With a focus on seasonal and locally grown produce, Albert Park’s Urban Projuice is drawing in locals and visitors alike. The vibe is bright, clean and crisp, just like the photos you’ll get in this contemporary cafe. Order the beautifully presented smoothie bowls or some DIY Spring Rolls, with fresh yummy fillings, Asian pancakes and a side of sauces for wrapping and devouring. Take advantage of the outdoor seating for some natural light.
Everything at this Coburg eatery is so meticulously presented you won’t want to eat it. Delicate micro herbs decorate pillowy charcoal buns. Pale pink nests of fairy floss crown golden pancakes. Edible flowers peek out playfully between stacks of green noodles, and syrups drip beckoningly down tall frosty mugs. It’s all as delicious as it sounds! But the Instagram experience, doesn’t end inside the Glass Den. Located at the Pentridge Prison complex, the cafe’s surrounds also offer plenty for the budding photographer.
If you think it’s important to get the best start to the day, head to Reunion Cafe in Surrey Hills. A wall of windows spans the storefront and overlooks the street – it’s a lovely way to eat and photograph your breakfast. Order the rainbow with a SuperGreen Salad, with your choice of salmon, chicken or poached egg, and pair it with a pretty strawberry and watermelon smoothie. The ricotta hotcakes are a feast for both the eyes and the appetite. The breakfast menu runs all day until 3pm.
Tucked away in a mostly residential area of Brunswick, Little River is turning heads for its light-filled, inviting dining space and healthy eats. The creative plant-based menu offers colourful, nutritious dishes like corn fritters with a pomegranate glaze, and pumpkin and beet salad with candied walnuts. There’s even a reinterpretation of avo on toast that replaces the bread with a croissant and pairs it with haloumi and tomato.
This relative newcomer is all about the buzz in more than just name. Less than a year old and already pumping, Bombini Buzz is a popular place to eat at Arts Centre Melbourne. There’s a diverse menu and extended hours, so you can catch up for a coffee, meal or post-theatre drink. Grab a share platter of charcuterie and dips, then grab the camera because its position overlooking the Yarra River means this is a place to make Insta memories.
At Chin Chin, you often notice diners asking the staff, ‘What are they having?’ as they glance at the generous serves being brought from the kitchen. But while the impressive modern Asian cuisine is the big drawcard for those who love to capture their meal on camera, this CBD restaurant also operates a contemporary art space. After dark, the dinner crowd enjoys a series of projections and moving images by local artists projected onto the wall in Higson Lane.
When you think of Vietnamese food, breakfast may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but it’s one of the offerings at Olivia Springs Cafe in Moonee Ponds. The French decor reflects Vietnam’s colonial history and gives you plenty to photograph. Simple, fresh ingredients are transformed to become picture perfect, not to mention delicious. And it’s not just the food that’s Instagrammable – the owners are so friendly, you’ll want selfies with them, too.
We guarantee, you’ll have the camera out and snapping before you’ve stepped inside – that’s how tempting the window displays are at Ganache Chocolate in the CBD and South Yarra. Here, you’ll find petite chocolate truffles, luxuriously decorated cakes and imaginative pastries, some of which can only be described as mini feats of architectural brilliance. How is that strawberry balancing so perfectly? How did they get that chocolate so thin and shiny? We have no idea what alchemy goes on here, but it’s nothing short of magical.