Grand Lafayette, Prahran

Iconic raindrop cakes and Asian fusion sum up a Grand Lafayette experience. Relocating from Port Melbourne these guys are now seeking to crack the tricky Prahran brunch scene.

Tuan Tuan, Carlton

High ceilings and chandeliers greet you at Tuan Tuan. Already popular in Manilla this Philippines based company has embarked on its first Melbourne store bringing their take on Hong Kong comfort food to the streets of Carlton.

Crave Pizza and Fresh Pasta Bar, South Yarra

Crave Pizza and Fresh Pasta Bar, recently under new management, is winning South Yarra over one smile and one great pizza at a time. Dine in, take away or order for free delivery and open until 1:30am on the weekend you’ve really no excuse not to try this place.  

Cafe Louis, Fitzroy

Cafe Louis, which sits just off Brunswick Street provides an uniquely relaxing and spacious brunch experience in the heart of Fitzroy. Shunning the usual grungy vibe in favour of dark wooden furniture and a clean, minimal finish there’s a real air of grandeur to this new cafe.

St James, Malvern

Glass-fronted St James is nestled away in the middle of Malvern Road shopping strip. This unassuming cafe can be a little blink and you miss it, which you shouldn’t as it’s got some stunning dishes on offer.

Montibello, Montmorency

Montibello was packed to the rafters when we visited mid week. With top quality, classic and affordable Italian food it’s easy to see why this Montmorency newcomer is becoming a real hit with the locals.

Two Kings Cafe, Bentleigh

Family friendly, vegan friendly, everyone friendly – Two Kings will warmly welcome you, and whether you go for one of their long-standing classic breakfast dishes, or something more creative from the specials board, you’re bound to leave happy!

Piccolina, St Kilda

Just in time for summer Piccolina has opened up it’s newest store in St Kilda’s Acland Street – minutes from the beach and with a delicious range of gelato and vegan sorbets to choose from we know it’ll be a hit. 

History Cafe Grill, Essendon

Bold and bright, History will greet you with pops of orange before giving way to a more naturally styled interior and a menu that caters from morning until night!

Neo Lemonade, Docklands

Neo Lemonade swung open its doors this June at Docklands to put this almost forgotten central suburb back on the foodie map! Owner Steven Velkovski, who took inspirations from his twin sons’ (Leo and Lennon) childhood nicknames (Neo and Lemonade) for the restaurant’s name, is keen to create a modern but welcoming restaurant in the area.