Melbourne Coffee Culture: Top Spots for Bean Lovers

September 28, 2011 by

Best Of Lists, Local Recommendations, Things To Do

Find the perfect cup of coffee in Melbourne
- photo courtesy of Toshihiro Oimatsu via Wikimedia Commons

Make no mistake about it, Melbournians are mad about coffee. Consuming, on average, a whopping 2.4kgs of coffee per person per year, it’s no surprise that coffee has become a serious business here.

With cafes and coffee carts on every corner and discerning caffeine addicts seeking out the city’s very best latte, competition is high and skilled baristas are in big demand.

If you’re serious about your coffee too, check out my top coffee spots in Melbourne.

CBD (Central Business District)

Cup of Truth, Degraves St. Subway
This cute ‘coffee cupboard’ is a relative newcomer to the city’s bean scene. It’s perfectly positioned under Flinders St. Station to entice tired commuters.

Degraves Expresso Bar, Degraves St.
This stalwart of the coffee scene provides the perfect place to linger under shade umbrellas in trendy Degraves Street.

Brother Baba Budan, 359 Little Bourke St.
These guys are serious about their coffee. Focused on specialty coffee they have a particular interest in Single Origin Beans.

Pelligrinis, 66 Bourke St.
Ok, so it may lag behind the others when it comes to coffee perfection but this little Italian institution is worth a visit for its décor alone.


Jasper Coffee, 267 Brunswick St.
Fair trade and delicious – you can’t get much better than that.

Mario’s Café, 303 Brunswick St
A Fitzroy institution, a cup of love from Mario’s never fails to hit the spot.

This is by no means exhaustive! Great coffee can be found all over Melbourne and its inner suburbs. Where’s your favorite Melbourne coffee shop?

- Emma McMahon

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