You might live a busy lifestyle but you still need to eat (and drink). If you work in the city, Flinders Lane has all your weekday needs covered. Read our survival guide on everything from morning coffee and meeting hot spots to a sneaky after-work tipple.
The morning coffee run
Tucked under the archways of St Paul’s Cathedral, pick up your morning caffeine hit at Chapter House Coffee. Skipped breakfast? Grab a Buddha bowl, or maybe a little homemade treat for a mid-morning snack.
Whether you’re a single origin, batch brew or iced latte kinda person Axil Coffee Roasters know how to do a good brew. What’s more, the team are actively committed to Direct Trade coffee, meaning that farmers and producers are getting a fair price.
For organic and ethically produced coffee, perk up at Dukes Coffee Roasters. Can’t get enough of their speciality coffee? With beans and coffee equipment available instore, you can perfect your own brew at home.
Clean eating lunches
Had an indulgent weekend or need to balance out those morning meeting assorted creams? Seedling Café is all about clean, gluten free, paleo inspired food. Try their superfood salad or their signature baked eggs for something a bit different. Eating around the boardroom table? Check out their catering menu.
When you’re after more than soup or a sandwich, Laneway Greens serves up nutritious, healthy meals made from quality, local ingredients, all ethically and sustainably sourced. Their Laneway bowls have developed a cult following, and can be washed down with a superfood packed smoothie.
A quick lunch meeting
When the 12-1 slot is the only available time in the day and you’re dying to get away from the white walls of meeting room one, mix business with a little pleasure at one of these lunch spots.
Tucked into the City Library building is the comfy and quaint Journal Café. They serve all-day bruschetta, lasagna, soups and more, alongside top quality coffee to keep you caffeinated and cosy. Stay after dark, as it turns into a wine and antipasto bar.
Offering up savoury and sweet, Roule Galette is a little taste of France tucked away in Scott Alley off Flinders Lane. With crepe flavours from your dreams, try the truffle salmon or camembert, or go sweet with toppings including apple and cinnamon, raspberry puree and of course, nutella! Bon Appetit!
Put some spice on the agenda of your next lunch meeting at JingJai Thai. Go classic with traditional Thai dishes like pad Thai or crispy pork belly, or be a little more adventurous and opt for their signature Spicy Boat noodle or ‘Anchan’ – purple noodle with grilled chicken.
After work wind down
So you’ve clocked off for the day and feel like giving yourself a little treat before heading home?
Brunetti’s can’t be beat for a sneaky and scrumptious snack, but if you’re after something a little more ‘grown-up’ check out their Campari Bar. Whether you’re after a Spritz, vini, cider, birra or a cheeky cocktail, you’ll find something to wet your whistle. Pop in between 4pm and 7pm for a $10 Aperol or Campari spritz.
Hidden beneath Flinders Lane lies late-night bar and eatery, The Mill House. With more G&T options than you can poke a stick at and a mouth-watering cocktail list with names like Tira-miss-you and Kiwipatra, after work drinks never looked so good. If you happen to stay a little longer than planned, tuck into the tasty South-American inspired food menu including pizzas, burgers and their signature Peruvian fried chicken.
Looking for more hidden hideouts, underground bars and must-try eateries? Melbourne’s streets and laneways are packed with secrets and we’ve rounded up the best of them. Check out our guides to Degraves Street and Centre Place. Shhh, don’t tell anyone we told you!