OK, back to my Melbourne Food Guide entry. The first one was here btw.
When I was in Melbourne in 2002, I didn’t realise that Melbourne has a humongous coffee culture. Coffee is served at almost every corner of Melbourne. Long queues are always seen in places that serves good coffee.
In 2008, American coffee giant Starbucks closed 61 Australian stores. I heard that Melbournians rather drink their local coffees than Starfucks. There is also a paid tour around Melbourne to see Melbourne’s historical coffee sites and also sample good coffee around Melbourne.
Back in Kuala Lumpur, I would usually have a cup of coffee before starting my day. But in Melbourne, coffee is so good that I usually have two cups a day. Makes me pangsai twice a day.
Here are some of my favourite coffee places.
Brother Baba Budan @ Little Bourke St
This small cafe serves one of the best coffees that I tasted in Melbourne. It is a very small cafe with very unique design. The seats are scattered and their ceiling is filled with hanging chairs.
The only drawback of this place is that the price is a little bit steep.
Nevertheless, the coffee is worth every drip of it. I had a cuppa almost everyday!
359 Little Bourke Street
Telephone +613 9606 0449
7 Seeds Specialty Coffee @ Berkeley St
Before our trip to Point Nepean, Gavin and I had breakfast at this place. This place is somehow related to the owner of Brother Baba Budan. It’s larger than Brother Baba Budan and it serves food all day long.
Finding the place was quite difficult as it doesn’t have a proper signage. You can only see a gray coloured wall from far.
The interior is nicely done. Great place to chill out.
Box to store bullets!
Dench sourdough served with smoked salmon, wasabi creme friach and pickled cucumber salsa – AUD13
Dench sourdough served with hommus, tomato salad, cold pressed olive oil and dukkah – AUD11
106 Berkeley St
Carlton VIC 3053, Australia
Tel: (03) 9347 8664
St. Ali Coffee Roasters @ South Melbourne
Stopped by St. Ali on my last day to grab my last cup of coffee from Melbourne. Coffee was great, as good as those served at Brother Baba Budan and 7 Seeds.
Again, this place is not easy to find. We walked through a small alley to get to this place.
Looks like a factory!
12-18 Yarra Pl
South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
Tel: (03) 9686 2990