Melbourne is often considered to be the London of the Southern Hemisphere, and it’s easy to see why. Melbourne is the arts and culture hub of Australia. Its dynamic mix of gritty and stylish hits all the right notes, and its obsession with food culture, made possible by the city’s multicultural and progressive background, make it an absolute must on many travelers’ bucket lists.
Many Melbournians will argue that their city is not only the most livable city in the world but also that they make the best coffee in the world. Although that’s up for debate, one thing that can’t be denied is that the new trend of artisan coffee shops that have swept the globe does draw its origins from this self-proclaimed coffee mecca.
So, what are the best spots in the city to curb your caffeine cravings? Read on to find out our top 10 picks, and make sure to add them to your BUCKiTDREAM list so your friends and family can enjoy a cup of Joe when they go down under, too!
Enjoy the Buzz Of Mister Close Hidden away in a shopping center in Melbourne’s city center is the cult favorite Mister Close. Named after the two owners’ geography teacher, Mister Close is where you’ll find an eclectic menu that uses flavors from around the world and serves up perfectly brewed Campos coffee (a provider that hooks up cafés with coffee directly from the producers). The menu changes daily, and there’s something for everyone to enjoy, whether you’re coming in for a decadent brunch or a quick mid-afternoon pick-me-up.
Address: Shop 13, Midtown Plaza/246 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Put Away Your Computer Patricia on Little Bourke Street is a welcome relief from the overt hipster coffee culture that’s swept through Melbourne. It’s small, minimalist interior offers standing-room only in a gentle nod to the traditional Italian espresso bars of Europe. (Yes, the city’s entrepreneurs must seek refuge in a more MacBook-friendly coffee shop). The silky microfoam, robust ristretto and delectable patisseries make Patricia’s a favorite for coffee lovers on the go.
Address: Little Bourke St & Little William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Go Up For Auction Auction Rooms is one of the warehouse cafés in Melbourne that really nails the essence of the coffee culture in the city. It’s spacious, open-air interior means that there’s lots of room for tables and a shorter waiting time than in many of the other cafés. The coffee is great, and their inventive menu changes with the seasons. This is a great pit stop for lunch with a bigger group of friends.
Address: 103-107 Errol St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia
Join the Coffee Club At the back of Prahran Market is the difficult-to-find but oh-so-charming Market Lane Coffee. This simple café serves up a modest menu of indulgent pastries and tasty coffee. You won’t find flavored syrups here; only coffee served in its purest form. It’s simple, silky and delicious.
Address: Shop 13, Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra
Hang Here If You’re Hungover The Hardware Société is a bright and contemporary space that serves up some of Melbourne’s best brew and authentic French brunch. If you dine in this refined café, order the perfectly crusty French baguette, and dip it into your serving of runny eggs. The coffee is hot and robust, hitting just the right spot after a heavy Friday night.
Address: 120 Hardware St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Come and Say Hello Twenty & Six Espresso is a local hot spot in North Melbourne that serves up excellent café fare and expertly crafted coffee. The service is friendly, and the food is awesome (try the mushroom and bacon plate). Because it’s a local hangout, the lines are usually nice and short. Come here if you want to avoid the city center’s usual crowds and enjoy a relaxing brekkie with time for a coffee (or two) and a leisurely read of the paper.
Address: 594 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051, Australia
Take It To the Top Top Paddock aims to match the diverse flavor of coffee with food with their innovative, gourmet menu. They use a mix of Five Senses coffee (a roaster that prides itself on producing the best, ethically sourced coffee around) and some of their own home-brewed beans. The all-day menu covers those looking for a light muesli for breakfast or a more substantial option for lunch.
Address: 658 Church St, Richmond VIC 3121, Australia
Hold Your Head Up High Located in the grungy, street art-filled lanes of one of Melbourne’s oldest inner-city suburbs is the intensely cool Proud Mary Café. Boasting a simple wooden decor mixed with raw exposed brickwork and a laid-back vibe, Proud Mary’s is the place to be to if you want to start your mornings off with a patriotic vegemite on toast and a freshly brewed coffee made from in-house roasted beans.
Address: 172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
Go For the Coffee, but Stay For the Steak Porgie + Mr. Jones lies a little farther out in the suburb of Hawthorn but is well-worth the trip. Although the coffee here is excellent, it’s really the steak sandwich — made with bacon, beetroot relish, a poached egg and roasted tomatoes — that has hungover Melburnians crawling to its steps.
Address: 291 Auburn Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia
Put On Your Lab Coat Taking a scientific approach to roasting coffee, Wide Open Road is constantly experimenting with different roasts in a bid to discover the best brews. Using beans sourced from South America and Africa, Wide Open Road consistently churns out a well-balanced espresso that confidently treads the fine line of natural sweetness and uplifting acidity.
Address: 274 Barkly St, Brunswick VIC 3056, Australia
If you’re done marking these hot spots down in your BUCKiTDREAM diary, then why not check out the Top Coffee Shops To Explore Around Europe and 10 of New York’s Weirdest Food And Where To Find Them?