The first thing you need to know about Melbourne is that they take their coffee seriously. The coffee culture here is intense & truly one of a kind. You can get a delicious flat white just about anywhere you go! But after living there for 5 months, I found the very best places to get a coffee.
If you’re looking for brews on a budget, I’ve mapped out the best coffees in Melbourne for 3.5$ or less. These cafés have quality coffee that is reasonably priced.
Without further ado, below you’ll find the greatest cafés for the best coffee in Melbourne.
Seven Seeds (Carlton)
Seven Seeds is both a chic cafe and micro-roastery located in a quieter part of town. If you try just one thing, the ham hock cheesy waffles Benedict comes highly recommended. The food and atmosphere are absolutely beautiful, so check out this spot for a leisurely brunch, a quick coffee or a study session.
Located just down the street from Seven Seeds, Stovetop is the slightly less popular / less hyped counterpart. There is a grab & go counter as well as a larger sit down area. Stovetop is the perfect place to do work because of the cosy ambiance and light-hearted atmosphere. This underrated spot is one of the best coffees in Melbourne.
This hole-in-the-wall locale serves single-origin coffee, breakfast dishes, and an array of gluten free & vegan sweets. It is located in a converted farm house which makes the vibe super cozy.
Green Refectory “Greens” (Brunswick)
Greens has a home-y hipster vibe that embodies the young neighborhood of Brunswick. I have spent many long hours studying at this cafe (there’s no-wifi, FYI). If you get here early they have delicious day-old 2$ pastries and muffins!
Pachamama Cafe (Brunswick)
Pachamama is a cafe & organic food store in the hipster enclave of Brunswick. This is a great place to catch up with a friend or to do some studying. They also cater to a variety of dietary restrictions. For a healthy start to your day, try a smoothie or garden bowl.
STREAT Cafe (CBD)
STREAT Café offers disadvantaged youth a supported pathway from the street to a sustainable livelihood. The price of your coffee goes to a great cause that offers work placements for young people in Melbourne.
Mr Tulk (CBD)
Located just next to RMIT University and Melbourne’s State Library, Mr. Tulk attracts many uni students. This roomy space is perfect for getting some work done, and the soy latte is one of the best coffees in Melbourne.
Market Lane Coffee (CBD)
Although their coffee is a bit pricey at 3.40AUD, this flat white is my favorite coffee in Melbourne. They roast & distribute their coffee to various cafés throughout Melbourne too. Stop in for a rich, smooth and creamy blend!
Guild Cafe by Almond Milk (CBD)
This is the best cafe in Melbourne for working and studying. Located just inside the State Library, there are plenty of outlets to charge computers. Unfortunately you can’t enter the library with your coffee, so enjoy your cup before going inside.
Industry Beans (Fitzroy)
This cafe is in a creative, lively & modern space with street-side outdoor seating. It is situated in a former warehouse, and is very popular for weekend brunch. Get here early to experience their innovative breakfast options and delicious coffees.
Operator 25 (CBD)
One of the highest-rated brunch restaurants in Melbourne, Operator 25 is not to be missed. It is located in an early 1900s building that housed Melbourne’s first switchboard, right in the middle of bustling CBD. The space is bright, antique, and perfect for a relaxed brunch. Get here early to avoid weekend crowds.
Porta Via Espresso Bar (Carlton)
This spot is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up while exploring Carlton. It’s a bar with a small outdoor seating area, perfect for a sandwich and a flat white.
Code Black (Brunswick)
Code Black takes their coffee seriously, and it shows! This is a great place for a delicious brunch. They also have free wifi, making it a great place to do work.
Auction Rooms (North Melbourne)
This cafe is a hipster paradise with a sunny courtyard and hanging plants. You’ll immediately feel right at home. The atmosphere is lively and warm, and although the food is a bit pricey, the vibe, coffee and pastries are well worth it.
I hope you get to check out these amazing spots for the best coffee in Melbourne. Which one was your favorite?
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