Take a great cup of coffee, serve it in a hard-to-find nook and what have you got? Melburnians’ favourite kind of cafe. Hunt down these great hidden coffee spots with the help of our list.
At only 2.5 metres wide, Tom Thumb is all too easy to walk past. Wedged between towering high rises and a carpark, this little winner serves Clement coffee, granola, bagels and crumpets.
Cosily located in a hidden balcony overlooking Flinders Lane, Little Flinders is a relaxed venue for your morning pick-me-up. The baristas here are dab hands at latte art, so you might find a swan, heart or fern adorning your coffee. Toasties, eggs and pancakes do well for brekkie, or grab a wrap to go.
Stand Up Cafe
There’s no need to sit down at Stand Up Cafe – and besides, there’s no room. Hidden at the back of a black brick building to the rear of Flinders Street, this place brews delicious cups of Seven Seeds coffee. Drink it out front, while admiring the gritty ‘loading zone’ vibe.
Hidden in a nook on Causeway Lane, Union Kiosk turns out vegan and vegetarian jaffles and sweets, as well as Allpress Supremo coffee. Your jaffle might be filled with black beans and guacamole, or apple and cinnamon. The gluten-free, dairy-free peanut butter cookie has many fans.
Around the corner from coffee institution Pellegrini’s, Traveller does a fine line in brews and pastries. Part of the Seven Seeds caffeine empire, the petite bolthole in Crossley Street is the perfect layover while perusing the small bookstores and galleries nearby.
Cup of Truth
Located in an underpass adjoining Flinders Street Station, Cup of Truth delivers divine single origin coffee from its moody subterranean perch. The coffee is by Axil and the sweet treats will leave you drooling – say, pineapple and coconut doughnuts or Nutella cookie sandwiches.
Chapter House Coffee
If coffee is a religious experience, there’s no better place to grab a cup than Chapter House Coffee. Under the gothic arches of St Paul’s cathedral, this quiet cafe serves delicious meals like Buddha bowls, pulled pork burgers and paninis.
Make like a student and duck in to RMIT University for a cup of joe at Standing Room’s newest outlet. From a fourth-floor eyrie overlooking New Academic Street the baristas dispense rich cups of Five Senses coffee. The long, timber-lined servery also tempts with sandwiches and snacks.
A boho literary vibe permeates The Moat Bar & Cafe, tucked in a bluestone basement beneath the State Library of Victoria. Book-lined shelves, atmospheric lighting and scarlet red carpet set the scene for great coffee, cocktails and meals. Or head to the plant-filled courtyard to debate the merits of that novel en plein air.
The Bean Project
At the city’s northern end you’ll find The Bean Project, where the baristas work the machines over two locations at RMIT’s Building 80. Well-stuffed baguettes, wraps and rolls make up the food offering, with slices and muffins for afters.