Melbourne is home to a large student population, as there are nine universities with multiple campuses located across the city. There are also many freelancers and entrepreneurs calling the culture capital home. Fortunately, Melbourne is also Australia’s coffee capital, so there are plenty of cafes set up for people who want to study and work away from home. Here are Melbourne’s best cafes, equipped with free Wi-Fi, power outlets, and good food.
Opening in 2013, Two Lost Boys is located down a no-through-road overlooking Windsor Station. Their all day menu has an extensive list of breakfast dishes, including pumpkin benedict and the all-important avo smash. They also have a very creative toasties menu, and a cabinet filled with fresh sandwiches and wraps. Two Lost Boys describe their bright interior as ‘sophisticated grunge’. As a licensed cafe, it’s the perfect place to work and wind down in the afternoon.
Seven Seeds is a popular spot for Melbourne coffee lovers, but it is also a great cafe for freelancers. Inside the wood-panelled converted warehouse, there’s plenty of seating, including a large communal table. Their Carlton location is also close to Melbourne University, so it is often buzzing with students studying, or killing time between classes. Their menu includes standout dishes such as pork neck roti, espresso-infused French toast, and a chicken Cubano.
Small Block prides itself on being a neighbourhood cafe, so you will instantly feel welcome at this Lygon Street cafe in Brunswick East. Although small is in the title, the cafe has two good-sized rooms and a courtyard, so there’s plenty of seating for students and freelancers. The well-priced all-day menu includes ricotta pancakes, a lamb burger, and a big breakfast – the perfect fuel for a day of working away from home.