Top 20 Cafes in Melbourne for Client meetings

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Caffe e Torta

$$ - $$$, Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address314 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 434 595 885

Website: https://www.caffeetorta.com/

Great brekky

Looking for a cafe for breakfast on Easter Sunday and fortunately found this place, great vibe, unhurried and excellent food. Partner had the porridge (just like Grandma used to make!) and I had Feta mushrooms and poached eggs...delicious. Highly recommend this place

Awesome Coffee, Italian style...

... we just randomly dropped in for a coffee and this place became our go to place on this visit. Today we had lunch, and coffee, and it was delicious. We loved the atmosphere and friendly service all delivered in a tight space with grace and humour. YMMV

PS check out the Vespa parked out front!

What a find

I don’t normally have much for lunch but was drawn here by the fact that they know that Bolognese does not authentically go with spaghetti but it’s tagliatelle or fettuccine. Was not disappointed. Although the name translates to coffee and cake it offers much more than that.
Situated at the end of the Royal Arcade the only disappointment was that it closes at 6pm except on Fridays when it is 7pm.

Excellent

When in the city this cafe is a gem, great coffee, yummy food and service. The selection on the menu covers everything from breakfast onwards or if you just want coffee and of course a sweet treat there are many to choose from ! Sit outside and watch the passing parade!

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Gordon's Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly
Address304-306 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9663 5103

Solid breakfast in a little lane

Early start, this cafe opens from around 7am. Staff were good. The apple juice was great and the simple breakfast items were done well. I'd be back for the convenience, and the food was nicely cooked. Sitting is inside or out.

Good!

I ordered Lasange and was really yummy . Food is really good and service is also good . We ordered only one meal ciz we were not hungry and asked for share . No problem . Price aroud 15-20$ 
All is ok , recommend Gordons Cafe

Breakfast

Called in for breakfast on Christmas eve. We were served quickly and given plenty of time to choose what we wanted. Ordered coffee and hot chocolate first which came out hot and was so nice. There was a selection of breakfast options. We chose the big breakfast and scrambled eggs and bacon. They were cooked to perfection. The cafe is clean and the service was very friendly.

My new regular

I discovered Gordon’s while looking for a place to have breakfast in Melbourne CBD. It has now become my regular place when on business in Melbourne. The staff are friendly and the food is good. It ticks all my boxes.

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Brother Baba Budan

$, Cafe, Australian

Address359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9347 8664

Fantastic Coffee

Wonderful place to go for coffee either sitting down or takeaway. It is a coffee lovers dream, they do not offer syrups just genuine coffee - honestly the coffee doesn’t need it. Would highly recommend if you are ever in the area.

Great for coffee lovers

If you’re into your coffee then I’d highly recommend visiting brother baba, it was the best coffee I had during my week long stay in Melbourne. The decor is cool and they know how to make a perfect long black!

Coffee Hit

Great little place with great tunes and coffee. Can be very busy at times as there is little seating inside.
Love the effect of chairs on the ceiling and the coffee scoop as door handle. Cute little place tucked away in the little streets of Melbourne CBD

Quirky environment, great coffee

Came here for the first time based on Trip Advisor ratings - we were not disappointed!

Coffee was delicious - strong but not bitter or burnt. 
Their blended almond & date milk is different. It's something to try but not for ones who like a "traditional" tasting coffee. 

Warm & welcoming staff even with the very busy rush.
Quirky environment with good choice of music.

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Krimper

$$ - $$$, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly

Address20 Guildford Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9043 8844

Website: http://www.krimper.com.au

Beautifully decorated urban restaurant/cafe

Great table service, good prices - even for those of us who are more frugally observant. Staff are friendly and there isn't a long wait for food. And the food is pretty great. Highly recommend the sandwiches of the day - both for value and for taste.

A great Melbourne spot, well hidden!

I've been to Krimper numerous times, but for this review was a catch up with a friend in the CBD - she didn't know about Krimper, despite working just around the corner! I first came at friend's suggestion and have been back many times since due to the quality and diversity of the menu and fair pricing - well worth a visit for any meal time!

Return Every Trip

Went twice over a very long weekend in Melbourne recently and the first time it was a great brunch as I expect from Krimper. Unfortunately the second brunch was not as good and that is OK. It happens, but the waitress could not have cared less when I explained our issues when paying.

Delicious

Absolutely delicious breakfast here recently. The waitress was so friendly and accommodating, she was a total delight. Coffee was excellent. Decor is cool. Would return.

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Roule Galette

$, French, Cafe, Healthy

Address: 241 Flinders Lane Shop 2, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9639 0307

Website: https://www.roulegalette.com.au/

Purely French, this cosy tucked away Cafe had great coffee and my reakfast crêpe was delicious. The price was extremely good value. Well worth a visit and enjoy watching your crêpe cooked and listen to the attentive staff conversing in French.

Great little french crepe place in the city. Typical Melbourne laneway. The restaurant is very small but has two premises on opposite sites of the lane which adds to the quirkyness. 
Service was very frenchy and friendly. Crepes were tasty , the organic french cider a great accompanying drink. One of the crepes unfortunately was a bit cold, we mentioned this to the waitress and when we paid the charge was automatically removed which I thought was a great gesture. We will definitely be back.

6 of us went for a family breakfast this morning. Really nice coffee. We all had savoury meals which were good but I have to say the sweet crepes we saw looked even better. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. We’ll definitely be back again.

As I am gluten intolerant it was really good because if how many options they had and I would definately visit again as well as the amazing aroma and the friendly staff ( who speak French to indulge in the setting) the food was amazing

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Caffe E Biscotti

$$ - $$$, Italian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address317/319 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9650 7705

Laneway Lux

Wandering Melbourne laneways uncovering some treats found the perfect venue for breakfast.

A menu to suit all tastes and dietary needs.

It felt very ‘Parisian’ helped enormously by our fabulous French Waiter.

The food was fabulous - generous portions and a lovely atmosphere.

A must do

Light lunch

Found this little place in an alley off Little Collins Street when looking for a light Saturday lunch. A nice girl showed us to our table.
The $10 French rose was delightful.
We also had the $25 pasta special with tiger prawns - excellent.

Friendly efficient staff and good food and coffee

Dropped in for lunch and sat at counter outside in Block Place. Nice Chicken Caesar Salad. Chose it because it didn’t have anchovies unlike the cafe further down. Small selection of wine but extensive list of coffee

Great Lunch in the Arcades

Had a lovely lunch in the Arcades, sitting outside watching Saturday shoppers go by. Great service and even better food. Recommend the cheese board, and crushed avocado on toast with poached eggs, yummy. Great coffee too

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Postal Hall

$, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 116 Russell St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9663 0998

Great breakfast

Such a shame I found this on my last day in Melbourne. Quick, polite service helpful in making the selection. 
Coffee was as you'd expect in Melbourne to be great and also the breakfast, the poached eggs are the best. 
Funky place too with great music. Relaxed atmosphere. 
Top mark

Tasty lunch, great coffee

I’m visiting from Sydney and found a perfect location for a quick lunch with fast and friendly service. The burrito bowl was amazing. The best coffee so far. I’m tempted to come back for their breakfast.

Go to place from interstate

Whenever we are in Melbourne we are staying somewhere around the 'Paris' end of town and our absolute Number 1 go to place for great coffee and a delightful breakfast menu is Postal Hall. Just can't be beat at this end of town. With slick service and a warm fell these guys are always welcoming to us and it is our cafe away from home in Melbourne. I can't give a better endorsement than that. It's special.

Great coffee, good range of light snacks

Had very good Campos flat whites. Also good brownie and muffin. Definitely not a packet mix! Plenty of seating. Friendly staff. Good atmosphere. They do have a toilet but you need to ask for the key and walk about 75m round the back!

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Seedling Cafe

$$ - $$$, Quick Bites, Cafe, Healthy

Address: 349 Little Collins St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 450 190 365

Website: https://seedlingcafe.com.au

Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Gluten Free...

A very tiny place to get exactly what your specialized diet requires quickly that won’t break the bank. My wife and I are in Melbourne a lot and this is our go to morning spot to get our bulletproof coffee and a bite to eat. In a world of fried, processed, chemical laden food...thank god for Seedling!!!

A Melbourne laneway treat

In the heart of the city there is a lot of heart in this little cafe tucked in on the ciorner of Little Collins and Equitable Place. Cuisine speaks to paleo and keto and it is bloody delicious. 
The cafe itself is small and noisy and seating is not overly comfortable but the food and drinks make up for that.
Highly recommend tge strawberry smoothie and the spiced scrambked eggs!

Outstanding!

On a solo short trip to Melbourne I was searching for a warm wholesome vegan breakfast when I stumbled across this cafe. The staff were very friendly and I had the warm seasonal bowl from the special board. It was quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever tasted. My mouth waters when I think about it!! My soy caramel latte was also amazing. Will be sure to return every time I’m in Melbourne!!! Thank you!

What a Find!

Totally awesome cafe that caters for every dietary requirement. it's natural, organic, gluten free and paleo. The chocolate caramel slice-gluten free, raw, vegan refined sugar free, was the tastiest healthy treat I've ever eaten. I could eat everything in this cafe and I went back three days in a row to get my decaf-flat-white-on-almond. Amazing!

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Self Preservation

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 70 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9650 0523

Website: http://www.selfpreservation.com.au/

Friendly staff, delicious food, good value, relaxed atmosphere

Every time we visit Melbourne’s CBD, we eat at Self Preservation. The staff are friendly, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is relaxed, great value for inner city prices. You can sit at a table or a long communal bench. On a recent day visit to Melbourne from Bendigo (a fun train trip), we went to Self Preservation for a light lunch after arriving in Melbourne and an evening meal before we caught the train back to Bendigo. The evening meal started out as a glass of wine before the journey but turned into a shared plate meal. Trout rillette, sardines, long macchiatos (really gutsy and caffeinated) and two glasses of wine, a viognier and a chardonnay, set us back AUS $69. The wine totaled $27 so the food was good value and it was tasty. Fantastic.

Dropped in for fast lunch

Was walking and talking with a business colleague and dropped in due to being hungry. Had the pasta special and it came quickly and I was not disappointed, with the presentation, the taste and the service - loved it.

Drinks and light dinner

This cafe has a great creative attractive interior with interesting displays, and staff are helpful. Food menu is a bit limited but this means attention to quality can be provided, it is cooked well and presented well. There is a long communal table as well as a number of different size ones. Would recommend

Cute cafe

A friend and I stumbled across this place for breakfast. We sat outside as it was busy inside. The service was friendly and quick. The food was good. The coffee was small as it only comes in one size and my friend was disappointed they didn’t serve chai tea but overall it was a lovely breakfast. The pastries in the window looked delicious.

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Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe

$, Japanese, Asian, Sushi

Address20/620 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9620 9548

Good Japanese Cafe

It is located near Southern Cross Station. I tried the Tsuke Don, which includes premium salmon sashimi dice, mixed vegetables and japanese rice. Pretty affordable and value for the money as there was a good portion of salmon sashimi. The staff were very friendly and quick to inform new customers that they only could accept cash due to some technical issues.

Quick service and food

I can understand now why they call this Japanese Cafe instead of Japanese food. Interesting place and some modified Japanese cuisine. We spent less than 30 minutes there. The service was quick and the food was good. Recommended

Matcha panna-cotta

Absolutely adored our meals here, affordable, quirky and lovely interior - offered a lovely solace from a rain-heavy Melbourne day. My favourite Japanese place in the Melbourne CBD. The miso soup was divine and authentic, made traditionally not from powders. The surprise was the matcha panna-cotta. As a lover of all things matcha, I didn't realise how delectable matcha can be in panna-cotta with real vanilla seeds and a base of red adzuki bean paste. An absolute must if you're in Melbourne!

Simply a good place for a good quick hearty delicious meal

First time we came, they were closing and selling their sushi rolls half price at around 8pm. My son said it was the best sushi roll he has ever had. 
We came again the next day, he had more sushi rolls and I had grilled chicken curry rice. The Japanese curry is mild yet authentic. I never really liked Japanese curry but this one is good. My other son really loves Japanese curry and I am sorry he was not with me today:-)

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1932 Cafe & Restaurant

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address220 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9663 5494

Website: http://bit.ly/2VsSgfE

Great breakfast

Stopped by for a quick breakfast while on a business trip. Grabbed the Smashed Avocado on Toast, with poached egg and bacon side. Was well presented, and tasted great. Coffee was good too. Will be happy to come back.

Amazing cafe

We enjoyed breakfast here as part of a Manchester Unity building tour and it was amazing! Lovely glass of prosecco on arrival, Tea 2 teas, delicious breakfast, followed by an equally beautiful dessert. My potato dish with smoked salmon, hollandaise poached egg, and avocado was very memorable. The wait staff were friendly and made our morning special. Highly recommend, and a most enjoyable way to see one of Melbourne's iconic buildings.

Worth the effort

Beautiful building & worth the trouble to visit. I was very happy with the visit. Only thing I would have liked to have seen was some time spent on the presentation showing pictures from the actual build & opening day etc. The breakfast was also very nice & great coffee!

Manchester Unity Building Tour & Breakfast

Fantastic tour led by a very knowledgeable tour guide Chloe. A truely beautiful Artdeco building being beautifully restored. Love love loved the roof top deck and wood lined board room.
The breakfast was ok but definitely not as advertised, no smashed avo with bacon and eggs, no smoked salmon, eggs and hollandaise sauce, an ok frittata and a very garlicky mushroom rague. 
The tour was a hit, the food ok

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Soul Cafe

$$ - $$$, Quick Bites, Cafe, Australian

Address: 195 Swanston St The Swanston Hotel, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 1300 650 315

Great coffee!

Staying at the Swanston Grand Mecure next door we called in several times here for coffee and breakfast. My five stars are for the coffee which we all felt was consistently good and above average. The prices for their breakfasts are fair and they too are good. Just say 'soft' if you prefer runny poached eggs. Bacon is tasty and we were happy to re-visit this cafe

Good fish and chips lunch

I had a voucher for lunch and was pleased to find the fish and chips. There are so many eateries with nouveau menus that cover the food in 'decoration' - green leafy things or have 'sides' of coleslaw, etc. Fortunately the servers were happy to accept customers' requests to omit these wastes of good food. Not everyone eats those things. Fish and chips just need a side of tartar sauce. Questions below ask about wheelchair accessibility. This is unfair. I have no idea about this. I just walked in from the 'games room' full of slot machines and out through the front door.

Understated but good

We had a good breakfast, omelette, poached eggs and coffees here one morning as we stayed at the Mercure next door. All was acceptable service was efficient and we noticed many locals buying coffees and breakfasts on their way to work.

Great breakfast and fast service

You may walk past this small cafe as the sign is fairly restrained, but for a very tasty breakfast at a time when most other cafes around aren’t open, it’s worth a visit.
The menu is small but covers every taste and I can highly recommend the zucchini, pea and haloumi fritters which were amazing and looked appetising too. Prices are good and it’s a quiet but friendly environment.

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Bowery to Williamsburg

$$ - $$$, American, Cafe, Australian

Address16 Oliver Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9077 0162

Website: https://bowerytowilliamsburg.com.au/

...A good pickle made all the difference

A delightful breakfast. The waiter suggesting coffee at the bar rather than waiting in the cold worth a mention. Whilst I bumped elbows Dianne sought more from the communal bench. The pickled fennel the highlight.

Amazing Fried Chicken & Waffles

Down this little lane in Melbourne which is where you can find some of the most delicious surprises in Melbourne. 

There is indoor and outdoor seating, downstairs has a huge share table. There is a great range of NY American foods that are quite good (Australianised). The service is friendly and quick with servings very generous. 

I have had business meetings here but it’s pretty noisy so you probably couldn’t play a video or dial someone in on a conference call. 

There are also a few stairs so access maybe a problem for wheelchairs or prams. 

I would definitely recommend if you were looking for a US food experience.

NYC in an alleyway

Tucked away in one of Melbourne's laneways, this little N.Y. style cafe was a good find for breakfast. Food from an all day menu was hearty and service fast and friendly. A downside was the communal dining table which is not everyone's favourite first thing in the morning.

Such a fun place

Being ex-New Yorkers we had to go to this restaurant for brunch. A very New York menu with bagels and sandwiches. It was excellent!! We knew it was good by the line of people waiting to be seated. Don't miss this one!

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RMB Cafe Bar

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address37 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9671 4455

Website: http://www.rmbcafe.com.au/

Best service ever!

My friend and I went for brunch at RMB cafe today. Our wonderful waitress Kristy helped figure out what we wanted to order and gave reccomendations. I got smashed avo with goats cheese and she noticed that I didn’t like the taste and offered to change the whole meal. Wonderful service and very aware. She made our experience wonderful. Will definitely come back. Kristy needs a raise!!!

Warm service on a cold day

On a cold day in Melbourne, we opted for this eatery and the golden calamari, perfect fries and service hit the spot. The attentive service and convivial vibe resulted in us chatting to a charming couple at the table next to us and we may have made new friends! We'll be back.

Great food, live atmosphere

Great food in one of the Melbourne’s best laneway cafes. Atmosphere was lively and weather was great and food at the cafe was cherry on top. Laneways are must visit if you are visiting Melbourne or live in here

Dinner for two

Lamb cutlets were delicious, as was the chicken salad. My husband would return and have the cutlets again. Friendly chatty staff. Only spoilt by smokers passing by, which is not the fault of the restaurant.

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Manchester Press

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9600 4054
 
Bircher Love

In a sea of bagels for me the bircher stood out on the menu and it did not disappoint!! It was so flavoursome and filling (nice large portion)! The coffee was good too and the service very attentive and pleasant. My colleague had a bagel and really enjoyed it too! Highly recommend this place!

The best bagels ever!!!

Read some reviews about Manchester Press and it was a quick walk from our hotel so thought we'd give it a go for breakfast. Best decision... great coffee and very generous bagels. We had an avocado smash, a mascarpone berry one and one with bacon and banana. Absolutely delicious and really filling. Staff were lovely

Great spot for breakfast & coffee

The bagels are delicious and the menu offers super simple options and also some incredible huge tasty bagel dishes. I had the açai bowl which was massive and super tasty - full of flavour. We will definitely come back here.

Awesome bagels and vibe!

I was visiting Melbourne and hoped to find a nice place for breakfast. Manchester Press popped out and that was a wonderful meal!! It’s hidden in one of the lanes in Chinatown area, we needed to put the name on a waiting list. Gladly it didn’t take long for us to enter. I ordered NY Lox and oh my, that was the best smoked salmon I ate ever!! So thick and fresh, flavorful and tender. Absolutely loving it and would want to go back again!!! Amazing place!

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Cafe Insieme

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address306 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9663 3264

Delicious find

Cute spot in the lane way very private away from main streets. Ordered marina pasta and chicken and avocado pasta with wedges on side. All meals were great decent size and very tasty for a reasonable price.

Breakfast

We had breakfast here this morning and the food and service was fantastic. It was a credit to the one man doing it all himself. Serve. Barista. cook. Cleaner. Checkout. He did it all. Portions were on the smaller side only thing I could pick

Love this Place for breakfast! Great Coffee!

We came back to Cafe Insieme after discovering on our Melbourne trip last year. Again we had wonderful service and a delicious breakfast. I can recommend the smashed avo with eggs 🙂

Causeway Lunch

We met up with our boys to have lunch in a funky spot adjacent to bourke st Mall.
The causeway has a few restaurants/ cafes and we had a great time at cafe insieme.
The food was delightful and Greg was patient and courteous.
Served quickly with great choices.
The boys had pancakes and i had chicken risotto.

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Patricias Coffee Brewers

$, Cafe, Australian

AddressLittle Bourke St &, Little William St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 434 595 885

Website: http://www.patriciacoffee.com.au/

Simply outstanding

The place to be for really really good coffee. A no nonsense set up that favours take away. The coffee are really high quality and really left a deep impression. Will definitely recommend to all

Great Cafe

Patricias Cafe is an extremely popular cafe that serves delicious coffee, danish pastries and finger food. It is small and there is no seating but you can stand up if there is room. Well worth trying.

Superb coffee and pastries

It is definitely worth taking the time to seek out this little gem of a coffee house. It might be slightly off the beaten track but the coffee is superb (try the batch brewed filter or the pour over) and the pastries are devine. There is a very good reason that there is often a queue out of the door!

Treasure hunt

The location is quite tricky. No clear signs of the cafe but not that difficult to find. Need googling a bit. It's a true hidden gem for real coffee lovers. Nowhere else could beat the friendliness and professionalism of the staff working here. The coffee was excellent. The aftertaste was gorgeous. Particularly love the chic atmosphere. Very welcoming. A lovely place to hangout and meet people both locally and around the world searching the coffee with life.

 

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Dip In Cafe

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address20-22 McKillop St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Phone+61 3 9670 5379

Website: http://dipin.com.au/

Cute spot, great staff

Nice quite little location (for a Sunday), great atmosphere and amazing staff make it a great spot for a small group to sit down and have coffee! The waiter who served us was an amazing man, very friendly and brought out an on the house serving of chips to go with our coffees after we had a chat! Absolutely recommend.

Brunch time

Interesting place! Wasn't sure what the vibe was but I enjoyed my meal, overall pleasant experience. Love the idea of dip bread bowls, very creative. Never seen a place specialising in such a thing. Bread was a bit too crispy though, may have been slightly burnt but I'd probably come back. Side salad had super tasty dressing and the sweet potato chips were nice and crunchy.

Heartful breakast

Went for a breakfast after reading positive reviews. The cafe was empty at 10am, perhaps it was after the office rush hour. Ordered a chai latte and it tasted really good. Breakfast itself was huge and the plenty selection of dips.

Beautiful, bountiful breakfast

Stumbled across this little beauty on a Sunday morning. Great coffee and a varied menu with different and exciting options. Shakshuka, a rich, spicy tomato base with baked eggs and a side of spicy beans was double yum. Mushroom madness with a side of hash browns - extraordinary. Hash browns had a soft, flavourful centre and an extra crispy coating. Very generous serves. Coming back for more. The staff were lovely, service attentive and enthusiastic. Decor was original, quirky and a talking point. Couldn't ask for more. Give it a go.

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The Little Mule Co.

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: 19 Somerset Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Phone: +61 3 9670 4904

Could hang here all day

Excellent flat white and banana bread. This is a real gem. And when you find it, this becomes your regular spot. The staff is friendly and when you have your coffee and food there are lots of mobile phone charging stations along the wall. Will be coming back!

Perfect brunch!

Brunch here with friends on a Saturday. All of our breakfasts were divine! Service perfect. Coffee was fantastic. Incredible what that chef could produce in that tiny kitchen space. Well worth finding this tucked away cafe.

Hidden gem for sure

We stumbled across this cafe down an alley on the hunt for some street art and so glad we did! It is away from the hustle of the main streets so is quieter and more peaceful. It was also pretty full so it feels like it’s where the locals go - always a good sign. It’s inexpensive as Melbourne goes and the staff are all so friendly. There are also board games to play while you have your coffee or lunch. Delightful quirky place! Would go here again.

Very tasty food and some delicious coffee

We went here the first time a few weeks back and had a delicious brunch and some amazing coffees. We drink soy milk and I can't handle caffeine so my only option is decaf, so it's pretty hard to find nice coffee with such limitations...this place delivered though! 
Came back just a few days ago and the food was great again and the brown haired guy (possibly the manager?) was super nice and helped us choose our food. We ordered the same coffees, but this time my soy milk had curdled. Honestly wasn't a major issue as I have seen it happen before (I am so aware that soy is a temperamental little fluid), but I went to ask for another one a different guy at the till and it was not received well. I think he took it like a personal dig, even though I apologised for having to return it. He basically asked what the problem was after I had shown him....like, my coffee has chunks in it, dude?! He was pretty rude but made another one, which was the same. The nice manager geezer apologised and explained that the beans probably didn't work well with the milk and didn't charge me for it, which I really appreciated. I don't want the moody kid to ruin the review, so please do visit there because if you're not fussy like me, your coffee will be awesome!

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Captains of Industry

$$ - $$$, Australian, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly

Address: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place Cbd, Melbourne, Victoria Australia

Best coffee in Melbourne

Since moving to Melbourne, in 2012, I have become a coffee snob. This place sells the best coffee, by far, in Melbourne. You can even purchase coffee beans for home use. Their very friendly baristas will even grind it for you. Go Captains ☕️

Smashed Avo to die for

My husband eats here regularly on his visits to Melbourne Tattoo Company upstairs, and he said I must try it... I did and he's right, the Smashed Avo is incredible. Perfectly balanced. I stopped in for coffee on multiple occasions and found every flat white perfect, and staff friendly and attentive. Window seats look down onto the city street below, great for people watching. Love!

Surprised by the negative reviews

I have been coming to this cafe for five or six years, introducing it to a number of friends. Always, it delivers. Good coffee, good food and good service. Hence, I am very surprised by the negative reviews. Still, that might keep this gem from becoming another popularist cafe that people only visit because they follow the crowd. This one is better than that; it survives in an out of the way location because it is genuinely good.

Great post- tattoo lunch

My wife got a tattoo in the parlor upstairs so we had cocktails to celebrate - the Negroni was recommended by the tattooist and he was spot on - we decided to stay for a bite of lunch and the three of us couldn't have been happier including a coeliac