When winter hits in Melbourne you know it’s time to retreat to your favourite cosy corner in one of Melbourne’s many delightful cafes. Some may provide you with a fireplace to sidle up to, others are offering blankets to beat the chill, and some coffee shops are just so darn adorable that your tempted to take up permanent residency. Here is a list of the most inviting and cosy cafes in Melbourne for you to while away the hours, BYO good book.
Myrtles Crepes & Coffee
If you’re after a cosy Melbourne cafe on the northside, Northcote’s answer to your prayers is Myrtles. Dishing up exceptional crepes (sweet) and galettes (savoury), their handmade treats aren’t the only thing that they’ve got going for them. Their super cute, light-filled fitout includes everyone’s favourite carpet (read: astroturf), and the menu and specials are written up on giant chalkboards behind the counter. While there is no doubt their salted caramel and banana crepe will win you over, we highly recommend pairing it with a Bailey’s hot chocolate, just so long as you don’t have to return to work too soon after, that is.
If it’s a cosy corner to escape the hustle and bustle on Brunswick Street you’re after, look no further than Slowpoke. This cosy cafe slings a mean coffee, which is obviously best consumed by their roaring fire during winter. We love their organic chicken sandwich as winter comfort food, with lemon mayo, chives, oak lettuce and walnuts for some added crunch. Did we mention the folk who run this place are absolute legends?! Yes, be prepared to spend some serious time here, because there’s not a good enough reason to ever leave this Fitzroy cafe.
In terms of keeping you toasty warm, Crabapple Kitchen has you covered on a couple of fronts. Firstly, there is a lovely open fireplace inside the sizeable yet cosy Hawthorn cafe—always a hotly-contested spot amongst patrons (get it?). Secondly, in their sunroom out the back, the chairs are draped with Laura Ashley blankets which you can drape around yourself if the day gets a little too brisk. The menu here is seasonal and includes all day brekkie. If you’re after something comforting but not too filling, give the ‘The Hung Bun’ a go, with bacon, cheese, onion, homemade tomato ketchup, dill pickles, gem lettuce and aioli in a warm brioche and sesame seed bun. DISCLOSURE: you don’t need to be hungover to enjoy the Hung Bun.
Brunswick’s quaintest breakfast and lunch spot has an exceptionally loyal following from locals and out-of-towners alike, most likely due to its home-away-from-home vibe. Miss Marmalade’s red brick walls and hanging lights certainly make for a lovely atmosphere for downing a caffeinated beverage with a homemade sweet treat, but if you’re after something more substantial, try their buttermilk ricotta hotcakes with lemon curd, Madagascan vanilla mascarpone, drunken pears, and chocolate crumbs. Delightful.
Winter is all about hibernation, and if that sounds good to you also, then Min Lokal is just the place to do it. Swedish for ‘My Local’, this little nook has managed to stay relatively hidden from big crowds, but it’s still best to come on a weekday if you can, just in case. Their Shakshuka baked eggs is a popular option to beat the winter blues, as are their grilled corn, haloumi and zucchini fritters. If you’re fortunate enough to arrive on a sunny winter’s morning, we recommend getting some Vitamin D in the courtyard of this cosy Melbourne cafe.
Grigons and Orr Corner Store
Winter becomes much more bearable when it includes a visit to Grigons and Orr, North Melbourne’s best corner store. These guys are big on the country town general store vibes, and that’s exactly how we like it. You can either plant yourself indoors either in the shop or upstairs in one of their antique-decorated rooms, or grab a crochet blanket and set yourself up outside. Jaffles and milkshakes are among our weapons of choice when it comes to battling winter—good thing this cosy corner store specialises in both.
Mart, or ‘tram’ backwards for those playing at home, is located in the old Middle Park station building at light rail stop 130, and its conversion to a quaint and modern cafe is nothing short of adorable. The fireplace inside is flanked by cosy yellow cushions for patrons to snuggle into; or if you’re after a bit of fresh air, the deck is heated and overlooks Albert Park Lake. Their corn fritters are actually the bizness, so if you’re settling in for the long haul, get them. They also have an excellent take away menu if you are indeed on your way to work, so if you’re in the neighbourhood, stop by to get your day off to a great start.
Odd Spot Cafe
There’s something about a cafe that takes pride in making homemade goodies that makes us want to nestle in and make it our second home. As well as Odd Spot’s recently refurbished menu, you can expect everything from rocky road and yo-yos to beetroot jam and chutney to be available at their product store. Did we also mention this cosy Melbourne cafe’s got a roaring fireplace? Consider your escape plan from winter sorted.
Yarraville’s latest contender in the cafe scene is all about keeping you happy and healthy, with a menu packed full colour, flavour, and superfoods. Giddyup Mule is the first section of The Art Of Cycling building, but once you smell their Axil coffee and catch sight of the fireplace, it’s going to be very difficult to venture much further in. There’s kombucha on tap, smoothies that will keep you firing on all cylinders, and a healthy take on eggs benedict that has to be tried to be believed.
Love cosy cafes but want a glass of wine? Check out our Fave 5 Melbourne pubs with fireplaces too!
Image Credit: Grigons and Orr, Sabine Legrand for The Urban List