Need some cope-ahydrates? These Japanese bakeries, laneway cafes, Korean sando spots and brunch wonderlands are open during lockdown. If you're picking up IRL, make sure venues are in your 5km travel radius before heading down.

Bakemono Bakers

Grab perfect shokupan, yuzu almond croissants and more at Bakemono Bakers. You’ll find it in a converted garage on Drewery Lane, just off Little Lonsdale in the CBD. They also do a range of Danishes, but the big hitter is the garlic bread. It’s buttery, garlicky shokupan dough filled with sweetened cream cheese. Drop in for takeaway, or pre-order by 9am for same day pick up.

A person cutting into a croissant waffle
Croffles at Bakemono


Melbourne has been blessed by another adorable new laneway cafe. Tori's is cute as a button, and so are the treats. Perfectly hand crafted Madeleines, burnt basque cheesecake, friands and some special matcha-fusion delights. Think French patisserie vibes with Japanese flavour inspo. Open every day during lockdown for their 5km neighbours.

A woman's hand holding a plate of baked goods

Fuumi Fuumi

Fuumi Fuumi is another new neighbourhood Japanese bakery and cafe. Choose from a range of sandos including tonkatsu, ebi fried prawns with egg salad and seasonal fruit cream. You can also buy mini loaves of shokupan milk bread swirled with sweet potato, tuna mayo and pepperoni. Don't skip sweet treats like chiffon cake, mochi bread and cookie cups. They've just shut for some quick renos, but will be back open for takeaway from 22 September.

A white bread roll filled with scrambled eggs, topped with half a boiled egg
Fuumi Fuumi

Le Bajo 

Hidden in a North Melbourne warehouse, Le Bajo Milkbar was started by one of the founders of Bali's Potato Head Beach Club. Go for the classic crispy katsu sando for a taste of Tokyo. Or try the trending cream sando, complete with perfectly uniform slices of fresh fruit. They get pretty busy, so we suggest ordering ahead to minimise your wait time.

Two cakes on a plate
Le Bajo (Photo by @SofiaKLevin for What's On)


Korean aesthetics are taking over town, and Palette's got the vibe on lock. Their signature street toast (gigeori-toast) starts with buttery brioche, fluffy omelette and hash brown. Where you take it next is up to you - but candied bacon is a must. Pair with the official drink of Seoul (iced americano) or a pleasingly pastel soda. Click and collect your lockdown pick-me-up via their website.

A sandwich with eggs and bacon
Palette (Photo by @SofiaKLevin for What's On)

Bread Club

Cult-status is an understatement for this club. And who wouldn't line up for baklava escargot and 'Tirami-choux'? Follow Bread Club's Instagram for the daily drop of menu items. Think brie pumpkin sourdough sando, pepperoni pizza and loaded doughnuts. Takeaway only, so North Melb locals and their 5km radius neighbours have lucked out on this one.

A person holding up a pastry
Bread Club

Fresh air pancake

Jump on the soufflé pancakes trend with Fresh Air. Jiggly treats come with pocky, soy mochi and black sesame fixings. Or try their take on dorayaki, a flat azuki filled pancake stack. Not convinced? Just look at the tiramisu flavour. Available for pick up and delivery across major platforms.

A coffee and a soufflé dessert with a berry dusting
Fresh Air Pancake


Insta-baker Raymond Tan’s Raya is the ultimate spot for South East Asian-influenced cakes and savouries. Try treats like spinach and olive oil sponge, or grab giant cookies flavoured with miso, sour cherry and dark chocolate. There are cute boxes of mixed kueh too. Takeaway if you're in the 5km radius, or order delivery.

Schmucks Bagels

Schmucks Bagels do it differently. The dough is 100% vegan, and steamed (not boiled) to perfection. The bacon, egg and tonkatsu bagel is a good place to start. Sweet cravings? An apple strudel cream cheese bagel is in order. Or try the virtuous Hippie Slicker, with grilled cauliflower, hummus and lemon-dressed watercress. Order on Deliveroo.

Twenty and Six Espresso

Ease into the day with a grilled halloumi and avocado sandwich from Twenty and Six Espresso on Uber Eats. Have a rustic moment with their heirloom tomato smashed avo - complete with chorizo, feta and poached eggs. Other brunch besties include chilli scrambled eggs, black rice pudding and snickers smoothies.

More cafes open for takeaway and delivery

Bar Holiday

A hidden bar with casual Italian dining.


Fast and fresh, made-to-order sandwiches and coffee.


This pocket-sized cafe is run by the Seven Seeds team.

Union Kiosk

What they lack in size is certainly made up for with their tenacity and 100% vegan menu.

Last updated on Mon 13 Sep 2021

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