1932 Cafe & Restaurant


Ph: 03 9663 5494

The Arcade
220 Collins Street
Melbourne, 3000 VIC
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Opening Hours

SUN closed
MON 7:00am - 3:00pm
TUE 7:00am - 3:00pm
WED 7:00am - 3:00pm
THU 7:00am - 3:00pm
FRI 7:00am - 3:00pm
SAT closed

The Details

  • Modern Australian
Need to Know
  • Child Friendly
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Dates
  • Healthy Options
  • Coffee
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Take Away

The Verdict

The phrase “a local gem” gets tossed around reasonably regularly, and there’s not usually much substance (by that, we mean food) to back it up. 1932 Café & Restaurant is not one of those cafes.

Tucked into the deepest end of the heritage-listed Manchester Unity Building, you’ve walked past it a hundred times without noticing this slice of history. From Victorian architecture to jazz music, 1930s art deco down to the antiqued umbrella stand—1932 Café & Restaurant is a miniature haven from the bustling CBD.

The breakfast-to-lunch menu is all flavour. AM sweet-tooths will love the brioche French toast with poached rhubarb, white chocolate pistachio coconut crumble and maple mascarpone sauce. There’s also a smoky roast pumpkin, hummus and poached egg plate, or classics like smashed av’ and banana porridge for traditionalists. If you're in a rush, they also offer anything-but-sad takeaway options like The Collins, a mouthwatering combo of scrambled eggs, carmelised balsamic onion jam, sriracha mayo, chives and American cheese on a soft brioche bun.

Lunch sees mouth-watering braised lamb shoulder ragu with linguini, rocket, grana padano and herbs march out of the kitchen while rotating and permanent pizzas are the ideal mid-week treat.

The drinks menu features fresh juices, and gut-friendly turmeric and matcha lattes. There’s even macadamia, lactose-free, almond, soy and coconut milk for the intolerant foodies among us.

The best part? They have an all-day liquor license, so a champagne breakfast is definitely on the table.

Image credit: Griffin Simm 

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