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Updated by Joanna James on Jun 23, 2019
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The Best Rated Coffee Stops in Melbourne - discovering Melbourne's hidden gems

Australia's coffee culture is booming, and Melbourne is where you'll find some of the world's best coffee. With so many cafes, it's hard to pick which one to go to. Here's a few of the best so far.


Top Paddock

Top Paddock believes in matching their coffee with food to create the perfect ambiance. Sourced from a local producer, known for their ethically produced coffee, the cafe's beans are roasted in-house daily. The special all day menu consists of light mueslis and a few warmer, filling options.


Wide Open Road

The coffee served at Wide Open Road is widely accepted as some of the best in the city.Using a blend of beans sourced from Africa and South America, the cafe roasts their beans in-house and are constantly evaluating the taste to create a perfect balance of sweet and acidic. Along with perfect cups of coffee, this suburban cafe is serves up a modest breakfast and lunch menu, that is as packed with flavour as their coffees are.



Challenging the contemporary hipster coffee culture, Patricia's is more of a coffee bar than a cafe. The bright, minimalist interior means there's standing room only, but while you may not be able to sit back and chill with your laptop, you will certainly get an excellent cup of coffee here. This is a great option for grabbing a quick cup of coffee on your way to work.


Mister Close

A close favourite among locals, Mist Close offers up scrumptious food which combines a wide range of international flavours, along with pure coffee straight from the producers. The expertly brewed coffees are packed with taste and aroma, the perfect pick-me-up at any time of the day. The menu changes daily so you won't find yourself getting bored with the food either.


Market Lane

Only true coffee aficionados know about this place - hidden away at the back of Prahan Market, amid shops and large buildings like the Oaks On Market, one of the many hotels near Etihad Stadium, is where you'll find a modest alfresco cafe which serves delightful pastries, and specialty coffee that tastes out of this world. You won't find the usual mocha with sweet syrup or mango lattes here; from roasting their own beans, to making the coffee, market lane take pride in serving coffee that is simple, pure and unadulterated.


Hardware Société

Combing the French brunch experience with the Australian love for coffee, Hardware Société creates an unusual setting with its contemporary design and bright interior. The cafe serves up a traditional menu including crusty French bread, paired with baked eggs and specialty sausages. Top it off with one of their signature coffees, and you've got the perfect brunch experience.


Degraves Espresso Bar

An old school cafe, which provides consistently smooth coffee, this cafe is one of the city's best kept secrets. The Degraves Espresso Bar has a grungy interior, with specials listed out on chalk boards, and while the menu is rather typical cafe grub, the coffee is out of this world, and truly some of the best in Melbourne.

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