This blog could stir up some controversy. One thing that Melbournites take very seriously is their coffee, don't ever joke about coffee in Melbourne.
The cafe culture in Melbourne is arguably one of the best in and boasts over 1600 cafes/restaurants in the Melbourne City area alone. That means you never have to go to far to find a great Latte or the more reserved Cappuccino.
American friends - If you are looking for a Starbucks then you won't find many, time to try some real coffee. It's Latte or broke in Melbourne. Almost every cafe you visit in Melbourne's CBD is going to serve a great brew but these ten spots are guaranteed to give you that pleasant shiver and near orgasmic joy as the golden liquid touches your tongue.
001 - Lucky Penny
The Lucky Penny is located in Melbourne's iconic Chapel Street, a spot known for people watching, shopping and some of the loosest nightclubs in Melbourne. Chapel Street is also known as a great spot for the humble Latte.
The crew at the Lucky Penny - consisting of Noah Crowcroft (award winning chef), Tim McGregor, Tavis Rogerson & Lanis Lanigan - pride themselves on producing great coffee & great food to match. They offer, cold drip, filtered options and of course espresso based drinks.
The Lucky Penny
481 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
(03) 9827 5789
Open Mon - Fri 8am-4pm
& Sat/Sun 8.30am - 5pm
002 - St.Ali Coffee Roasters
Ask almost anyone in Melbourne where to get the best coffee and I guarantee St Ali's will be on the list. Salvatore Malatesta and his team are leading the pack when it comes to innovation within Melbourne's coffee culture.
They source their beans from unique locations around the world including, South and Central America, Asia & Africa. Once you sit down for a Latte or five at this amazing cafe you will be left craving more. If you are Australia based then no worries because shipping is free Australia wide.
12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne VIC 3205
(03) 9132 8960
Open Everyday 7:00am – 6:00pm
003 - Code Black
Code Black is like a laboratory for coffee and about as innovative as it get's. Code Black is like a workshop for barista's and coffee enthusiasts as they work to create and improve the best drop of delicious black liquid.
They source their ingredients from all over the world including, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Colombia & Brazil. If you find yourself in Brunswick then make sure you stop off at Code Black and treat yourself to some delicious brunch as well.
15-17 Weston St, Brunswick VIC 3056
(03) 9381 2330
Open Everyday 7am - 5pm
004 - Dukes Coffee Roasters
Located in the heart of Melbourne, on Flinders Lane. Dukes is a bustling hub for coffee fanatics on the hunt for the perfect pre-work latte. Don't let the hustle and bustle scare you away because Dukes is a must visit spot if you are looking to get your lips around the perfect morning cup of coffee.
Dukes also has a roastery and training facility in Richmond and aim to bring the best coffee to cafes and consumers around Australia.
Dukes Coffee Roasters
247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
Open Mon - Fri 7am - 4.30pm
& Sat - 9am - 5pm
005 - Seven Seeds
Mark Dundon sold St.Ali in 2008 (yep that's right the mastermind of St.Ali) and moved to Carlton where he opened up this amazing roaster and cafe with his business partner Bridget Amor. The pair turned an old warehouse into a cafe brimming with personality.
Seven Seeds is busy everyday and brimming with energy and positive vibes. It's probably because the coffee is so damn good. Melbourne University is only a stones throw away so the spot is visited regularly by students.
114 Berkeley Street, Carlton VIC 3053
Open Mon - Sat 7am - 5pm
& Sun - 8am - 5pm
(03) 9347 8664
006 - Plug Nickel
Plug Nickel arrived in Collingwood in 2016 amidst heavy competition from the surrounding world class cafe's. The barista's at Plug Nickel are world class and so is their machinery, they use a Sanremo Opera, a machine designed by world champion baristas.
The machine is packed with tech to ensure that every pour is perfection. It also helps that one of the owners - Sasa Sestic - is a former world champion Barista. The team at Plug Nickel also serve batch brew & cold brew if you aren't feeling the warm espresso vibes.
7 Peel Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Open Mon/Tues 7am - 4pm
Wed/Thurs/Fri 7am - 9pm
Sat 8am - 9pm
& Sun 9am - 9pm
(03) 8415 1425
007 - Market Lane Coffee
If you are on the hunt for an open market vibe then this is the cafe for you. Located in the Prahran Markets this is a roaster and cafe that goes hand in hand with a great day buying groceries at one of Melbourne's favourite markets.
Owner Fleur Studd wants customers to walk away feeling happy and educated. Along with roaster Jason Scheltus the duo put a lot of emphasis on educating their customers about the coffee they are drinking.
If you can't make it to Prahran, no worries! Market Lane coffee also has two other locations; a cafe on Collins street & Victoria street.
Market Lane Coffee
Shop 13, Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra VIC 3141
Open Tues - Sat 7am - 5pm (Wed they close at 4pm)
& Sun 8am - 5pm
(03) 9804 7434
008 - Proud Mary
The moment you walk into Proud Mary's on the backstreets of Collingwood you cannot help but feel the love for coffee. Owner Nolan Hirte takes pride in the appearance of the cafe & obviously the quality of the brews that emerge from the massive coffee machine that dominates the L-shaped counter.
Proud Mary's offer several of their own blends which can be enjoyed via cold drip, V60, AeroPress and espresso. If you are stuck in Collingwood then this is definitely a great spot to wait for public transport.
172 Oxford Street, Collingwood VIC 3066
Open Mon - Sat 7am - 4pm
& Sun 8am - 4pm
(03) 9417 5930
009 - Omar & The Marvellous Coffee Bird
Well the name alone is reason to go!
'This cafe and roaster’s name is based on a Yemeni legend: a sheik named Omar was bordering on starvation after being exiled. As he trailed through the desert, he noticed a bird chomping on coffee beans. After failing to ingest the beans, Omar decided to boil them. He discovered a revitalising brown concoction, similar to what we know now as coffee.' - Quoted from Broadsheet
The name and back story suggests a strong personality to this cafe & that is exactly what you get. An amazing team with some incredibly delicious cups of coffee. This cafe is also a great spot for the early birds with 6am starts during the week.
Thanks to Omar for your incredible discovery.
Omar & The Marvellous Coffee Bird
124 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale VIC 3185
Open Mon - Fri 6am - 4pm
& Sat/Sun 7am - 4pm
010 - Patricia
Patricia is a quaint little cafe in the heart of Melbourne's bustling CBD. Situated among the towering corporate offices this tiny cafe get's plenty of foot traffic especially with the coffee being this good.
Combining some traditional European style with the contemporary and modern Melbourne coffee feel. This is not the spot to go if you are expecting a seat and some brunch but for those in a rush that need a caffeine fix then this is the perfect little spot.
Corner Little Bourke & Little William Streets, Melbourne VIC 3000
Open Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm
(03) 9642 2237
Well that's today's coffee fix sorted, now go enjoy the rest of your travels around Melbourne with our 61 Point Guide to traveling Melbourne in 2018.
Life is Great. Travel is Better but... Coffee is Best!
Paulo & Jacques.