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Where Can I Find Cafes Near Me In Melbourne?

Melbourne's roasters and baristas are some of the most accomplished, inventive and technical on earth. It seems with each passing month. There’s a new brewing technique, new gadgets or a shift in the idea of what good coffee means. What we do, the rest of the world often follows.

Everyone knows how important coffee is to Melburnians, but not everyone knows where the best coffee in Melbourne is located. Whether it's a flat white cappuccino, long black, filter coffee or some complicated pour-over, we've got you sorted. 

These are the cafes defining the future and, at the same time, giving us the basics at their very best. The only thing left for you is to decide how you like your coffee.

The Amazing Cafes You'd Only Find In Melbourne.

There’s a good reason Melbourne is deemed by so many as the coffee capital of the world. The city’s espresso culture harks back more than half a century, powered by a wave of Italian immigrants. 

But filter brews have taken off with similar integrity in recent years thanks to the skills, passion and finger-on-the-pulse devotion of the city’s baristas. They’re always hunting down the latest tools, sourcing and roasting techniques to one-up themselves and ensure the next coffee they make is their best yet.

Market Lane Coffee Roasters

This Prahran Market favourite offers no alternative milk (there’s no skim or soy insight – only full-fat), and the coffee comes in one size only, but they mean business. There’s a huge focus on transparency and sustainability, and you can take home beans or coffee gear. 

Carlton, Collins Street, South Melbourne, Queen Vic Market

Sensory Lab

Sensory Lab roast, pack, sell and serve their coffee with interchanging single origins always available. Don’t expect a lot of banter here, unless, of course, it’s about coffee; the baristas are serious, and the price tags reflect this, meaning you could pay up to $9 for some single-origin pours. But then, some will argue it’s a fair price for one of the city’s best. Various locations

Dukes Coffee Roasters

There’s a brew option to suit every palate at Dukes, who fast built a rep for pouring excellent, albeit strong, specialty coffee at their original and now closed café in Windsor. Housed in the stunning Ross House on Flinders Lane, the cafe oozes warmth thanks to recycled tile floors and plenty of timber. The coffee-loving staff will gladly guide you through the day’s roasts. Dukes is also committed to ethical trading and have an exhaustive environmental mission statement. 

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Maker Coffee

Inspired by the Maker Movement, an artisanal social crusade, Maker Coffee (formerly Maker Fine Coffee) is a roaster and brew bar creating honest coffee in the heart of industrial Richmond. They specialise in milk coffees, minimal seating, and food options, but there are some pastries and toasties on hand if you fancy a bite with your brew. 

47 North St, Richmond

Everyday Coffee Midtown

The CBD branch of Fitzroy’s famous Everyday Coffee serves up an all-day seasonal blend that’s equal parts creamy, malty and chocolatey, making it ideal for milky pours. There’s a discount incentive if you BYO cup or mug, and pastries and toasties are also available. 

Everyday Midtown is the CBD branch of Fitzroy’s Everyday Coffee and a massive boon for city-dwellers. The shop, just up Little Collins from Swanston, is mostly designed for swift takeaway service, but there is a comfortable minimalist set-up and American diner-style cups to wrap your hands around if you choose to sit in. 

Every day, Midtown roasts their beans in a Melbourne warehouse, and their All Day seasonal blend is a creamy chocolate Colombian mix that’s perfect with milk. The black coffee is always single-origin and always delicious. While the menu says ‘black’, ‘white’, ‘batch’ and ‘pour over’, ordering a flat white or a cappuccino results in a perfect cup and no judgement from the friendly baristas.

Even the fanciest cup of joe will only set you back $5, and there’s a 50 cent BYO cup discount (it doesn’t just apply to Keep Cups – any office mug can net you savings). Bakery partner All Are Welcome supplies the chocolate almond croissants that, along with a flat white, are the best way to start your Monday, or, you know – every day.

213 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

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Plug Nickel

Plug Nickel’s coffee is powered by Canberra’s legendary One Coffee. But the gutsy move to shun local roasters paid off, with the Peel Street café proving itself a permanent fixture in Collingwood’s saturated café market. They’re most famous for their cold brew: a smooth, full-bodied and east-to-drink alternative to a regular espresso. 

7 Peel Street, Collingwood

Monk Bodhi Dharma

Tucked away down Balaclava Lane, you’d be forgiven for missing this café-cum-boutique micro-roaster on the first try. All their coffee is direct trade, seasonal and mostly single estate picked by their dedicated coffee farmers. An all-day menu peddles vegetarian brunch plates like coconut rice pudding and zucchini hotcakes, but the real star here is the house-roasted coffee. 

Rear 202 Carlisle St, Balaclava

Seven Seeds

Open since 2009, Seven Seeds have seen many fads come and go but have kept their heads down doing what they know best: pouring high-quality coffee. Specialising in lighter roasts to suit filter and cold pours, it was started by Mark Dundon after he flipped St Ali in 2008. The coffee of the day might be a creamy and fruity Brazilian gem, which they’ll serve just the way you like it. 

114 Berkeley Street, Carlton

Patricia Coffee Brewers

Following the European standing room only format, Patricia was named after the owners’ respective grandmothers. The baristas are efficient yet chatty, fuelling a steady stream of customers with locally sourced, small-batch coffee. The house blend is a Seven Seeds special that features orange notes with hints of almond at the end. 

Corner Little Bourke and Little William Streets

Padre Coffee Brunswick East

This laidback café has proven an East Brunswick mainstay despite expanding across the country (they’ve even opened an outlet in Noosa). Their popular Daddy’s Girl blend is soft, mellow and chocolatey, perfect for milk-based coffees. Padre’s exceptionally well-trained staff hosts regular barista, roasting and cupping classes. 

438-440 Lygon Street Brunswick East

Bonnie

The house speciality here is their cold drip. The slow extraction method combined with the house-roasted single-origin beans results in a fruity, rich, and slightly acidic cup of coffee. The filter range is equally impressive, with exotic tasting notes like ‘pineapple, green melon, and coriander for the Indonesian Wahana Estate. 

The house blend, a full-bodied, four-bean mix, medium roast with toffee notes, is silky smooth with or without milk. At $4, it’s hardly Melbourne’s most expensive coffee, and there’s no extra charge for single-origin beans, but it’s worth bringing your cup for that sweet 30 cent discount. 

They also supply fizzy water on tap to cleanse your palate. The staff are polite and efficient, and the cool metallic fixtures and newspapers pinned to the walls make for a businesslike atmosphere. The sweet treats on offer are from Cobb Lane because if you’re going to have croissants and coffee for breakfast, they should both be top-notch.

Axil Coffee Roasters

The priority at Axil is high quality, ethical coffee. Their environmentally, and socially friendly beans are roasted locally in Hawthorn. The single-origin options are rotated daily, meaning there’s always something new and delicious to drink, and the seasonal blend has a dark chocolate and nougat flavour profile. 

The staff are happy to talk shop – where it comes from, how it’s made – but it’ll be a short lesson, they’re always busy. There’s no BYO cup discount, but the standard cups of coffee are a little cheaper than many places at $3.80. The espresso bar in Flinders Lane is all about Swiss-level efficiency and quality coffee. 

The Southern Cross Lane location is a larger sit-down affair, with pastries, filter brews, and jaffles – order the one with thyme and roasted garlic mushrooms and melted Gruyère cheese. It’s the best cure to a cold Melbourne morning, especially when paired with a rich San Benedito Brazilian long black.

Brother Baba Budan

Brother Baba Budan stole seven seeds of coffee from the Middle East and took them to India. Now his namesake is a Seven Seeds branch in the city, a noisy, happy place with a single large communal table and a persistent ten-minute wait time (just in case you needed another indicator that the coffee was good). 

The takeaway is your best bet here, as there are more chairs on the ceiling than on the floor. The Seven Seeds roastery provides consistent top quality beans so that the flat whites are eminently drinkable and the espressos dashingly strong. But for our money, order Budan’s coffee of the day. Whether it be a piccolo made with the caramel and grapey Golden Gate blend, or a single origin medium-bodied Guatemalan batch brew, it’s a guaranteed way to expand your coffee knowledge. 

Prices range between $4 and $5, and there’s a 20 cent BYO cup discount. On the snack front, the chocolate chip brioche bun is a must.

Captains of Industry

This is a one-stop gentleman’s shop complete with a barber, shoemaker and bistro. Gentlemen (and ladies) also need coffee, and the brews here are good. Espresso drinks come out of a fancy Faema E61 machine, and the barista measures the milk temperature by hand. A small will set you back $4. 

Little League

Two shipping containers and some AstroTurf don’t automatically make you think of a café, but come now: this is Melbourne. Brunswick roasters and coffee educators Padre carved out this oasis from the bustle of the Queen Victoria Markets and recently sold it to coffee pals League of Honest Coffee. Little League still uses Padre’s high-quality beans. 

Coffee is $4, there’s only one size, and they sell KeepCups if you’re worried about waste. Of course, there’s a range of filter, pour-over and cold drip options, but there’s nothing like a strong milk coffee to perk you up before bargaining with noisy grocers, elbowing your way through the meat hall and perusing the artists’ stalls. 

Ask the staff what beans they think will go best with your drink of choice, and you’ll end up with a cappuccino full of full sweet, milk chocolate flavours from the mix of Colombian and Indian beans. Add a raspberry dark chocolate muffin, pull up a bright blue stool and savour the peace before you dive back into the shopping chaos.

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LB2 Specialty Coffee

Down an alleyway towards Spencer Street lies LB2 Speciality Coffee (which, surprisingly, is not a rolling coffee droid). They pick the best beans from both Axil and Coffee Cartel to craft the perfect cup of coffee. The baristas check to see what kind of flavours you like in your coffee, how strong you need it, and what way you want it before recommending a blend. 

LB2’s brew options include the v60 pour-over, batch brews and cold drips, plus your typical espresso styles. A small latte will set you back $4, as will a batch brew, though a pour-over is usually up around the $6.50 mark, depending on the beans. 

If you bring your reusable cup, there’s a 20 cent discount, and if you haven’t got your reusable cup, LB2 sells KeepCups for $30, first coffee included. Though the single origins rotate, if you can get a long black made from the Riverdale Estate Indian bean, do it. The orange and clove notes make a medium-bodied coffee with a spicy aftertaste. If you’re hungry, nothing goes down better than the eggplant, tomato and Brie croissant.

Cup of Truth

The subway between Degraves and Flinders Street Station is an underground treasure trove. There’s Sticky Institute, Melbourne’s only independent zine co-op; nature-inspired jewellery from Corky St Claire; and Cup of Truth, a true hole-in-the-wall coffee shop

Cup of Truth serves commuters and laneway wanderers from their tiny, sleek black-tiled café that comes complete with a neon sign and Melbourne decal stickers. The blokes behind the machines are always up for a yarn, whether it be about coffee or just about how your day’s going. 

Using Axil roasted beans, the baristas can make the smoothest flat white you’ve ever tasted. All coffees, from lattes to cold drips, are $4 for a small. Matt Forbes provides the snacks, and you can’t go wrong with a chocolate chip cookie.

Tom Thumb

Hole-in-the-wall charm does not mean sub-par coffee. They’re using the Pony blend from Clement (of the Sensory Lab, Market Lane and ST ALi family), so you’re guaranteed a milk coffee with a caramel apple flavour. All black coffees are made with a Sensory Lab single origin, and the busy baristas are happy to run you through the tasting notes of whatever’s on offer. 

Despite the constant queue, the team at Tom Thumb are always smiling. There is a small spot to sit in, hidden away upstairs, where you can enjoy a Reuben bagel and watch the foot traffic of Flinders Lane wander past, but Tom Thumb’s real game is takeaway. 

The price is pretty standard for Melbourne coffee – a black brew is $4, a white espresso variety is $4.50, and the filters are $3.50 (but it’s worth the extra dollar for a large). There’s a 50 cent BYO cup discount, and the brand Tom Thumb recommends and sells (Frank Green) has a neat Bluetooth device you can sync to your bank, so you don’t even need to bring your wallet. 

In terms of snacks, there’s no better afternoon pick me up than the Butterbings, two brownie cookies with thick buttery cream in between.

Code Black Melbourne City

Roasters opening cafés is a formula that’s worked brilliantly so far for Carlton’s Seven Seeds, Collingwood’s Proud Mary and Brunswick’s Code Black Coffee. The café adjoining the Weston Street Code Black warehouse has proved so successful that the roaster has opened a branch in North Melbourne and another in Collins Street, in the CBD.

For a roaster, Code Black doesn’t indulge in much coffee snobbery. Staff are friendly and efficient, only waxing lyrical about the daily rotating single-origin and blend when asked. You could go for the present seasonal blend (a robust citric roast of Brunswick-blended Kenyan Wakulima and Costa Rican beans), but for maximum coffee appreciation, order the single origin as a long macchiato.

There is a range of breakfast and lunch options, from chia pudding and the ubiquitous smashed avo to hearty lunchtime salads.

Workshop Brothers

Inside the brightly light, cream-hued Workshop Brothers café lives delicious coffee. Axil Roasters have been providing the blends and Monk Bodhi Dharma providing the single origins, but Workshop Brothers have branched out and created their everyday blend called the Huntly. 

It’s a peachy tasting medium roast with a crisp, sweet aftertaste, delicious in a flat white. All the white coffees are $4 for a small. Black espresso varieties are $3.80, and they’re all brewed with the daily single-origin. 

The cost of filter coffee varies depending on the bean, and the pour-overs are a little pricey at $7 a cup. There’s a 30 cent discount when you bring your reusable coffee cup, and Workshop Brothers also sell Frank Green brand cups for those late adopters who don’t have one yet. Hungry? Grab a Nutella croissant to go.

FAQs About Melbourne Cafes

Your Local Roaster

You can find roasters selling their coffee at coffee shops, tasting rooms, or public events like farmer's markets. As always, give the packaging a quick check to evaluate the roaster's values and quality standards.

Melbourne is one of the world's foremost destinations for coffee-producing global barista champions, award-winning roasts, and paving the way for how coffee is brewed and poured the world over.

Top Coffee Roasters in Melbourne

  • Rumble Coffee. The team behind Rumble Coffee also happens to have run some of the best coffee bars in the city. 
  • Seven Seeds. 
  • Market Lane Coffee. 
  • Five Senses Coffee. 
  • Dukes Coffee. 
  • Axil Coffee. 
  • Small Batch Roasting Co. 
  • 23 Degreesº

Melbourne's love affair with coffee can be traced back to the arrival of Italian and Greek immigrants after World War II. As a generation of migrants brought their beloved European-style espresso machines to Melbourne, the espresso boom of the 1950s soon became a way of life.

Freshness, flavour, bloom, and mouthfeel are the key factors in spotting great coffee. If your coffee ever tastes metallic, flat, or thickly coats your mouth, the coffee is of lower quality or old.

Conclusion

Cafes are a great place to relax and take a break from the world. They offer coffee, tea, and sometimes food to their customers. If you're looking for cafes near you in Melbourne, this guide will help. 

In this guide, we'll list some of the best cafes in Melbourne and provide information on how to find them. We'll also give you tips on what to order at cafes. Whether you're a local or just visiting Melbourne, be sure to check out these great cafes!

Resources:

10 amazing cafes you'd only find in Melbourne

Best Coffee in Melbourne

The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD

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