Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day

Can't face the kitchen on Christmas Day? Try one of these venues instead
Eggs at St Ali
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
By Time Out editors |

Melbourne can be pretty quiet come December 25 but these city favourites are opening their doors to share in the Christmas spirit. 

Still need to get a gift or two? These Christmas markets have got what you need. Need something to do this silly season? Melbourne has plenty of festive events to yule-tide you over. 


127 Brunswick St

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Time: 5pm-late

All three floors of 127 Brunswick St will be open come Christmas night. Get a coffee and muffin at Ichi Ni Nana, follow up with Thai bites at Village People Hawker Foodhall, and toast to Jesus's birth at Upside Rooftop Bar.


Hobba Coffee and Kitchen

icon-location-pin Prahran

Time: 7am-11am (coffee and cakes only)

If there's no way you are getting through a family lunch without the help of a lot of caffeine you best make tracks to Hobba, who are doing coffee only service for Baby Jesus' birthday.



St Ali

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Time: 7am-6pm

Start your yuletide celebrations with a coffee, then St Ali's buttermilk pancake or take it up a notch at lunchtime with their traditional Christmas lunch, complete with roast lamb and pavlova.



Square and Compass

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Time: 8am-12pm (coffee only)

These East Melbourne champs will be rising early to serve up their quality coffee this Christmas morn', helping you get set for the long day of visiting the relos. 

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Arbory Bar and Eatery

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Time: 7.30am-4pm

Spend Christmas Day at one of the best bars in Melbourne. Sit back with a drink and a few friends (or a friend and a few drinks) and take a break from the silly season rush. Book tables ahead, they're going fast.



Le Bon Ton

icon-location-pin Collingwood

Bookings: Noon-4.30pm

Have a Southern Christmas with Le Bon Ton. For $99, diners will get oysters and champagne on arrival, followed by smoked turkey, house-made smoked ham and all the trimmings. Just make sure to save room for the pumpkin pie with white chocolate cream.

Restaurants, Italian

Merchant Restaurant

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Bookings: 12-1pm

Book a table at this financial district favourite and let chef Guy Grossi cook you a Christmas lunch you won't soon forget. 

Looking for something else to do on December 25?

Melbourne Zoo
Photograph: Paul Philipson
Things to do

What to do on December 25 if you don’t celebrate Christmas

If you’re one of the thousands that don’t participate in the December 25 holiday, then you might be looking for something to do. While it may seem that the jolly red man has an iron grip on Australia, with most shopping centres, cinemas and attractions closed for the big day – it's actually not the case.