Thirdwave Cafe

How Third Wave Cafe Started!

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Once upon a time, nestled in the heart of Melbourne’s bustling streets, a little café sprouted up, brimming with ambition and a dream to revolutionise the city’s culinary scene. This wasn’t just any café, oh no! This was the Third Wave Cafe, a place destined to become a titan of taste, a sanctuary of savoury, and a beacon of breakfast brilliance.

In the beginning, Third Wave was just another trendy café in the inner Melbourne landscape. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, it had a vision to grow, to evolve, to become something more. And grow it did! Fast forward nine years, and what do we have? A café? No, my friends, we have a culinary colossus, a gastronomic giant, a favourite American BBQ restaurant of Melbourne’s discerning diners.

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Third Wave Cafe is a master of metamorphosis. By day, it’s a café, a haven for coffee connoisseurs, a place where the aroma of freshly ground beans fills the air and the sound of espresso machines is the sweetest symphony. The love for coffee here is so profound that only the best equipment and beans are used. No penny was pinched, no corner cut, to ensure that every cup of coffee is a symphony of flavour, a ballet of smoothness.

But wait, there’s more! As the sun reaches its zenith, Third Wave sheds its café skin and transforms into an American BBQ and Burger restaurant. The transition is seamless, the transformation magical. And the menu? Oh, the menu! It’s a treasure trove of imaginative brunch dishes that would make even the most seasoned foodie’s mouth water.

Ever heard of Green Eggs with slow-smoked lamb shoulder? Or the Porky Triple Stack, a towering monument of fluffy American pancakes layered with pulled pork, candy bacon, and maple sauce? These are not just dishes, they are culinary adventures, gastronomic journeys that will take your taste buds to places they’ve never been before.

How Third Wave Cafe Started!

And let’s not forget the classics. Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Asiago, Candy Bacon breakfast, and many more dishes that will make you wish you could have breakfast at Third Wave every day. And the best part? Breakfast is served all day till 5pm. Yes, you heard it right! You can have breakfast for lunch, breakfast for dinner, breakfast for… well, breakfast!

But be warned, dear reader. Third Wave Cafe is not just a restaurant, it’s a phenomenon. It’s a fairly small venue, often booked out, so if you want to experience the magic, you better book in advance.

So there you have it, the tale of Third Wave Cafe, a humble café that dared to dream big and became one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants. It’s a story of ambition, transformation, and the relentless pursuit of culinary excellence. And the journey is far from over. Who knows what the next wave will bring? Book your table NOW!


Third Wave has become a religious experience on the Melbourne restaurant scene. Since opening in 2010, we have cemented a reputation as a great neighborhood cafe with a loyal breakfast and lunch crowd. People come from far and wide to enjoy our exceptional coffees and vast breakfast & lunch menu. Then by night, we transform into a bustling BBQ joint, inspired by the classic American smoke houses of the deep south. Today we are proud to be recognised as one of the best American BBQ experiences you’ll have outside of the US.


Third Wave Cafe started as a trendy inner Melbourne café with an aim to grow and so we did. After 9 years, we are one of Melbourne’s favourite American BBQ restaurants with a huge emphasis on slow-smoked meats and burgers.