Caffeinate Yourself With This Definitive List Of Melbourne’s Best Coffee

By Rick Stephens
24th Jul 2020

Two baristas making coffee by a long line of coffee machines.

Coffee is synonymous with Melbourne, or is Melbourne synonymous with coffee? Either way, the two go together like a takeaway flat white and a chat with your barista in the morning. With that in mind, it’s no wonder that the crown for the best coffee in Melbourne is hotly contested. 

From flat whites to magics, this is our pick of the litter. 


Melbourne CBD

Without a doubt a contender for the best coffee in Melbourne CBD, Vacation is the go-to for a speciality brew for anyone on the east side of the city grid. Its pastel hues and natural light provide a perfect escape from the outside world, while the calibre of coffee, regardless of if you’re after something milky or a filter, will keep you appeased for the day ahead.

Open for takeaway seven days a week under current restrictions.

Proud Mary


A stalwart of Melbourne coffee culture, Collingwood’s Proud Mary make a mean brew with coffee that’s roasted in their factory just down the road. There’s a stack of varietals to choose from, and they’re worth exploring should you be including Proud Mary in your morning ritual—their rotating takeaway sanga menu is also up there as one of the best.

Open for takeaway Monday through Sunday under current restrictions.

ST. Ali 

South Melbourne

Coffee royalty, ST. Ali, is cracking on to keep South Melbourne and surrounds caffeinated during lockdown. They’ve been doing their thing—which is everything from including syphon, pour over filter and milk coffee—in their converted warehouse since 2005. Drop in for some of the best coffee in the world, a yarn and re-up on your coffee knowledge while you’re there.

They’re also doing facemasks during lockdown. Get in quick to nab one. ST. Ali is open seven days a week for takeaway. 

Monk Bhodi Dharma


Hidden in a carkpark, down an alley, by the back of a supermarket, is Monk Bodhi Dharma. This casual, all-inclusive vego affair is set up in an ex-bakehouse. As with any decent coffee-purveyor, Monk Bodhi Dharma know a thing or two about the bean, so feel free to pick the barista’s brain should you have any questions. 

Drop in for takeaway seven days a week.  

ONA Coffee


Specialty coffee powerhouse ONA Coffee has been on the scene for a while now, but after years of operating in their home town of Canberra and Sydney, the team have finally set up an outpost in Melbourne which is best described as a sort of coffee Mecca.

On the menu is over 20 coffee variants, along with milk, batch brews, pour-overs, with cups ranging from $5 to $25. The team take their job seriously and will happily offer you any coffee-related guidance you may need.

Seven Seeds 


Coffee veterans, Seven Seeds, have been at it for a minute now. The team behind it are ex ST. Ali, which also features on our best coffee in Melbourne round up. The pedigree here speaks volumes, but Seven Seeds have long since made claim to their own place in Melbourne coffee culture with their unique brews and commitment to the grind. 

If you’re in the city, check out their other outposts Brother Baba Budan and Traveller Coffee.

Market Lane 


The much-loved Market Lane at Prahran Market is still brewing, and still offering up a revolving line up of coffee. Known as some of the best coffee on the south side of the Yarra, this caffeine haven also offers a heft selection of brew-at-home goods. 

Padre Coffee

Brunswick East and South Melbourne 

Going for the monopoly on the north and south of Melbourne, Padre is without a doubt deserving of a spot in Melbourne’s best coffee list. Aside from making delicious coffee—check out their Lucky Boy blend—the team are big on supporting their growers and producers. To learn more, take a squizz through their Instagram.

Axil Coffee Roasters


Indie roasters, Axil, have been operating out of their Hawthorn locale since 2010. Picked, roasted and served by hand is their mantra, and their dedication can be tasted in the robust, full-flavoured brews. They also serve some of the best breakfast in Melbourne, which is available for takeaway along with your coffee now.

Industry Beans


Roaster, cafe and coffee authority, you can’t go past Industry Beans if you’re looking for the best coffee in Fitzroy. The specialty coffee provider not only supplies a lot o’ Melbourne with their brew, but across the globe, too. If you’re in the city, drop past their Collins Street locale seven days a week for a takeaway. 

Once you've made it through the day, call in a feed from Melbourne's best restaurants doing takeaway here.

Image credit: Rowan Marsh-Croft | ONA Coffee.

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