Your Safety & Wellbeing

In accordance with COVIDSafe guidelines, Protagonist is temporarily closed.


Much like the name suggests, Protagonist plays a lead role in creating a distinctive and memorable impression at Arts Centre Melbourne.

Protagonist is defined by striking architectural mesh, akin to a bronze curtain that is raised as the café opens in the morning and then lowered at night to signify end of service. Popular for your morning coffee fix, Protagonist serves up custom coffee blends and breakfast options including our popular jaffles and toasties.

Protagonist showcases the incredible flavours of native ingredients with a tasty selection of treats from Pawa Catering and hand-blended teas from Indigenous-owned small business Warndu. Choose from freshly baked cakes and biscuits, for lunch options include sandwiches, wraps, salads and savoury pastries which you can enjoy in the open-air surrounds on the forecourt. Or perhaps gather some gourmet treats for a picnic in the nearby Queen Victoria Gardens.

Our outdoor café Protagonist will be open for pre-show drinks and snacks prior to events. Please note, Arts Centre Melbourne is a cashless venue accepting credit or debit card payments.

Please note: In accordance with the Victorian Government’s COVIDSafe measures, please check-in via QR code when ordering take-away or dining in. Face masks must be worn indoors and outdoors, unless an exemption applies.

Read our COVIDSafe FAQs


Location Address

100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday: 8am – 4pm*

Saturday & Sunday: 9am – 4pm*

*Protagonist will be open for pre-show refreshments prior to performances within Hamer Hall and the Theatres Building. Opening and closing times are subject to weather forecasts and activities within the precinct and may change without notice.

Please note Protagonist is closed on public holidays

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