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Melbourne cafes whose interiors’ are as hot as their lattes

by Sophie Truter

Brunch in Melbourne isn’t as simple as eggs on toast; we’re a city of culinary snobs and we take food very very seriously. We also put design on the same pedestal, so it’s a no wonder our cafes have morphed into hubs for interior style and architectural awe. Seriously we’ve even got design awards for hospitality; no longer are cafes being judged on how well they can flip an egg, these day’s it’s all about the upholstery and skylights. As far as Melbournians are concerned, they’ll have their eggs poached with a side of design (and bacon please).

Case in point below…

Kitty Burns

Kitty Burns is named after the two sisters who inspired Abbotsford’s iconic Skipping Girl sign, Kitty Minogue and Alma Burns. The masterminds behind the interior Biasol: Design Studio took a very unique approach to the brief. Rather than coming up with an overall design theme, they drew inspiration from the two very distinct perGosonalities of Kitty and Burns. Kitty inspired the fun feminine side of the design, where as Burns influenced the more structured and rigid design elements. The end result is a Nordic style interior with natural woods, lush greenery, and accents of aqua that subtly blend into the external environment via large glass windows.

Our favourite feature is the dining booths which resemble cubby house huts (so cute). With such a thoughtful approach it’s no wonder these guys have won a number of hospitality design awards, most recently winning the International Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in London. Oh and did we mention their menu is to die for?

24 Acacia Place, Abbotsford
Monday through to Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm  


Higher Ground

Our second case in point comes from hospitality veterans Nathan Toleman, Sam Slattery, Ben Clark, and Diamond Rozakea. These guys have brought us some of Melbourne’s hottest cafes including Top Paddock and The Kettle Black; and now they’ve out done themselves with Higher Ground. The interior feel and layout mimics that of New York City’s Ace Hotel and the Soho House in London, with the space resembling a large hotel lobby. Architectural and interior design practice DesignOffice tackled the large warehouse space, with its 15 meter high ceiling, by creating a series of tiered platforms that provide intimate lounging nooks and offer a layered outlook across the open plan site.

Rather than squeezing as many bums on seats they’ve embraced the sheer volume of the building and respectfully incorporated that into their design. Everything has been carefully considered including the accents of elegant furnishing, moody lighting, and of course our favourites, botanicals. Our tip, make sure you try their espresso martini, you’ll feel like you’re miles away in New York City sipping on one of those bad boys.

650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
Monday through to Friday 7.00am to 4.00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 4.00pm
Thursday, Friday and Saturday 5.30pm to 11.00pm (dinner)