Melbourne approaches coffee with almost religious fervour. With more cafes per capita then any other city in the world its hard to choose where to grab a flat white! Below you’ll find a list of our guides favourite spots in the Melbourne CBD (Central Business District). Some of these are also part of our tours. Our both our history Walking Tours includes a stop where you can purchase a coffee and if you choose to level up to our Complete Melbourne Walking Tour your coffee will be on us!
Aamir: Cartel Coffee Roasters
When searching for his caffeine hit Aamir will make his way to Cartel Coffee Roasters. An independent cafe and roaster that takes their coffee seriously. They have a wide range of coffees to try on site, or you can buy your own beans and take them home.
Lucy: Mister Close
Supplying life saving caffeine to sleepy students and bustling business folk, Lucy’s go to coffee choice is Mister Close. Nestled inside the Target Centre, with entrances just off Swanston St and Bourke St, Mister Close offers a quiet spot for morning tea or a lunchtime meeting.
Vacation serves up my favourite coffee in the whole city. They got me through 12 hour hotel concierge shifts for a year and I’m stoked to visit them on our tours. By roasting unique small batch coffee blends at the co-roasting Bureaux Collective space they maintain incredibly high quality for both in house and wholesale coffee.
John: Cento Mani
John and our tours have been going to Cento Mani since the company began. A proudly Colombian focused cafe, Cento Mani’s food, coffee, roasters, growers and staff stand by the Columbian heritage the cafe was born from. This singular focus makes it the perfect choice for our tours to swing by and grab a coffee from. Don’t let their size fool you, all the best Melbourne cafes are the little ones you don’t expect.
Will: Higher Ground
During his time in Melbourne our Liverpudlian guide Will grabs his coffee from Melbourne’s most popular brunch spot Higher Ground. Located near Southern Cross Station, Higher Ground is the go to spot for high quality food and coffee. We recommend reserving a table as Higher Ground can get very busy, especially on the weekend!
Hugo: Chapter House
Built into the old chapter house next to St Paul Cathedral is Chapter House Coffee. They sport one of the most beautiful outdoor seating areas in the whole city and are great for a quick coffee or a longer business meeting. Serving up beans from Reverence Coffee Roasters, Chapter House invites you to settle in under the big gothic arches for a uniquely Melbourne coffee experience.
We’ve barely scratched the surface of the coffee options in Melbourne with this post but hopefully it will give you a few spots to check out while you visit our city. Want more recommendations? Join us on a tour and we’ll show you much more of Melbourne’s hospitality delights!
Happy Travels from Melbourne ♥️