A Local’s Guide to Melbourne’s Best Coffee Shops

Victorians love coffee. We love coffee so much that we account for 29 per cent of Australia’s coffee consumption, and drink more coffee than any other Australian state.

Melbourne in particular is one of the coffee capitals of the world, up there with Rome, Vienna and the valleys of Costa Rica. We’re absolutely drowning in cafes, micro-roasteries and bearded baristas.

If you’re in Melbourne for an extended work trip, you’re probably finding it easier to navigate the city’s entire tram system than the spread of coffee shops in your 100m radius.

So, here is a local’s guide to Melbourne’s best coffee shops – brought to you by your fellow coffee addicts at StayCentral!

Seven Seeds

The baristas at Seven Seeds are basically the rockstars of the coffee world. Making coffee here means you’re one of the world’s best. This micro-roaster and café is one of Melbourne’s most celebrated, achieving international fame for its high quality cups of joe. Located in Carlton, just down the road from the University of Melbourne, it’s a favourite coffee spot for students, professionals and coffee tourists alike.

Market Lane Coffee

Based in Prahran, Market Lane Coffee takes a clinical, almost-scientific approach to the art of making coffee. Their goal is to ‘make coffee for the city who loves to drink it’, challenging even the haughtiest coffee snob to find fault with their product. With locations in the CBD, Carlton and Queen Victoria Market, trying a cup from Market Lane Coffee is more accessible than ever.

Aunty Peg’s

Forget the mismatched chairs and chillout folk playlist in the background: Aunty Peg’s does things differently. Differently as in, they won’t make you a latte and will instead plonk a cup of super-charged Costa Rican pourover in front of you. Approach with open mind and tastebuds. Located Wellington St, Collingwood.

Ona Coffee

Looking for a brew in Brunswick? Ona Coffee is the place to be. One of the best specialty roasters in Australia, Ona has locations in Canberra and Sydney, and Melbourne’s branch also lives up to the hype. A bright, minimalist interior and a list of 20+ coffees to choose from: that’s what to expect at Ona Coffee.

Small Batch Roasting Co.

Small by name, mighty by nature. North Melbourne’s hippest coffee club is just as much about the coffee as it is about the crowd. Small Batch has a strong emphasis on creating a positive social and environmental impact, with its communal warehouse layout and sustainable practices.

Wherever you’re staying in Melbourne, you’ll find some of the world’s best coffee shops. StayCentral’s luxurious corporate apartments are perfectly located for coffee enthusiasts. With serviced apartments in the CBD, Collingwood, North Melbourne, Carlton and beyond, guests will quickly find their go-to spot for a caffeine hit. Our apartments are fully-serviced and ready to live in, making them ideal for corporate trips and extended work stays. Book your StayCentral apartment today.