"Melbourne - The most liveable city in the world"
Melbourne has been ranked the most livable city in the world by The Economist for six years running now. So you are probably thinking; what is so good about this place? Is it the stylish clubs and bars? The world-class gastronomy? The thriving entertainment? The energetic sports? The largest tram network in the world? The lovable locals? Well... it is all of that, but mainly it is our beautifully handcrafted coffee.
Coffee can come in all different shapes, sizes, colours, strengths and temperatures. Oh and don’t forget alcoholic coffee as an option. This may sound confusing to some, but ask the majority of Melbournians and they will try their hardest to explain it. That is if you do not already understand what I am about to divulge. Let me run you through some of Melbourne best coffee shops in the city and surrounding suburbs.
*Costing listed below refer to a regular sized latte
Name: Larsen and Co
Location: 315 Hampton St, Hampton VIC 3188
Larsen and Co are positioned right in the heart of Hampton. Not only offering fabulous coffee but their meals are to die for. If you are staying in the city, do not stress, you can jump of the Sandringham line railway (don’t forget your Myki), get off at Hampton Station and from there you will pretty much see Larsen and Co!
The people you find here will be a mixture; accommodating families, friends and business catchups. It is suitable for anyone. Whether it is a beautiful day and you can sit out in the sun, or a typical Melbourne day when you may need to be inside, this café has something for everyone! I cannot forget to mention the staff as well; always helpful and full of knowledge, especially if you are a tourist!
I highly recommend Larsen and Co for the food, drinks and friendly staff.
A short five minuite walk from Larsen and Co is the most photographed beach in Melbourne, the Dendy Street Beach. While you are in the area, you can not miss out on the opertunity to visit the colourful beach boxes. They're so beautiful we even made a blog about them before!
Name: Omar And The Marvellous Coffee Bird
Location: 124 Gardenvale Rd, Gardenvale VIC 3185
Omar And The Marvellous Coffee Bird is situated in Gardenvale, Melbourne’s smallest suburb. Dean and Andy have a simple coffee philosophy: if it is not the best it can be, they will not serve it. And what a fabulous philosophy that is because it is true. I have personally never had a bad coffee at Omar And The Marvellous Coffee Bird.
The staff are friendly, the coffee is spectacular, and the food menu is simple, and light, focusing on fresh quality produce. One of the most exciting parts about Omar is they roast their own coffee on site, brewing their own beans and supplies these beans all around Melbourne!
Name: The Odd Spot Café
Location: 302 Melbourne Rd, Newport VIC 3015
You will find the Odd Spot Café on Melbourne Road in Newport, extremely close to the Yarra River, Science Works and many gorgeous parks. They love to give their coffee to Melbourne locals but always love new visitors! Also offering freshly squeezed juices, healthy smoothies and delicious food that they are incredibly proud of!
The beautiful owner, Sarah, will make you instantly feel at home. The Odd Spot Café is the essence of a quirky Melbourne café.
Melbourne is notorious for having "four seasons in one day" - sunny in the morning, raining at midday and gale forse winds in the afternoon, but don't despare, the Odd Spot Café has planned for our crazy weather perfectly! Whether you want to sit inside on a cold winters day next to the open fire, or outside along the footpath while the sun is beaming down on a hot summers day, the café will suit your needs.
Name: The Red Hummingbird
Location: 246 Russell St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Cost: $16.00 (Not your average coffee)
The Red Hummingbird is located in the heart of Melbourne City. This popular bar is loved by locals, treating themselves to an after work drink, and also university students and visitors letting their hair down!
Recently they have stopped serving coffee, but that does not mean you cannot still get your coffee fix. Melbourne is also known for their espresso martinis. If you have never tried one, this is the place to do it. This delicious drink will warm you up in the winter and cool you down in the summer, making it the perfect all-rounder cocktail. It is especially great as a little pick me up! After work, after university, before you begin your day/night travels around the city, this little beauty is perfect.
The Red Hummingbird does not just offer espresso martinis; they have a broad range of delicious cocktails and small tapas. With of course beer, wine and spirits as well.
As one of my favourite hidden bars in Melbourne, you can enjoy sitting on the rooftop watching the sun go down or the beautiful city lights. Alternatively, you can get cosy inside. The bonus about The Red Hummingbird is the staff and their knowledge. They will give you little tips and tricks about all that our beautiful city has to offer! Get there on one of our famous trams to the corner of Lonsdale and Russell Streets!
Name: Hanger Café 1one2
Location: 114/112 Pier St, Altona VIC 3018
Hanger Café 1one2 located in Altona is owned by a husband and wife team who live locally. They know what people want, and they give it to them. They are happy to have new faces around because there is always something for everyone! The employees are incredibly lovely and give great suggestions!
This fabulous café maintains Melbourne’s contemporary breakfast and lunch menus with their dinner menu changing every six to eight weeks, depending on what is in season. They use fresh and local produce when they can, and it pays off.
Their coffee, on the other hand, is incredible. They use the delicious beans from Code Black in Brunswick. Not many cafes around Melbourne are lucky enough to serve this delicious coffee from their cafes!
If you find yourself in a need of a good coffee in Melbourne, why not try one of these gems. If you want to learn how to take beautiful photographs of your coffee, or the places inbetween the cafes, why not try your hand on a professional photography guided tour with Aperture Tours - Melbourne.
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Author: Sammy Green
Sammy is a photographer at Aperture Tours and leads tours in Melbourne. A professional photographer specialising in food photography and stylist, she has a passion for food and travel.