Looking for the best cafe in Oakleigh for a client meeting? Want a venue that will seal the deal? Make sure to visit one of the best cafes for a client meeting in Oakleigh?
Tired of conference rooms and crowded meeting spaces? Whether you’re trying to win a pitch or impress a potential client, first impressions are everything. And, picking the right venue is just as important.
So, we’ve curated our go-to guide to the best cafes for a client meeting in Sydney’s CBD.
“Calling the crowds that gather in Eaton Mall, Vanilla Lounge in Oakleigh is a popular family-run venue specialising in Mediterranean fare and mouth-watering cakes. Boasting a large al fresco area to observe the shoppers in action, this ever bustling venue is well renowned for its generous community spirit and warm welcome.
With an extensive selection of Mediterranean and Greek fare on offer, Vanilla Lounge dishes out an array of delicious options like warm pan fried sweet chilli calamari with homemade dressing, as well as lamb souvlaki with salad, chips, tzatziki and pita bread.
For those looking to linger, pair a choice from the well-crafted wine list with the meat platter for two, or indulge with one of Vanilla Lounge’s specialty desserts, made daily on-site by talented pastry chefs.”
Amongst the hustle and bustle of this amazing hub is Vanilla Lounge. In August 2008, we opened our doors and our hearts to the community and everyone gave their love back. Being a coffee and dining lounge, Vanilla has something for everyone. It is a family place, a meeting place, a place where you can come and experience a unique European vibe right here in Melbourne.
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17 Station St, Oakleigh VIC 3166
Since first opening its doors in June 2012, Cote Terra has become a hub for speciality coffee lovers and foodies in Oakleigh and surrounding neighbourhoods. As it evolves, now located at its new Station Street premises with extended trading hours, evening menu and bar, Cote Terra continues to stay true to its humble roots and values. Offering delicious, affordable and contemporary food and drinks in a welcoming environment is only the surface of Cote Terra’s central philosophy. Their core principles extend to sustainability, with most of the stores products sourced locally. The Cote Terra team also show strong support for their community, often promoting local artists/events and by maintaining ongoing positive relationships with nearby small businesses. Much loved by long time regulars and brand new faces alike, Cote Terra continues to do things differently and from the heart.
I’m not usually a brunch person but this place was marvelous. Had the option of sitting outside in the courtyard which was very refreshing. Food was on point, coffee was decent and served great craft beer. I personally ordered the smashed avacado with extra bacon. Very fulfilled and would recommend
This place has amazing coffee and is a real chilled place to hang out with friends. I tried their April special duck which was fantastic. If you are around Oakleigh looking for a good brunch and coffee, look no further. I’d recommend this place if you are not interested to go to Vanilla that side. Just remember is at the corner as the entrance is not exactly obvious so you might miss it.
Great coffee, and excellent food!
Try the house smoked salmon, amazing!!
This place has a great vibe and excellent service.
Great little place for a nice feed and pretty good normal and flavoured coffee. Staff are knowledgeable and inviting. All my visits have left me wanting to keep coming back. Ruben sandwich has become my go to favourite go too, it’s awesome.
Absolute perfection. Just the sweetest people. Being friendly is in their blood. Super nice staff with fantastic coffee. Food AND coffee is an absolute must!!! Their food presentation is off the charts and so tasty, it’s just magnificent. It can however get busy, given how amazing they are, but it’s 100% worth the wait cause you’ll get the best service and the most amazing food and drinks. They’ll make you feel so welcomed, no doubt at all. Can’t fault it. Wish i could eat and drink there everyday!!
25 Portman St, Oakleigh VIC 3166
FOR A SWEETER LIFE
Sweetening Melbourne’s palate since 1987 through our bustling cafe and award-winning cake creations
From humble beginnings in 1987, Oakleigh Quality Cakes has established its reputation as a leading supplier in Melbourne’s thriving cake industry. Through a commitment to quality and service, founders Nick and Tass Poupouzas and their dedicated team have produced some of the most spectacular and unique cake designs.
Our award winning team of cake designers, consultants, pastry chefs and artistic decorators will assist you in creating your dream cake so that the centrepiece on your special day surpasses your expectations in both looks and taste. If you can dream it, we can achieve it!
We invite you to come and join us for a coffee and browse our showroom, which is located above our bustling cafe. With over 90 amazing cakes on display, and the largest selection of flavours in Melbourne, you are certain to find a design that suits your taste, theme and budget.
I stopped by here based on a rave recommendation given by my work colleagues. The place definitely lives up to it’s word of mouth. The cakes are made exquisitely and goes so well with the coffee I ordered from the cafe.
Thank you so much for being apart of our wedding and my wife’s bridal shower. We can’t thank you enough for making our wedding cake so unbelievably perfect for us. You guys nailed the brief. Everything was flawless and family and friends all loved the delicious cake.
My wife and I are happy with professionalism, care and attention to detail that Denise and the team dedicated throughout the journey to make it a memorable experience.
Many thanks Joshua and Jessica
Good place to have a cup of Greek coffee and dessert. This place is always full pack and busy. Good for family and friends meet up. You can order a presentable birthday cake or wedding cake here but expect to pay top price.
Nikos cakes. A piece on Greece in Melbourne! Everything is fresh and unbelievably amazing. Frappe, all the Greek 🍰 make sure you try the bougatsa! Actually make sure you try everything available in the window. I promise you won’t regret it 😊👌
It’s got a good range of Greek dessert. The desserts are well presented and you can eat in or take away desserts. They cost more to eat in. You can choose to eat inside or outside, although when it gets busy you may have to wait to be seated.
I’ve been here twice and it’s an authentic Greek cafe! Greek sweets, Greek staff, Greek decor in a Greek suburb of Oakleigh! There is so much variety in desserts that you might feel guilty taking time out to choose! Staff are friendly and attentive and don’t mind a joke or two! Open till late so it’s a great place to hang out after dinner with the family! Has a decent size outdoor area which is dog friendly so perfect for afternoon coffees and cake too! I highly recommend the baklavas and black Forrest cake!
33 Chester St, Oakleigh VIC 3166
OAKLEIGH’S FAVOURITE SOUVLAKI SHOP
Oakleigh’s oldest and favorite Souvlaki bar is located at 33 Chester Street, still serves our famous Charcoal grilled gyro and we have now also introduced several more traditional Greek meals like Pasticio and Mousaka.
If you’re planning one meal in Oakleigh, it should be the charcoal grilled Orexi souvlaki rolled in warm pita bread, or the one of their generous open plate souvlakia. While you are there make sure you also try our Coffees.
Food was wonderful. Meat was incredibly juicy and flavourful, pitas were fluffy and went beautifully with the dips.
Excellent service provided by Natasha too, who made sure we were well taken care of without being intrusive. Now I know where to get my Greek food fix whenever the craving hits! 🙂 highly recommended
Food was wonderful. Meat was incredibly juicy and flavourful, pitas were fluffy and went beautifully with the dips. Excellent service provided by Natasha too, who made sure we were well taken care of without being intrusive. Now I know where to get my Greek food fix whenever the craving hits! 🙂 highly recommended ⭐
Amazing! Had the lamb platter. Loved it. Been to most around the area and this is definitely one of my faves. Definitely try out.
Love the food love the friendly staff. We went to this place for the first time on a cudo voucher now we go all the time it’s well worth the money.
Consider myself a connoisseur of Greek food and this place was delicious all round. There were twelve of us for a get together and everyone thought the same, a great Hellenic buzz and not that expensive. Congrats.
Love the souvlakis they make. Been eating it for years since they were in the small corner. Good price for the quality and portion.
Staff are friendly and welcoming. Never disappointed, we often eat here when we have friends or groups.
Will keep coming as long as it always remains this delicious.
One downside is the meat/pita bread is not served as hot as it was several years ago, which affects the flavor quite a bit. However the same can be said for every other souvlaki and kebab shops I’ve been to in the last 10 years. They are not the only ones doing it.
17-21 Eaton Mall, Oakleigh, Victoria 3166 Australia
Well Done on All Accounts
We were booked upstairs so the first pleasant surprise was an elevator that took the baby’s pram. Being spaced Covid 19 compliant ensured a private, quiet dining experience. All meals were served in a timely manner whilst presented, flavorsome and very generous. The staff were friendly, efficient and helped ensure we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. A dessert takeaway (as we couldn’t fit it in at the time) resulting in a tasting platter so we didn’t have to decide, completed a wonderful experience.
Mums and Daughters night out~
My friend Sultan and I decided to take our daughters with us for dinner! We had a wonderful night out in Vanilla Lounge. The food was delicious and fresh and so the desserts!
Traditional Greek with a twist.
Traditional Greek with a twist. We have frequent this little gem for many years. The food is fast and flavoursome with great presentation on traditional favours. The staff are helpful and knowledge. We called in after a theatre show for a coffee but stayed for a late supper/dinner. We were pleasantly surprised by the vibrant vibe. Would highly recommend a visit anytime during the day or evening
My husband and I had calamari and squid for dinner. They were both scrumptious. The calamari was so tender with yummy simple flavours. Our waitress was so lovely. We wanted the yummy bougatsa for dessert but they didn’t have any in the cabinet. So the waitress informed us that there was a bougatsa baking in the oven and if we were willing to wait a few minutes we could have one straight out of the oven. We certainly liked that idea and ultimately had the best ever bougatsa. Also, I like how Vanilla make my coffee exactly how I want it. Admittedly I am a coffee snob when it comes to drinking macchiatos. But Vanilla certainly know their coffees. I went back there for breakfast and had the most amazing house baked banana and walnut bread. I never tasted banana and walnut bread like the one at Vanilla. A pity I don’t live in Melbourne. The only complaint I do have is it can get very noisy inside at dinner. But at least they have comfortable outdoor seating. Having breakfast was nice and quite. Definitely will keep going back whenever I am visiting Melbourne.
After the disaster with my meal at Kalimera, I was still hungry and walked into Vanilla.service quick, attentive, polite, the waiter was an Australian kid who knew the pronunciations of the cakes in Greek, really impressive. The cakes were fresh, and tasted the way they looked. This place could show some of the larger cafes in Carlton a thing or two.
36 Portman St, Oakleigh, Victoria 3166 Australia
At TODCO, we have been proudly serving artisan doughnuts and specialty coffee since July 2017.
Our objective is to produce the freshest doughnuts in Melbourne together with a memorable in-store experience.
To achieve this we fry and decorate our doughnuts in small batches throughout the day to ensure a superior product and pride ourselves with exceptional customer service.
When you enter our store you can see our displays, which showcase our range of 26 yeast raised and cake doughnut flavours.
Through a large window, you can watch our skilled pastry chefs work meticulously in a purposely designed doughnut kitchen.
We also know the importance of quality coffee. That’s why we have chosen Five Senses as our specialty coffee roaster. Our delicious house blend is CROMPTON ROAD. It has rich flavours, balanced & heavy bodied. This blend comes from three regions:
It’s rich flavour of bakers chocolate and marzipan envelope the entire palate, which seamlessly leads to a velvety body and a lingering creamy finish.
Our coffee is made with our customized Synesso espresso machine which is painted in Soji white and has elements of brass, American oak and tinted glass
We look forward to seeing you in store!
Some of the best Doughnuts in Melbourne
The best doughnuts in Melbourne. The first place I come to when I pass through Oakleigh. Greek flavored surprises. Try a DOUGHLOUMBA or GALAKDOUGH. And to think I don’t normally like doughnuts.
Delish and loveliest staff
Ohh we walked in and Loula was so helpful and informative. We got the box of 6 but ate 4 indoors and she packed 2 to take home. The coffee and milkshakes superb. There’s a vegan kind of brownie and original yeast type and a cake type. I had the custard with the syringe. Fun and friendly.
The Oakleigh Doughnut Co – @whatepieats
The Oakleigh Doughnut Co (TODCO) is Artisan doughnut shop which is located just 4 mins walk from Oakleigh station,
you won’t miss this colorful building who sells doughnuts till 10PM – perfect to satisfy your night doughnut cravings.
The doughnuts are amazing and pretty good size for the price you pay ($24 for 6 or $4.5 each).
TODCO offers a lot of options from vegan choices or not in yeast based (Y) or cake based (C) doughnuts.
The presentation of the doughnuts are amazing. After sampled everything, we found that we love their yeast based more especially the filled ones –
it tends to be fluffier and bouncy which we prefer.
We randomly choose our favorites based on the names:
*Nutella Snow (Y) – nutella filled and dusted with snow sugar. My most favorite one.
*Strawberry Cheesecake (Y) – creamy cheese filled doughnuts with strawberry icing and biscuits crumble. How cute this doughnut looks? And boy the taste is amazing although somehow the icing makes the overall a tad too sweet for us. This is something we would definitely buy again!
*Galakdough (Y) – mix of the classic sugar snow doughnuts with spiced sugar syrup in a small pipette and vanilla custard. This is also our favourite love their smoooooth custard and it is not too sweet at all.
*Sour Cherry (Y) – sour cherry glazing with vanilla sugar on top. This one is very unique and different and prove doughnuts can still be as good although it comes a bit tangy.
*Life’s a Picnic (Y) – chocolate, caramel and house made picnic crunch
*Brownies (C, V) – The vegan brownie is truly amazing. We can’t tell if it is vegan and so fragrant too.
The service was fab! Friendly staff even helped me to make my box looks better with the great color placement #allforthegram.
Great place and it provides spacious seating both inside and out with great coffee too.
Truly recommended place to hangout with your loved ones.
Best donuts in Melbourne!
One of my favourite things is the world are donuts, so I am always on the hunt for delicious vegan pieces of heaven! These donuts are hands down the best donuts I’ve had since going vegan… if not the best I’ve ever had. (Big call I know – but oh my gosh, it’s true!)
I got the 4 vegan ones on offer – Strawberry, OG (glazed), Cinnamon and the Oreo Creme – as well as the Strawberry Cheesecake and Peanut Butter for my non-vegan friends!
Light and fluffy, fresh and delicious and a super generous size for the price too. Sometimes being vegan you get poor substitutes for foods you used to love – but you definitely couldn’t be disappointed by these… vegan or not!
The lady who helped me was super lovely and helpful (and helped me with my donut choices!) – I learnt so much about their donuts and I was impressed to hear they’re all made on site every day.
They have indoor or outdoor seating and are located right near the restaurant area of Eaton Mall. They also do takeaway coffee and ice-cream which sounded amazing too! Would definitely travel down for these again… or detour on the way home from anywhere!
Best Donuts ever, for real
I am not a sweet tooth not at all but these donuts got me addicted and ruined my diet.
Jokes aside, these are actually the best donuts I have ever had and tried quite a few. Freshly made with a great eye for detail and so so tasty. The Passion Fruit Meringue Pie and the Galakdough are by far my favorite. The stuff is always super friendly as well.
Almost forgot to mention the cute and bright interior!
I have been here quite a few times and will come back many!
Defnitely and insider tip for donut lovers!!
53 Atherton Rd, Oakleigh VIC 3166
In 2015 Tonino Amadio, who hails from Le Marche, a region in the centre of Italy that hugs the Adriatic Sea, created Just Italy…a small Italian pasta shop nestled in the heart of Oakleigh. The philosophy was very simple; to offer authentic Italian food, house made products and uncompromising hospitality.
Three years later, Tonino met Sam Colosimo. A general conversation about business and their love of Italian food commenced, as did a new chapter at Just Italy as Sam joined the business.
Although the business continues to grow with new locations opening around Melbourne, Tonino and Sam’s core value remains the same; re-creating Italy in Australia. It’s about no frills, good, authentic food…just like Nonna’s.
Come on down to a Just Italy location near you and experience a little piece of Italy for yourself.
See you at the bar.
Great little cafe with lots of unique Italian goods on display and for sale. They even have a variety of fresh pasta for sale! Outdoor seating available and very friendly and hospitable staff too.
A touch of Italy..The delightful aromas.. The best coffee in Oakleigh.. Will be back for sure..Brought some pasta to cook @home..Bellisimo.. 👌😊Today First September, celebrated my birthday with my family..@ Dandenong Rd, East Oakleigh.. Beautiful establishment.. Thank you Sam and staff.. Sophia.. 👍😊
Amazing coffee, bought the ready made Gorgonzola cheese and walnut agnalotti, it was some the best pasta I have eaten. The lady recommended to finish off with butter and it was very tasty. Got 4 very hefty plates out of it so the value is amazing for what you get. Can’t wait to try out more, definitely a must visit, just awesome.
Manuel and Alex are so lovely! Always friendly and always with a smile. The great banter here makes this Just Italy so special. Staff are warm and the food (And alcohol) here warms you even more. The best dish we have had was on the specials a seafood soup? It was superb! Don’t be shy and ask the staff what is the best, you will get looked after. The tiramisu here is on cue and there is nothing better than limoncello to wash down the trap after a good meal. Booking is neccessary for the bigger groups. I wouldn’t recommend babies or young children as there isn’t much space for baby chairs etc.
Nice people. I usually get take away fresh pasta from here when in the area. They roll it through the machine fresh and it always tastes great.
Shop 2&4, 10A Atherton Road, Oakleigh, Melbourne
Icake Patisserie is the art on the tip of the tongue.
The joy of sharing together znd lingering nostalgia customize your gorgeous cake and the sweet taste that melts in your mouth.
What beautiful cakes at this store. We ordered this to be delivered and it was free shipping over $60. The Oreo crepe cake is so good, perfect layers and the Oreo can really be tasted.
As a milk tea lover, the milktea and lychee was amazing. The milktea was very aromatic and topped with the lychees and white pearls, they were very sweet and pleasing to smell.
I was so impressed with the blueberry cheesecake, sweet but not to overpowering. The blueberries were so fragrant and tasty. The cheese was so fluffy yet rich and the perfect texture.
WHO DOESN’T LOVE CAKE??
We all do especially when they look astonishingly pretty!
We were lucky to try the beautiful watermelon cake, delicious choc opera, and Taro Pearl with Mochi Box. These cakes were like spongy cushions of happiness and had the finest texture.
We fell in love with their watermelon cake which had a base of almond cookies layered with pandan cream. And if you love dark chocolate as much as we do, you will surely enjoy every bit of that choc opera.
Also, they customize cakes for all our celebration needs!!
This review is for the made to order cakes and not the cafe, but all you need to know is that the cakes here are delicious. First time trying their cakes was when a friend shared a slice of the Fruity & Cone Cake. Airy and soft chiffon cake, paired with a dreamy vanilla frosting and adorned with strawberries and blueberries. Bright and fresh flavours, and beautiful texture.
Second time was the durian cake. This was just as amazing, maybe even better than the fruity cake. Because durian! Fluffy sponge cake, layered with durian flesh and frosting, this was wonderfully moreish yet light on palate due to the pillowy soft sponge cake.
Custom made cakes as well as daily cakes are available, and you must check out the gorgeous designs. Definitely makes you want to celebrate every day with cake.
Sense Of Food
Was my friend’s birthday and she was kind enough to share me some of her BD cake! When ordering cake from iCake, you can choose the flavors you wanted. In addition to the usual cake flavors we can normally find, they had so many delicious Asian flavors like taro, mochi, watermelon, peach, French chestnut, milk tea, matcha, passionfruit, Oreo and much more! Can’t even list all of them!
The durian cake was very delicious. The cake was so soft and fluffy, yet moist and not dry since it might have soaked some of the moisture from the durian cream layer. The durian cream inside consisted of durian flesh as well, which was literally the highlight. It was not too overpowering, but the durian flavor was strong to the right point–perfect. One of the best durian cakes considering the cuteness, flavors, and price.
Hands down one of the best asian styled strawberry chiffon/sponge cakes I’ve ever had (my family also said so!). The layers of sponge cake, fresh whipped cream and fresh strawberries complement each other so well and it’s that cake that will make you want another slice 😍 my family finished this cake in 1-2 days – that’s how good it was! Missing this cake already and excited to try other cakes from here!
1279 North Road, Oakleigh, Melbourne
COFFEE IS IMPORTANT
Coffee is not just something that wakes us up in the morning, its an important part of being alive.
We’re proud of every weighed, timed, and loved coffee that leaves our machine.
Great concept!! Friendly service and super chilled atmosphere. Excellent little spot for a night out, it serves snack food such as nachos and jaffles whilst gaming.
Best coffee in the area with baristas and bar staff who know what they’re doing. The staff are friendly and there are free games to chill out with. I love that the cafe’s open late so I can come after work and with a group of mates you can make a night of it. Jaffles are a little hit or miss depending on your tastes (I love the pot roast and chilli veggies ones myself) but they’re not expensive and the menu is expanding over time. The owner is a fun guy who’s passionate about gaming as a social thing but also makes creative things beyond the bar and an amazing iced latte… actually, I want one now.
Just opposite to Huntingdale station, a very calm and chill place to have a quick bite and coffee. Stop by here to relax as you return home from work.
I’ve been here a couple of times and it’s a great place to rewind and enjoy the company of your friends with all the latest boardgames. The coffee is amazing and the jaffles are really tasty (only $5!). I recommend the beef pot roast and the raspberry and white choc. Great for gamelovers!
I go here every day to get my coffee.
After trying a number of coffee shops in the local area I can definitely say that this one is the best.
Pixel has a funky atmosphere that as a nerd at heart I appreciate.
304 Huntingdale Road, Huntingdale, Oakleigh, Melbourne
Bread and Pastries
We offer a wide range of hand-made breads and baguettes made fresh everyday. We take the time to made the perfect bread for your needs.
Love the staff and a good range of breads. Well worth a visit, highly recommended.
Good range of French produce also, but the locally made pate they have available 👍👍👍
Lovely local artisan baker. The bread is great! The croissant buttery and flaky! The coffee is also really excellent. The best thing is the service with a smile! This has become our local go to for a coffee and bakery. Love it!
The vanilla eclair is perfect: just the right amount of crisp in the casing, and creamy filling. Not too sweet – really authentic French style. Tried it a week ago and went back for another today.
Monsieur Arnaud’s sourdough all-rye bread is stunning. No caraway, which can overwhelm the flavour, sufficiently salted, moist and a modest tang. Crust is firm. Wonderful with cheese.
The croissants are also excellent. Friendly staff. This is a real find for the Oakleigh-Huntingdale area. And so important to support our talented bakers and chefs at local level during the pandemic!
Heard lots of great things about this place and popped in today seeing as I am finally free (thanks Rona). Got myself the vanilla slice and croissant that everyone has been raving about and can see why it’s been so highly recommended. Probably one of the best vanilla slices and croissants i have ever had. Definitely will come back to try some of their other pastries and breads next time. Great food and a lovely owner what more can you ask. I will definitely recommend them to my friends.
Beautiful authentic food cook the French way the bread is all sourdough and is to die for any of the cakes that are made and nothing like you’ve had before he makes a beautiful Liver pate that you will never buy anywhere else and apparently he used to win awards for his decorations in France for wall plaques made out of bread ask him about it! Oh the coffee is very good as well
70 Portman St, Oakleigh VIC 3166
Our chef is Italian born and raised and has been in Australia for five years. He has always been passionate about food and owned his first restaurant at 18 years of age. His desire was to bring tasty, traditional Italian food to the people in Melbourne where they could enjoy the best Mediterranean cuisine.
Come here regularly to put in a decently large order for my colleagues. The staff are beyond friendly, extremely pleasant and the coffee is to die for! Very efficient with turn around of drinks and would always recommend them.
Located in corner. Parking can be a bit of a hassle. The place is nice with nice paintings. The staff members are helpful and the food selection is good. The food is severed in a timely order. The cofee is good and I would recommend the cofee. A table can be booked online which is convenient of busy weekends.
I was very satisfied with the place and will visit again.
Delicious traditional Italian food!
Loved our dinner here!!
We had a large mixture of things off the menu! Even the smaller space was really warm and welcoming!
Italian Touch is an Italian cafe/restaurant with delicious authentic cuisine and great coffee! Whether you’re on the go and are in need of a take away coffee, or eat in with friends with family, the service is efficient and welcoming. I love how cosy the restaurant feels too, unlike some of the packed out places along that street. It is so conveniently close to the Sunday Oakleigh Market too! Would definitely recommend to a friend!
Samarpan Phago Limbu
Had dinner with friends. Menu was perfect, something for everyone. Service was awesome and everyone was very friendly and accommodating. Will be back definitely!