For great food from a café that is family friendly without losing its cheerful ambience, head to Cafe Quince in Clifton Hill. Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and great coffee, Cafe Quince also stays open for dinner on Friday nights. Serving a delicious mix of modern Australian food, Cafe Quince also has vegetarian dishes available, and can cater to your dietary requirements.
I discovered this little cafe as I was visiting the pub across the road one day afterwork and decided that I might check it out one time for breakfast. One of the problems with this place is that they don't open until 8:00 am which makes it difficult to have breakfast and then get into the city in time for work (this is an important thing to me when it comes to having breakfast out). What they do do is that when they give you the tea it includes a second pot of hot water so that you can water your tea down if it is too strong (and important thing for me). They have some interesting offerings, and I had the breakfast stack, which was salmon eggs and cheese on a roll. The staff were pretty nice though and would come back, if it wasn't for the fact that it opens at 8:00 am.