Sprawled over four levels, Higher Ground – the new Melbourne cafe by the guys behind Top Paddock and Kettle Black – is an impressive space. Housed in a 19th century heritage listed building on the corner of Little Bourke and Spencer Street, the interior of Higher Ground is the perfect blend of urban and industrial, complete with exposed beams, an array of greenery, and a mix of eclectic yet complementary seating options (think stools, chairs, benches and even couches).
After falling in love with the space through the pictures alone, I ventured there for brunch recently to check the place out for myself and try their delicious looking food (and if I’m honest, take a picture of their highly instagrammable take-away coffee cups! Haha). I’m pleased to say that Higher Ground delivered on all three! The space was even more impressive than in the photos, my brunch (quinoa and seed bircher with almond yoghurt) was delicious, and the coffee cup was a work of art. As a bonus, the staff were lovely and the ambience was bustling yet tranquil. I will definitely be back again soon, and if you’re in Melbourne you should definitely pay Higher Ground a visit!
But a quick word of warning if you’re thinking of checking it out on a weekend: we got one of the last tables at 9am and by 10.30am there was a queue of people waiting outside, so head there early!
Images from top to bottom: view from the lower floor; quinoa and seed bircher with almond yoghurt; roasted wild mushroom, polenta, hazelnut and sourdough crumble; their famous coffee cup; coffee cup and menu (also a work of art!)
Higher Ground – 650 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne.