Tradeblock Cafe is an authentic work environment and Deaf space open to the public. Tradeblock offers a hands on hospitality program where senior students experience a range of roles and responsibilities, while contributing to their secondary school qualification. Students are able to build their communication, life skills and understanding of the workplace in a culturally supportive context. The Tradeblock Program assists in breaking down barriers existing around disability.

The café is staffed two days a week by senior VCD students, and a post-secondary program operates across another two days. This adult program aims to prepare Deaf people for open employment or further training in the hospitality industry.

Those who have participated in work at Tradeblock Cafe identify the benefits this program offers to include increased awareness, skills, confidence, work experience and social networks. There is also benefit to the community who patron the café – other than sustenance, patrons experience Deaf culture and have the opportunity to build their knowledge, awareness and relationships with Deaf people.

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Opening Hours

Tradeblock Cafe is open during the Victorian school term Tuesdays through to Fridays, 8:30am-2:30pm. Enter via the gate on High Street. The cafe closes for the school holiday periods.


Our menu changes daily, and always includes delicious, healthy lunch options and sweet treats. View our sample menu for an idea of what may be available when you come in.

To keep updated with news about Tradeblock Cafe (and all the delectable food we’re cooking) follow us on our Instagram page.


Tradeblock offers catering services to our local community. You view our catering menu here. For all catering enquiries and bookings, please contact cafe manager Nicole at 


Make your next special occasion even more memorable by ordering one of our Tradeblock celebration cakes. Information regarding pricing and who to contact can be found on our Tradeblock Cake order form. Take a look at our instagram page to see some examples of our work.

Lunch Orders

All VCD students have access to Tradeblock for lunch and beverages from Tuesdays to Fridays. Primary students order through lunch orders that will be delivered to class, while secondary students may visit the cafe directly to purchase food and drink.

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