Over the last few months, I have tried & tested many cafes, restaurants and bars and these are the ones that have made the cut (I do not recommend places where the food or atmosphere was average).
CBD: Grand Trailer Park (amazing burgers and mac n cheese croquettes!)
INNER NORTH: Industry Beans, Fitzroy — Hammer & Tong 412, Fitzroy — Green Refectory, Brunswick
INNER EAST: Legacy, Camberwell — Patch Cafe, Richmond — Kitty Burns, Abbotsford
INNER SOUTH: Kettle Black, South Melbourne — The Petty officer, Albert Park — Urban Projuice, Albert Park — Dundas Fausset, Albert Park — Uncommon, Windsor — SOS cafe, South Yarra — Le Petit Prince, Armadale — High Society Cafe, Armadale — Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda — Left Field, Carnegie
Mr Miyagi, Windsor
Messina Gelato, Collingwood & Windsor
State of Grace, CBD (make sure you ask about fall from Grace) // Mesa Verde, CBD