The Stables

Hello Everyone,

I’m excited by today’s post as it’s about a cafe I absolutely ADORE.  It’s called The Stables Of Como (The Stables) and is situated amongst the 160 year old property at heritage listed Como House and Garden in South Yarra, Melbourne.  It’s run by Icke & Igby management group, creators of Richmond’s Friends Of Mine, as well as Porgie + Mr Jones in Hawthorn and Snow Pony in Deepdene.

It’s become my happy place as I’ve settled into a routine of walking Charlie at Como Park next door then ambling along the street to Como House to finish off the walk around the gardens.  The other morning upon entering we strolled past The Stables to the sound of beautiful french music wafting out of the cafe, ohh la la.

Pictured below is one of the three entrances.

You can dine outside or inside, amongst the country chic, farmhouse inspired interior.

This six metre timber counter below chock-full of pastries, muffins, home made wagon wheels, scones, cakes and musk sticks is the heart of the cafe.

My daughter Emma and I visited for lunch one Friday afternoon and enjoyed a delicious lunch of Quinoa Salad and a thick sandwich with chips in a paper cup as a side.  The bread was especially nice and upon asking we were happily told the bread and pastries all came from Noisette, a boulangerie, cafe located in Port Melbourne.  I’ve since visited Noisette a couple of times for bread and it’s divine, with a large selection of assorted bread, cakes and pastries which I’ll tell you about in another blog post!

The Stables will hand pack a picnic if you’d like to have lunch in the grounds of Como House, included will be a map of their favourite spots in the gardens.  You can reserve a picnic table set up with a white linen tablecloth, serviettes, quality white china, cutlery and flowers and they’ll also deliver scones, ice cream, tea and coffee anytime you choose. Hmm sounds like the perfect scene for a proposal to me.

Doggies waiting patiently for their humans to finish their morning coffee which by the way is excellent and breakfast.

At the back of The Stables is a vegetable patch and chicken coop.  Eggs, vegetables, herbs and salad leaves grown here are used in the cafe, with possible omelettes planned for the menu if the girls keep up a good rate of production.

Below is The Garden Pavillion which is available to book for private events such as High Teas, Lunch, Dinner, Afternoon and Evening Canapes.  It’s in a beautiful location overlooking the vegetable garden.

Como House was bought by Charles Armytage in 1864 with his wife Caroline and they raised ten children in its beautiful surroundings.  After the death of Charles and Caroline the Armytage family remained at Como for over 95 years, until they handed it over to the National Trust in 1959 preserving a beautiful example of colonial Victoria and its affluence.

The house still remains furnished with Armytage family furniture and provides a glimpse into the lives and times of the dynasty.  The Stables also hold functions inside the house in the Grand Ballroom which was built by the family to entertain Melbourne society.

After lunch at The Stables you can wander around the gardens.

I was fascinated by the age of some of the trees with old, mature tree trunks.

Visiting is a must if you live in Melbourne or are visiting from elsewhere, below is all the information you’ll need to get there.

The Stables 
Como House and Garden
Cnr Williams Road and Lechlade Ave
South Yarra Victoria

Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm
(03) 9827 6886

You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Catherine x


  1. tina @ colourliving

    This is wonderful and your photographs show us the beauty of it all.

    I also love the picnic offering and I'm laughing because thanks to the gorgeous Charlie (why isn't there a pic of him waiting for you)? you are now regularly visiting this charming and glorious place.

    Inspired!! xx

  2. Lauren

    What a wonderful tradition you've developed at such a beautiful spot! I'm so glad you showcased this lovely cafe. Your pictures are just gorgeous, and it looks like an amazing stop for you. Wishing I could get there. :)

  3. mel

    Oh la la indeed. That place looks wonderful! I really need to have a getaway (sans infants) to Melbourne, it's been too long! I love the idea of the picnic baskets.. Oh take me there, I need a bit of that. M xx

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