Melbourne cafes, patisseries and coffee shops are still serving the hot stuff out of these tiny hole-in-the-walls. Here’s what’s open for takeaway.
Just when we thought Degraves Street, one of Melbourne’s most iconic laneways, couldn’t get any cooler, Tulip Coffee appeared. This classic hole-in-the-wall is artfully decked out in pale pink, with a few tiny tables. It’s essentially built for coffee to go though – seriously good coffee, made with a house blend roasted out of Bureaux Collective. They also have excellent pastries and cookies to make your day even better.
The Alley Edition
Tucked away in Howey Place, The Alley Edition serves up coffee and sweet treats with a smile. The lunch menu keeps it simple with ham and cheese toasties and fresh sandwiches. Don’t be late for the Portuguese egg tarts on Tuesdays.
The atmosphere is electric at Parco Canteen! This former substation on a traffic island near Carlton’s Argyle Square does all-day breakfast lunch. Takeaway a breakfast banh mi or the Thai duck salad, and check out the house-made sweets and fresh pastries from Dench. Don’t leave without a charming oversized business card, featuring sketches by a Japanese artist.
La Petite Creperie
It’s impossible to get much smaller than La Petite Creperie on Swanston Street. The renovated old newsstand is open for takeaway, dishing out some of the best crepes in Melbourne. Order a salted-caramel crepe and be forever pleased.
South Melbourne Market institution Agathe Patisserie has a second store in Royal Arcade. Nestled underneath a stairwell, this tiny shop has treats delivered by bike from their South Melbourne bakehouse. Sweet goodies on any given day may include matcha croissants, custard hearts and escargot. Good luck choosing just one.
At the corporate end of Melbourne’s CBD, Patricia doesn’t do much besides coffee. Luckily that’s just what we’re 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 Bar, despite this laneway cafe’s slim entrance and cosy interior. Find this little spot with a big sign blending some of the best fresh smoothies around. Grab a takeaway coffee and one the finest bagels in the city.
Everything about this laneway counter-only shop is cute, especially the toasted sandwiches. They’re smaller than the Aussie approach, have a smiley face toasted onto them, and the cheese is a bit South Korean-style sweet. Best of all, when you pull the two halves of Rainbow Toasties apart, the cheese stretches out into an eye-poppingly colourful rainbow! Takeaway a tasty rainbow for an instant pick-me-up.
Cup of Truth
Wedged into a corner of Campbell Arcade, Cup of Truth truly has some of the finest takeaway coffee in Melbourne. A small pastry-lined glass cabinet and coffee machine encompass most of the space. A no-frills venue below Flinders Street Station, it has just a handful of bar stools along the counter. Expect a smile with your morning latte. Open Mon-Fri till 1.30pm.