Whether you’re a coffee fanatic, or you just like a cup on your morning commute — you know how important it is to go to a good coffee house. There’s nothing worse than handing over your morning, to receive a sad, tasteless coffee.
Say “No more”, to those sad, tasteless coffees!
In this article, we’ve researched the best coffee shops in Melbourne. That’s right, 15 coffee shops to choose from. We’re giving you mad options.
So whether you like a shot of espresso, a cappuccino, or a nitro cold brew, we’ve got you covered.
With that said, let’s get stuck in.
First up on our list of the best 15 coffee shops in Melbourne, is Bonnie.
Bonnie specializes in cold drip coffee. They use a slow extraction method, which produces top-quality coffee. All of their beans are house-roasted, and have a superb filter range.
If you try the Indonesian Wahana Estate, you’ll get daring notes of ‘pineapple, coriander, and green melon’. Even their house blend tastes out of this world. It’s a full-bodied, medium roast with notes of toffee.
Even if you like your coffee black, you’ll notice how silky this coffee tastes.
One perk with Bonnie is that it’s a modestly priced coffee house. Their house blend is only $4 a cup.
A good tip is to bring your own cup, that way you get 30 cents off your coffee order. Good for the environment, and your bank account.
The staff is knowledgeable and well-mannered. The atmosphere of the coffee house is business-casual, kinda modern, with a relaxed twist. They even sell amazing croissants, so whether it’s a morning treat or as part of your afternoon lunch, get down there and try their blends.
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Next up on our look at great Melbourne coffee shops is Brother Baba Budan.
If you pop into this wonderful coffee shop, you’ll find top-of-the-line roasted coffee. Whether you opt for the flat white, or you choose the noble espresso, you’ll taste the quality in every sip.
What’s more, you can even order the ‘Coffee of the Day’, so you can discover a new, quality roast. Prices range from $4 — $5, so it’s a reasonably priced coffee house. Oh, and if you bring your cup, you can get 20 cents off your cup.
If you’re familiar with the story of Brother Baba Budan, then you’ll understand why this is a lovely name for a coffee shop.
If not, here’s the concise version: in the 17th century, Baba Budan stole seven seeds of coffee from Yemen, and took them to India. It’s heartwarming to see the tale honoured.
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If you’re looking for a coffee house that is committed to ethical trading, then Dukes Coffee Roasters is for you. Their coffee is sourced from traceable farms and co-operatives, so you’ll always know where your coffee is coming from.
Dukes Coffee Roasters is also good on price. Filter coffee ranges from $3 to $10, so whatever your budget, there’s a cup for you.
If you’re in the mood for an espresso, you can buy one for only $4, and if you bring your mug, you can get 50 cents off. We always appreciate that initiative.
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Captains Of Industry
Moving on with our take on the best coffee shops in Melbourne, we have Captains of Industry.
If you’re looking for a quirky coffee house, then you’ve come to the right place. Captains of Industry is a bistro, and yet also a barber and shoemaker. It’s quite genuine really, a one-stop-shop for all your coffee, beard, and shoe repair needs.
Seriously though, the espresso comes out of a Faema E61 machine — you’re not getting a cheap, shoddy cup of coffee. The baristas also measure the temperature of the milk by hand, everything in this unusual shop is precise to the exact detail.
If you’ve got a partner who’s always bored, patiently waiting for you to get your hair done, so you can continue your day of shopping, here’s the perfect place.
Tell them to relax and have a coffee, while you get the perfect trim (you can even get those not-so-new shoes repaired, while you’re at it).
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Cup of Truth is a small café, located in Melbourne’s underground system. This is a pretty cool coffee shop, as it’s the only independent zine co-op in Melbourne.
While it might be small, their coffee is mighty. The service is excellent, with baristas always willing to help you find the right blend. You can get anything from a cold drip to a latte. Prices start from $4, which isn’t shabby for a coffee shop in the underground.
Next up on our list of the best coffee shops in Melbourne, is Axil Coffee Roasters.
Axil Coffee Roasters is the place to go if you’re looking for great quality and ethically sourced coffee. Talk about traceability – the beans are roasted in Hawthorn. You can get a wide range of coffee, and the single organ roasts alter daily.
It’s also the perfect coffee house to visit if you’re looking for coffee on the cheaper side. A standard cup is only $3.80, so you’ll be saving money, without skimping on quality.
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Continuing our recommendations, we have Everyday Coffee Midtown.
If you’re looking for a coffee shop, that is swift with orders and is designed for takeaway coffees, then this is the place for you. That said, if you want to sit down in this coffee house, you totally can. They have a minimalist seating area if you prefer drinking your coffee indoors.
These guys roast their coffee every day, right in Melbourne. They have the most wonderful blends of coffee. Their All Day blend is a Colombian mix with traces of chocolate and it’s delicious.
While their menu only has ‘black, white, pour-over and batch’ you can ask for traditional coffees, such as Cappuccino or a latte, no questions asked.
Tom Thumb is next up on our list of the best coffee shops in Melbourne.
So, Tom Thumb is a real small coffee shop, because their game is in the takeaway coffee business. However, they do have outdoor seating, and a small space upstairs for a couple of people to sit down.
It’s a little cozy nook, that sells superb coffee. There’s always a queue at Tom Thumb, so you know their product is rated highly. Prices vary from around $4.50 to £3, depending on your order.
They also give you 50 cents off your order if you bring your cup, which is a pretty neat discount.
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This is a great coffee shop for those who like a pastry with their coffee.
Workshop Brothers get their coffee from Axil Roasters, so you know the quality is great. They also sell their own blend called The Huntly. It’s a peachy medium roast, with a sweet aftertaste.
Oh, and back to the pastries. They sell an insane Nutella croissant. And it pairs perfectly with their blend.
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Next up on our list of the 15 best coffee shops in Melbourne, is Patricia.
This is a coffee shop for all you fast-paced, city dwellers. If you want a crafted coffee-to-go, then this is the place for you. Patricia is a standing-only coffee shop, so it’s pretty much in-and-out, or you know, in and standing.
While this is a super speedy coffee shop, you’ll be pleased to know that the baristas are still incredibly helpful. While they rapidly make coffee, they’ll explain to you what coffees they have on offer, and the different tasting notes. So, you don’t have to be a coffee expert to find your perfect drink.
Interestingly, Patricia said ‘no more!’ to sizes-small, medium, and large. Instead, they just have one coffee size at a standard $4. If you prefer a white coffee, then it’s a standard charge of $4.30.
While you’re there, be sure to grab one of their wonderful baked goods. The peanut butter cookie is a fan favourite.
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At Code Black Melbourne City the guys roast their own coffee, so you know you’re getting a quality cup. They have a daily changing blend, so you can always experience a new flavour. And as you would expect, their staff are friendly and very knowledgeable.
It’s a relaxed coffee shop, with good service, and a friendly atmosphere.
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LB2 Specialty Coffee
Next up on our list of the best 15 coffee shops in Melbourne, is LB2 Specialty Coffee.
Here’s a coffee house that goes the extra mile. When you pop into LB2 Specialty Coffee, you can expect to receive a cup of coffee perfectly curated for you.
The baristas will check to see what type of flavours you like, and the preferred strength of your coffee and the method you like your coffee made, before recommending you a blend.
These guys know their coffee. You can get the v60 pour-over, cold drips, and even batch brews.
Coming in next amongst our best coffee shops in Melbourne is White Mojo.
If you’re looking for a coffee house that will break Instagram, this is the place. You’ve probably heard, or at least seen pictures, of this place because it is so photogenic.
The floors are cool Scandinavian hexagon tiles, and here’s even a bejewelled cow’s head on the wall, that’s right, bejewelled.
While this coffee shop is all about the aesthetic, the coffee is also pretty darn good. The house blend is made from Sumatran beans, that have been naturally dried and washed, providing an intense fruity brew.
They do insane food options too, such as a stunning croissant burger.
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Last our list of the best 15 coffee shops in Melbourne – but definitely not least – is Sensory Lab.
Sensory Lab is for those of you who take coffee drinking very seriously. Sensory Lab are kinda like the Elon Musk of coffee. They’re modern, technical, and the coffee shop looks like a little space shuttle. Go figure.
You can trust that these guys roast their own beans, as well as sell and serve them, too. Typically, there are around six roasts on offer daily, which is a decent selection.
The cool part is, the single origins change fairly often. This means that there’s always something new to try.
So, as you can imagine, this isn’t a cheap coffee shop. A single-origin pour-over can cost you over $9. Even a flat white amounts to $4.50. But, keep in mind that every shot of espresso is a double shot, so you’re kinda getting your money’s worth anyway.
Also, these are not your bog-standard coffee roasters. These guys know everything about coffee. If you ask one of the baristas a coffee question, any coffee question, they’ll know. They just know.
Even though it’s a little expensive here, you can guarantee that you’re going to an expert coffee house.
Another little perk of this place is that in some stores (e.g., 30 Collins Street) there are iPads built into the tables. So, you can have a little browse, or a little read, while drinking your expertly crafted coffee. Sounds good to me!
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So, this is our list of the best 15 coffee shops in Melbourne. Whether you visit one of these coffee shops or all of them, you’re bound to find a coffee that is perfect for you and has been expertly crafted.