The concept at Kinfolk is an unusual one. The cafe calls itself a “social enterprise”, and while it does the usual things a typical city cafe would do (i.e. serve coffee and breakfast to the working class and the out-of-towners in the middle of a crowded CBD), Kinfolk also does things a little differently. It is a well-oiled business driven by a dedicated team of volunteers from all ages, races and genders. And here’s the thing: they give away 100% of their profits to their charity partners. In fact, they have raised more than $150,000 for various projects since opening in 2010!
Kinfolk Cafe is a warm, welcoming and at times incredibly busy space, with cheerful murals spanning the walls, recycled wood benches, and eclectic furniture making the interior feel like a magical treehouse. The cafe pays particular attention to ethical and organic local produce, embracing healthy, seasonal, sustainable and wholesome food and coffee.
Being a not-for-profit enterprise, one might think that the food at Kinfolk may never live up to the standard of other Melbournian cafes. However, the menu options at Kinfolk may surprise you. For breakfast, you might find smashed avocado with spring peas, goat’s feta, marjoram, lemon, micro herbs and a 63° egg on toast (pictured below – delicious and oh-so filling!), while lunch offers you the likes of spaghetti with squid ink sauce, crispy basil, cherry tomatoes and pecorino romano cheese. Decent food, pleasantly chatty staff, and a cosy space to enjoy your coffee – what more could one ask for?
673 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Opening hours: 7AM – 3PM (Mon to Fri)