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As there are tons of cafe around in Melbourne and nearly all of them are pretty good. Oh well, I found there are some decents one that is worth to recommend and here are my personal top 10 cafe in Melbourne to visit when I was there last year Sept 2015.

  1. Industrial Beans at Fitztroy

My all time favorite is Industrial Beans, not only they are being nominated as one of the best from interior to food as they have seasonal menu changes and their single origin is perfect. One of the best to hunt for brunch and do prepare to queue.

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Location:
Industry Beans Cafe
3/62 Rose Street
FITZROY, VIC, 3065
(you can take tram 96 heading to East Brunswick that they do pass thru Fitzroy)

+61 3 9417 1034

Monday-Friday
7AM-4PM

Weekends
8AM-4PM

We don’t accept bookings but walk on in and we’ll get you seated.

2. Hortus x Seven Seeds

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Location:
Hortus x Seven Seeds
131–141 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

Phone:+61 3 9347 8664

Operating Hours: Daily 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM

3. Mork Chocolate Brew House at North Melbourne

For local chocolate, then I think you would not want to miss out this place. Newly establish that have gain attractions from many chocolate lovers. Worth to give it a try.

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Location:
Mörk Chocolate Brew House
150 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9328 1386

Operating Hours:
Tue to Sat 8am–5pm
Sun 9am–5pm

morkchocolate.com.au

4. Dukes Coffee Roasters at Ross House

Well know by many office people around this area where you will encounter a long queue till outside just to do a take away coffee. Their coffee is robust in flavour where will suits heavy palate.

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Location:
Dukes at ross house
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000

Operation hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am to 4:30pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm

Tel: +61 3 9417 5578

5. Market Lane Coffee at Queen Victoria Market

I was told by many of my friends to try out this coffee. Strong in character that certainly suits Asian taste bud, where aroma of it is strong yet not acidic.

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Location:
Market Lane Coffee @ Therry Street

109-111 Therry Street
Melbourne

Opening Hours

Sun 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fri to Sat 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Mon to Thu 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

6. Chez Dre at South Melbourne

Well known for both their patisserie, coffee and brunch

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Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne 3205

Phone:03 9690 2688
Email:[email protected]

7. Lux Bite

This is another rising star last year after Chef Bernard Chu whom is also a Malaysian appeared as one of a guest chef in Masterchef Australia 2015. His desserts are awesome.

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Location:
LuxBite
38 Toorak Road
South Yarra

8. Barry at Northcote

Accidentally discover this place and found out that they are well known for their healty series brunch. Great coffee too.

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Barry
85 High St, Northcote
VIC 3070, Australia

Phone:+61 3 9481 7623

Hours: Open today · 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

9. Three Bags Full at Abbotsford

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Three Bags Full
60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford 3067

Tel: 03 9421 2732

Operating Hours:
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm
Sat-Sun 8am-4pm

10. Top Paddock, St. Ali &  Baba Budan

Lastly, I have miss out 3 of these cafe where is also highly recommended by my friends there where they serve great coffee and their interior is the killer, with rustic and classic.

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image credit to (brunchaddict.com) – Top Paddock

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image credit to (CK Lim) – St.Ali

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image credit to (www.au.timeout.com) – Baba Budan

Others that I have went like The Kettle Black, Seven Seeds, Sensory and a few other more, where I think its slightly overrated.

 

Among the vineyards that we visited today, Yering Station that located in the area of Yarra Valley is one of the highly recommended place to visit among the list from the 2 ladies that I have met. We save the best for the last where indeed this place throughly mesmerize us, with hits huge landscape.

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Yering Station was established in 1838 by the pioneering Ryrie brothers who adopted the Aboriginal name “Yering” for their new station. In 1996 the Rathbone family purchased the property drawn to its natural beauty, history and the great promise of its wines.

Today Yering Station is one of the jewels of the Yarra Valley region, attracting tourists and wine enthusiasts from around the globe. Recognised for its landmark winery/restaurant complex, the building sits harmoniously within the landscape of heritage architecture and the beautiful vineyards from which our winemakers craft award winning wines. (source from: yering.com)

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Upon entering, this place is divided into 2 sections where the main huge building is the posh dining area that have huge high glass window that over look its entire vineyard. More about the restaurant : click here

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After checking out the restaurant, which were rather impressive and our time is hanging in between where the restaurant is already closed for the day. So we head off to Yering Station where retail of wine and wine tasting is available here.

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I feel in love with their wine tasting area where it looks like conversion of a huge rustic warehouse with art pieces on the wall and tasting stations smack right in the middle.

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we start off with their tasting range.  .

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The range that we have tested and truly understand why this is the 2 ladies favourite. If you love dry and strong wine, Yering is definitely one of the brand to consider as they give you a punch in the mouth and I am liking it.

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In this last stations, we ended up grab a few bottles too before heading back and also got one of their limited edition wine that is nicely box up in wooden crates.

Its one of a wineyard that must visit, if you have limited time. Also to visit Yarra Valley, you can check them out – Winecompass

Location:

Yering Station
38 Melba Highway
Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Tel: 03 9730 0100
Operating Hours: 10am – 5pm

Was told by the 2 lady that Rochford Wines is identified as one of the iconic Australian “Day On the Green” music festivals where Rochford Winery is situated in one of the most stunning regions in Australia with breathtaking panoramic views of the Great Dividing Ranges that makes them one of a glory wineyard in Yarra Valley, Melbourne.

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The Winery showcases a restaurant, cafe and patio, cellar door, retail shop, wine club, art gallery and expansive natural amphitheatre and observation tower along with indoor and outdoor area that able to host a catering up to 7000 pax.

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They have pretty interesting items that are sold here where mostly are handmade items from folks around the area.

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So we begin our wine tasting and being hosted by this amazing friendly girl Millie that have huge passion in wine.

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This is Millie, that is nice and patient enough to explain nearly everything to us. Thank you. We bought 3 bottles back from her explanation, recommendations that suits to our palate. It was down to our favourite:

  1. 2012 Single Vineyard – Pinot Noir
  2. 2012 Single Wineyard – Cabernet Souvignon
  3. Sweet Wine – 2013 Late Harvest white

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For those who love dessert wine, this Rochford Muscat might suit your palate where it is too sweet for me.

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Some of their creative packaging for chocolate.

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We enjoyed our time here and a place worth to visit.

Location:

Rochford Wines
878-880 Maroondah Highway
Coldstream VIC 3116
Operating Hours : 9am – 5pm

 

After checking out Rochford wineyard, we were rushing to final place and right opposite them got this new winery Levantine Hill Estate where just newly build as the tar road is still under construction for finishing touch and their exterior just capture our attention and we agreed that must visit before we leave.

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Indeed it is brand new as Ezard @ Levantine Hill is a new kid in the block where they just started operating lass than a week or two (it was mid Aug 2015 when I visited them)

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Right in front of the main entrance is their whole wine estate and they have another place that can host private event right at the mini hill top at the left that have a private house for the function.

In this wineyard, they are not only famous for their wine selection as they have estate-grown truffle.

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Love how the design of the place with its sleek curvy roof and spans of glass, with stunning, barrel-shaped tasting booths.

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Teage Ezard has taken his famed gourmet experience outside the city limits to offer locals and visitors to the Yarra Valley the perfect dining match to Levantine Hill’s critically acclaimed wines.

In amongst the stunning bucolic vineyard views, visitors can enjoy Levantine Hill wines matched to dishes inspired by the classic food styles of Europe, which Teage Ezard has enhanced with new flavours and combinations. (source from Levantinehill)

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Here you go on the menu and also the experience of it. We went for their Levantine Hill Exclusive Wine tasting at Aud 25. (if you purchase any bottle from the range, it will be waived.)

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Before it start, you will be given a wine tasting card to familiarise with the taste of it.

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He is indeed a superb guy. Make the whole tasting journey memorable and fun. We ended up buy back 3 bottles. AS the texture and taste is pretty good.

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We were lucky to make a quick stop here as we were making rounds around the wine yard around the area and still find that the dining experience here is much better. Too bad when we make a turn back here, they were closed.

vinyard:

  1. Yering Station
  2. Domaine Chandon

Food menu can check it out here.

Location:
882-886 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia

Phone:+61 3 8602 0850

Opening Hours:

Cellar Door:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday
All Day Dining:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday
Signature Restaurant:10am to 6pm Monday, Wednesday to Sunday

Starting my wine tour in Yarra Valley as time is pretty limited, I was highly introduce to visit this 3 wineyard from the 2 ladies at Tourist information center in the City. Of course Domaine Chandon is in my list to visit along with their recommendations is a plus to be top in the list.

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How I got to know about this brand is during my first wine tasting about a few months ago before I flow off to Melbourne on mid Aug 2015- Dan Buckle that was hosting the new range of Chandon for the lunch pairing. (click here)

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It was a bright sunny winter with temperature at 16 degree which is just perfect for a road trip.

At the entrance driving into the wineyard, is filled with with tress that are bold for winter season where you will reach a huge carpark after minutes driving into the property.

I got excited when walking towards their main entrance as love this classy  old English Classic house.

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As walking into their show room, you are greeted with all their product labels and history.

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and with your self discovery around the area, where it is a open tour, you can walk by yourself as it is filled with all the information you need at each station.

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I love this walkway where modern meet classic.

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At the far end right after the mini tour, you will reach their shop and also wine tasting session is also available at the bar.

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There is a minimal charges for wine tasting and the list is pretty interesting.

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For their restaurant, I am definately in for their seating nearby the window that overlook the wineyard.

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Sitting outside here with a glass of wine, and overlook the entire wineyard with cool breeze blowing is just relaxing. I do not mind to glue myself in this area for 2-3 hours.

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After finishing the whole experience, indeed it will be a great place for pre-wedding shoot or even host a wedding lunch here. Before we head off, we bought a few bottles back which is only available in this wineyard.

Indeed one of a few best wineyard to visit. You can visit their website for more info – Chandon

Location:
727 Maroondah Hwy,
Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia
Phone:+61 3 9738 9200

Hours:
Open Daily: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM

As I walk pass by this shop Clement Coffee before I walk into the main entrance of South Melbourne Market, the entrance surely do capture my attention with a huge wooden door that decorate with some plants where I find it pretty environmental friendly.

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For this cafe, they are pretty small and I am quite impress with the beans offering that they have.

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Friendly Barista too ..

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They have some patisserie too.

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Coffee is mild as how I like it. For the pattiserie that I had, I went into the market and make a take a way from the famous French Patisserie – Agathe. Great stuff.

Location:

South Melbourne Market.

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