There has been a change in my coffee scene. I said bye bye to The Netherlands and said hellooo to Melbourne. Australia’s coffee capital. My new home for the next few months. Zero complaints here, obviously. I’ve been here two weeks and I already have some coffee places worth sharing. But, to my fellow Dutchies. You might notice another change: the language I am writing in. As I am overseas and in this international environment it made sense to switch to English. Hope you understand! Anyways, are you in Melbs or planning to be here soon and up for a Flat White in the country it originated? I can highly recommend the next 5 Melbourne Coffee Hotspots for a nice cup; to go or with a comfy seat.
Naughty Boy Cafe
After a couple days of hostel life I treated myself to a beautiful tiny house AirBnB in one of Melbourne’s suburbs, Carlton. While staying there I visited Naughty Boy Cafe twice. It was such a nice sit (and dangerously good and pretty plates of food), I had to go back. The neighbourhood is cute and fun to walk around in. So you should definitely do that when you are in the area.
499-501 Lygon St, Princes Hill
Two questions for ya: Is the sun shining? Is it nice & warm outside? Grab your breakfast, brunch or lunch and a dose of latte art on Cafe Bü’s rooftop. Its a cute terras looking out on suburb Carlton. Getting to hot? There is a parasol at your service.
585 Canning St, Carlton North
I love that Proud Mary explains where their coffee comes from! It’s a short but interesting read about the origin, farmer, process (washed or dried beans) and flavour notes. You can even ask the waitstaff for the extraction flight. Which is when water hits the ground coffee in the espresso machine and it starts to extract the flavour compounds, filling your cup with the golden liquid.
As I had just finished a Bikram Yoga class and the outside temperature was 28 Celsius, I had to cool down. Instead of the usual hot brew, I enjoyed a cold drip filter coffee from Guatemala.
172 Oxford St, Collingwood
This roaster serves its own blend and it has a nice spike to it. It is not a place to lounge and sit back, but definitely give it a try if you are interested in knowing more about the bean, roasting and blend. Definitely also pop into the restroom. The way there is through their storage facility filled with espresso machines, coffee accessories and bags of beans.
30 Kerr St, Fitzroy
Hash Specialty Coffee
Melbourne is well known for its little lane ways and alleys stuffed with fun bars, restaurants and coffee places. Hash is in a rough and grungy looking alley where you can sit outside, below a big scaffolding kind of situation. Which might seem like an odd place to sit, but actually has a lot of character. Look out on the rest of the small & narrow street with other outdoor seating and green trees.
113 Hardware St, (CBD) Melbourne
So far these are the 5 that really stood out to me. But almost every street has a coffee place worth trying. Coffee is almost a plague here. A very positive one that is. I am sure part 2 of Melbourne’s coffee hotspots will be published in the nearby future. My Google Maps is exploding with “want to go” pins. I am home.