The Melbourne suburb of Highett may not have made it onto your radar just yet, but plenty of café owners are becoming aware of this hidden gem’s burgeoning coffee culture. Where the main street was once a downbeat mix of op shops and dodgy $2 shops, now the strip boasts a collection of seriously trendy places to get your caffeine fix. Today Postcoder jumps on the Frankston line and heads for Highett to bring you the best cafes the area has to offer!
Blue Dish was one of the first cafes to send up the signal that Highett was on the rise. And while it took a few years for other cafes to catch on, the Blue Dish crew lay the groundwork. Their handmade quiches, pies and tarts are amongst the best you’ll ever taste, and there is always a mouthwatering selection of cakes and treats to try as well. Located in a former dairy, Blue Dish has a French provincial vibe that is warm and inviting.
362 Highett Rd, Highett 3190 | (03) 9939 6641
Located near the train line and rocking a street art-style mural on one wall, Public Grind brings a grungy city vibe to the sedate streets of Highett. Coffee here is taken pretty seriously and you can be guaranteed a high quality cup of the black stuff. A hearty menu backs up the beverages, with waffles, pancakes and juicy burgers all vying for space in your stomach.
316 Highett Road, Highett 3190 |(03) 9532 3292
Want Natural knows a thing or two about luring a passing shopper. With its windows stuffed full of shining treats, creamy cakes and fluffy meringues, there is very little a person can do to resist pushing open the door. Once inside, you’ll find the temptation continues with a sandwich bar and deli all designed to leave you drooling in an uncontrollable puddle on the floor.
509 Highett Road, Highett 3190 | (03) 9555 8256
If you’re looking for unequivocal proof that Highett is getting its groove back (or just getting a groove, full stop), look no further than The Diplomat. With terrariums on the tables and leather-aproned staff, this café is hitting all the right notes. And there’s substance to all that style, too, with a truly inspiring menu offering tasty treats like ‘Caramelized fig French toast’, and ‘Potato rosti’ with smoked salmon, yuzu mayo, avo and wasabi cream. It goes without saying that the coffee is spot on, and the chai rates highly as well!
4 Railway Parade, Highett 3190 | (03) 9939 6289