Situated in five diverse locations across Melbourne; Lt Collins St, St Kilda Rd, Heide Museum, Melbourne International Airport and the Vue de Monde in the Rialto Tower, Café Vue is always nearby and always worth it (it's worth the customary wait for a table too). While all of the French cafe venues are decidedly unique and certainly cater to different needs based on their clientèle; for me it is Café Vue at Heide that takes the cake - and serves the best ones!
Situated near the top of Heide, amidst the Museum of Modern Arts' sculpture park, the popular cafe opens around 9am til 5pm Tuesday to Sunday and until 9pm Friday and Saturday nights.
The Museum and café mesh perfectly together. Heide's historical Kitchen Garden provides produce for the (reservation only) Heide Garden Menu du Jour, which is also used to cater for all sorts of events such as corporate dinners, weddings and BBQs, turning either the Heide education centre or café itself into a charming event spot.
Café Vue's own picnic hamper is also available with 24 hours notice for guests wishing to explore the Heide Sculpture Park and extensive gardens, (both free).
The café itself is a gorgeous, relaxing setting and if you're early, enough on a slow day or patient enough to wait for a table via text, you'll be given a seat in the outdoor terrace where umbrellas are provided for extra hot days and the flies never seem to be a bother.
For the outdoor, non-seasonal menu I give almost full marks; the only water provided is nowhere near cold but the rest is belle!
My suggested perfect meal at Café Vue goes like this:
Roast pumpkin, feta and rocket salad with yuzu dressing, downed with a glass of Chestnut Hill Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a Vue wagyu burger with pommes frites and finish with Vue's exclusive and delectable 5 senses coffee.
With this particular meal coming to a cost of $35; it may not be cheap but once again, its worth it.