second home eltham

Second Home in Eltham is an award-winning cafe housed in an Alistair Knox-designed brick industrial building. It’s the latest venture from cafe maestro Jason Jones (The Stables of Como, Friends of Mine, Go West) and well worth a special trip to the leafy ‘burbs.

second home eltham

Formerly a factory, workshop and gallery, Second Home has taken the bones of the building and transformed it into a light-filled, expansive dining room, courtyard and art gallery set amongst the gum trees.

second home eltham

The kind of stylish, warm place that we WISH we could call home.

second home eltham

I adore the olive tree taking centre stage.

second home eltham

The menu is large and shares many similar traits to menus of Jones’ other cafes, with separate sections for bready things, healthy things and eggs and sprinklings of cheekiness. Lunch is a build-your-own affair with a rotation of proteins and salads as well as main meals.

second home eltham

A lighter menu has just been installed for spring/summer but I crave the dark hot chocolate from the winter season. Luckily they are still serving it (while there are still some marshmallows left) and the huge huggable mug of slick chocolate is soothing to the soul. Those needing a caffeine hit will note that the coffee is made with Rosso beans, a supplier for most of Jones’ cafes.

second home eltham

I also try the pink dragon fruit bowl of banana, kiwi, berries and buckinis. It’s like a smoothie in a bowl so on my waitress’ recommendation I add the optional granola ($4) for textural crunch.

second home eltham

The hot cake comes straight off the pan, fluffy and warm and topped with berries and mascarpone and maple syrup on the side.

second home eltham

On your way out grab something to go from the mini-providore filled with baked goods, sweet treats and posies.

Second Home brings inner city cool to the suburbs in a uniquely beautiful setting. If you’re not local Eltham makes an enjoyable day trip with Montsalvat art precinct just a short drive away .


Second Home, 21 Brougham St, Eltham

03 9439 5362

Open 7 days 8am-4pm (kitchen closes at 3pm on weekdays)

Bookings available on weekdays only

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