The aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. The sound of frothing milk. The beautiful latte art. Oh, we miss Melbourne terribly.
Melbourne is to coffee like a stamp is to an envelope. Be it a latte, espresso, cappuccino, mocha or flat white. Be it poured over, filtered or siphoned. Coffee in Melbourne is the best you could ever ask for, if you know where to go.
Melbourne is by no means short of excellent cafes making exceptional coffee. There is no question that the standard of both cafes and the coffee they serve is outstanding.
Having known the humungous list of cafes and specialty coffee shops centralized in Melbourne, we’ve narrowed down some of the famous choices. Go on, get that morning started for Coffee & Brunch!
**Special thanks to SuVyen for the contribution of this helpful guide too!
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The best places to go for coffee (and food) in Melbourne [In no particular order]:
Out of the list we’ve only managed to try 3 cafes and 1 coffee shop (Brother Baba Budan’s coffee beans from Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee Roasters).
1. Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee Roasters
106-114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9347 8664
Seven Seeds are specialty coffee roasters with multiple thriving cafes across Melbourne, contributing to Australia’s modern coffee scene. That said, there are still a number of places that sit above the rest, and Seven Seeds is undeniably among them.
Seven Seeds is a micro roaster, cafe and retailer based in Melbourne.
They source, import, roast and sell what they believe is among the best coffees around the world.
We have to say the Seven Seeds house blend is superb, but the cafe also offers a selection of carefully sourced single origins and guest blends, often from top international roasters. There’s also a small menu of simple food, such as sandwiches and muesli, all made with notably high-quality produce.
The place is regularly busy and always humming with energy. It’s not uncommon to have to wait for a table. WHat’s more when Melbourne University is only a block away so students often drop by while they kill time between classes.
Flat White – AUD4.3
Long Black – AUD4.3
Pickle heirloom carrot toast with avo smash, seasoned lemon ricotta and chilli dukkah + poached eggs & salmon – AUD22
Always amazed with their food presentation and the combination of the carrot toast, buttery avocado mash to the perfectly poached eggs and fresh salmon on top is undeniably impressive. Maybe it was our first meal in Melbourne, but we are definitely satisfied.
Double Wagyu patty burger with Seven Seeds special sauce on a brioche bun + bacon – AUD20
Was reluctant to order this as we were afraid that we might nit be able to finish it, but luckily we did! The patty was enormously juicy! So good on the soft and hot broiche bun!
If you find yourself in the CBD looking for coffee, be sure to drop by Brother Baba Budan or Traveller Coffee, Seven Seeds’ smaller city operations.
2. Proud Mary
172 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9417 5930
Monday – Friday 7am to 4pm
Saturday – Sunday 8am to 4pm
When we stepped in on a weekend, there was a wait for tables, and this isn’t a small space.
The whole space is very slick and shiny with the display and humming sounds from the ever so busy coffee machines and its baristas.
There’s a syphon bar, an army of grinders housing a variety of blends and single origins , a little one-kilo roaster they’ll use to produce small batches for the cafe, as well as a Clover coffee machine.
They serve all day breakfast, hearty lunches, fresh juices, smoothies, single estate teas, homemade cakes and of course aromatic coffee!
We really enjoyed the whole atmosphere while sipping our cuppa and enjoying brunch. Music being played on the old school disc player, watching the floor staffs and baristas getting into the mood & moving with the music as they work, that was cool. Though very busy, they are enjoying it. Love the spirit!
Coffee beans for sale and of course we had to get some!
Seated by the coffee bar, we enjoyed watching the handsome barista doing his filter coffee.
On the house, a single origin filtered coffee. With a sourish finish, Chris loved it.
He offered to do a flat white for us after we complained the first one has too much milk and promised it will be a beautiful one.
Potato Hash – AUD19
Served with charred kale, double smoked bacon, organic poached egg, bagna cauda. Soft and buttery fragrant on the inside with maximum crispiness on the outside.
Cotechino – AUD17
Pork sausage, grilled leeks, lentils, poached egg, zeally bay sourdough. Don’t really fancy this as it was a bit too dry but the poached eggs saved this dish.
You could also head over to Aunty Peg’s or Proud Mary Coffee Roasters at Wellington Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066.
3. Coté Terra
17 Station St, Oakleigh VIC 3166, Australia
+61 3 9939 6805
Mon to Fri 7am – 4pm
Sat to Sun 9am – 3pm
A neat little brunch spot, Coté Terra is just around the corner from Oakleigh’s main strip. A hub for speciality coffee lovers and foodies in Oakleigh and surrounding neighbourhoods as they are offering delicious, affordable and contemporary food and drinks
Their All-day breakfasts feature Noisette breads and classic egg options, while lunch offerings are heartier options which we thought were delicious too!
Flat White – AUD4
Latte – AUD4
English breakfast tea- AUD3.5
Eggs Benedict – AUD18
With pulled pork shoulder, wilted kale, poached eggs, evolving hollandaise on a panini.
Lightly battered calamari with beetroot salad topped with yuzu dressing – AUD14
Soft-shell crab Burger – AUD18
with a dehydrated corn crumb, house made coriander tartar and market herbs on a seeded brioche bun, includes a side of chips. Must order!
Roasted chicken sandwich – AUD12.50
with chipotle slaw, gruyere and rocket on a grain toast. We took away half of this and even after some time, the chicken’s texture was still so moist and tasty. Love its mega presentation too!
With its comfortable neighbourhood atmosphere, Coté Terra is a great way to while away a quiet hour.
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1. Market Lane Coffee
Shop 73-76, Deli Hall
Queen Victoria Market Food Court,
109/111 Therry St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Phone: +61 3 9804 7434
Market Lane is a specialty coffee roastery, cafe and retailer, born and based in Melbourne.
The one we visited is at the famous touristy Queen Victoria Market, showcasing some of their coffees, and have a cupping lab set up. Most people do take aways from here. They also have a pretty & stylish cafe setup at South Yarra if you would like to visit.
The barista is generous and friendly enough, explaining the process with a full in depth how-to as well other than offering coffee tasting to us.
They also have a mighty mighty fine retail section, with beans, cups, books, tools, you name it.
According to him they spend a lot of time sourcing beans from some of the best coffee growers in the world, looking for superior coffees that are distinctive and memorable and can stand up on their own without blending. They only serve coffee that is in season, and we could really tell that they love to share the stories of where their beans came from.
Last but not least, million thanks to our Melbourne host cum my best friend Rennie for all the introduction to your city 🙂 Mwah!
All photographs credits to Papa C of course 🙂
We’ll be back to explore more! Nom Nom Nom!