Cafes

The Best Cafes For Study In Melbourne

By Claudia Trotter
10th Oct 2019

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With the exam season looming for many (it always feels like it's looming, even when it's months away), sometimes you just want to escape the house and go and study at a café. And no, this isn't brunch-fuelled procrastination—with Wi-Fi, a damn good coffee (maybe even a snack or two) you can conquer the world. And zero danger of naps. Now go and smash that assignment, it won't smash itself. Here are 14 great cafes for studying in Melbourne. 

Heartattack And Vine

Carlton

Between a smorgasbord of spaghetti eateries, Heartattack and Vine sling Wide Open Road brews and a small selection of delicious eats. Not only are the staff super friendly, but they also offer inside and outside tables. So pick your poison and type away. The only downfall is that they don’t have free WIFI, but sometimes that's a good thing—if you need zero distractions, this is your best bet.

WIFI: No

Small coffee: $4.50

Naughty Boy Café

Brunswick

Naughty Boy is the home of the ‘freakshake’—try it out for size and study at the same time. Plonk yourself on one of their comfy chairs and get working on whatever takes your fancy. It gets a little busy here in the afternoon, but the late mornings are the perfect time to tick off your to-do list. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4

Sun Moth

CBD

Hidden away in Niagra Lane, Sun Moth is a firm favourite with RMIT City Campus locals. With spicy chai and a killer cappuccino, an extensive Asian fusion menu (with awesome healthy eats) and the ‘coffee to bar’ attitude (meaning you can start with your coffee in the AM and move onto the rosé come 4 pm), this place ticks all the boxes when it comes to studying. Be aware though,it gets rowdy during peak times.

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4.50

Poolhouse Coffee

CBD

Another hidden CBD gem, Poolhouse is known with the RMIT community as it's close to one of their major buildings. Located at the back of the CBD Poolhouse (hence the name), they’ll have you wishing you were swimming in a pool of coffee (yes please). They offer an array of eats including healthy salads and rice paper rolls as well as Doughboy Donuts on Thursdays. Even better? There is free WIFI all daaaay. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4

Union Street Brewers

Brunswick

Known to many as "that café near Jewell Station", Union Street Brewers is an absolute classic. There's a home-made rotating brekkie menu and some of the best chai lattes around (seriously, we’ve tried a lot of damn chai lattes). They also offer 10% off for students if you flash your I.D Card. RMIT Fashion Degree Students, it’s really close to your campus so head on down. Free WIFI and a sunny courtyard rounds things out nicely. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $3.80

Mr Tulk

CBD

Mr Tulk is a firm favourite for many students, partly because it’s located right next to the State Library. Soak up that sweet FREE library WIFI while you sip your capp and feast on a light meal. All those books lining the walls makes you feel extra studious, plus, the café is named after the library’s first-ever librarian—how cute.

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4

St Charly

Carlton

Differing from the standard Italian Lygon Street restaurant, this light-filled cafe serving up Mediterranean-style Aussie dishes is the perfect place to get those notes completed. With little foliage-covered booths and pink pastel tables to set up your laptop in, you can chomp on a stack of St Charly’s pancakes for a sugar rush or order the superfood salad to activate maximum brainpower. 

WIFI: No

Small Coffee: $4

Moby

Armadale

Located in the leafy suburb of Armadale lies Moby which features a rooftop above the hustle and bustle of High St, perfect for catching up on those missed lectures. Go early in the morning for a coffee or settle in for the arvo and treat yourself to a cheeky chicken katsu burger and hand-cut chips with aioli. 

WIFI: No

Small coffee: $4

Serotonin

Burnley

This sanctuary provides an escape from busy daily life with a nourishing eatery using a plant-based menu, located in a large space with hanging swings and neon signs. Feast on a naughty but nice peanut butter acai bowl as you revise those boring theories, or why not take it to the park across the road with a picnic rug? They even offer free exercise classes followed by post-workout chats and breakfast at the happiest place in Melbourne. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4.50

Faraday’s Cage

Fitzroy

Hidden in the backstreets of Fitzroy is this little warehouse gem with an outdoor courtyard and roadside seating serving up some of Melbourne’s most delicious hotcakes. Spend the morning here reading your content as the locals roll into Faraday’s to purchase their daily flaky croissant or dense sourdough. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4

Wifi: Yes

Pillar Of Salt

Richmond

A long-time favourite for Richmond locals- study is guaranteed to get done in this Church Street cafe where we recommend sitting out the back in their covered courtyard. Don’t stray away from the classics here; these guys do a mean scrambled eggs, with tonnes of sides of course. 

WIFI: No

Small coffee: $4

Urban Projuice

Albert Park

This quaint little cafe has got healthy written all over it so Mum won’t even be mad about you leaving the house if you’ve got your books with you. Urban Projuice is all about fresh ingredients, wholefoods and eco-friendly products with a yummy list of smoothies and specialty hot drinks. Sit up top on the balcony and order the DIY spring rolls; freshly prepared veggies sitting in steamed Asian pancakes dripping with peanut sauce, delish. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $4

Fourth Chapter

Prahran

Prahran’s Fourth Chapter is another one of those new pretty cafes serving up golden lattes, acai bowls and, you guessed it, smashed avo. The space is filled with natural light and also has an outdoor courtyard with perfect little tables for 2- you and your laptop, to smash out that essay you’ve been putting off. 

WIFI: Yes

Small coffee: $3.80

Au79

Abbotsford

Fancy studying amidst lush greenery and florals in a huge warehouse? We do, so grab your highlighters and head to the trendy area of Abbotsford where Au79 is churning out prawn linguine and ricotta gnocchi…cause carbs fix everything.

WIFI: No

Small coffee: $4

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