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Get in and get drinking, petting or slurping. These are the new cafés to get on your brunching and lunching radars this week

Cat Café

The day has come, cat fanciers. Get in all the petting you can handle at Melbourne’s first and only café serving live cats (not for consumption). In a slightly joy-killing move, the council has prohibited most fresh products, so your refreshments are limited to tea, hot chocolate, coffee of the instant variety, and packaged muffins, but hey, you're opposite the Queen Vic markets if you need a single origin post-session. Just remember to book online. The first week’s sessions are already filled. Melbourne.

Slater Street Bench

It’s the newest project by Jared Lawler of Clement Coffee, in collaboration with the crew from Drugstore Espresso and it’s exactly the lean, clean operation you’d expect – rotating blends and single origins; baguettes and cakes and filter brews. Thirst no more, St Kilda Road. Melbourne.

Il Melograno

Northcote, a lot of deliciousness is getting up in your grill of late. Bar Nonno is bringing the pizze and biodynamic wine; Barry takes care of healthy breakfast, and filling the middle hours is this new gelataria, café and trattoria, serving what could be Melbourne’s best new scoops, four cheese pastas and it’s first coffee roasted in a wood-fuelled machine. Giddyup! Northcote.

Kettle Black

The café team that brought you such crowd pullers as Top Paddock, Two Birds One Stone and Three Bags Full (which they no longer own) have opened up their latest people magnet. This time, they’ve focused their crosshairs on the good folk of South Melbourne/St Kilda Road opening up on Albert Road. Top Paddock chef Jesse McTavish has built the fancified café menu packed with crayfish, wallaby, and semi-deydrated fruits, while Sam King (ex-De Clieu) is on board with drinks. South Melbourne.

Brothl

Joost Bakker, the sustainability superhero who just can’t and won’t be stopped until he’s saved the world, one snack at a time, has turned Silo café into a soup shop with a sexy name. It’s all about nutritious broths at Brothl, made from the excess bones from Melbourne’s fine diners. Pick your base, load with the likes of ox heart, eggs or fresh foraged sea kelp and let the king tide of robust health roll in. Melbourne.

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