5 of the Best Cafes in Northcote
Northcote’s bustling High Street strip is home to some of the best cafes in Melbourne. We’ve whittled it down to five of the best, a mere stone’s throw from Verso Apartments
Northcote’s bustling High Street strip is home to some of the best cafes in Melbourne. Keen to learn the top spots to get your caffeine and brunch fix? We’ve whittled it down to five of the best, a mere stone’s throw from Verso Apartments.
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A collaboration between three-Michelin star pastry chef Boris Portnoy and Everyday Coffee’s Mark Free and Aaron Maxwell, this friendly High Street bakery is your one-stop shop for espresso, batch brew and freshly baked goods. Crusty sourdough, rye and heritage grain loaves line the racks alongside an equally tempting array of European cakes, pastries and light lunch bites. Want to take your baking skills to the next level? Book in a sourdough bread-making class with chef Boris and thank us later.
Whether you’re on a health kick or nursing a hangover, Tinker hits the spot every time. The team behind cult Melbourne cafes Bentwood and My Other Brother deliver a menu of bright, photogenic dishes which standout beautifully against the clean, minimalist interior. Try the acai bowl topped with whipped coconut yogurt, spiced maple granola, passionfruit, caramelised mango and peanut butter, or the indulgent waffle eggs benny with pulled smoked beef brisket, poached eggs, chipotle hollandaise and sweet potato crisps.
Good coffee reigns supreme at Northcote’s aptly named Espresso Room cafe. Located on the corner of McCutcheon and High Streets (just 50m from Verso) this place is seriously passionate about the stuff, roasting its own beans on-site and extracting maximum flavour from each cup. The perfectly balanced no.6 house blend is 100% organic, pairing beautifully with generous dishes like buttermilk pancakes, smashed avo, or a cheeky lunchtime seafood paella.
Whether you’re craving sweet, savoury or something in-between, elevated brunch favourite Field Black has you covered. Alongside top-notch coffee by Padre, you’ll find a selection of dishes that are just as pretty as the venue’s light-filled, monochrome interior. Don’t miss the gnocchi with spring greens, poached egg, kale and smoked almond pesto and ricotta salata, or the warm breakfast granola crumble with poached apple and rhubarb, raspberry coyo and freeze-dried kiwi fruit.
Poke the Bear
With an eclectic, cheerful fit-out inspired by owner Ryan Cassidy’s frequent trips to Bali, Poke the Bear is a bit of fun in an otherwise serious northside brunching scene. Wide Open Road coffee is served up alongside a menu packed with cringey-but-cute ‘bear’ puns — Bear Grylls is a manly beef burger with all the trimmings, and Bear Minimum is eggs on toast your way. This self-described 'multi-cuisine' cafe also serves up all-day poke bowls, tacos, smoothies and more.