Tinker Cafe Northcote

Tinker Northcote

Just when you thought Melbourne couldn’t squeeze in anymore A-grade cafes… roll out the red carpet for Tinker!

Open for just 2 months, you only have to check out the 1 hour wait to get a table on the weekend to realise that this fresh new Northcote nugget has got it all.

The crew of “little mischievous dreamers” behind Tinker are no strangers to the brunch game, with siblings Legacy, Penta, and Temperance Society all very high achievers. So we decided to pop in to see(and agree) with what all the fuss is about…

The Food

Tinker Northcore

When it comes to expanding the horizons of the Melbourne brunch scene, its hard to think of how many ways someone can wheel out ‘smashed avo’, but Tinker have done just that. Move over smashed avo, make room for the smashed peas! Served on sourdough with a brushstroke of beetroot labne topped with a perfectly poached egg, micro greens, haloumi and finished with a sprinkling of black quinoa – it’s a winner.

Tinker have combined both deliciousness with #health with a side of mischief and delivered their A-game. It’s hard to beat the chilli scrambled eggs or the breakfast salad, but the victim of the Instagram frenzy – the mango and saffron panacotta – is Picasso on a plate.

Verdict: 8.5/10


The Coffee

Tinker Northcote

Ranked as the number one city in the world for coffee, it’s a tough crowd to please. But using their own beans, Tinker definitely slots into our top bracket for coffee in Melbourne. Offering anything from a Cold Drip to Golden Lattes, Tinker has you covered for your daily dose.

Verdict: 9/10


The Vibe

Tinker Northcote

A pivotal part to any cafe is the “vibe”. It’s a combination of fresh interior, killer staff, great location and just dem feeeelz… and Tinker Northcote has them all in spades! With a stunning fit out in tonal shades, loads of natural light, and staff that you instantly want to befriend(or Facebook stalk), its smiles all round.

Verdict: 9.5/10



235 High Street, Northcote 3070

Dalton Graham
Founder of The Tailored Man Dalton Graham is a football playing fashion aficionado who cut his teeth in the rag trade since he could talk. Growing up in the fashion industry, its no secret that style is running through his veins. Experienced beyond his years, the humble perfectionist thrives on helping the everyday man.