Melbourne is the coffee capital – Here’s our guide to the best brews!

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Melbourne is the coffee capital of the world! Big call? Sure! But we are happy to stand by it! After visiting many of the European coffee-centric cities (e.g. Copenhagen, Amsterdam etc) we were impressed, but would still pick Melbourne as a winner. This is mostly due to the sheer volume of amazing cafe’s in the city and surrounding suburbs. Think this praise is an overstatement? Try a coffee from every café on the list below then get back to us. Still not convinced? Got to a random café within 10kms of the CBD, actually, make that 20kms of the CBD.. you’ll struggle to find a bad cup of coffee in Melbourne!

As Melbourne locals we are proud of our coffee culture, and sometimes even a little bit snobby about how we enjoy our brews! However, what you can expect is a vast array of aesthetic cafes located in many great parts of the city serving up top shelf coffees. This is a locals guide to some of the very best coffee in the city of Melbourne! However, a disclaimer is that we haven’t tried nearly all of the cafe’s in Melbourne, purely because there’s so damn many! We will definitely have missed some awesome coffee, and if we have missed your favourite, comment below so we can try it! This list includes over 30 cafes that we love and recommend!

A guide to the best coffee and cafe’s in Melbourne

This is a list of amazing coffee shops located within close proximity to Melbourne and the surrounding suburbs. Please note that this isn’t anywhere near exhaustive (there’s so many great places!). However, we can guarantee you’ll get a good coffee from these cafe’s on the list!

Best coffee in Melbourne CBD

  • Bench Coffee Co. – A small store on Lt. Collins St. with a sleek interior and a focus on top quality coffee.
  • Little Rogue – Located down a cute alleyway (Drewery Lane) in the city, Little Rogue does great coffee (and is popular for it’s Macha).
  • Patricia Coffee Roasters – A highly popular cafe off Lt Bourke St. that is standing room or take-away only. Expect quality artisanal coffee but don’t come to sit here and work.
  • Brother Baba Budan – Another popular CBD cafe located on Lt Bourke St. Enjoy the good coffee and the aesthetic roof art installation.
  • Manchester Press – Located one an aesthetic alleyway (Rankins Lane), this cafe is famous for their bagels, and they do excellent coffee!
  • Supernova – Another cafe along Lt. Collins St. that’s worth checking out for a quality take-away coffee.
  • Industry Beans – A popular cafe for good reason. With multiple outposts, their CBD location is in Lt. Collins Street.
  • Dukes Coffee Roasters – Another CBD staple located close to Flinders St (Flinders Lane).

Best coffee Melbourne’s inner north

  • INI Studios – An aesthetic cafe with excellent coffee located in the inner north within touching distance of Queen Vic Market & Melbourne University.
  • 7 Seeds Carlton – A staple of the Melbourne cafe scene, 7 Seeds do amazing coffee and it’s a great pick in the inner north.
  • ACoffee Collingwood – Another aesthetic, minimalist cafe that you can bank on giving top quality coffee!
  • Mitte Cafe – This cute cafe has a “local neighbourhood feel”. Situated near Edinburgh Gardens, Mitte delivers good coffee!
  • Industry Beans Fitzroy – A sister cafe to the CBD store, this cafe is another top spot for a good coffee!
  • Ona Coffee – A specialty coffee store in Brunswick that’s definitely worth visiting for coffee lovers.
  • Blume Coffee – This little warehouse is located in Abbotsford and delivers great coffee!
  • Au79 – Located in Abbotsford, this cafe is aesthetic, has great brunch options, and also quality coffee.

Best coffee Melbourne’s inner south-east

  • Slater St. Bench – A favourite of ours located along St Kilda Rd near Fawkner Park. Expect excellent coffee and a great spot to sit on benches in when the sun is out!
  • Halcyon Days – Another local favourite, this cafe has excellent coffee, great service and good community feel.
  • St Ali – A South Melbourne institution, St Ali is popular, but for good reason. Offering great coffee and brunch along a laneway in South Melbourne.
  • The Kettle Black – Located along Albert Road between the Shrine and Albert Park Lake, expect good coffee and brunch. It’s a popular spot on weekends so be prepared to wait or book in advance.
  • Chez Mademoiselle – This popular little cafe is located on the bustling Greville Street in Prahran! Enjoy the great coffee!
  • Monk Bodhi Dharma – Situated just off Carlisle St in Balaclava, this cafe has excellent coffee!
  • Chez Dre – Located in South Melbourne, this cafe has had a recent renovation and offers great coffee and good brunch.
  • Wall Coffee – Another Balaclava staple that we love to visit for a good coffee and people watching!
  • Light Years – A popular little cafe in Hawthorn that offers great coffee!

Best coffee Melbourne’s inner west

  • Auction Rooms – This North Melbourne institution is worth a visit. The aesthetic cafe is a backdrop for great coffee and brunch options!
  • Fruits of Passion – Kensington is home to this popular cafe! This was an old local when we used to live northside of the city.
  • Udom House – Located in West Melbourne, Udom House offers Thai Style brunch options and good coffee, it’s a yes from us!
  • Rudimentary – Converted shipping containers serving quality coffee in Footscray. Yes please!
  • Dumbo – Another top cafe in Footscray to check out!
  • Advieh – Middle Eastern brunch and good coffee located in Seddon. Definitely one to add to the list.

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