restaurants & cafes near melbourne east

What Are The Best Restaurants & Cafes Near Melbourne East?

The World Loves Melbourne has visited many Melbourne Eastern Suburbs cafes, and we have selected our best Eastern suburbs cafes. The East has seriously great cafes that are some of the best in Melbourne, worth a trip across town. 

There are many Melbourne Restaurants in the Eastern Suburbs serving great food from cuisines like Italian, Seafood, Spanish, Thai, French, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican and Indian. Our Eastern Suburbs Restaurants site gets you in touch quickly with venues within the Eastern Region.

Whether you are looking for a venue for fine dining, pre-theatre, with a view, waterfront, chef hats, BYO, degustation or breakfast venues, our site will put you in touch with Restaurants in Melbourne.

The Top 10 Restaurants In Melbourne’s South East

Have you already tried all of the city’s dining experiences? Are you sick of waiting in long queues to have a decent meal? Then explore the city suburbs and discover these great options. Brilliant in taste and charming in experience, there’s something for everyone at these excellent restaurants in Melbourne’s southeast.

Servery and Spoon, Malvern East

Cafe, Restaurant, Australian, Tea, Vegetarian

This is undoubtedly the most comfortable café in Malvern East, decorated with brightly coloured cushions and a sofa, with windows that give the café a light interior. The limited number of decorations lend the restaurant a simple and relaxed environment. 

The dishes may not sound the most appetizing on the menu, but do not let that fool you, as the food tastes far better than it sounds. The selection of dainty desserts is limited, but the quality of each one makes up for it. Just get a good book ready and expect the desire to stay longer.

Indian Harvest Restaurant, Malvern East

Restaurant, Indian, Vegetarian

With its brick wall exterior, walking into Indian Harvest Restaurant is like being transported to a small five-star restaurant. Carpeted with low lighting and white tabletops, the restaurant's interior creates a romantic atmosphere. 

You might expect this fine-dining setting to have a fine-dining service time (which is usually around half an hour). Still, with over 35 years of experience cooking Indian food, the chef successfully delivers faster than you’d expect. Good quality and affordable Indian curry define this treasure.

Jake and The Beans Talk, Malvern East

Simple on both the outside and inside, the Jake and the Beans Talk café is a jewel for the locals. The staff and the menu are kid-friendly, evident by the number of families in the café. 

The coffee is generous in flavour, and the food sticks closely to the format of the traditional English and Australian breakfast. It’s a homely, warm place to have a great breakfast on the weekend.

Jake and The Beans Talk, 510 Waverley Rd, Malvern East, VIC, Australia

Aoba, Malvern

Cafe, Restaurant, Japanese, Tea

This tiny and humble Japanese restaurant is easy to miss but is one of the best Japanese food outlets Melbourne has to offer. The cozy restaurant is decorated with drawings and paintings of the chef’s daughter, giving the restaurant a personal touch. 

If you have tried Japanese food in Japan, you’ll know Japanese food is very salty. But Aoba successfully retains the authentic taste of Japan without making the dish too sodium-laced, delivering delicious, affordable and healthy food.

Eden Espresso, Malvern

Bar, Cafe, Coffee

This shop in the middle of the busy township of Malvern has a simple and rustic interior of wooden tables and chairs with coffee bean sacks hung on the walls like artworks. Do not worry though, the food is worth the wait. And the best part about Eden Espresso is how fresh and nutritious the food is without making healthy food the central theme of the café.

restaurants & cafes near melbourne east

Remy Bar de Tapas Y Vino, Malvern

Bar, Restaurant, European, Spanish

Spanish food, Spanish songs and Spanish guys. Remy Bar is known as ‘The Spanish Gem’ and lives up to that name. The restaurant has a vintage interior that honours the Spanish culture as much as possible. 

The presentation and quality of the food are comparable to any five-star restaurant, and the most popular option is Spanish tapas. Order the sangria to set the meal off wonderfully.

Coin Laundry, Armadale

Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee Shop, French, Coffee

Named after the shop’s previous incarnation, Coin Laundry still retains much of the vibe of a launderette, with shirts hanging on the ceilings and clothes hooks on the walls. The smell of coffee hangs in the air, and it’s as good as the taste. The food is the same, with well-balanced flavours and textures and beautiful presentation.

Sagra, Malvern

Bar, Diner, Restaurant, Italian, Contemporary, Salad Bar

Sagra brings a contemporary Italian twist to Malvern. The open kitchen is at the centre of the restaurant, so all the customers around the restaurant can witness the chefs' skills, and the menu is rather experimental, which means a dish can be a real surprise to the diner. It is a refreshing experience compared to more standard fine dining.

The Lovebird, Armadale

This is one of the cutest cafés Melbourne has to offer. The decor of the Lovebird Café is cozy and imaginative, with a fairytale-like vibe. 

The menu has flair, serving up Australian breakfast and brunch with a dash of Asian flavours. The service is slightly slow, but the food is worth the wait.

The Lovebird, 1102 High St, Armadale, Australia

Bistro Thierry, Toorak

Bistro, Restaurant, Wine Bar, French

Get ready to be transported to France when you enter Bistro Thierry. Waiters dressed in waistcoats addressing customers as ‘Mademoiselle’ and ‘Monsieur’ and the dishes are authentic French food; the experience is probably the closest you can get to France in Melbourne. 

Portions may not seem big on the big plate compared to big Australian meals, but they are delicious and more than enough over a long, languid meal with plenty of wine.

FAQs About Melbourne Restaurants & Cafes

The Eastern suburbs of Melbourne include Boroondara, Box Hill and Glen Waverley, Manningham and Nillumbik, Ringwood and surrounds. They were stretching from almost the inner suburbs of Kew, Hawthorn and Camberwell in Boroondara to the outer cities like Maroondah and the Dandenong Ranges.

These are the suburbs of Eastern Suburbs Melbourne:

Boroondara

  • Ashburton, Balwyn, Balwyn North, Bellevue, Camberwell, Canterbury
  • Deepdene, Greythorn, Glen Iris, Glenferrie, Hawthorn, Kew, Surrey Hills

Knox

  • Bayswater, Boronia, Ferntree Gully, Knoxfield, Lysterfield, Rowville
  • Scoresby, The Basin, Wantirna

Manningham

  • Bulleen, Doncaster, Donvale, Park Orchards, Templestowe
  • Warrandyte, Wonga Park

Maroondah

  • Bayswater North, Croydon, Heathmont, Kilsyth South, Ringwood, Warranwoo

Whitehorse

  • Blackburn, Bellbird, Blackburn, Box Hill, Burwood, Bennettswood
  • Forest Hill, Heatherdale, Houston, Kerrimuir, Laburnum, Mitcham
  • Mont Albert, Nunawading, Surrey Hills, Tally Ho, Vermont, Wattle Park

Yarra Ranges

  • Badger Creek, Belgrave, Chirnside Park, Chum Creek, Coldstream, Dixons Creek
  • Don Valley, Ferntree Gully Upper, Ferny Creek, Gruyere, Healesville, Hoddles Creek
  • Kallista, Kalorama, Kilsyth, Launching Place, Lilydale, Macclesfield
  • Menzies Creek, Millgrove, Monbulk, Montrose, Mooroolbark, Mount Dandenong
  • Mount Evelyn, Narre Warren East, Olinda, Sassafras, Selby, Seville
  • Sherbrooke, Silvan, Tecoma, The Patch, Tremont, Upwey, Wandin
  • Warburton, Woori Yallock, Yarra Glen, Yarra Junction, Yellingbo, Yering

It's knocked South Yarra off its perch, and now residents of East Melbourne can claim to live in our city's most liveable suburb. Outside of work, I enjoy walking distance to Melbourne's major galleries, performance venues, city shopping and best foodie streets.

East Melbourne is an inner suburb of Melbourne, Australia, 2 km east of Melbourne's Central Business District. Its local government area is the City of Melbourne.

East Melbourne is a small area of inner Melbourne, located between Richmond and the Melbourne Central Business District. It is bounded by Spring Street, Victoria Parade, Punt Road/Hoddle Street and Brunton Avenue.

One of Melbourne's earliest suburbs, East Melbourne has long been home to much significant government, health and religious institutions, including the Parliament of Victoria and offices of the Government of Victoria in the Parliamentary and Cathedral precincts, which are located on a gentle hill at the edge of the Melbourne's Hoddle Grid, known as Eastern Hill.

Some of the more popular restaurants in Melbourne East according to TheFork users include:

Geppetto Trattoria, with a 9.6 rating

Il Duca, with a 9.3 rating

Fiorelli Restaurant, with a 9.5 rating

Best Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Cafes & Eateries

Shanklin - Hawthorn

Shanklin is a bright, vibrant cafe in Hawthorn in a surprising location away from the main strip in attractive suburbia. Detail and imagination go into the cafe dishes from an impressive menu. Sit outside or inside. It's popular with Hawthorn locals.

If you're a fan of cakes, then Shanklin will not disappoint.

We love the ability to add extras to dishes, rustic dishes of substance, the little touches, excellent service and loads of natural light.

Jade Fox - Doncaster East

Jade Fox is a top-notch cafe by day and a modern Thai restaurant by night (on the edge of Jackson's Court), the way of the future. Each cafe inspired dish is well thought out in terms of taste, texture and high-class presentation.

They are somewhat of a new kid to the block in established cafes but have quickly made their mark. Already they have excited locals with signature dishes, including Red Ocean Sunset with Red curry, snapper, prawn, pipi, squid, basil, pineapple, tomato, green bean, capsicum, potato and garlic bread crisps.

Coffee at Jade Fox is top-notch.

Red Ocean Sunset.

Or try brunch dishes such as House of Jade Fox with poached eggs, prosciutto, chorizo, tomato, onion, mushroom, pickled pepper, sauteed kale and mixed nuts served on sourdough. 

Or the Beetroot Cured Salmon, the Happy Avocado and the famous Hash 'N' Ham Steak. For the health-conscious, they have a wide range of dishes such as Acai Bowl and Mango Bircher Muesli.

Rustica - Hawthorn

Rustica has a history over the years, starting with the first location in Fitzroy, which we visited in the early days. Cream rises to the top in the bakery world (pardon the pun), and Rustica shines at several locations. 

We get excited about a bakery driven cafe because it has a strong foundation. The menu here is rewarding and innovative, and the vibe is sensational.

Rustica gives the locals what they want in style, and the advent of plants and high ceilings with large windows adds to the attractiveness.

Riddick - Templestowe

Riddick captured the imagination of the eastern suburbs as soon as they opened. The main talk of the town was that you didn't need to travel to the city for a city-like cafe experience. Riddick goes the extra mile in terms of its all-encompassing menu - you would be hard-pressed not to find anything you'd fancy on this menu. An old bank has been extensively renovated to make a modern cafe that resonates with cafe lovers.

French Toast was never this good.

Spacious with high ceilings and stunning murals, it's a social hub. Also, open in the evenings.

Down the Rabbit Hole - Templestowe

Down the Rabbit Hole is another cafe that captures the attention in the eastern suburbs and is a class act. Just ask the locals about their favourite cafes, and this cafe is usually around the top of the list.

I've eaten several of their dishes, but some more simple dishes are extremely rewarding, like this breakfast burger.

Fit-out is modern, and you can dine inside and out.

The coffee here is also exceptional.

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Mammoth - Armadale

There's some serious cafe clout behind this venture; McBride from Touchwood, Barry and Pillar of Salt fame. As great as those cafes are, Mammoth is discernibly different with bold flair. Is this the brave new world of cafes? For those who may be bored with the same old same old food options of many Melbourne cafes, Mammoth brings a point of difference. 

When we scan cafe menus, it's often a case of wanting 2 or 3 picks out of the menu then deciding. Call us snobs, but that's the way it is. In this case, it was about what not to order—interesting and compelling menu options.

Mind you. There are many dishes we have yet to taste. Stumbling along on a quiet weekday in the school holidays, we were met by a packed-out cafe. Lucky to get a table, dining solo on occasion has its advantages. 

We love the light and airy feel of the place, designed by Techne Architecture. Blues and browns, great use of timber and a spacious minimalist look borders Scandinavian. The triangular shape of the cafe is unusual, but there are several compelling spaces for your dining pleasure.

Coffee is a big deal at any cafe, and Mammoth delivers. We enjoyed a great filter coffee that hit the spot, although we were drooling over the shiny Synesso.

As for the menu options, we chose The Benedict - duck sausage, orange and corn blini, pickled onion, fried egg, smoked maple hollandaise. Simply sensational, the duck sausage was the hero and a surprisingly generous portion to boot. 

Duck and orange are a killer combination, and the orange and corn blini was a perfect taste, as well as texture match. The impression was instant; how good is this dish!

It's art on a plate, although no sense of pretension. It's an Instagrammer dream, but with a foodie substance behind it.

Other options that we'd like to try include Cherry lamington puffed pancake, or the Lobster doughnut burger, or the Szechuan spiced spare ribs. The waitress also raved to us about the salads; the Black Russian salad and the Smoked chicken salad—next time.

Or, indeed, hit up the Golden Gaytime panna cotta for dessert. And did someone say Egg and bacon popcorn? The staff were professional and passionate about this cafe when we talked. Mammoth was a standout cafe experience; pushing boundaries is what we love to see.

The Mabel - Mitcham

How good is Mabel! Tucked away in a quiet part of Mitcham, it is a revelation and salvation for locals. We know if a place is a foodie haven from our first visit. Mabel is a sensation because it delivers on its innovative cafe menu. 

But there's more. Towards the weekends, the daily specials board is packed with so many specials it almost becomes a second menu. Staff are quirky and fun, and we indulge in banter. 

Poached eggs with grilled salmon, shaved radish and wasabi hollandaise, on sourdough toast with a side of Potato Rosti was a mild sensation of a brunch dish. Poached eggs and salmon is always a winning combination, but poached eggs and grilled salmon is not as common but equally delightful. A generous portion of the grilled salmon was more than welcome.

This is not a formulaic cafe but a labour of passion. It's predictable in terms of quality and flair but is always evolving. The last time we visited, they gave us a spur of the moment amuse bouche dish just for fun!

Choose from dishes such as Smashed avocado on potato rosti with roast pepper and legume salsa; or the Pulled pork baked potato with roast pepper bean and corn salsa, sour cream and chives; or the French Toast with poached fruit and coulis ice cream. 

Healthy options include Granola or the Chickpea and green tea pattie on an English muffin with kale and avocado. A Beef Burger (above) undoubtedly will do well, as will the Tasting Plate with Ham hock and chicken terrine with pickles, onion jam and sourdough. Get on it!

Coffeehead, Camberwell

Coffeehead is a groovy and serious coffee destination in Camberwell that soars high above the pack. Coffee devotees are impressed with the wide range of Melbourne's and Australia's top coffee brands and blends available for consumption. Check out the row of great coffee brands for sale along the wall or go online and order.

Coffeehead always has several coffee choices on hand and brand rotations. Didn't ask for any, in particular, trusting that anything they poured on me would be great. My coffee was smooth and strong through the midfield. Coffeehead offers nearly every conceivable technique of coffee making.

One of Camberwell finest, come here for amazing coffee, excellent food (I love the Spag Bol) and an appealing ambience with plenty of space. Coffeehead combines retro with a modern fit-out. 

There are interesting quirky and retro pieces, including neon concert posters, cool lamps, retro chairs and modern stools, recycled metal tables, communal tables that are grungy being ex-factory benches, retro yellow tiles along the counter, and floor which is partly tiled and partly carpet.

Liar, Liar - Hawthorn

One of the best cafes in the Eastern Suburbs and indeed in Melbourne, this place hums just off Glenferrie Road. Liar Liar has a great reputation as a modern chic meeting place and for all things coffee.

You know you’re in a serious coffee establishment when you have a 15-minute coffee conversation with the manager and barista while he’s making coffee. We had a big discussion over Honduras single-origin versus Brazilian. 

Wondered whether I’d noticed the berry characteristics in the Honduras blend. I couldn’t recall. Also tried the Brazilian and found it to be quite a strong flavour yet smooth. Weighing up the merits of various single origins is a huge decision.

Eventually opted for Honduras. The barista pointed out that Honduras had climbed from number 3 to number one in the world rankings in general. That means must be discerning and have good taste. So got some Honduras beans from Liar Liar.

Come here for a great meeting place with a dominant theme of red. If you like Ferrari, you’ll love Liar Liar. Modern décor abounds, and there are daily specials on the boards. Come here for decent food such as a salmon fillet or settle for a friend. The place is full of bustling conversation. Locals love it here. 

Axil Coffee Roasters - Hawthorn

Axil Coffee Roasters is a classy yet slightly grungy coffee specialist in Hawthorn that can claim coffee royalty. It's been an iconic bastion on the coffee scene for several years and can claim consistency in coffee passion and quality.

Axil Coffee Roasters knows what it's doing in all respects. The staff greet you as you enter and look to find you a seat, which can be tricky on a packed Saturday morning. Each of the staff is knowledgeable in all things coffee. As we know, there's a difference between a mere cafe and a coffee specialist. These guys roast their high-quality coffee beans. 

Even though the house blend is a corker, the waitress promoted the Single Origin of the day to me over the house blend. The Guatemalan espresso was bursting with flavour. So intense on the palate. Meals here are also top-notch, including amazing brunches of the parfait, Bircher muesli, steak sandwich and scrambled eggs.

Resources:

Best Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Cafes & Eateries 2021

The Top 10 Restaurants In Melbourne’s South East

Melbourne Eastern Suburbs Restaurants

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