Thornbury Guide

Over the last few years Thornbury has transformed from a quiet, sleepy suburb to a vibrant suburb with many dining and drinking opinions. If you want to experience like a hip Melbourne local, Thornbury is the place to be.

Let’s Discuss it Over Brunch

Overdue for a long catchup? Thornbury’s cafes are relaxed and homely, perfect for a slow and easy Sunday morning…

Brother Alec | 719 High St | 9416 9428 This cafe does not only serve amazing brunches but the staff are also so lovely and welcoming. The Huevos Rancheros eggs are a house favourite.

Short Round |731 High Street | 9484 3904 Known for its coffee and delicious breakfasts. Enjoy your meal on the beautifully designed timber furniture (by Pop & Scott) or out the back in the sun filled north facing courtyard.

Kau | 541 High Street | 9004 3588 A health conscious and environmentally friendly cafe located on Thornbury main street.

Old Milk Bar Cafe | 144 Dundas Street A converted milk bar that has a lovely large covered courtyard. Inside it’s instantly welcoming with an easy, industrial style design that doesn’t detract from it’s down to earth corner shop positioning.

Northcote Bakeshop | 571a High St | 9489 5008 Cute and petite, Northcote Bakeshop in a nutshell is freshly baked sourdough and single origin coffee.

Hungry for Dinner


Delicious hearty meals that are good value are aplenty, the only problem is deciding which one to go to.

Umberto Espresso Bar | 822 High Street | 9484 8654 A traditional Italian pasta bar with specials of the day chalked up on the walls. Umberto Espresso Bar is the perfect place to drop in for coffee or dinner.

The Moor’s Head | 2/277 High Street | 9484 0173 Fancy something different from your usual Italian pizza? Try Moors Head’s traditional Middle Eastern pizzas you will be converted.

Northern Git | 757 High St | 9484 6389 British fare with an Australian twist … don’t knock it until you try it! They do a Sunday roasts every week.

Som Tam | 750 High Street | 9480 5276 The name of the restaurant refers to the vibrant Thai dish ‘Som Tam’, which is a green papaya salad prepared with key flavours; sour lime, hot chilli, salty fish sauce and sweet palm sugar. This sums up the way they cook their food, feiry and tangy.

II Pizzaiolo | 63 Darebin Road | 9484 8558 At Il Pizzaiolo, the specialised dough is made according to traditional ingredients and technique – baked in a stone oven with a wood fire.

Let’s Drink to That!

Bottoms up , the new place to drink is Thornbury. With a new bar popping up almost every month, we say this suburb is undergoing a bar revolution.

Pallino Bar & Bocce | 790 High Street | 9484 7986 Back in 1950s everyone was playing bocce in Thornbury, cut to 2014 and Pallino Bar & Bocce has the ball rolling again. At Pallinos you can enjoy a game of bocce in their sun filled beer garden with one of their 6 tap beers or a classic cocktail.

The Thornbury Local | 635 High Street | 9495 0341 The “Local” was there before Thornbury became “cool.” The bar has been a main stay for 10 years on and is still a local favourite.

Back Room at Carwyn Cellars | 877 High St The back room has impressive numbers: 140 whiskies, 11 mezcals and a rotating roster of 16 draught beers. Drink up with the locals and their pooches.

Kitty Somerset | 565 High Street | 9482 9445 Find your way to the long, narrow bar and attentive staff will serve you in between spinning soulful vinyl that plays out softly, never overcrowding your conversation. The perfect setting for an after work drink or unassuming first date.

Trumpy Wine Bar | 646 High Street | 9480 0012 A converted warehouse with upbeat tunes resonating in the lofty ceilings and a buzzy local vibe, it’s easy to feel at home.


Getting To Thornbury Tram 86 | From Bourke St | Approx 35-45 mins

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