A bustling piece of loud, swirling Roman chaos in the midst of Melbourne’s Little Italy, Brunetti is one of the city’s quintessential cafe experiences. Multiple shopfronts, a large outdoor seating area and a sensational range of Italian-style cakes, pastries, breads and gelati are certainly part of the charm, but top-notch people-watching is also one of Brunetti’s best attributes. Some of the hot food options can be hit-and-miss but the coffee is usually good and the sweet stuff – particularly Italian classics like cream-filled cannoli pastries – hit the spot in an authentically satisfying manner. As some locals like to say, Brunetti is not so much a cafe as a state of mind.

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194–204 Faraday St, Carlton; (03) 9347 2801; open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Also Brunetti City Square, 214 Flinders La, (03) 9663 8085; and Brunetti Camberwell, 1/3 Prospect Hill Rd, (03) 9882 3100

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