The Best Coffee in Brunswick

The newest kid on the block, Bellboy Cafe is a personal favourite of ours (we may be a little biased) but we’re incredibly impressed by the standards set by Emilio and his team!

Chef Michael has created a menu tailored to fit just about anyone’s desires, there’s plenty to choose from whether you desire something savoury or sweet. Want the inside scoop? Keep reading to find out what locals and EBV residents have voted for as their top picks.

Looking to curb your sweet tooth? The Buttermilk Waffles with caramelised white chocolate cheesecake, summer berries, hazelnut crumble and maple syrup ($19) mustn’t be ignored. This decadent breakfast may send you into a sugar coma but it’s worth every bite.

The cafe is most commonly known for its impressive bagel selection. The Grilled Halloumi ($13) served with handmade cut chips being the crowd favourite since the opening of the cafe, along with the healthy Chop Chop Salad ($17). Gluten-free and plant-based options are available, as well as common favourites, Eggs on Toast & Sourdough Crumpets (also made in-house). Honestly, we don’t believe you can make a wrong decision at this cafe, including the drinks.

Golden Bean winner & coffee connoisseur Mark Leo roasts all coffee beans on-site. There are two signature options to choose from, espresso and filter – both are delicious. What’s more? All furry friends are welcome. There’s even a custom-built dog kennel by Frank & Friends Design that sits outside, now that’s 5-star service for you!

There’s free parking on-site and spacious outdoor terrace seating – just to give you another reason to love this place.

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Who: Owner Emilio Rogliano (founder of Lux Foundry) and head chef Michael Martin (ex-Proud Mary and Oscar Cooper).

What: It’s a full-service cafe with a major in bagels (pictured), stuffed with everything from cacio e pepe eggs to the multi-meat fixings of a muffuletta, but it will also win hearts and minds of locals for its kid-friendly options and a valet service for dogs, including a menu of Melbourne-made dog treats.

This cheery new Brunswick East brunch destination has proved a hit with humans and pooches alike, winning over fans with its all-day bagel menu, house-roasted coffee and one of the most dog-friendly outdoor dining spaces around.

Against a dapper backdrop of white tile and navy blue accents, Bellboy is plating up an offering of contemporary cafe gems, running from the scrambled eggs cacio e pepe ($17), to a prawn and crab brioche roll laced with spicy mayo ($20). Meanwhile, a dedicated bagel lineup features crafty fillings like wood-smoked pastrami with cheese and sauerkraut ($15), vegan salad with cashew cream cheese ($13), and a classic muffuletta ($15), all served with house-cut chips.

Former Golden Bean winner and coffee legend Mark Leo is roasting two signature coffee blends on site, for espresso and filter options, or you can try your caffeine married with soda water and a hit of orange in the cold brew spritzer ($8). There’s also free-flowing sparkling water ($1.50), house-pressed juices ($6.50) and signature cocktails like the apple-infused elderflower gin blossom ($13).

As for four-legged guests, they’ll be pretty chuffed with the dedicated menu of Bender& Friends doggy treats, the custom Frank & Friends Design ‘check-in’ kennel and the oh-so-chic ceramic bowls by Houndsome Dog.

Just by the entrance to the new East Brunswick Village centre, you’ll find the latest northside cafe to open their doors—Bellboy. The fitting name is just the tip of the iceberg for why you’ll love this new brunch spot. They’re pet and cyclist-friendly with abundant al fresco space, and they make their own breads from scratch. House-made sourdough crumpets anyone?

The menu centres on fresh, high-quality produce and their dedicated bagel range from Savion. The menu accommodates all kinds of dieteries too with loads of plant-based and gluten-free options available. They’ve also got a super affordable kids’ menu priced at $6-$8 a plate. 

They’ve got you covered for Melbourne cafe staples like avocado on toast and eggs any way you want them. For the sweet tooths, we’d suggest the indulgent Buttermilk Waffles served with caramelised white chocolate cheesecake, summer berries, hazelnut cookie crumble and maple syrup. We’re not the only ones drooling right? Of course it wouldn’t be a Melbourne cafe without quality coffee, so you’ll be glad to hear that the beans will be roasted on site by former Golden Bean winner Mark Leo.

Get down to Bellboy seven days a week for your daily coffee. They’re open 7am-3.30pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm on Saturdays and 8am-4pm on Sundays. 

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Bellboy Cafè

Putting Brunswick East Village on the map is a new brunch-turned-bagel joint. Much like your favourite hotel, when you arrive at the Village, the Bellboy is the first thing you see. If roasting their own coffee on-site isn’t reason enough to head down, their list of stuffed bagels is so substantial it requires its own section on the menu. From plain with a cream cheese schmear to the mother of all bagels – The Muffuletta (ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, red peppers, olive salad and mustard), there is a new one for every day of the week. If bagels aren’t your thing, the Bellboy Benny with pastrami will cure the most hectic of hangovers. 

Brunswick East’s newest café addition Bellboy officially opened its doors on Monday, 7th December after a soft opening the weekend prior. The neighbourhood venue will bring to life the East Brunswick Village development and will offer a brunch-style menu with dedicated bagel section and coffee roasted on site.

The menu will focus on taste, with brunch items created from quality produce, including house-made sourdough crumpets and flatbread. The bagel section provides a tasty break from the Instagram café dish norm with delicious fillings ideal for breakfast, brunch, lunch or a mid-afternoon feed. Supplied by Savion and available in plain or sesame, the bagels will be great for both eat-in and take-away.

Menu highlights include Muffuletta Bagel $15 (with ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, red pepper, olive salad and mustard), Eggs Cacio e Pepe $17 (soft scrambled eggs, pecorino, guanciale and zucchini pickle on seeded sourdough) and Chop Chop Salad $17 (wild rice, seasonal greens, avocado, tomato, beetroot, sweet corn, house pickles, soft boiled egg, everything bagel seasoning and buttermilk ranch dressing, with the option to add chicken, haloumi or salmon). Contactless ordering and payment is available.

Kids are well catered for with a menu including Chia Pudding & Berries, Scrambled Egg & Toast, Ham & Cheese Melt and Waffle Soldiers & Maple, priced at $6–$8.

Of course, coffee is everything in Melbourne and Bellboy will offer coffee roasted on site by former Golden Bean winner Mark Leo. The café’s ‘Penthouse’ blend is called Ding Ding and the filter blend is called Wake Up Call.

Alternative drinks available include tea, milkshakes, smoothies, non-alcoholic spritzers and free-flowing sparkling water, as well as a selection of cocktails (alcoholic), wines and beers.

In addition to a beautiful interior, Bellboy is perfectly set up for al fresco dining with an expansive covered and heated area that locals and visitors can enjoy all year round. Being pet friendly and with plenty of bike parking, the area is ideal for cyclists and dog owners. The Bellboy kennel is sure to be a favourite with the pups!

The small retail section of Bellboy will offer items such as ‘Everything Seasoning’ for bagels and more, coffee-scented candles, Cold Brew home kit and coffee beans.

The café was designed by ODO (One Design Office), who are behind many of Melbourne’s hospitality venues, including JAMU in Richmond.

Bellboy is looking forward to serving the local community and will be a welcome addition to the Brunswick East café scene.