Ora Specialty Coffee, Kew

Ora Specialty Coffee is a cosy and small cafe located in Kew that prides itself on premium coffee and seasonal produce. The cafe is easily accessible by a number of buses, and there's also plenty of parking on the street that it's located on.

The cafe itself has quite simple decor; the only decorations are the black and white photos in simple black frames that cover two of the white walls. Light streams in from the large windows at the front of the cafe, and upbeat music plays softly in the background. The staff were friendly and attentive, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food.

Urban Projuice, Albert Park

Urban Projuice is a wholefoods cafe and juice bar in Albert Park, easily accessible by tram 1 or 96. The cafe prides itself on sourcing food locally grown, seasonal and healthy, and are a completely meat-free, fair trade and organic cafe.

A cute terrace setting with outdoor seating both in the front and back at the courtyard, Urban Projuice is a brightly lit cafe with pale wooden and white decor, contrasting with the artwork and vibrant plants to give the whole place a comfortable and modern feel. We went around 12pm on a Sunday and were lucky enough to not have to wait at all for a table. The staff were very friendly, however we had to wait over 15 minutes to grab their attention when we wanted to order, and there was about a 20 minute wait for the food itself.

Mister + Miss, Surrey Hills

Mister + Miss is a relatively new cafe in Surrey Hills, easily accessible by tram 109 and a fifteen minute walk from Mont Albert Station.

The cafe is a lot more spacious than I expected, with ample seating outside, both in the front and the back of the cafe. The tables are quite close together, but not to the point of making it feel squished or too close to the people at the next table. The decor is very simple, with a brick wall aligning one side and mesh decorations hanging from the ceiling. We went around 11am on a Saturday and luckily didn't have to wait at all for a table. The staff were attentive despite how busy it was when we were there, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food.

Il Fornaio, St Kilda

Il Fornaio is a cafe/bakery in St Kilda, close to the beach and easily accessible via a number of trams. The cafe prides itself on supporting Australia farmers and produce, with its menu having a healthy emphasis and vegan/gluten free options for most dishes.

The cafe is quite spacious with high ceilings, and there's seating both inside and outside with two tiered seating inside. Upbeat music plays softly in the background, and the service was good, with our food coming out in about 15 minutes.

Kuu Cafe & Japanese Kitchen, South Melbourne

Kuu Cafe + Japanese Kitchen is as the name suggests, a brunch cafe with Japanese inspired flavours and dishes. Located in South Melbourne, it's easily accessible via tram 1 on Park Street, just off Claredon Street.

The cafe is quite small and there's not much space for moving around. The tables are quite close together, however the place is quite brightly lit with large windows at the front so it doesn't feel too crowded. There's also seating outside the cafe, which is great in this warm summer weather. The decor is minimal, with white brick walls and a shelf of decorations on one side. The staff were friendly, though at times it took awhile to get their attention as it was quite busy when we went.

Hellenic Republic, Kew

Hellenic Republic is a popular Greek restaurant in both Kew and Brunswick East, priding itself on simple and fresh produce from both Melbourne and Greece. I'd been to the Brunswick East one a couple of years ago and had a really great experience, and this visit to the Kew restaurant did not disappoint either. The Kew restaurant is located near Kew Junction, can be accessed via trams 109 or 48, and there's plenty of parking at the back.

There's a very holiday feel to the decor at Hellenic Republic, with all the straw hanging across the ceiling together with all the small light bulbs and the pale wooden furniture. The atmosphere at the restaurant is very lively with all the customers; it's such a popular place that you'd most likely have to book a table in advance. The staff were friendly and attentive, and we didn't have to wait too long for our food.

Kong BBQ, Richmond

Kong BBQ is a Korean/Japanese fusion restaurant in Richmond, a short walk down from East Richmond Station and also accessible via tram 78. The restaurant is actually opened by the same people who own Chin Chins, one of the most popular restaurants in Melbourne.

The interior of the restaurant is very bright, with the large windows allowing the natural light in. Together with the white walls and light wooden aesthetics of the whole place, gives a simple and modern look. The staff were very attentive, coming to check up on us several times throughout the meal, and the food came out relatively quick. Each table comes with a roll of paper towels (as some of the dishes can get quite messy to eat!), and we were also provided with hand wipes for our chicken wings dish, which was a nice little touch.

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