Malvern is one of those suburbs that you may think you know, but you really don’t. As it continues to evolve, we have seen some great new cafés, bars and shops join the neighbourhood. The clean-cut, child-friendly suburb is welcoming a more diverse crowd and is fast becoming a fun and exciting spot for locals and punters alike. Here is our guide to exploring the streets of Malvern.
Located on the picturesque street of Claremont, Millstone is the French café with a distinct Melbourne edge. Alice Wright studied at the Cordon Blue in Paris and brings back a delicious knowledge of French cuisine to share with lucky Malverners. Indulge in her dainty desserts, or fill up on a more hearty meal at lunch with her banquet-style options.
Master of None
Formerly an old garage facing Malvern station, Master of None is now a bustling espresso bar. When owner, Tennyson Andrew, is not downstairs preparing meals and taking coffee orders, he runs a creative design studio upstairs called Tennyson Design. The café has a rustic touch with the main star being the Coffee Supreme brews. A take-away window provides the perfect swing-by option for worker bees heading for the station.
The cute Malvern café that has become a favourite amongst locals. Thread prides itself on being a spot with a casual and friendly atmosphere, where you can sip quietly on a silky smooth latte and read the paper. The menu pays homage to the staple favourites, including an avo and feta smash on toast alongside more contemporary options that include the popular Egyptian Happy Eggs.
30 Mill Espresso
If you want to immerse yourself right in the heart of Malvern, 30 Mill Espresso is the answer. This hole-in-the-wall café keeps itself very busy, with customers happy to call it their local. The café has its own Five Senses house blend, all the breakfast basics and a top range of sandwiches for lunchtime.
If you ask a Malverner where they would head to for brekkie on the weekend along Glenferrie Road, chances are they will say Eden Espresso. This is a hotspot for a reason, with generously-sized breakfasts and lunches alongside quality origin coffee that changes weekly. Relax in the sunny courtyard during summer, or snuggle up on the comfy couches on a cold winter day.
The Pour Kids
The colourful interior, carefully crafted menu and specialty coffee makes The Pour Kids an absolute Malvern winner. Owners David Ballenger prepares the dishes in the kitchen while Ryan Storey parks himself behind the constantly busy coffee machine. The food veers from the traditional, with options including creamy folded eggs with goats curd, spicy maple glazed bacon and pickled apple served on sourdough toast—Yes, please!
Milton Wine Shop
Mark Nelson and Lyndon Kubis (of Toorak Cellars) are the masterminds behind Malvern’s homely wine bar, Milton Wine Shop. Seeing the potential in the sleepy suburb’s nightlife, the duo offer wine lovers a new meeting point to have a quiet drink, a tasty cheeseboard and maybe even some pizza delivered fresh from The Pizza Gallery. Their collection is impressive, highlighting niche wine makers both locally and internationally.
Another newcomer to Malvern, Harry Hall is Glenferrie Road’s well-stocked wine bar and restaurant. As a nod to the past, Harry Hall was named after the moneylender who operated out of the same building in the 1930s. The wine list is extensive and is designed to pair with the contemporary Australian menu.
A project by Ross Chessari that Malverners have been eagerly anticipating, Sagra is the gallery/restaurant/bar that takes up an expansive building right in the heart of Malvern. The rooftop bar boasts sweeping views of the city along with a beautiful modern space that is perfect for a night out in Malvern (never thought you would hear that sentence, did you?).
You can’t walk by Crate Expectations without stopping to look at some eye-catching object in the window. Stocked with beautiful homewares, fashion and jewellery, it’s definitely a shop that leaves customers feeling a bit more cheerful.
Turner & Lane
Located on Malvern Road, Turner & Lane hosts a collection of homewares, art, furniture, fashion and more. Shop from brands including Megan Park, Milk & Sugar and RAINS Raincoats and make your home life more stunning,
After polishing off a pastry and latte at Millstone, pop across the road to Mondocherry and browse the stunning homewares options and be inspired for your next home makeover. Their little planter pouches are particularly lovely and the perfect addition to your own home.