I’ve been a Melbournian for 8 years now, suffice to say I’ve drunk plenty of coffee in this great city. When we first moved here we knew no one and it was back when the kids were really little and our weekends were filled with sunshine, playgrounds and cafes. What makes a cafe stand out for me? Consistency and the atmosphere.
Gesha Coffee – You won’t find a more experienced, passionate and knowledgeable cafe owner than Ken Taing. He’s an absolute magician when it comes to coffee. He also has an exceptional memory (he will remember your name and coffee order every single time!). He has become quite famous as he sells the most expensive cup of coffee in Melbourne. The $180 cup of Panama coffee labelling it as “the most unique and beautiful coffee in the world”
496 Whitehorse Road, Surrey Hills, Vic [Free street parking].
Matilda Mont Albert – I discovered this little gem during lockdown whilst exploring every square inch of my 5km radius. It’s set amongst the trees and neighbours in Mont Albert and it’s just delightful. Their menu and decor are inspired by Paris and the coffee and baguettes are quite simply, delicious.
15 Arcade Rd, Mont Albert North, VIC. [Free street parking].
Auction Rooms I was discharged from hospital at 10 am with my second-born and by 10:20 am I was sitting in Auction Rooms inhaling the sweet sweet smell of coffee and banana bread. The combination was exactly what this new mum needed. We’ve returned many times and love the atmosphere, menu, cool vibe, and great service.
103 – 107 Errol Street, Nth Melbourne, VIC. [Paid street parking].
ONA Coffee Melbourne. One of Australia’s most highly regarded specialty roasters, who’ve had one simple goal: creating the best and most sustainable coffee in the world. It sure is quite an experience, just wait until you see the coffee menu. We were happy as Larry to hear ONA was opening up in Melbourne after visiting the ONA Roasters in Canberra. Their coffee selection is massive and the staff are incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. Really chilled out.
22 Ovens St, Brunswick, VIC. [Paid and free street parking].
City and surrounds
Brother Baba Budan This was the very first cafe we visited in Melbourne. I remember it so well, newborn in the baby Bjorn, toddler in the pram, freezing cold, we arrived at this tiny cafe which oozed cool Melbourne vibes, I mean there were chairs hanging from the roof! We squeezed our way in and enjoyed a creamy single-origin double espresso and delicious pastries. It’s worth a visit for sure.
359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC. [Take public transport, or paid parking nearby].
Higher Ground Modern, upscale bites in an industrial-chic former power station with exposed brick walls. This place is very cool. If you love indoor greenery and delicious coffee and food then this is worth a visit! Right in the heart of Melbourne CBD.
650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne. [Take public transport, or paid parking nearby].
The Kettle Black It’s a modern Australian cafe in a chic terrace house with white walls & modern lighting. It’s a beautiful place to have brunch and enjoy a coffee out on the terrace. Really close to the tan so you could do your walk then swing past there for a cuppa Joe afterwards.
50 Albert Road, Sth Melbourne, VIC. [Paid street parking nearby].
St Ali Coffee Roasters – Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor.Absolutely worth the hype, it’s a true Melbourne experience.
12 – 18 Yarra Place, Sth Melbourne, VIC. [Paid street parking nearby].
I’d love to hear your suggestions! Let me know, what are your fav cafes in Melbourne?