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The Observatory Cafe in the Gardens

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by Michaela Swampillai (subscribe)
An aspiring travel writer wishing to see more of the world. Currently living in Melbourne, and discovering its wonders. www.traveltoinspire.tumblr.com
Published June 6th 2013
Come enjoy breakfast in the gardens in a vibrant cafe
observatory cafe
The Observatory Cafe


A vibrant place in Botanical Gardens that serves sweet chais, sweet and savoury delights, and all-day breakfast.

The toasty atmosphere attracts many visitors, even on weekends. There are casual seatings inside and outside the café. If you're lucky, like I was, you could snag one of the few courtyard sofa seatings in the covered area outside.

The menus here change according to seasons. This winter, warm and cold-proof meals are being served in the café's 'winter warmers' menu. Among the popular meals are their hearty thick soups, which come in large cappuccino cups served with toasted bread on the side.

winter warmers menu
winter warmers menu


For foodies on a budget, the Observatory café has an array of satisfying meals that are less than $25. Despite the high price tag on the chai lattes- with $5 per cup- the texture is smooth and milky, and the froth is plentiful. After one sip, your lips are warm and the sweetness of the chai lingers on.

Order a generous amount of scrambled eggs on toast with a worth-for-your-money Chai, for a reasonable $16.90.

observatory cafe food
scambled eggs with chai latte


Wether you intend to relax with a cuppa or have a family day out at the gardens, the Observatory café is a good stop to head to. There are even baby Cinos served with marshmallows for the little ones. Fun for everyone.

Before you leave, make sure to check out The Gardens Shop for some nature-loving goodies, as well as other unique creations.
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Why? because breakfast and gardens are a good match
Phone: (03) 9650 5600
Where: Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra 3141(opposite the Shrine)
Cost: less than $25
Your Comment
Excellent article.I hope the cafe appreciates your work.
by teren (score: 0|2) 2325 days ago
Thanks for the great article! Will be sure to check it out when I come to Melbourne.
by Snelk (score: 0|2) 2324 days ago
I'm sorry but I have to disagree with this article. I do agree that this cafe is very conveniently located - if you are planning to visit the Botanic Gardens (which are wonderful), this is one of only two cafes nearby. In my view this is where the positive aspects end. I have visited this cafe many times and find the staff are often rude or, at best, uninterested. The prices are high and not justified by the quality of the food.
by amina (score: 1|66) 2323 days ago
" Tastefully " written and mouth-watering too Miki! Got to try out this cafe in the
near future. Grandma.
by blith (score: 0|2) 2323 days ago
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