travels: hammer and tong, melbourne

One of my to-do list in Melbourne was to check out the plethora of cafes the city has to offer. Melbourne is after all famous for its cafe culture scene. The thing about Melbourne is, you can hardly find a lousy cup of coffee…even 7 Eleven’s $1 coffee is good! If you do find one, then I’m sorry, you are very unlucky!

However, it seemed that we are not destined to check out the cafes. We went to Hardware Societe once and Top Paddock twice but we were put off by the snaking queue….on a weekday!!! It’s crazy!

When we went to Fitzroy on our last day, I told C we should check out Hammer & Tong as I’ve read good reviews about them. C was hesitant at first, fearing the long queue and we were quite famished. But we decided to give it a go since it was our last day in Melbourne. If the queue is long, we can just hop into any of the cafes along Brunswick Street.


While waiting for our table, we checked out what other people ordered. Well, they are not your usual brunch fare! Fancypants is the word!!

C chose the salt & pepper french toast with fried duck egg and salted caramel ice cream. We weren’t sure if we made the right choice…french toast, egg and ice cream?? It’s sounds like a weird combi. But I tell ya…this, THIS is the one of the best, if not the best meal we had in Melbourne! I can seriously do one right now!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsalt & pepper french toast, fried duck egg, maple, chorizo smoked oreo crumbs, duck egg & salted caramel ice cream.

We also ordered the soft shell crab which came highly recommended by the reviewers. It was okay, very ordinary. I will not recommend it though.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAsoft shell crab burger

We also had a side of kfc spice halloumi chipsIt’s a tad salty but we enjoyed it nonetheless.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAkfc spice halloumi chips

The coffee was splendid and both of us enjoyed our food. C couldn’t stop gushing about their french toast the whole day!


If there’s one thing to pick on about this place, it would be the music. It was quite loud and throw in the chattering of the humans and the noise from the coffee machine, it can be quite unpleasant. We were glad they put us towards the end of the cafe where the noise level is slightly lower. This is definitely not a baby/toddler friendly place.

Hammer & Tong 412
Rear 412 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy, VIC 3065
(Enter from Westgarth St)
Sun – Mon 7am – 4pm
Tues – Sat 7am to late


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