The Merri Cafe
The Merri Cafe is CERES’ own purpose-built organic cafe, and is one of the most popular attractions in our community. We are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and provide a relaxed, environmentally friendly dining experience. We offer welcoming, casual service, and a contemporary menu that caters for all tastes and dietary requirements, with many vegan and gluten free options.
We accept bookings inside our beautiful cafe space for up to 25 people Monday to Friday, and up to 10 people on weekends.
We operate within the CERES ethos of sustainability, community, and mindfulness of our planet, and all our profits go back to CERES to support our programs.
Sustainable food choices are very important to us here at CERES and they link to all of the food enterprises we operate from what we stock in the Grocery to what features on the menu at The Merri Cafe. We take pride in the relationships that we have established with local farmers and trust in their products and processes. Our partnerships with farmers and producers support a localised food system that gives back to those who care for the earth, their produce and animals. All of the meat and dairy products on our menu are organic, free range and cruelty free.
See our suppliers page for further information.
Room hire catering
Are you hiring a room at CERES and also looking for morning tea, lunch and/or afternoon tea options?
With an emphasis on organic, fresh, local and seasonal food The Merri Cafe Catering is the perfect complement to your CERES experience.
Our menu includes delicious options for vegetarians, vegans and those who are gluten free. We are able to ensure fresh, healthy food is available within break times required by your meeting.
The Merri Cafe team provide catering for groups of 15 people or more who are visitors to CERES, including those who hire rooms in the Van Raay Centre. Please see our daytime catering menu for options.
To make a catering booking
Please email us at email@example.com (preferred) or phone: 03 9389 0166 (this number is not attended during service times).
You will need to let us know:
- Time (s)
- Number of people
- Dietary restrictions
We ask that you confirm your order and finalise your payment one week prior to your booking. Any additional food or beverage must be paid for in full on the day of your event or beforehand.
We may be able to provide catering in the evening and in venues other than the Van Raay Meeting Rooms and in our cafe space by request.
If we are unable to assist, such as for short lead bookings, please speak with Venue Hire staff regarding alternative catering arrangements – firstname.lastname@example.org
Where we are
The Merri Table is the building on your left when you enter CERES through the main gates on the corner of Roberts and Stewart Streets. If you come in another gate, head up the hill.