The 2022 Guide to the Best Cafe in Camberwell

by Kate Stewart

Searching for the Best Cafe in Camberwell

Prospect Espresso Camberwell

Fancy a coffee catch-up or brunch at the best cafe in Camberwell. Well, keep reading and you’ll be soon enough.

I’m on a mission to discover the best cafes in Australia. After a really hard couple of years. Cafes everywhere are doing it tough. You can walk through any town in Australia and see cafes who’ve had to close their doors. Having a small family-business myself, I understand the challenges. 

I want to help any way I can. I’ve decided to dedicate my blog, to finding the best cafes in Australia and shine a light on them. It’s time to get out and support these wonderful cafes.  I’ve already uncovered fabulous cafes in Richmond, amazing cafes in Collingwood and brilliant cafes in Port Melbourne. Now, I’m searching for the best cafes in Camberwell.

Camberwell is bursting with fabulous cafes serving delicious coffee and mouth-watering breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes. But we all know, not all cafes are created equal. There’s nothing worse than heading out for a delicious brunch and being disappointed with what you receive. So, I’ve done the hard yards. I’ve visited Camberwell cafes all over town, from the lively spots to the hidden gems. After so many lattes, fluffy stacks of pancakes, bacon and egg rolls, flaky pastries and avo on toasts, I’ve narrowed it down to the X best cafes in Camberwell.

I’m so excited to share. Let’s get going.

Where are the Best Cafes in Camberwell?


2A Prospect Hill Road, Camberwell

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Prospect Espresso Camberwell


Prospect Espresso is a small cafe that really packs a punch. Located just off busy Burke Street, squished amongst the shopfronts, the coffee here is a knockout. With the coffee grinders on constant rotation and the coffee machine’s consistent purring, the tiny takeaway window always has a line.

There is bench seating in the café window, as well as both communal and individual tables further in. The Coffee is a standout at Prospect Espresso. On any given day you can choose from a circulating filter, including Axil, Code Black and Maker, a single origin, or a house blend. Prospect even has its own delicious espresso blend called AU79. There is also a great selection of juices, smoothies and milkshakes.

The breakfast menu is great and includes a breakfast roll, an egg cheese and hash muffin and a tomato-based stew for those cold Melbourne mornings.

The porridge is also amazing, it comes loaded with mixed nuts and goji berries, topped with house fruits and yuzu ricotta.

A signature Chicken Sandwich and a pulled-pork roll are the cornerstones of the lunch menu, which extends to a soup of the day and a selection of panini.


586 Burke Road, Camberwell

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My Other Brother Camberwell

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My Other Brother is a great little cafe that serves up superfoods and sustainable produce. The fit-out is sizeable and maximises natural light with plenty of seating for groups of all sizes. I love the open kitchen. It’s great to watch the talented chefs preparing your delicious brunch, while the coffee machine buzzes away in the background, filling a steady stream of orders.

The knowledgeable and friendly baristas know how to get your coffee just right. They serve delicious blends from Small Batch, Industry Beans and Proud Mary. As well as a focus on coffee, My Other Brother has a passion for producing deliciously fresh, high-class brunches and lunches. There are so many delicious dishes to choose from. On the menu you will find Acai Bowls, Eggs Benny, Chili Scrambled Eggs and Raspberry and Blood Orange Chia Pudding just to name a few.

In addition to amazing coffee blends, there is a healthy selection of teas, freshly squeezed juices, old school milkshakes and smoothies.

Sundays are by far the busiest at My Other Brother, thanks to the Camberwell Sunday Markets in the adjoining car park.  If you’re looking for great coffee, food and tunes, My Other Brother is the place for you. Check it out.


1/3 Cookson Street Camberwell

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Collective Espresso Camberwell

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Collective Espresso has a reputation as having the best coffee in Camberwell. Tucked away off the main strip of Burke Road, right near the station, this café is a haunt for commuters, students and locals. It’s a very small narrow space, but that’s part of the cafes attraction.

Collective Espresso serves the usual cafe staples, changing up the menu according to current trends. Think smashed avo and Bircher muesli. For those with a sweet tooth, try the beignets with caramel ice cream.

Coffee is made on an iconic Synesso Hydra, using Collective’s own unique Cookson Street Blend by Dimattina Coffee Roasters. Small Batch is used for black coffee and filters.


347 Camberwell Road, Camberwell

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Legacy Camberwell

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Legacy is definitely a Camberwell Cafe to visit. Positioned on the ground floor of an upmarket apartment complex, they serve the best Camberwell coffee and some of the tastiest food around. The cafe is all natural colours, there is pretty lime-washed timber joinery and show stopping brick floors.

On the menu, there is a fabulous selection of health-conscious dishes, with colourful variations on the usual suspects such as kale and chia seeds. There are delicious acai bowls filled with coconut infused yogurt, fruits and nuts, or a delicious buckwheat superfood porridge.

If you’re craving something a bit naughtier, there is pulled pork, full cooked breakfasts and buttermilk fried chicken served on a brioche bun with charred corn slaw, mustard and sriracha mayo. On the menu, there is also green folded eggs and the always fabulous sriracha and chorizo eggs benny.

If you like your breakfasts with a hint of dessert like me, you can't go past the pitaya yogurt panna cotta. It comes with cacao, dark chocolate, coconut granola, strawberries, passionfruit and grilled orange. The house made doughnuts and pastries are also outstanding.  

Single origin and filter coffees are by Small Batch, with a custom blend from Dimattina for the rest. If coffee is not your jam, there are delicious raw superfood smoothies such as the Purple Paradise, with mango, blueberries and mint.