Auction Rooms is arguably one of the pioneers that helped shape the Melbourne ‘café scene’ that we’ve now come to expect in every neighbourhood. Opened nearly 10 years ago, this now well-established cafe was one of the first to transform an old disused warehouse into an industrial-chic dining space. With a focus on good coffee and creative all-day breakfasts, it quickly built a reputation as one of Melbourne’s best places for brunch. This might even be the café I first discovered smashed avocado? The menu is small, but all the favourites are present with some dishes inspired by Mexican and Middle Eastern flavours. True to its beginning, Auction Rooms continues to deliver and is still a favourite for the locals and beyond.
Tucked away in a small corner shop, you may find yourself queuing for a seat. The place is small but oozing with temptation. A cake lover’s haven, your biggest dilemma will be choosing which cake to order alongside your Allpress coffee. It is clear that everything on display is made with love and definitely worth the calories. There’s a small selection of carefully thought out savoury options too, which makes Beatrix a perfect place for breakfast and lunch, or perhaps just a treat. The locals adore this little gem, so if you’re in the area, at the very least grab a take-away taster!
3. Mörk – Chocolate Brew House
Melbourne, it’s not always about good coffee!...... Mörk takes chocolate to another level, so for all you hot chocolate drinkers out there, this is your place to brag about – and better still, there is no coffee on site.
Inspired by the same approach taken by specialty coffee-makers, Mörk chocolate is ethically sourced, traceable and from unique origins - let’s just say they take their chocolate very seriously. The café shares the space with the on-site cacao roasting warehouse.
Variations in the house-made hot chocolate are not only based on the different percentages of cacao but also on how’s it’s blended. You have a choice of cow’s milk, house-made oat milk, almond milk, Shaw River buffalo milk, and if you’re feeling like a little something extra, you can add a toasted vanilla bean marshmallow. There is also a selection of creative signature hot chocolate beverages with some…… you guessed it, chocolate treats to indulge in.