[MELBOURNE] Best Coffee Shop Guide in CBD

Market Lane Coffee, St. Ali Coffee, Patricia Coffee Brewers, Brother Baba Budan, and Seven Seeds

I fell in love with Melbourne because there are so many great coffee shops in this city. And we’re so thankful to receive lots of your recommendations through my Instagram (thank you so much!). As they say, sharing is caring; so in this post, we’ll share our coffee experience in Melbourne with you as well. Are you coffee addicts in finding of Melbourne’s best coffee shop? Check this out, our guide to Melbourne’s Top Coffee Shops that the locals love to frequent!

1. Market Lane Coffee

Market Lane Coffee already has six stores around Melbourne, but we visited the one located just opposite to Queen Victoria Market (in the Dairy Produce Hall). We came in around 9 am on Sunday morning, and it was pretty crowded. The aroma of the coffee fills up the room, but since this place is only a small coffee shop, there’s only one table available to enjoy croissants and coffee at the shop, but they’re friendly and helped us find a seat at the counter (without table). Currently, Market Lane Coffee only serves coffee and some tea, so we can’t have matcha, and hot chocolate drinks here. And we can’t replace the full cream milk with almond or soy milk, ‘coz they don’t have it. For a quick breakfast, we had Almond Croissant (5.2$ AUD) and Blueberry Danish, accompanied with a cup of Hot Latte (4.50$ AUD) made of their seasonal house-blend coffee. The coffee tasted good, we would love to come back again here.

Market Lane Coffee

Shop 73-76 Dairy Produce Hall, Melbourne 3000, Victoria Australia

Opening Hour:
Mon and Wed: Closed
Tue & Thu: 7am – 2pm
Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat: 7am – 3pm
Sun: 7:30am – 4pm

Phone: +61 (0) 3 9804 7434

Website || Instagram


2. St. Ali Coffee

St. Ali Coffee is known as one of the pioneers of specialty coffee in Melbourne, and they have an intensive brunch menu. We instantly loved the rustic charm of the warehouse as we entered their coffee shop, it’s airy and vintage looking, with mostly sharing tables in this cafe. We’ve tried their coffee when they have a pop-up stall at the Renascence Gippsland for Melbourne Food and Wine Festival 2018, and it was perfect. We went back again the next day and visited this hidden gem to taste something else, so I ordered the Hot Chai Latte, but it was too watery and too milky, just bland. If you want to go there, I highly recommend you to try their coffee.

St. Ali Coffee

12-18 Yarra Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia

Opening Hour: 7am – 6pm

Phone: +61 3 9686 2990

Website || Instagram

3. Higher Ground Coffee

We had read good things about Higher Ground which is known as one of the famous brunch spots in the west of Melbourne’s CBD, so we decided to come. It was a Wednesday afternoon, but the place was already swarming with people. Fortunately, it wasn’t difficult to get a seat. This cool warehouse has a wonderful vibes with lots of plants and natural light coming in from the big window in the restaurant. There’s a coffee shop area outside the cafe, so while waiting for a seat, we ordered their Hot Latte for 4.30$ AUD, and the coffee tasted nice. We also came here for brunch with the Ricotta Hotcakes which is very popular here. All the menus look very appetizing; we will share more about this later in a separate post.

Higher Ground Coffee

650 Little Bourke Street, CBD, Melbourne, Victoria

Opening Hour:
Sunday – Wednesday: 7am – 4pm
Thursday – Friday: 7am – 11pm
Saturday: 8am – 11pm

Phone: +61 3 8899 6219

Website || Instagram

4. Patricia Coffee Brewers

This little coffee shop is indeed like an oasis for coffee addicts because this place is literally hidden from the main street of Little Bourke St in Melbourne! Since we knew that Patricia Coffee Brewers closed early at 4 pm, we quickly rushed to this place, and we found many people sitting outside their shop. Apparently, this place is really small, and no seats available inside, so it’s purely a standing coffee experience. We joined the queue, but the line moves quickly.

If you noticed from my photos, the “sunshine” neon light above the room stands out and becomes a mandatory photo spot for everyone who visits this coffee shop, including me. Ha-ha… The menu at Patricia is simple, only from White Coffee (4.30$ AUD), Black Coffee (4$ AUD) or Filter coffee service (4$ AUD), roasted by either Seven Seeds, or other beans. They also have a cold brew coffee on the menu, but we decided to try the White Coffee with Patricia house blend, and it was absolutely the best coffee amongst all that we’ve tried in Melbourne! They served it thick and strong, along with a bottomless glass of sparkling mineral water. They also have a small selection of pastries supplied by Lune Croissanterie, and other pastry shops, you should try some of them. Overall, we loved the whole experience, great texture, strong coffee with a dark chocolate flavor profile, and their quick, friendly service. Hands down to the best coffee in Melbourne! Patricia Coffee Brewers deserves the title as Melbourne’s Best Coffee, I agree with it!

Patricia Coffee Brewers

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

Opening Hour:
Monday – Friday: 7am – 4pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Website || Instagram

5. Brother Baba Budan

This little coffee shop is located nearby to Patricia Coffee Shop and is also buzzing with locals and tourists. I heard that Brother Baba Budan is the first coffee shop from Seven Seeds pillar before the other coffee shop uses it. So of course, the house coffee is from the Seven Seeds blend, but they also have coffee of the day, usually a single origin. The place is really small; we have to sit squeeze with other people at the large single communal table. However, the decor looks attractive with many wooden chairs hanging above the ceiling. Too bad the atmosphere was noisy, so we ordered a cup of Flat White for 4.50$ AUD and left the coffee shop. The coffee was nice although we’ve tried a better one at Market Lane Coffee and Patricia Coffee Brewers, I would say this place is good to try if you’re in the area.

Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia

Opening Hour:
Monday – Thursday: 7AM -5PM
Friday – Saturday: 7AM – 8PM
Sunday: 8AM – 5PM

Phone: +61 3 9606 0449


6.Seven Seeds Coffee

Casual, stylish, an airy atmosphere with beautiful industrial design and accompanying tunes makes us feel relaxed and the Seven Seeds Coffee Shop seems busy even on weekdays! When we came here, this place was packed with so many people, but they had a spacious dining area; it’s more like St Ali Coffee which also offers a variety of exciting food on their menu. All sorts of brewing devices are available there, but personally, we’re not a fan of Seven Seeds coffee. The hot Latte was average, but we’d like to come back to try some food here.

Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee

114 Berkeley St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Opening Hour:
Monday – Saturday: 7AM – 5PM
Sunday: 8AM – 5PM

Phone: +61 3 9347 8664

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Myfunfoodiary as Indonesian Food and Travel Blog was born in July 2012 and has become one of the valuable online source for locals, tourists, food enthusiasts and industry professionals. It is a Jakarta based Food and Travel Blog managed by Mullie Marlina, a young, lovely, cheerful and blessed wife who loves to share her culinary and travel experiences through her writing. You’ll find her honest reviews, valuable suggestions, objective ratings and recommendation of eateries in Jakarta and selected cities in Indonesia and abroad. Her curated restaurant reviews are based on her meticulous inquiries and her rich dining experience in various restaurants in Jakarta. She has also traveled to different cities and countries where she finds interesting and inspiring dishes, cuisines and excellent dining ambience which she also included in the list. From recommendations, restaurant experiences, events, travel destinations, and recipes, readers will find anything food related in this website. She would really appreciate your feedback, and would love to hear about any suggestions, events regarding food, or just to drop in to say "Hi". Again, thank you so much for dropping by, and she hopes you enjoy reading her journal. Thank you so much for all your supports! God bless you! ^_^

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