The Best Cafe In Brighton For Amazing Coffee & Food

Author: Daria Osipova | Updated Nov 10, 2023

Looking to soak up the sunshine and enjoy ocean views and delicious food while planning fun things to do in Melbourne this weekend or during the upcoming school holidays? You're guaranteed to love a visit to the best cafe in Brighton, a quick drive from Melbourne CBD!

Whether you're in for great coffee with baked treats or one of Melbourne's best breakfasts - in this list, you'll discover the best cafe Brighton has to offer you.

Brighton has great cafes serving amazing Melbourne brunches and lunches too. If you love to sleep in during weekends or Melbourne school holidays, you can always come down to Brighton for some of Melbourne best lunch spots!

There are also many dog-friendly cafes in Brighton, so your pup can join you for your best Brighton cafe experience!

Don’t miss the best cafe in Brighton for delicious Melbourne brunches and the best Melbourne coffee.
Visit a cafe in Brighton for breakfast, Melbourne best gluten free bakery goods, Melbourne vegan bakery treats, fantastic Melbourne coffee and more! Image from Kate Darmody

⭐  Discover school holiday fun today! Check out fun school holiday activities Melbourne offers: school holiday programs, school holiday events, free school holiday activities and more!


Some of the best cafes in Brighton are:

  • Brighton Soul: the most Instagrammable cafe Melbourne has seen

  • The Timbuktu Cafe: the best kids-friendly and dog-friendly cafe in Brighton and Melbourne

  • Baketico Bakery: the best Brighton cafe for homemade baked goods and some of Melbourne best desserts

  • Ladygreen: the best cafe Brighton has for Cali-Mex cuisine and one of Melbourne best lunch spots

  • More Brighton cafes for great breakfast, Melbourne best brunches and lunches

🍣 Calling all sushi lovers! Discover the best sushi trains in Melbourne and take your taste buds to new heights!


Brighton Soul: the most Instagrammable cafe Melbourne has seen

Brighton Soul is well known and loved for its beautifully presented, colourful and yummy meals and drinks. It is the perfect Instagrammable cafe Melbourne has to show off to your friends, family and followers!

The Brighton Soul cafe menu for breakfast, brunch and lunch has both sweet and savoury options and caters for dietary requirements. The lunch menu is mainly Asian cuisine with a delicious Australian twist!

Brighton Soul is one of the best places for breakfast, Melbourne vegan breakfast and beautifully presented Melbourne brunches every day.
Brighton Soul is one of the best places for breakfast, Melbourne vegan breakfast and beautifully presented Melbourne brunches every day. Image from Brighton Soul cafe

Some popular choices that make Brighton Soul one of the top breakfast places in Melbourne are:

  • Blue Hippy smoothie bowl,

  • Teddy Bear oats and granola combo,

  • Smokey Benny eggs,

  • Bao buns with crispy chicken,

  • vegan Buddha bowl.

Alongside your meal, you can try a unique drink, like a colourful latte, freak shake or the famous Blue Algae Ice Brew, which is only available at Brighton Soul Melbourne. It's so gorgeous!

Brighton Soul cafe serves great breakfast in Melbourne, brunches, lunches and much more.
Brighton Soul cafe serves great breakfast in Melbourne, brunches, lunches and much more. Image from Brighton Soul

The cafe has both indoor and outdoor seating at the back, making the cafe dog friendly. Kids are welcome so the whole family can enjoy eating out together.

Brighton Soul is located on Church Street and can get quite busy on weekends and public holidays, so it's best to book a table in advance by phone or via their website.

Want to celebrate a birthday, graduation or another private event at Brighton Soul? Book the whole venue or upstairs via email today!

Don't miss the beautiful Blue Algae Ice Brew and more colourful drinks at Brighton Soul cafe, one of the best places for breakfast & Melbourne best brunches.
Don't miss the beautiful Blue Algae Ice Brew and more colourful drinks at Brighton Soul cafe, one of the best places for breakfast & Melbourne best brunches. Image from Brighton Soul

Brighton Soul Cafe details:

Brighton Soul Cafe opening hours:

  • Open daily from 7am-4pm


The Timbuktu Cafe: the best kids friendly and dog friendly cafe in Brighton and Melbourne

The Timbuktu Cafe is a cosy, kids friendly and dog friendly café with attentive staff, friendly customer service, and a jazzy European atmosphere.

The Timbuktu Cafe menu has a variety of yummy, healthy meals from around the world, perfect for breakfast, brunch and lunch. It serves some of the best Brighton vegan food, gluten free meals and vegetarian food in Brighton.

The Timbuktu Cafe Brighton is the best kids cafe and cafe for dogs in Melbourne. Best breakfasts, yummy Melbourne brunches and pastries are served here daily!.
The Timbuktu Cafe Brighton is the best kids cafe and cafe for dogs in Melbourne. Best breakfasts, yummy Melbourne brunches and pastries are served here daily! Image from the Timbuktu Brighton

Some popular choices are:

  • Bogota Smashed Avo

  • Jordan River bank meal with baked eggs

  • Bali Goreng fried rice with vegetables and a chicken option.

The drinks here are fantastic, too: you can try anything from delicious Brighton coffee and milkshakes to yummy smoothies and even kefir.

And don't forget to grab a fresh takeaway French pastry, almond croissant or carrot cake to enjoy some treats at home or as you explore the views and beach Brighton is famous for after your meal.

The Timbuktu cafe menu is inspired by cuisines from around the world. There are fantastic meals for brunch in Melbourne, best breakfast options and more.
The Timbuktu cafe menu is inspired by cuisines from around the world. There are fantastic meals for brunch in Melbourne, best breakfast options and more. Image from The Timbuktu Brighton

The Timbuktu Brighton kids' menu is one of the best in Melbourne! Your kids can enjoy pancakes, yoghurt, nachos, mac and cheese, sausages with chips and much more.

There is also a little play space with a cubby house, mini kitchen, and lots of toys and books. Don’t miss this awesome cafe in Brighton for the whole family!

The Timbuktu Brighton is a kids cafe, serving some of the best Melbourne bakery goods and a unique kids menu! It's also a Brighton best cafe for dogs.
The Timbuktu Brighton is a kids cafe, serving some of the best Melbourne bakery goods and a unique kids menu! It's also a Brighton best cafe for dogs. The Timbuktu Cafe Facebook

Timbuktu Brighton Cafe details:

Timbuktu Brighton Cafe hours:

  • Open Mon-Fri from 7am-4.30pm

  • Open Sat-Sun from 7am-3pm


Baketico Bakery: the best Brighton cafe for homemade baked goods and some of Melbourne best desserts

Baketico Brighton is one of the best Baketico locations. It is an artfully curated bakeri and larder store, and one of Melbourne best bakeries and Brighton cafes.

While Baketico Bakery is most famous for Raymond Capaldi’s renowned Wonder Pies, there's much more here on offer, including some Melbourne best desserts!

Don't miss Baketico Brighton for the best Melbourne bakery treats, including gluten free bakery, dairy free bakery and Melbourne vegan bakery goods!.
Don't miss Baketico Brighton for the best Melbourne bakery treats, including gluten free bakery, dairy free bakery and Melbourne vegan bakery goods! Image from Baketico Bakery

With your expertly crafted coffee, enjoy a wide range of:

  • freshly-made artisanal pastries,

  • handcrafted sweets,

  • classics like donuts, vanilla slices and croque monsieur.

Gluten free and vegan desserts are available too, making Baketico a fantastic vegan and gluten free bakery in Melbourne, to get Brighton vegan cakes and Brighton vegetarian cakes.

For lunch, there are also salads and delicious grab-and-go deli produce, such as pasta, lasagne, pâté and terrines - perfect for a convenient lunch near Melbourne VIC.

Baketico Brighton is one of the best Baketico locations and Melbourne coffee shops for the best Melbourne bakery goods. Image from Baketico Bakery.
Baketico Brighton is one of the best Baketico locations and Melbourne coffee shops for the best Melbourne bakery goods. Image from Baketico Bakery

Baketico Bakery aims to build a sense of community among locals by creating a memorable, go-to destination featuring:

  • locally sourced, handmade products,

  • warm, dedicated customer service.

The convenient Bay Street location ensures you’re always close to a Brighton coffee made from specialty roasted beans or able to come and pick up Melbourne’s best-voted sausage roll.

Baketico Cafe will gladly welcome your visit and make sure you enjoy your Brighton cafe experience!

Find the best brunch in Melbourne and best Melbourne bakery goods, alongside delicious Brighton coffee, at Baketico cafe.
Find the best brunch in Melbourne and best Melbourne bakery goods, alongside delicious Brighton coffee, at Baketico cafe. Image from Baketico Bakery

Baketico details:

Baketico opening hours:

  • Open Mon-Sat from 8am-4pm

  • Closed on Sunday


Ladygreen: the best cafe Brighton has for Cali-Mex cuisine and one of Melbourne best lunch spots

Ladygreen Cafe blends modern and fine dining trends, while keeping the experience "edgy cool" and with a strong focus on healthy food and clean eating.

It's what makes it one of the best Brighton lunch cafes and Melbourne best brunch places!

The Lady Green restaurant menu is a unique combination of Californian, Mexican, Asian and Mediterranean cuisines that deliver big flavours, textures and lots of creativity in each meal.

Lady green Brighton is a fantastic Brighton vegan restaurant and one of Melbourne best brunch places. The Ladygreen cafe menu features delicious Cali-Mex cuisine.
Lady green Brighton is a fantastic Brighton vegan restaurant and one of Melbourne best brunch places. The Ladygreen cafe menu features delicious Cali-Mex cuisine. Image from Ladygreen

Lady Green is known for being a fantastic Brighton vegan restaurant that also serves some of the best Brighton vegetarian meals.

They happily accommodate all dietary requirements, including fodmap, keto, dairy free and gluten free meals.

Some popular choices are

  • homemade cakes,

  • yummy toasties,

  • chips with salsa or guacamole,

  • tacos and burrito bowls,

  • Mexican vegetarian lasagne.

Ladygreen Brighton is one of the best Melbourne vegan breakfast spots and Brighton dog friendly cafes.
Ladygreen Brighton is one of the best Melbourne vegan breakfast spots and Brighton dog friendly cafes. Image from Ladygreen Cafe

If you're stuck for a choice, their daily specials won't disappoint!

They have a kids' menu and kids' size options, like the Waffles of the Day and housemade shakes that come in both kids' and adult sizes.

Ladygreen Brighton is one of the best dog friendly cafes in Brighton - they even offer some treats for your pup!

Their venue is also available to hire for functions and events.

If you can't make it for breakfast, brunch or lunch, Ladygreen is open for dinner too!

Ladygreen Brighton is a fabulous cafe for dog owners to enjoy amazing Melbourne breakfast, best brunch in Melbourne, lunch options and more.
Ladygreen Brighton is a fabulous cafe for dog owners to enjoy amazing Melbourne breakfast, best brunch in Melbourne, lunch options and more! Image from Ladygreen

Lady Green Brighton Cafe details:

Ladygreen opening times:

  • Open: Thu-Sat from 8am-11pm, Sun 8am-3pm

  • Closed: Mon-Wed


More Brighton Cafes for great breakfast, best brunches and lunches

Have you visited all the best Brighton cafes above already? Or haven't found the perfect cafe in Brighton just yet?

Below are some more great cafes in Brighton for brunch, Melbourne's best breakfasts, awesome Brighton lunch cafes and Melbourne coffee shops.

Don’t miss the best cafe in Brighton for delicious Melbourne brunches and the best Melbourne coffee.
Don’t miss the best cafe in Brighton for delicious Melbourne brunches and the best Melbourne coffee. Image from Kate Darmody

The Pantry Brighton, Melbourne

The Pantry Brighton, Melbourne, is one of the dog friendly cafes in Brighton serving yummy banana bread, and meals like scrambled eggs with salmon, lamb ragu fettuccine and more for a great breakfast in Melbourne.

  • Address of Pantry: Church Street, Brighton, VIC 3186

  • Pantry Brighton opening hours:

    • Open Mon-Fri from 7am-4pm

    • Open Sat-Sun from 7.30am-4pm


The Little Ox Cafe Brighton

The Little Ox is a great cafe in Brighton where to go for breakfast in Melbourne, lunch or brunch. Popular items on The Little Ox Brighton menu include yummy vegetarian food in Brighton like chilli scrambled eggs and zucchini & corn fritters.

  • Address: 452 New St, Brighton, VIC 3186

  • The Little Ox Brighton opening hours:

    • Open daily from 6.30am-3pm

Find yummy gluten free bakery goods and Brighton vegan cakes at great Melbourne breakfast spots like Allister McAllister, The Pantry Brighton and The Tamper Trap.
Find yummy gluten free bakery goods and Brighton vegan cakes at great Melbourne breakfast spots like Allister McAllister, The Pantry Brighton and The Tamper Trap. Image from Andrei Caliman

Allister McAllister

Allister McAllister is a quirky cafe in Brighton with welcoming staff serving great Brighton coffee, tasty toasties, muffins of many flavours, including gluten free bakery muffins, and more Melbourne best bakeries’ goods.

  • Allister McAllister Cafe Address: 9 South Rd, Brighton VIC 3186

  • Allister McAllister opening hours:

    • Open daily from 7am-1pm


The Tamper Trap

If you're looking for a classic Melbourne breakfast, best brunch or lunch near Melbourne VIC, Tamper Trap is the place to go. Smoothies and milkshakes are also very popular alongside yummy Brighton coffee.

  • Address: 181 Bay Street, Brighton VIC 3186

  • The Temper Trap Brighton cafe hours:

    • Open Mon-Fri from 6.30am-4pm

    • Open Sat-Sun from 7.30am-4pm

Find the best Brighton vegan food and coffee near Brighton at some great Melbourne breakfast spots like Saint Martins Cafe, The Little Ox cafe & Brighton Schoolhouse.
Find the best Brighton vegan food and coffee near Brighton at some great Melbourne breakfast spots like Saint Martins Cafe, The Little Ox cafe & Brighton Schoolhouse. Image from Maddi Bazzocco

Saint Martins Cafe

This is another great Instagrammable cafe Melbourne has, with impressive latte art on the St Martin’s coffee menu to enjoy for brunch Melbourne. Best liked meals are their porridge, eggs benedict, lamb shoulder and pesto eggs on toast.

  • Saint Martin's Cafe Address: 116 Martin St, Brighton VIC 3186

  • Saint Martin's Cafe opening hours:

    • Open daily from 6.30am-3.30pm


Brighton Schoolhouse

This is a favourite place for all-day breakfast near Melbourne VIC, and brunch. Melbourne best cafes like this one have quick service and delicious meals. Avocado toast is a favourite for Melbourne breakfast.

  • The Brighton Schoolhouse address: 15 St Andrews St, Brighton VIC 3186

  • The Brighton Schoolhouse opening hours:

    • Open daily from 7.30am-4pm

Discover the best cafe in Brighton for amazing breakfast, Melbourne best brunch and lunch near Melbourne VIC. You can also find a great kids cafe and Brighton cafe for dogs.
Discover the best cafe in Brighton for amazing breakfast, Melbourne best brunch and lunch near Melbourne VIC. You can also find a great kids cafe and Brighton cafe for dogs. Image from Jojo Yuen

Brighton has some of the best places for breakfast, Melbourne brunches and Brighton lunch cafes.

Which one of the best cafes in Brighton will you visit next? Share this article with your friends to invite them along to visit your favourite cafe in Brighton!

Now we've sorted out the best cafe in Brighton, what’s next?

Choose the best picnic spots to enjoy a day out with family and friends. Check out these indoor play centres, the best playgrounds Melbourne has to offer, and the most beautiful botanical gardens in Melbourne to visit after the best Brighton coffee.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, there are many dog-friendly cafes in Brighton! Some of the best are Brighton Soul and The Timbuktu Cafe for dog owners. An outdoor seating area usually makes the cafe dog friendly.

Yes, there are plenty of Brighton vegetarian food options. Brighton Soul and The Timbuktu Cafe are fantastic places for vegetarian meals, and Baketico offers yummy Brighton vegetarian cakes.

The best Brighton vegetarian food options are found at The Timbuktu Cafe and Brighton Soul Melbourne. Baketico also offers delicious Brighton vegetarian cakes and baked goods.

The best Brighton cafes are Brighton Soul, for its Instagrammable meals, The Timbuktu Cafe, for its meals from around the world, Baketico for its delicious bakery goods, and more.

Baketico Brighton offers delicious gluten free bakery goods including cakes and more!

The Timbuktu Cafe is in Melbourne, Australia. It is the best cafe in Brighton for delicious Melbourne breakfast, best brunch, and lunch.

The best cafes in Brighton where to go for amazing breakfast include Brighton Soul, The Timbuktu Cafe, Baketico Brighton, and more.

The best cafes in Brighton where to go for fantastic brunch include The Timbuktu Cafe, Brighton Soul, Ladygreen, and more.

The best cafes in Brighton where to go for delicious lunch include The Timbuktu Cafe, Brighton Soul, Ladygreen, and more.

More school holiday ideas

Get inspired with the best school holiday programs, thrilling events for kids and an array of free school holiday activities curated just for your little ones. Explore and enjoy!

Elena Osipova
Discover The Best Brisbane Indoor Play Centres for Endless Family Fun!

Brisbane

Discover The Best Brisbane Indoor Play Centres for Endless Family Fun!

Explore our top picks for Brisbane's indoor play centres: trampolines, laser tag, climbing gyms and more exciting activities for toddlers to teenagers.

Daria Osipova
20+ Unmissable Best Things To Do In Auckland With Kids

School Holiday Ideas

20+ Unmissable Best Things To Do In Auckland With Kids

Explore the best things to do in Auckland with kids: fun, free, affordable indoor and outdoor family adventures, from Waitomo Caves to Auckland Zoo and beyond!

Daria Osipova
16 Amazing Christmas Gift Ideas For Music Lovers In 2023

Hobby

16 Amazing Christmas Gift Ideas For Music Lovers In 2023

Looking for unique Christmas gift ideas for music lovers and musicians? Find best gifts for music lovers, that aren't just headphones or bluetooth speakers!

Cookie Consent

We use cookies (and other similar technologies) to improve your experience on our site. By using this website you agree to our Cookie Policy.

Cookie consent at schoolholidays.com.au