There is no doubt that Melbournians love their coffee. The city offers one of the most flourishing coffee cultures, so coffee aficionados are spoilt for choice. Only a stone-throw away from the city, you will find the vibrant suburb of South Melbourne
. The main attraction, undoubtedly, is the South Melbourne market, but if you stick around long enough, you will discover countless amazing cafés. Here is our guide to the best.
Brazil Coffee And Supply
Brazil Coffee and Supply can easily be missed en route to the South Melbourne market due to its small signage, but its consistently great cappuccinos and friendly head barista are definitely worth the stopover. The café is small yet hosts a contemporary and thoughtful coffee-themed décor. Offering amazing blends and spot-on temperature, this little gem deserves more credit.
Brazil Coffee and Supply,111 Cecil St., South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9077 8094
Stokers Fine Pancakes
They say it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and that is definitely the case when it comes to this little gem. Stokers may not look like much on the outside, but step into this little café and you will fall in love with its charming vibe and cozy fireplace. Each cup of coffee is thoughtfully extracted and beautifully executed. The Industry Beans used in their house blend deliver a naturally sweet espresso that can be enjoyed by itself or in combination with their mouthwatering pancakes.
Stokers Fine Pancakes, 231 Clarendon St., South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9682 8403
Using Single Origin beans from Sydney, Giddiup definitely delivers a great latte. The strength is superb, and the milk is steamed to perfection, offering just the right layer of microfoam. The space is petit, but the large windows and contemporary design offer a bright and inviting space. In addition to great coffee, this little café offers a hearty big breakfast and delicious array of sandwiches prepared with fresh local ingredients.
Giddiup, 269 Coventry St., South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9682 8820
Magic’s location is a bit isolated yet definitely worth the trip. The space is small, funky and inviting, with artwork displayed across the high ceiling walls. The latte is smooth and packed with flavor. If your cravings extend beyond coffee, grab one of their delicious donuts that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Magic, 286 Ferrars St, South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9041 8940
Meeting Hub Cafe
The Meeting Hub Cafe is yet another lovely little café, complete with a charming and inviting French provincial décor, that can be easily missed amongst the continuous shops lined up on Clarendon Street. Using Axil coffee roaster beans, the extraction for the macchiato is spot-on, packed with flavor and just the right amount of foamed milk.
Meeting Hub Cafe, 316 Clarendon St., Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 8528 5440
Just off Clarendon Street, one can find Cafe Zappa, a quirky little café that takes you back in time, offering a cool homey vibe and a great cup of coffee. The extractions are up to par, the service friendly, and if you’re feeling a little hungry, there is plenty of delicious food.
Cafe Zappa, 206 Bank St., South Melbourne, VIC, Australia, +61 3 9699 9333
St Ali Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Australian, $$$