Melbourne’s favourite hole-in-the-wall hotspots

Melbourne cafes, patisseries and coffee shops have a particular knack for turning tiny spaces into endearing homes. If you haven’t explored some of Melbourne’s best hole-in-the-wall hotspots, here’s a list to get you started.

Chuckle Park Bar & Cafe

A few strides will take you past Chuckle Park Bar & Cafe. A charming, laneway space, expect a no-fuss outdoor design and a tiny caravan dishing out simple bar food. Alongside wine, beer and classic cocktails, you can nibble through toasted sandwiches and antipasto boards.

A group of people sitting and drinking at tables in a laneway which has been turned into a bar

Chuckle Park

Agathé Pâtisserie Petite

The South Melbourne Market institution, Agathé Pâtisserie has quietly opened a second store in the Royal Arcade. Nestled underneath a stairwell, the tiny shop has treats delivered by bike from their South Melbourne bakehouse. Sweet goodies on any day may include matcha croissants, custard hearts and escargot. Good luck choosing just one.


On the corporate end of Melbourne’s bustling city, Patricia doesn’t do much besides coffee. Luckily that’s all most bleary-eyed workers are after. The menu has just three options: white, black or filter coffee. It saves having to put your thinking cap on until later in the morning.

Jungle Juice in Centre place

It’s difficult to miss Jungle Juice, despite the café’s slim entrance and cosy interior. Follow the trail of juice-wielding office workers, and you’ll find a spot that blends some of the best. Stop by for lunch and you’ll also be rewarded with some of the best bagels in the city.

A tiny cafe in a street art covered laneway

Jungle Juice

Bar Americano

A compact bar in Presgrave Place, Bar Americano is a standing room-only spot. Sleek dark wood complements white-tiled walls, while bartenders serve top-quality cocktails alongside steaming espressos. It’s the ideal no-frills post-work drink spot, or a good one to drop by early Saturday evening.

Cup of Truth

Wedged into a corner of Campbell Arcade, Cup of Truth truthfully has some of the finest takeaway coffee in Melbourne. A small pastry-lined glass cabinet and coffee machine encompasses the majority of the space. A no-frills venue below Flinders Street Station, there’s just a handful of bar stools facing the café. Expect a smile with your morning latte.

A people walking through a subway underpass past a tiny cafe

Cup of Truth

La Creperie on Swanston Street

It’s impossible to get much smaller than La Creperie on Swanston Street. The tiny, renovated old newsstand barely accommodates two employees. Dishing out some of the best crepes in Melbourne, order a homemade salted-caramel crepe and be forever pleased.


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  1. Jeff - 30 May 2017


    Seriously, how can you not mention Local Birds (just 2 sq meters inside and 3 seats outside) in The Causeway next to Royal Arcade, and The Switchboard Cafe in the back of the Manchester Unity Building among these. The ones you mention are all great examples though, but these two are the definition of ‘hole in the wall’.

    • The Team - 6 July 2017


      Hi Jeff, thanks for your feedback. That’s a great one. There were always more than we could possibly fit into one blog. We’ll definitely look at doing another one, and this is a great one to include (let us know if you have any more ideas) – Danielle