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Toastie at Butchers Diner
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Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day

Can't face the kitchen on Christmas Day? Try one of these venues instead

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 are some great last-minute Christmas present ideas. Need something to do this silly season? Melbourne has plenty of festive events to yule-tide you over. 

RECOMMENDED: Things to do in Melbourne on December 25 if you don't celebrate Christmas

Restaurants and cafés open on Christmas Day

Auction Rooms Cafe
Photograph: Supplied

Auction Rooms Café

Restaurants North Melbourne

Time: 7am-5pm

These hard-working North Melburnians are open 365 days of the year, so you can surely be in good hands on Christmas Day.

Hobba Coffee and Kitchen

Restaurants Prahran

Time: 7am-noon (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 and pastries on this public holiday.



Butchers Diner

Restaurants Burgers Melbourne

Time: Open 24 hours

Twenty-four hours. Twenty-four freaking hours, seven days a week is how long Con Christopoulos is keeping Butchers Diner open for. So grab a burger, a steak sandwich or a stiff drink on Christmas Day if you're in need of a good feed.

St Ali

Restaurants South Melbourne

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

Restaurants East Melbourne

Time: 7.30-11.30am (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. 

Third Wave Café

Restaurants Port Melbourne

Time: 8am-3pm

They may have been arch enemies during the Cold War but now Russian and the US sit side by side on the menu of this Port Melbourne café. Head here for a pre-party coffee on Christmas Day and you'll be grand.


Tall Timber

Restaurants Prahran

Time: 7.30am-4pm

Tall Timber, from the guys behind Armadale's Coin Laundry and Port Melbourne's Station Street Trading Co., serves a versatile breakfast and lunch menu sourced with local produce. Get a little pick me up on Chrissie day before the craziness settles in.

Gramercy Bistro


Time: 8am-3pm

Prahran's NYC-inspired bistro has Manhattan style with a Melbourne twist – polished concrete floors and wooden bar stools sit alongside a Jewish deli-style display case of salami and pickles. Hop on over on Xmas day for coffee or more.


127 Brunswick St

Restaurants Fitzroy

Time: 5pm-late

Get food from Ichi Ni Nana, 127 Brunswick St's ground-level Izakaya, as it'll be open from 5pm.

Or book into Christmas lunch

Arbory Bar and Eatery Christmas spread
Photograph: Supplied

The best Christmas Day lunches in Melbourne


If the thought of cooking another Christmas meal for the family results in sweaty palms and flashbacks to dishes piled high, maybe it's time to consider treating yourself to a merry Christmas lunch at one of Melbourne's finest restaurants. Each of these venues is putting on something special at price points to suit all budgets.

Looking for something else to do on December 25?

Melbourne Zoo
Photograph: Paul Philipson

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

Things to do

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. 


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