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The 10 Best Cafes in Melbourne for Coffee Lovers

Picture of Hayley Simpson
Writer
Updated: 4 June 2018

Melbourne residents take their coffee very seriously. Fortunately you don’t have to venture too far to find an excellent cup of coffee. Even in the suburbs, there’s always a delicious coffee waiting seemingly around every corner. Get amongst Melbourne’s coffee culture at one of these amazing cafes.

Axil Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Morning coffee from Axil Coffee Roasters

Morning coffee from Axil Coffee Roasters | © Free-Photos / Pixabay

Axil Coffee Roasters have four amazing locations across Melbourne. Firstly, there’s the cafe and roastery headquarters in Hawthorn; two espresso bars in the CBD (Flinders and Southern Cross Lanes); and a cafe at Chadstone Shopping Centre. Dave Makin and Zoe Delany are the husband and wife team behind Axil Coffee Roasters. They serve and sell both espresso and filter roasts, with coffee beans sourced from Africa, South America, and Central America. The cafes in Hawthorn and at Chadstone also serve a delicious brunch to accompany your brew.
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Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

St Ali Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Australian, $$$
St Ali Coffee Roasters in Melbourne

St Ali's South Melbourne cafe | © Bex Walton / Flickr

St Ali is the passion project of Salvatore Malatesta. He and his team were the leaders of the pack when it comes to specialty coffee in Melbourne. They’ve searched South and Central America, Africa, and Asia for the most highly rated and in-demand coffee beans. Visit their industrial chic building in South Melbourne for brews and brunch. A specialty is their barista breakfast, which includes an espresso, cappuccino, and filter coffee. With free shipping Australia-wide, you also don’t have to be a Melbourne-based coffee lover to enjoy St Ali’s specialty range.

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Sun - Mon:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

Seven Seeds
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Seven Seeds

Seven Seeds baristas at work | © Seven Seeds

Seven Seeds is a micro roaster, cafe, and coffee retailer. In Melbourne, Seven Seeds own their own cafe in Carlton, as well as Brother Baba Budan and Traveller in the CBD. The coffee beans on offer at Seven Seeds change throughout the year, depending on the season. They stock brewing essentials, and espresso and filter coffee. Seven Seeds are known for their sessions on Wednesdays too. With 100% of proceeds donated to the Women for Women in Africa non-profit organisation, cupping is a technique coffee buyers use to taste and score a selection of coffees.
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Mon - Sat:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun - None:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

Code Black Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Code Black Coffee Roasters in Melbourne

Iced drinks are available at Code Black | © Mark Paz / Flickr

“Code Black is simultaneously a laboratory, a workshop, and a hub for connoisseurs of the dark art and science of coffee.” Talk to any coffee lover in Melbourne, and they will direct you to Code Black. They source coffee beans from places like Colombia, Ethiopia, Honduras, Guatemala, and Brazil. Their roasting facilities and cafe are both located at the one site, off Sydney Road in Brunswick. Go for the coffee, but stay for the delicious brunch and lunch menu.
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Sun - Sat:
7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual

Proud Mary
Cafe, Australian, $$$

Founded by Nolan Hirte, Proud Mary is based in both Melbourne and Portland, Oregon—what some would call Melbourne’s sister city in the United States. Proud Mary is a coffee roaster, retailer, and cafe in Collingwood. They also manage the Collingwood Coffee College. The newest addition to the Proud Mary family is Aunty Peg’s, a black coffee brew bar. They also do fortnightly coffee subscriptions, so you are never left coffee-less in the morning.

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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 4:00 am

Meal service:

Breakfast, Lunch

Atmosphere:

Modern, Relaxed

Everyday Coffee
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Everyday Coffee Midtown

Everyday Coffee Midtown | © Bex Walton / Flickr

Everyday Coffee has three locations across Melbourne. Firstly, there’s Everyday Coffee Collingwood, which is open 365 days a year. Everyday Midtown is located on Little Collins Street in the city, and All Are Welcome is found in Northcote. What all of these locations have in common is excellent coffee and delectable daily pastries. Everyday roasts their own filter and espresso coffee too, which can be purchased on their website.

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Mon - Sat:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - None:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Industry Beans
Cafe, Australian, $$$
industry beans

Industry Beans | © Industry Beans

Brothers Steve and Trevor Simmons founded Industry Beans in 2010. Housed in an award-winning warehouse conversion in hipster Fitzroy, Industry Beans is a coffee roastery, cafe, and brew bar. They have three flagship blends: Fitzroy Street, Rose Street, and Seasonal. In 2016, they introduced the Bubble Cup, which combines cold brew coffee with coffee-soaked tapioca pearls, and a house-made consoy. Their seasonal brunch menu, created by Head Chef James Sanders, brings in a crowd every weekend.

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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors, Modern

Market Lane Coffee
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Market Lane Coffee

Market Lane Coffee's range | © Bex Walton / Flickr

Market Lane Coffee have a loyal following in Melbourne. Founded in 2009, Market Lane’s boutique coffee roastery is located at Prahran Market. But this isn’t the only place you can find them in Melbourne. They’re also located at Queen Victoria Market, Therry Street, and Collins Street in the CBD; South Melbourne; and Carlton. Market Lane only serves coffee in season, and loves to share the stories behind their bean sources and producers.
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Mon - Sat:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sun - None:
8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual

Higher Ground
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Higher Ground

Brunch time at Higher Ground in Melbourne | © Higher Ground

Higher Ground is as well-known for its rustic interior as it is for its specialty coffee. Square One Coffee Roasters is the exclusive roaster for Higher Ground and its sister properties: Top Paddock and The Kettle Black. They specialise in both espresso and filter roasts. The food at Higher Ground is also worth noting. Executive Chef, Nate Wilkins has created a menu of imaginative pairings, which focus on local and fresh produce.

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Mon - Wed:
7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thu - Fri:
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat - None:
8:00 am - 11:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Modern, Stylish

Dukes Coffee Roasters
Cafe, Australian, $$$
Dukes Coffee Roasters

Dukes Coffee Roasters | © Bex Walton / Flickr

Dukes Coffee Roasters are an Australian-based specialty coffee roasting company. They’re committed to bringing the “best selection of exceptionally grown, amazing tasting, and in-season specialty coffees to cafes and consumers in Australia.” Although their roastery and training facilities are in Richmond, their flagship store is located in Ross House on Flinders Lane. The bustling city centre location is always busy with workers stopping by to get the perfect cup of coffee to start their day.

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Mon - Fri:
7:00 am - 4:30 pm
Sat:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Atmosphere:

Fast Casual