A LOCALS GUIDE TO MELBOURNE'S ADDICTION: 11 CAFES TO FIND A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE

Melbourne is the city of all things coffee, where a barista is as revered as a barrister and a cup of coffee is as necessary as a meal. Renowned for talented baristas and meticulous brewing methods the refined coffee culture is gladly accompanied by the brunch and cafe scene. From Rathdowne’s treelined avenue to Brunswick’s old industrial area, Melbourne has made its fame in the coffee and brunch world.The different neighbourhoods all offer their own spin on Melbourne's most prized meal and from this extreme attention to detail has come plenty of worthy cafes that set high expectations and happily meet them. Here's 11 cafes you'll be sure to find - and enjoy - a good cup of coffee. 11 cafes in Melbourne to find a good cup of coffee | The Love Assembly

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1. Market Lane

Each venue is different, and with four scattered around Melbourne it’s easy to understand why you’ll see their motto “We love to make coffee for the city that loves to drink it,” on cups all over town. Their markedly smooth roasts are self-justifying and the baristas are thoughtful and as helpful as can be (as well as markedly unpretentious).109-111 Therry Street, Melbourne 3000 

2. Padre Coffee

They have the greatest tasting coffee I have yet had the pleasure to caffeinate with. I can’t even tell you about the interiors of their cafes, because it doesn’t matter when the coffee tastes this good. They have multiple locations though, so grab a cuppa while perusing Queen Victoria Markets or enjoy hanging out in their hip Brunswick location, the Brunswick East Project. Their CBD location on Exploration Lane offers Doughboy’s Doughnuts on certain days of the week too, if you’re peckish for a sweet treat with your cuppa.9 Church Street, Brunswick 3056 

3. Wide Open Road

You can find their beans at other favourite cafes around Melbourne such as the lovely Small Victories on Rathdowne Street. The large venue is matched by an enticing menu offering both breakfast and lunch options, with a grown-up drinks section for when a latte can’t solve the problems of adulthood. This is another larger venue that is welcoming to both the lone coffee addict as well as groups, big, bright and airy!274 Barkly Street, Brunswick 3056 

4. Industry Beans

Just far enough from the din of the main streets in Fitzroy, where the buzz of eccentricity is softened by cyclists and a quaint neighbourhood, sits Industry Beans. The set-up suits those looking just to grab a bag of Industry beans, or an afternoon working on a laptop, or a catch-up brunch with friends. Spacious and welcoming, with plenty of natural light the cafe is home to some of the best baristas in town and a favorite of locals.Warehouse 3, 62 Rose Street, Fitzroy 3065 

5. Cafe BÜ

Another North Melbourne gem is Cafe BÜ, which offers a modest toast menu with a standard juice, coffee and tea offering. What makes this spot stand out is the sunny rooftop, which lets you pretend it’s summer all year with sun umbrellas to shade you. They take care in their presentation as well, even if it is a simple latte. Their takeaway windows offer an intimate locals vibe, so even if you have traveled to visit this North Carlton spot it won’t feel like it.585 Canning Street, Carlton North 3054 

6. Small Victories

Because their brunch nearly outshines the coffee they serve Small Victories is a staple in Melbourne brunching. Poached egg dishes are their specialty and when you’re enjoying some of Melbourne’s best coffee in a beautiful northern Melbourne neighborhood life does not get much better.617 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North 3054 

7. North

Another Rathdowne beauty with nice coffee and a simple and satisfying menu. Their salads are as delicious as their breakfast options and they offer fresh baked goodies as well! On the northern end of Rathdowne Village it offers a lovely view of the neighborhood. Take a stroll after brunch to see what we mean.717 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North 3054 

8. Touchwood

Make your way out to Richmond and you will be welcomed with a satiating brunch and lunch menu and a great space to sit and hang or meet up with friends. This massive cafe is perfect for group brunches, but grabbing a seat up front near the baristas when flying solo is just as nice.480 Bridge Road, Richmond VIC 3121 

9. Lemon Middle and Orange

Quickly picking up a massive following for it’s outstanding menu, Lemon Middle and Orange is a wonderful cafe located in Collingwood. Anything you choose on the menu here will redefine what you think about typical brunch food. The neighbourhood matches this cafe quite well (or is it vice versa?), quirky yet chic Collingwood, with a demand for delicious and on-point brunch, lunch and coffee offerings.25-31 Rokeby Street, Collingwood VIC 3066 

10. Le Miel Et La Lune

Just a stones throw from Melbourne University, this spot offers a nice medium between Lygon Street gourmet and hip youth. Their food offerings can satiate those on the go or those with the luxury to sit in their light filled dining room for a sit-down brunch.330 Cardigan Street, Carlton VIC 3053 

11. Manchester Press

Bagels galore with great coffee! Not to mention a wonderful, high-ceilinged room offering plenty of space for everyone getting their bagel fix. You can get bagels any which way you want, simple and sweet, savoury and complicated, all cravings will be satisfied. This spot requires some searching as it’s located down an alleyway in CBD. Did I mention good coffee?8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000 Have you tried a good cup of coffee worth bragging about? Do you know a perfect destination for brunch in Melbourne? Share it with us in the comments below! Read more: Melbourne Travel Diary with STA Travel & Tourism Australia Words: Claire Botsy for The Love AssemblyPhoto: Aubrey Daquinag for The Love Assembly