There’s no city in the world where you’re more spoilt for choice when it comes to excellent coffee and breakfast than Melbourne, Australia. Forget what you’ve heard about South America, Italy or any other destinations which call themselves coffee snobs – this is the ultimate.
In this city, coffee is the pinnacle of care, creativity and passion, leading to complete and total coffee snobs wherever you turn – and frankly, we love it. The standards are so high almost everywhere, really bad coffee shops just don’t exist; and even bad ones are “decent” compared to most city standards.
But we’re not here to talk about mediocre coffee…
If you want a sure thing, the next time you’re in Melbourne these 10 brilliant coffee shops will hit the spot for your morning (or afternoon) pick me up, and maybe a little something sweet or savoury on the side too…
Chapel street is slammed with hip cafes, restaurants and shops, yet Journeyman manages to stand like an NBA basketball player above the rest. The friendly, attentive service, relaxed vibe, tasty menu and, of course, fantastic coffee make it the perfect spot to stay, or go. Walk ins are fine, but you may want to reserve for prime time brunch hours on weekends.
Dukes Coffee Roasters, CBD
Sitting in the heart of the CBD on Flinders Lane, this specialty coffee roasting company will serve you one of the best cups of coffee around. Extra care and detail goes into every step of the process. When you stop by be sure to also grab one of the delicately flavoured little cakes on offer too – you will not regret it.
After a lovely stroll on Brighton beach, make your way inland to The Tamper Trap for a much needed iced latte. The light, airy cafe offers an excellent selection of tempting dishes as well as cakes and pastries. Be sure to turn up with an appetite as the portion sizes are definitely generous.
Slowpoke Espresso, Fitzroy
A great little spot on Brunswick Street that focuses on quality and flavour over everything else. The drinks will keep any coffee snob happy and whether you’re there for a flat white to go or a full sit down breakfast, you can’t leave without trying the pistachio, lemon and orange blossom cake. Yum.
We are truly jealous at the level of Melbourne’s coffee shops and this is a perfect example. Kinfolk is a popular place that can get busy during peak times but is definitely worth the wait. The food is organic, the waitstaff are volunteers and the vibe is hip yet homey – add it to your list.
Proud Mary, Collingwood
It’s getting boring describing how excellent the coffee and food is at all these places, but it’s just so true. The inventive menu and house roasted coffee makes this place a must when in the neighbourhood. Aunty Peg’s is another part of the Proud Mary family and is also worth a visit.
Patricia Coffee Brewers, CBD
You may see lines coming out the door of this small, cute venue, but it’s easy to see why and it moves along quickly. The coffee is exceptional and people are hooked. It may not be a place to sit for hours and have a lazy brunch, but if you’re just looking for quality coffee and a pastry it doesn’t get much better than here.
Just a short walk up the road from Patricia Coffee Brewers, it may be hard to pick between the two. The pastry cabinet will definitely catch your eye and a flaky, buttery croissant will be hard to resist. But it’s the coffee that you will really love, whatever your order is.
Market Lane Coffee, Prahran
Although Prahran Market is the original venue of this roastery and coffee shop, there are a few other locations throughout Melbourne. Real care and attention goes into the whole process of their coffee from sourcing the beans to pouring it into the cup. A walk round Prahran Market is also a must whilst you’re there.
Top Paddock, Richmond
The decor, the food, the coffee, the atmosphere – there’s nothing not to love about this place. There may be a small wait for a table at peak brunch times, but once seated it’s the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the vibrant plates of food and an iced coffee – or cocktail if that’s more your thing.