Melbourne’s Market Lane Coffee has opened its fifth shop in historic Portland House at the top end of Collins Street.

Sarah Trotter of Hearth Studio designed the space, drawing inspiration from the art of Australian tonalist painter Clarice Beckett (1887–1935). Her 1931 work, Collins Street, evening, depicts a scene near the cafe’s location.

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Artist: Clarice Beckett

Collins Street, evening 1931

“The design draws heavily from the soft colour palette used by Beckett,” says co-owner Fleur Studd. “We’ve used muted-grey fabric panelling, eucalyptus greens, soft blues, walnut tones, copper and lovely tessellated tiles. We wanted to create a calming, refined and elegant space for people to stop and relax in, in the heart of the city.”

Market Lane’s espresso and filter offerings remain relatively consistent with its other locations (no soy, no skim milk here either). Cakes and pastries are supplied by Beatrix in North Melbourne. The new shop also sells beans and coffee paraphernalia for home use.

The new shop follows on from its original flagship store in Prahran Market and subsequent ventures on Therry Street, in the Queen Vic Market and Carlton.

Since it started in 2009, Market Lane has been a major driver in progressing Melbourne’s specialty-coffee scene. It has developed a strong following because it meticulously sources and roasts high quality, seasonal beans.

Market Lane Coffee
8 Collins Street, Melbourne

Mon to Fri, 7am–3pm

This article was updated on Wednesday April 27, 2016.