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Our Conversation Café and Shop

Our conversation café and shop space has been purposefully designed to facilitate meaningful conversations. We encourage our guests to explore deeper conversations by serving our food and drinks alongside small conversation cards, asking questions like "does the price of art ever reflect how good it is?" and "In what ways are you a difficult person to work with?"

By partnering with some of Melbourne's best producers and suppliers we have curated a range of delicious food and drink options to enjoy whilst pondering some of life's bigger questions. 

We're also proud to stock a curated range of books and retail products designed to inspire, nourish and console. These include thoughtfully designed School of Life retail products, including notebooks, pencils and conversation cards. We also stock a range of books published by The School of Life, alongside many other works of literature and non-fiction. 

We look forward to welcoming you to The School of Life.


Something Small

Plain croissant ------------------------------- 4.5

Rustica organic sourdough / fruit loaf ----- 6
With your choice of condiment

Breakfast Brioche Bun ------------------------ 9
Free range egg, bacon, cheese, homemade aioli and rocket in a bioche bun.

Coconut Chai Bircher------------------------- 9.5 / 10 / 10.5

Maymama Muesli----------------------------- 12.5 / 13 / 13.5
Served with vanilla or soy vanilla yoghurt and topped with fresh fruit and organic Vermont maple syrup.

Something Bigger

Five & Dime Bagels -------------------------- 7.5 - 13.5
+ Cherry jam, cream cheese, Rooftop honey, craisins
+ Glazed saffron pear, chocolate bits and cream cheese
+ Herbed schmear, avacado, cracked pepper and lemon
+ Smoked salmon, sour cream and dill
+ Prosciutto, goats cheese and basil
+ Brie, fig, pear, prosciutto, basil, balsamic glaze

Rustica Salads -------------------------------- 10.5
See daily specials board

Rustica Homemade Sandwiches ------------ 10.5 / 11.5
See daily specials board

Something Sweet

Banana loaf ---------------------------------- 4.5

Nutrition Darling superfood slices (vegan)-- 5.25
Bananarama / Raspberry Beret / Nutbush / Purple Haze

Filled croissant ------------------------------- 6

Caramel and hazelnut / rose, lychee and raspberyy / almond croissant.

Rustica danish ------------------------------- 6

Donuts / Cronuts ---------------------------- 5 / 7

Selection of Rustica tarts and cakes --------- 7.5
See daily specials board


As a certified B Corporation and cultural enterprise, we work with value-aligned businesses that are having a positive impact on the world.

Coffee from Allpress Espresso

Tea from ZEETea

Juices & Organic Soft Drinks from Parkers Organic

Bagels from Five & Dime

Sandwiches, Salads and more from Rustica Sourdough

Chutneys from Eat Me

Vegan Slices from Nutrition Darling



contacT US

The School of Life Melbourne
669 Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC. 3000

+61 (03) 9077 8724


Monday to Friday - 7:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday - 10:00am - 2:00pm
Sunday - Closed

Check the Calendar for class schedule