CafeSmart 2023 Cafes

Updated 11 months ago


For 12 years CafeSmart has supported local not-for-profit organisations with its annual fundraising initiative for Australians in need. To date, the initiative has raised close to $2 million for over 1000 local projects.

If you buy a coffee on Friday August 4, participating cafes will donate $1 to support homeless charities and services close to your neighbourhood. As for you – you legend – you can donate the price of another coffee via a QR code that will appear on the cafe’s coffee cup stickers, posters and whatnot. In fact, that’s something you can do any time that week, between August 1 and 7. Find a cafe close to you here.

Funds raised are kept local, meaning roasters and cafes are directly supporting vital services for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness around Melbourne.

To join this fight against homelessness, find your local participating cafe or donate the cost of a coffee online, visit CafeSmart.

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  • The eighth outpost for Axil specialty coffee roasters – this time with full kitchen service.

  • A cafe and roastery by a couple with serious coffee credentials, including an Australian barista championship.

  • Stylish, standing-room-only coffee from award-winning powerhouse Axil.

  • Finding good coffee in an unexpected place is always a rewarding experience. Case in point: Little Rebel Roastery, set in an industrial estate in Dromana. Come for the signature Black Sheep espresso blend, stick around for an oversized toastie in the rustic warehouse digs.

  • A traditional espresso bar brimming with old-world Italian nostalgia. Come for the classics including bruschetta-style breakfasts (with homegrown herbs), cannoli and coffee poured straight from an Italian moka pot.

  • Yes, this cafe is just as whimsical as its name suggests.

  • As welcoming and relaxed as the nursery rhyme name suggests.

  • A white, bright successor to the famed Melbourne coffee roasters old flagship site down the street. Single origins and ground-breaking brunches still reign supreme, served within a skylit warehouse splashed with greenery.

  • An all-day diner at Tullamarine’s surfable wave park from the popular cafe chain. Get spanner-crab scramble and a Bloody Mary for breakfast; pizzas, Portuguese-style chook and tomato-and-chilli mussels with garlicky Baker Bleu sourdough after midday; and non-alcoholic cocktails and beers pre-surf.

  • Bronuts, baos, breakfast boards – out where trees are aplenty.

  • For many years now, this has been one of the most bustling cafes in the west.

  • Brunch, coffee, bread, milk, fresh flowers and coconut ice.

  • Market Lane Coffee partners with the local artisan baker in a classically Carlton coffee shop.

  • Meet the flagship of one of Melbourne’s top coffee roasters, where education is key. Order its excellent coffee, pastries by Baker Bleu and sangas made with market-fresh produce. Plus, if you time it right, wait-worthy mushroom burgers.

  • Cafe number six for one of the city’s favourite coffee roasters.

  • The Brunswick branch of one of Melbourne’s most-loved coffee roasters. Take in the warm, wood-panelled interiors with a cup of seasonal blend or single origin coffee, alongside pastries from Austro Bakery. There are also coffee beans, at-home brewing gear and ceramics to take home.

  • An elegant spot for lingering over a fine coffee.

  • This iteration of the Market Lane cafe constellation brings the same winning combination: great coffee, quick-and-tasty snacks, plus plenty of beans and accessories to take home with you.

  • Enjoy one of Melbourne’s favourite coffee haunts in the historic Mercat Cross Hotel building at Queen Victoria Market. Go for high-quality espresso and filter coffee in the al fresco area, or take a bag of its beans to go.

  • Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

  • Proud Mary represents Melbourne coffee in a way that few roasters do. Its bright flagship cafe just off Smith Street was a trailblazer when it opened in 2009, offering then-novel extraction methods (V60, Aeropress, cold drip) for its blends and single origins – all roasted a block away at Aunty Peg's. Whether you’re feeling intrepid or sticking to the usual, there’s a brew here for you.

  • Enter this hole-in-the-wall sandwich shop for its comforting Italian-style meatball subs, roast beef sanga spin-offs with a rogan josh dip, and spiced-up roast cauliflower sandos on crusty ciabatta. With ex-coffee roasters at its helm you’ll also find excellent coffee and batch brew from Reverence Coffee Roasters, along with a tight list of beers.

  • Even though it opened back in 2009, this cafe and roastery is still one of the most popular cafes in Brunswick. The interiors are spacious, with comfortable chairs and cosy booths. And the food is adventurous, but it won't veer too far away from anyone's comfort zones. The coffee is, predictably, excellent.

  • Single-origin coffee and a tale of cold-blooded murder come together at this long-standing Brunswick Street Cafe.

  • With an all-white fit-out and a sleek under-counter coffee machine, Industry Beans’s first satellite cafe sets forth with its own identity.

  • This inclusive cafe gives people with a disability a chance to work in a supportive hospitality environment and earn a sustainable income in a dignified way. It’s fun, energetic and serves crowd-pleasing brunches that’ll keep you coming back.

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  • A French-inspired cafe peddling cakes, sandwiches and homewares.

  • This is the flagship of the beloved bakery chain. Get lobster and prawn Benedict for breakfast and a buttermilk fried chicken burger later on (not to mention Bloody Marys all day long).

  • At this “cellar door” for coffee you can taste up to five single-origin brews in a single visit.

  • Two sisters have revived the old-school neighbourhood milk bar, with an eccentric space that’s equal parts cafe and corner store. Find everything from pantry basics to nostalgic cafe fare like breakfast muffins, salad sandwiches and house-made sweets.

  • The Padre outlet that birthed a small empire.

  • Your go-to coffee spot when you're doing the shopping.

  • Consistency and comfort are key at this Flemington cafe with a curious past.

  • The tiny coffee shop with big ambitions.

  • A healthy cafe with a naturopath at your service.

  • 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”.

  • A cannolificio (cannoli bar), where you can get Oreo, Nutella and Ferrero Rocher versions alongside classics.