[Melbourne] Hipsters tend to associate the word “Kinfolk” with the independent slow lifestyle magazine from Copenhagen Denmark.

However, Kinfolk Café located at Bourke Street Melbourne, is not related to the magazine.

The social enterprise café has an important cause – proceeds go to charity, and ALL the staff members are volunteers.

The baristas, kitchen staff and servers do not receive a pay, and a percentage of the profits are directed to various charitable projects. They also help with employment opportunities.

As customers, you can put a coffee bean into one of the project jars, which will help determine how the profits are distributed.

Very worthy project.

The interior has a light, artistic vibe – polished wooden floorboards and matching wooden tables, sprawling bird mural by Datsun Tran, ladder bookshelves, big windows with nice recycled wood benches and hanging lamps.

As the staff are constantly changing and come from many different backgrounds, there are always some new ideas and inspirations for the menu.

There are also night yoga and meditation classes offered during the week.

The menus for both breakfast and lunch are extensive. Good to know that everything is locally produced, including the roasting of the coffee beans.

For breakfast, some of the items include the Avocado smashed with dukkah, lime and broccolini on toasted sourdough with scammorza and poached eggs (AUD$16, SGD$16.78); Bircher which includes pina colada bircher with passionfruit and lemon balm (AUD$12, SGD$12.58); Smashing Pumpkins Toastie with pumpkin, zucchini, leek, sundried tomato, squacquerone cheese, pepitas and marjoram (AUD$13.50, SGD$14.16)

When it comes to lunch, you can look forward to the Ora King Salmon with parsnip and wasabi puree, mushroom, asparagus and kale (AUD$23, SGD$24.12); Pasta with pumpkin, sage, chili and pecorino (AUD$16, SGD$16.78); Pork Belly Baguette with cucumber, pickled jalapeno and carrot, coriander and hoisin mayo (AUD$12.50, SGD$13.11).

I will recommend the Mat-Chia (AUD$14, SGD$14.60) which will satisfy the superfood lover who adore both matcha and chia seeds.

It is a sweet dessert-like health food of cold green tea chia pudding, topped with freeze dried coconut, mango puree and fresh fruits. Very refreshing, and filling.

Otherwise, you can have your fill with other sweets such as Coconut Caramel Slice with Chocolate Ganache (AUD$6.50, SGD$6.82), or Blondie which is white chocolate brownie with free range eggs (AUD$4.50, SGD$4.72).

Have your brunch and support a worthy cause. Kinfolk Café is of short walking distance from Southern Cross Railway Station.

Kinfolk Café
673 Bourke Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Tel: +61 0412 711 381
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 3:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Google Maps – Kinfolk Café

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  1. I have been here several times before. I found the ambiance to be very charming. The steak was a little dry. Everything I tried was bursting with flavor. After my meal, I was knocked into a food coma. I had to take one star away because the waiter made a pass at me. So gross.


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