Melbourne’s south side seaside eateries serve tasty treats to dogwalkers, bay trail cyclists, beachgoers, and lovers of coffee and brunch, all with an unbeatable view of Port Phillip Bay.
Just a step off the Bay Trail, Rickett’s Point Beachside Cafe [243 Beach Road, Beaumaris] is a no brainer for a mid-walk treat. With rustic decor and brightly coloured seating, this cafe has a beachy vibe and a simple and tasty menu. Whether you’re after a coffee and cake or wine and seared salt cured salmon, you’ll find something to enjoy. After you’re done with your meal, wander down to the beach for a rock ramble or a snorkel in the Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary where you can spot local wildlife in the rock pools.
True South [298 Beach Road, Black Rock] offers a modern Argentinian menu made for sharing. This auto repair shop turned modern gastro pub oozes cool and has a large outdoor balcony that’s ideal for warm summer evenings. The owners have kept the original exterior and renovated the inside to be modern and stylish, making it a great combination of old and new. The tapas menu is both varied and delicious, and allows you to try a bit of everything. Try the Chipa (mini-cheese rolls, mandioca flour, gruyere and parmesan) and the Ensalada de Calamar (fried calamari, chickpea, feta and eggplant) — Buen Provecho!
Middle Brighton Baths [251 Esplanade, Brighton] is the only remaining sea baths in Melbourne, making it a special and unique place to enjoy a meal. You can choose from a casual lunch or dinner, weekend brunch or treat yourself to a Moscow Mule cocktail with stunning views of the city skyline, the beach and the baths. The menu is fresh, dynamic and with many colourful lattes on offer — think spicy ginger, turmeric, beetroot and matcha. Definitely an Instagram-worthy destination.
The mother and daughter pair that run Two Farm Girls Cafe [133 Nepean Highway, Aspendale] are passionate about providing fresh, organic and delicious food for their customers. The cafe has a relaxed vibe and is a great place to bring the kids, with a special little chicks menu offering classics like soldier toast and junior Mork hot chocolates. Adults need not be left behind; make sure you try the thyme and garlic wild mushrooms with poached eggs, crispy polenta, beetroot puree, crumbled feta and sweet potato crisps, it’s tasty and nutritious. To finish, treat yourself to a delicious gluten-free homemade peanut butter and choc chip cookie.
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The three walls of floor to ceiling windows at North Point Cafe [2B North Road, Brighton] means you can enjoy the view any time of year, whether you’re after a cool break in summer or cosy warmth in winter. The staff welcome dogs in the outdoor seating area so you can bring your furry friend along for brunch. It’s also located right opposite the North Road Foreshore Playground, making it the perfect pitstop if you’ve got the littlies in tow. We recommend trying the grilled Szechuan pepper calamari salad if you’re coming for lunch; it’s always tasty and the locals love it.
During summer Point Ormond Cafe [29A Ormond Road, Elwood] is always buzzing with beach-goers. It’s an unassuming gazebo that serves potato cakes to die for, refreshing ice-cream and delicious coffee. Serving customers during the warmer months — and occasionally on crisp winter mornings — the cafe offers picnic tables under umbrellas by the beach so you can watch the world go by. Make sure you try their famous Freddo frappe, it’s a Greek version of iced coffee made with ice, coffee and sometimes a dash of milk. Sit back and imagine yourself lounging on a beach in Greece enjoying this tasty Mediterranean favourite right here in Elwood.
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Doyles Bridge Hotel [1 Nepean Highway, Mordialloc] is located at the mouth of Mordialloc Creek where boats line the bank leading out into the bay. While sitting on the deck at sunset with a cold drink in hand it’s easy to feel like you’ve stepped back in time to the boatbuilding hub and fishing village Mordialloc once was. This hotel is a sizable one with a bistro, outdoor cafe bar and a sports bar, and the ethos here is all about providing exceptional customer service and delicious meals. The Cafe Bar offers the most relaxed dining experience and is open from breakfast to dinner daily.
After spending a day at the beach — remember to slip, slop, slap — it’s difficult to beat an icy cold beverage on the foreshore. With large floor to ceiling windows Sunnyboy Beach Club [212 Bay Trail Bay, Mordialloc] is the ideal location to enjoy the sunset over Port Phillip Bay. The staff are friendly and attentive and can provide recommendations from the extensive menu to suit your taste. Our favourite is the pumpkin and Danish feta pizza with caramelised onion, pesto and rocket paired with an Aperol Spritz — it’s a real standout.
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Cerberus Beach House [Boat Shed 212 Half Moon Bay, Black Rock] acts as both a fine dining restaurant upstairs and beachside cafe downstairs. Upstairs, the restaurant serves artfully created dishes with stunning views of Half Moon Bay. It’s a bit of a favourite date night hotspot for locals so we recommend booking your table in advance to guarantee a seat. If you’re after something casual, stay downstairs for the tasty takeaway menu at the kiosk. Serving fresh seafood and yummy chips, it’s perfect to eat by the beach.
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