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Top 10 Melbourne’s Best Beachside Cafes & Restaurants

Top 10 Melbourne’s Best Beachside Cafes & Restaurants

A trip to the beach always makes you hungry, right? Here are my favourite beachside cafes, restaurants and eats in Melbourne, all of which are great for families and kids.

  1. Sebastian, Williamstown

Sebastian Williamstown

The old bathing pavilion at Williamstown Beach has undergone a glamorous transformation to become a San Sebastian inspired eatery, Sebastian. Enjoy pintxos and drinks by the deck and watch one of the best sunset views in Melbourne. Full review

Sebastian, 26 The Esplanade Williamstown (03) 9088 8989

 

  1. Middle Brighton Baths, Brighton

Middle Brighton Baths

Middle Brighton Baths overlook the (icy cold) sea baths of Brighton and the menu is classic with a twist. You can enjoy lunch or dinner, weekend brunch or just drinks on the deck. Full review.

Middle Brighton Baths 251 Esplanade, Brighton (03) 9539 7000

 

  1. North Point Cafe, Brighton

north point cafe

North Point Cafe is the perfect pitstop after a play at the North Road Foreshore Playground. The kiosk is open for takeaway snacks and ice creams, while the main dining area serves hearty cafe fare that’s not overly challenging (which may be a good or not good thing, depending on your palate).

North Point Cafe, 2B North Road, Brighton

 

  1. Crackerjack, Seaford

Crackerjack Cafe

Crackerjack is a bowls club bistro with a difference – it has amazing views of the water on one side and the lush bowling green on the other side. All servings are generous and the food is decent, but not amazing – sort of standard cafe fare circa 1990.

Crackerjack, 4/1 Nepean Highway, Seaford

 

  1. Cerberus Beach House, Black Rock

Cerberus Beach House

Admittedly I’ve only visited the downstairs kiosk of Cerberus Beach House, but only because I was told I had to try the best fish and chips in Melbourne. Those fish and chips are hard to beat, though the upstairs fine dining restaurant provides stunning views of Half Moon Bay.

Cerberus Beach House, Boat Shed 212 Half Moon Bay, Black Rock

 

  1. The Kiosk d’Asporto, Williamstown

kiosk d'asporto williamstown beach

On the other end of the curve of Williamstown Beach from Sebastian you’ll find the Italian-inspired Kiosk d’Asporto. Run by the folks behind popular pizzerias Pizza d’Asporto (Yarraville and Williamstown), at the kiosk you’ll find Italian snacks, panini and authentic gelato. Full review.

Kiosk d’Asporto, 94-98 Esplanade, Williamstown (03) 9397 683

 

  1. Paper Fish, St Kilda

paper fish st kilda

One of the best fish and chipperies in Melbourne is smack bang in the middle of St Kilda Beach. At Paper Fish go for a calamari fritto in a cone and hang out with the beautiful people.

Paper Fish is part of the same complex as more upmarket Pontoon and Stokehouse if you’re wanting more of a fancy sit-down affair.

Paper Fish, 30 Jacka Blvd, St Kilda

 

  1. Rickett’s Point Beachside Cafe, Beaumaris

Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary, 420 Beach Rd, Beaumaris

Rickett’s Point Beachside Cafe serves a simple menu which doesn’t really excite me as a destination on its own. But combine it with a rock ramble or a snorkel in the rockpools of Ricketts Point Marine Sanctuary and it makes for a winning day out.

Rickett’s Point Beachside Cafe, 243 Beach Road, Beaumaris

 

  1. Norfolk, Altona

Norfolk cafe Altona

Norfolk has a simple and bargain-priced all day menu, with a few seats and umbrellas in a courtyard. There are also more cafes in the main shopping area around Pier Street but to be honest I’ve found the quality to be variable – my pick is Rockabye Candy.

Norfolk, 139 Esplanade, Altona

 

10. Readers recommendations

True South, 298 Beach Road, Black Rock – auto repair shop turned gastropub with Argentinian influences.

Elwood Bathers 15 Elwood Foreshore, Elwood – the old Sails on the Bay has been transformed into a stylish all-day hangout.

Two Farm Girls Cafe, 133 Nepean Highway, Aspendale – the ‘Two Farm Girls’ refer to the mother and daughter and pair that run this small relaxed beachside cafe with a healthy bent.

Sunnyboy Beach Club 212 Bay Trail Bay, Mordialloc – a stunning beachfront venue with an extensive menu of sharing plates of interesting ingredients and flavours.

Doyles Bridge Hotel 1 Nepean Highway, Mordialloc – a huge venue with a bistro, outdoor cafe bar and sports bar which is open from breakfast to dinner daily.

D’Lish Fish 3/105 Beach St, Port Melbourne – Laid-back fish and chip shop cooking seafood and burgers, with a glass-enclosed outdoor area and water views.

West Beach Bathers Pavilion 330A Beaconsfield Parade, St Kilda West – 1920s bathers’ pavilion serving burgers, pizza and hearty breakfasts.

Sandbar Beach Cafe 175B Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park – light and spacious spot with a beach house vibe.

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Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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