Melbourne’s Best Healthy Cafes and Restaurants

Image credit: Raw Trader Facebook Page
Image credit: Raw Trader Facebook Page

No matter the time of year, it’s never too early (or too late for that matter) to get your diet into shape. We’ve collated a list of some of our favourite places in Melbourne for you to get a hearty and healthy meal in, both within the Melbourne CBD and its inner suburbs.

Raw Trader

10 Sutherland Street Melbourne

Raw Trader is all about ‘decadence without guilt’, and that’s something we can certainly get around! This CBD café dishes up a wide variety of healthy treats, catering to various food preferences, allergies and intolerances – because everyone should be able to enjoy sweet treats. Specialties include raw, vegan, gluten-free and paleo desserts, along with dairy free, sugar free and organic delights.

If you’re celebrating a loved one’s or work colleague’s birthday, a Raw Trader cake will go down a treat. Flavours include Almond Snickers, Double Chocolate and Raspberry, Matcha Cheesecake, Tiramisu and many more.

Open Monday – Friday 7.30am – 6pm, Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm

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The Vegie Bar

380 Brunswick Street Fitzroy

Just north of the city on the busy Brunswick Street is the iconic Vegie Bar. Vegie Bar has been serving its customers healthy and wholesome vegetarian dishes for several decades now, arriving well before the wave of health food venues that you’ll now find scattered through Melbourne.

Their mission is simple, to serve planet friendly dishes that nourish and satisfy. Vegie Bar makes vegetarian food accessible and also enjoyable, even for those who would typically choose meat over straight veg options. Vegans and those with food intolerances will also be taken care of too. The menu includes wholefood bowls plus wok and grill dishes, right through to vegie burgers and pizzas! Who said healthy, environmentally conscious eats couldn’t be delicious?

Open 11am – 10pm Sunday – Thursday, 11am – 10.30pm Fridays and Saturdays

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Matcha Mylkbar

72A Ackland Street St Kilda

‘Help the earth to survive so that you can thrive’ – that’s Matcha Mylkbar’s motto, and a mighty good one at that. Not only does this health food café strive for greatness with their environmentally conscious goals, it’s also known for its delicious, and beautifully presented dishes.

Matcha Mylkbar often appears on lists featuring trending dishes in Melbourne, and frequents many a Melbournian’s Instagram feed with its picture perfect creations. Popular menu items include the ‘Amazebowls’, burgers with bright green Matcha buns, and the long list of brightly coloured latte variations, from the vibrant Blue Algae Latte (Smurf Latte), Charcoal Latte, Purple Peanut Butter Latte and the Carrot Cake Latte to name but a few. Can’t decide which ones to try? We recommend ordering the barista’s choice which includes a selection of 4 different lattes for you to sample.

Open from 8am – 4pm daily

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1/140 Ormond Road Elwood (H2 tag)

Coming up to its 10 year anniversary, Combi has become a much loved and well known destination for healthy foods and drinks in Melbourne. Located just a few minutes from the beach, Combi is a popular place to pick up a raw organic super food smoothie or organic cold pressed juice for summer refreshment. If coffee’s more your thing, you’ll love some of the Combi varieties. Think a double shot of espresso poured into a fresh coconut or an ice coffee filled with coconut based ice cream and homemade almond mylk – delicious!

If the hunger pangs strike, you can’t go past Combi’s super bowls, full of nutritious and delicious ingredients, or a raw cake to pair with your beverage of choice.

Open from 7am – 4.30pm daily

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Fourth Chapter

385 High Street Prahran

Looking for a spot that serves all day breakfast that’s both healthy but won’t scare off your sugar and meat loving brunch friends? Fourth Chapter is the answer.  From paleo banana bread and the nourish bowl (containing cauliflower, pumpkin, avocado, edamame, wild rice, pickled beet, tofu and roasted sesame kewpie) to the egg ‘n’ bacon brioche and raspberry and coconut pancakes, diners of varying food preferences and tastes will be satisfied here.

If your weekend health kick includes a walk with your pooch too, bring it along! Fourth Chapter have a puppy breakfast on the menu consisting of peanut butter on toast so your entire crew are taken care of.

Open 7am – 4pm Monday – Friday, 8am – 4pm Saturdays and Sundays

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