As voted by you, here are the best places to get a coffee in Brunswick East!

We know how much Brunswick East locals appreciate great coffee and we’ve covered plenty of the best cafes in Brunswick East and wider Brunswick in previous blogs but we didn’t want to just share our opinion, we wanted to ask Brunswick East locals where they love to get their morning joe.

Sweet and simple, we reached out on Facebook and asked “who makes the best coffee in Brunswick East?” and here is how the people responded.

The best of the best

Top marks go to Padre coffee, the Padre fans represented in their droves and it was great to see this cafe and coffee roaster here in Brunswick East (who by the way run all manner of coffee master classes and tastings) received the credit they deserve.

Honourable Mentions

It’s a little unfair to say one coffee is the best, I think it’s fair to say that the many great cafes around Brunswick East each have a unique style, offering and atmosphere so here are the rest of the best coffee shops in Brunswick East.

Code 21
The offering at Code 21 is definitely on the healthier side, lighter but still delicious and with quality ingredients sourced locally and ethically. But check out their Instagram because the food still looks amazing and the coffee is spot on.

El Mirage
Located on Lygon, it’s frequented by locals in the area that love their generous portions of avo smash along with amazing staff that will make you feel appreciated. If you have yet to visit this should be your next stop for a coffee and breakfast.

Wild Life Bakery
Located on Albert street the venue is situated in a repurposed warehouse. It goes without saying, the sourdough bread at this venue is the hero, but they have not compromised on the quality of anything at this cafe/bakery, delicious breakfast, perfect croissants and top notch coffee. This venue is always busy but the atmosphere here on the weekend is amazing, families wandering passed, people walking their dogs, it makes for a real community hub.


You cannot truly appreciate traditional Italian desserts without a classic cup of Italian espresso on the side. Gelo bar has a huge range of Italian desserts in the Gelobar cabinet, strawberry & Nutella crepes, tiramisu, breakfast offerings and plenty of other Italian classics on their menu.

Thangs Cafe
This homely cafe really gives you a homemade experience, serving classic homestyle bacon and egg rolls and warm chicken salad. The coffee is good and made with love and if it’s a hot day be sure to give their banana milkshake a try.

Awkward Mikes
Easily serving one of the best coffees in Brunswick East and even Melbourne. The team that work there are always friendly and chatty with the welcoming friendly vibe that you get in the inner north. Be sure to have brekkie here, the Reuben is recommended -this is one of our favourite cafes in Melbourne.

Project 281
This is a very Melbourne warehouse style cafe. It’s a lovely environment filled with greenery and a busy kitchen that you can see into. The menu is a great mix of Asian fusion dishes which is it’s point of difference from the rest of Brunswick’s cafe scene. Be sure to try their chocolate filled, fish-shaped waffles.

Ten Tables
A great brekkie spot and local favourite, this cafe is slinging out delicious bacon and eggs on their home baked bread. The coffee is top notch and we strongly recommend you try their cold drip coffee, it is delicious. It is located below one of the newer apartment developments in Brunswick.

A great option for those of us who live on the Nicholson street side of Brunswick East, it’s a cozy little cafe, this cafe has a real farmhouse feel with house baked goods and a delicious selection of preserves also made in house. This is the perfect spot in winter to snuggle up to a nice latte with something a little sweet.

East Elevation
You all know East Elevation, “that place hidden behind the big red door.” But it’s more than that, they have their own garden which contributes to their delicious breakfast menu, some of the best hot chocolate in Melbourne (it’s also a chocolate factory). The venue is huge inside, and full of lush green plants, it’s the perfect place to take your Southside friends to show them how good the North is.

Smug Relish
Smug serve a quality all-day breakfast – eggs all sorts of ways, French toast and more. They also have a fantastic lunch menu with salads, bruschetta and burgers. They are serving up St Ali coffee which we know is nutty and delicious, pair that with a great avo smash or baked eggs. You will always have a great brunch at this venue, enjoy.

Chapt Two
This is the new kid on the block, got plenty of mentions by locals on our recent Facebook post and it also gets a special shoutout from us because it’s located in the EBV Display suite. The team are serving up a delicious Egyptian inspired menu, we recommend the shakshuka. The coffee they are serving is local from Code Black Coffee and it’s really good.

Old Bike Shop Cafe
If you are after somewhere slinging so no-nonsense good brekkie food and great coffee The Old Bike Shop Cafe is for you, located on the Lygon street strip it’s easy to jump on a tram or just enjoy the walk and get your brekkie on.

These were just some of the places where Brunswick East locals said they love to drink their coffee, the selection of cafes in Brunswick is huge, locals take to their community by foot and bike every weekend engaging in coffee, brunch, sports, shopping and enjoying this diverse community. If you love the sound of this community and if off the plan apartments in Melbourne’s Inner North interests you then please register on our website. We would love to give you more information on East Brunswick Village, brand new apartments in Brunswick East.

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