Category Archives: Best Coffee
This is our top pick out of all the cafes. Excellent coffee, friendly and knowledgeable staff who actually remembered us on our second visit, a variety of beans and blends to choose from as well as a variety of brewing methods, excellent cafe with a real buzz and energy. From the moment we walked in and sipped our first espresso, we knew this was ‘The One’. Superb!
172 Oxford Street, Collingwood, VIC, 3066, AUS
Mon – Fri: 7:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Sat/Sun: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
One of the three Seven Seeds cafes dotted around Melbourne, De Clieu has a nice corner sunny location with a nice indoor/outdoor flow. We had a pour-over and an espresso on a lazy, sunny, autumnal afternoon. Seven Seeds HQ was packed to the gunnels, so we were surprised it was much more relaxed and less hectic. Both coffees were excellent, the pour-over had sugar cane sweet overtones. I really like the later opening hours in Melbourne. In NZ, most cafes are closed by 3 or 4pm
187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy
Monday to Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 8am-5 pm
Seven Seeds HQ
Brother Baba Budan
This is in our top 4 list of the best. Located in brick industrial area with no signage outside, one could easily walk past without noticing it…which is how we like it. Inside is a cavernous warehouse cleverly partitioned to make it seem intimate. There are bike parks inside too! This is the location of Seven Seeds HQ where the roastery is housed. There are two other cafes, Brother Baba in the CBD and de Clieu in Fitzroy. All are quite distinct in their styling and character, which we liked. We had a pour-over with a Brazilian bean. The coffee was presented in a sake-type ceramic container and came with tasting notes. The flavors of the coffee were really evident in this style of brewing. This place is busy, so be prepared to be on a waiting list if it is the weekend or at peak times during the day.
106 Berkeley Street, Carlton, VIC, 3053, AUS
Monday to Saturday 7am-5pm, Sunday 8am-5pm, Public Holidays 8am-4pm
Brother Baba Budan
This is the central city branch of the 7 Seeds coffee empire. Small and cosy with a very casual and rustic atmosphere. We had a single origin Brazilian espresso. Rich flavor and smooth on the palate with a good balance, not too much acidity and slight sweetness. Perfect! Crumpler bag shop is just next door to pick up a funky but functional cycle courier bag (http://www.crumpler.com/au/)
Located in the more industrial area of Port Melbourne, this is another gem. The espressos were excellent, smooth with good depth and body with a touch of sweetness.
Salford Lads Club
1 Fennell Street, Port Melbourne, VIC, 3207, AUS
Mon-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat 8am-2pm
Tucked behind the main Carlisle St shops down an alleyway, hard to find but well worth it. The cafe is small and cosey with dark, warm timber furnishings. It is vegetarian, but not vegan, and has a hippy, flower power feel to it. Espressos are quite a distinctive experience, Columbian bean, intense body with high acidity. They do set menus
Mond Bodi Dharma
202 Carlisle St, Balaclava, VIC 3183, AUS
Monday to Friday 7am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holidays 8am – 5pm
Friday night dinner 6.30pm to quiet
For such a good cafe, they should have a decent website…but at the time of writing this is not the case. Although not critical, with so many good cafes in Melbourne, visitors with limited time use this to sort the wheat from the chaff…shall we say.
Bloody nice cafe and excellent coffee. I think they source the best beans from the best roasters in town, which is a very smart thing to do (much like The Final Step). Very busy when we visited but definitely worth a re-visit.
35 Market Street, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205, AUS
Monday-Saturday 7am-4pm; Sunday 8am-4pm
Set in the bohemian suburb of St Kilda, this is a chilled spot particularly on a nice day. The outdoor seats and tables are little more than upturned re-used boxes, but this just adds to the charm. It has a village/beachy atmosphere in a community that is close to the St Kilda beach. It is a short distance from the hustle and bustle of the more well-known Acland Road shops, which suits us fine. This became our ‘local’ for the first few days while we explored the bay on our bikes and headed up to Port Melbourne. Fresh muffins each day, veggie sangas are yummy and they are open for beef or veggie burgers on Friday and Saturday nights. Supreme organic coffee, which was good, and more of a ‘Kiwi’ style of roast and flavor.
31 Blessington St, St Kilda, VIC, AUS
mon – fri: 6.30am – 5pm sat – sun: 7am – 5pm
Located in a re-fitted old tyre factory, the atmosphere is airy and spacey. A bit too industrial and impersonal for our taste and it must be freezing here in winter. The bar beside the coffee machines is the best place to sit to chat with the friendly baristas about the beans they use and the various forms of brewing. Another place where the baristas are passionate about coffee and will even recommend other places to try out. Monk Bodi Dharma came highly recommended after a visit to Hobba. There is a coffee menu to select the bean and style of brewing. When we visited they had a Cup of Excellence single origin (#8), which would have been perfect for a filter. The ‘cabinet’ food is good here, simple, wholesome and some veggie friendly. Go early in the weekend if you don’t like being put on a waiting list.
428 Malvern Rd, Prahran, VIC, AUS
Serves cold drip, syphon, pour over…they do the lot and they do it better than most. We had espresso and syphon here sampling the excellent Cup of Excellence beans (#3) on offer (refer to blackboard photo below). You can definitely taste the difference in the quality. Open 365 days a year! St Ali is in our top 4.
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne, VIC, 3205, AUS
Monday to Saturday 07.30 am to 5.00 pm
Sunday 08.30 am to 4.00 pm
We sampled the house blend. The espresso was rich, full bodied with just a hint of acidity. A nice brew to start the day with. The cafe is rustic in decor, lots of communal seating and is jam packed most days, so go early (or go home if you can’t…seriously).
One of our all time favorites. Everything good is in this place. It is quite a big cafe but they have cleverly designed it with nooks and crannies to give it a more intimate and cosey atmosphere. Good use of warm timbers with recycled street signs, industrial chic. The large communal table with a row of fesh-cut flowers to divide the space is a nice touch. The muffins and food are delicious and the staff friendly. The espressos were excellent (using ‘5 Senses’ beans), rich and flavorsome and full-bodied, which is how we like it first thing in the morning (a blend of beans from Guatemala and Columbia). There is a variety of bean and brewing options available. It is also conveniently located near the Gipps St exit of the Yarra River cycle path. Go early in the weekends to avoid the crowds and waiting lists.
Three Bags Full
Corner of Mollison and Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, VIC, 3067, AUS
Monday-Friday 7am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 8am to 5pm.
This is the Melbourne outpost of the Coffee Supreme empire from New Zealand. The cafe is small, out of the way, rustic fit out, outdoor seating, simple food and friendly staff…perfect! This is a good detour if cycling on the Yarra River trail. There are many cafes in Melbourne that stock and serve Coffee Supreme. From experience, the few we have sample are generally of a high standard.
28-36 Grosvenor Street, Abbotsford, VIC, 3067, AUS
Closed on Sundays