Melbourne's roasters and baristas are some of the most accomplished, inventive and technical on earth. It seems with each passing month there’s a new brewing technique, new gadgets or a shift in the idea of what good coffee actually means. What we do, the rest of the world often follows.

These are the cafes defining the future and, at the same time, giving us the basics at their very best. The only thing left for you to do is decide how you like your coffee.

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Seven Seeds


Owners Mark Dundon and Bridget Amor helped usher in Melbourne's “Third Wave” coffee culture, and they’re still at the forefront of it.

114 Berkeley Street, Carlton

Market Lane Coffee Prahran Market


The first of six excellent Market Lane cafes.

Shop 13, Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road, South Yarra



Good coffee with no fanfare.

Corner Little Bourke and Little William Streets, Melbourne

Proud Mary


Featuring a custom six-group-head Synesso to limit cross-contamination between different coffees.

172 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Ona Coffee


This Canberra-based coffee roaster has made a real name for itself on the east coast. Visit this outpost and you’ll understand why. At any time, there are at least 20 outstanding coffees listed on its “freezer menu”.

22 Ovens Street, Brunswick

Plug Nickel


Before Ona opened its own cafe in Melbourne, this was a rare place to try its beans. Still, this tiny space remains one of the city's most innovative coffee spots, whether you drink long blacks, batch brew, càscara, cold brew or need a bottled latte.

7 Peel Street, Collingwood



A tiny Seven Seeds outpost that punches well above its weight.

2/14 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Maker Coffee


At this “cellar door” for coffee you can taste up to five single-origin brews in a single visit. Ditto for its locations in South Yarra and the CBD.

47 North Street, Richmond

St Ali


The mothership for a host of respected cafes and coffee brands, including Sensory Lab, Clement and Auction Rooms.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Wide Open Road


The flagship roastery for the duo behind Heartattack and Vine.

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

Brother Baba Budan


Another Seven Seeds pillar, pumping out espresso and batch brew for hurried office workers in the CBD.

359 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Everyday Coffee


Once this popular spot got by using others' roasts; now it roasts its own beans at the back of the warehouse.

36-38 Sackville Street, Collingwood

Everyday Midtown


Everyday number two has the same panache.

213 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Monk Bodhi Dharma


House-roasted single-origins served double-ristretto as standard.

Rear 202 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Admiral Cheng-Ho


Monk Bodhi Dharma's sister site, packing six daily choices.

325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford

Bayano the Rebel


Vegan food and superb coffee from the team at Monk Bodhi Dharma and Admiral Cheng-Ho.

41 Ellis Street, South Yarra

Padre Coffee Brunswick East


Coffee sourced from up to 30 different estates all over the coffee-growing world, including less common regions such as Indonesia, roasted in house, then brewed with care. We can see why this one has blossomed to six locations.

438-440 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Assembly Carlton


Where coffee and tea get equal respect.

60 Pelham Street, Carlton

Aunty Peg’s


Proud Mary's roastery is an experience in itself.

200 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Stagger Lee’s


Another buzzing Proud Mary spot.

276 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Dukes Coffee Roasters


Coffee with an environmental conscience.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird


There's a reason these beans are stocked at cafes all over the south.

124 Gardenvale Road, Gardenvale

Axil Coffee Roasters


A cafe and roastery by a two champion baristas.

322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar


A more rapid-fire version of HQ.

76 Flinders Lane, Melbourne



Axil's Richmond offshoot.

410 Bridge Road, Richmond

The Premises


Small Batch coffee pulled by two industry veterans.

202 Bellair Street, Kensington

Industry Beans


Choose from numerous different house-roasted coffees at this airy Fitzroy warehouse.

Warehouse 3 70-76 Westgarth Street, Fitzroy



A blindingly white warehouse where the coffee matches the purity of the fit-out.

30 Sackville Street, Collingwood