grab a cup or two and enjoy the light filled space complete with hanging greenery (interiors envy here) or if you’re feeling peckish the menu is not short on flavour or choice. Great vibes, good coffee and a whole lot of buzz, what’s not to love.