Fitzroy wasn't ground zero for specialty coffee in Melbourne, but it (and adjoining Collingwood) are two of the best suburbs to drink it these days. The roasters and baristas here are among the city's best. And where good coffee goes, good food often follows. Accordingly, all these spots brew a quality cup and cook to the same standard, even if just bagels or doughnuts. Start ticking them off.

Related pages:
Guide to Fitzroy
Best Cafes in Carlton
Best Cafes in Collingwood
Best Breakfast in Melbourne

Archie’s All Day

A globe-trotting menu from the man behind Bluebird Espresso.

189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Stagger Lee’s

The sister cafe to Proud Mary is another swish all-rounder.

276 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Faraday’s Cage

Sourdough and croissants baked in an old recording studio.

325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Lune Croissanterie

Wait-in-line-worthy pastries, cruffins and twice-baked croissants are served fresh out of the oven in this converted Fitzroy warehouse.

119 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Cafe Louis

Originally city stables, then an art gallery, this Moor Street site is a beautiful place for brunch.

93 Moor Street, Fitzroy
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Brunswick Street Alimentari

Eat breakfast or lunch, then raid the deli section on your way out.

251 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


Daytime cocktails and an Old World feel are the hallmarks of this elegant cafe.

187 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy


Two Seven Seeds alumni, a coffee machine and not much more.

87 Smith Street , Fitzroy

Mile End Bagels

Sweet, wood-fired, Montreal-style bagels are what sets this bakery apart from the rest of Melbourne’s bagel merchants.

14 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Addict Food and Coffee

Soundtrack your breakfast with some classic hip-hop.

240-242 Johnston Street, Fitzroy


A European bakery with a few Russian favourites.

358 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

The Breakfast Thieves

This out-of-the-way spot is a local secret.

Shop 1 420 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Grace Cafe

The kind of place where it's okay to pull out a book and camp for the afternoon.

76 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Min Lokal

"My local" in Swedish: a home away from home.

422 George Street, Fitzroy

Sir Charles

A huge, modern space where the coffee is roasted on site.

121 Johnston Street, Fitzroy

Slowpoke Espresso

Sustainable fit-out, sustainable food.

157 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


Haven't tried an arepa (corn pancake) before? Get around them here.

69 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy