We all know Melbourne has some great cafes, but did you know we have some of the countries best cafe and nurseries?
What better way to spend a morning than surrounded by beautiful plants, great company and tasty food and drink? Whether you are picking up some tips for the garden and enjoying a coffee or out to grab some items for your veggie patch, any of these great café nurseries will be an ideal first stop.
If you like enjoying your coffee with beautiful views, head to the Yarra Edge Café [Yarra Bend Road, Fairfield]. They’re serving up great coffee seven days a week from their premises at the Melbourne Polytechnic Fairfield Campus. Make you way into the café and sample one of the many delicious menu items. We recommend trying out a smoothie, you can choose from one of over 20 flavours! You won’t want to stay indoors for too long though, just outside a world of lush plants awaits. Head into the nursery and find an impressive range of native and exotic plant species at competitive prices. Afterwards, why not take a stroll down the river and enjoy one of the most picturesque areas in metropolitan Melbourne.
With breakfast served all day long as well as a diverse lunch menu, Kew Nursery & Café [2 Gladstone St, Kew] is a lovely place to take a seat in the garden, have a cuppa and relax. The menu is large and creative. Our favourite is the smashed avocado with crumbled Danish feta, cherry tomato, poached eggs and dukkha on sourdough, but there is something for everyone. This really is one of the best kept secrets in a suburb filled with top notch cafes. After some brunch mosey around the nursery and check out the array of stunning indoor and outdoor plants, all available for purchase.
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Loved by locals, the family run Acorn Nursery [669/673 Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills] has been a staple of the area for more than 30 years. The business prides itself on the quality of its product as well as the level of customer service. Head in and see Tony, the Nursery Manager who will happily help you out with your gardening needs. If you need some general advice to get you started, check out his gardening tips here. Acorn also has a lovely café serving breakfast all day and lunch from 11am so make sure you stop in to see the friendly staff and enjoy a cappuccino.
Sitting on the banks of the mighty Maribyrnong River since 1936, Poyntons Nursery [98 Vida St, Essendon] has a rich history. The motto here is “Poyntons Nursery, your own botanic gardens”, a sentiment which isn’t lost on anyone who visits the well-established 3.5 acre site. Over time, he nursery has built an enviable collection of unusual and hard to find plants, making it one of the best places in town to find unique Australian flora. Walking around the vast site will most likely stir a hunger, so head into the Boulevard café, perched high above the grounds below. Enjoy a meal from the seasonal menu and look out to views of the city skyline in the distance.
If you’ve never been to CERES (Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) [Stewart St & Roberts St, Brunswick East] before, one of the first things you’ll notice are the lovingly tended garden plots filled with vegies, fruit and even chooks! Have a chat with some of the folks here who grow their own food, and are happy to share ideas about sustainable living. CERES sits on a 13-acre plot of land which is thriving with an organic market and shop, nursey, café, market garden and renewable energy displays. If you’re looking for a more immersive experience and perhaps a place to show off to family and friends, CERES is your answer. The surroundings are beautiful and the community of people who visit are even more so.
Expansive in nature and beauty, Warren Glen Garden Centre and Café [373 Ringwood-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte] is nestled on the banks of picturesque Jumping Creek and really is a gardener’s paradise. The café takes advantage of the magnificent setting with outdoor seating surrounded by gardening products up for purchase. Although the café offers outstanding food, it remains relatively undiscovered, so why not get the family together, or invite some friends to join your own hidden gem on an outing you won’t forget.
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Bay Road [112-114 Bay Road, Sandringham] claims to have everything that is good in life - and we tend to agree. There’s an exquisite garden centre, in-house landscaping department, giftware section and licensed café. Find the perfect plant, or the inspiration and practical help to transform your garden. Head in and have a squiz at the many plant options spread across the centre, then find a comfy spot to relax in the café. Housed in a light-filled Federation cottage with sunny outdoor courtyards, it offers delicious, contemporary food with a focus on fresh, seasonal produce. The café is open seven days a week and also features an ever-changing array of local artists’ paintings on the wall, all of which you can pick up and pay for on the way out. Before you leave, look out for the homemade preserves and jams, we promise you won’t be disappointed!
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