CafeSmart is an annual, one-day fundraising initiative that supports local not-for-profit organisations and Australians in need.

To help, just buy a coffee on August 9 at one of 800-plus participating cafes across Australia. Each cafe donates $1 from every coffee sold on the day. Last year the initiative raised an impressive $238,720 with this simple idea.

The full list of participating cafes is available here.


Panini and handmade Italian sweets make this a sandwich shop worth seeking.

388 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Wall Two 80

Possibly the most famous wall in Melbourne, Wall Two 80 is much more than that.

Rear 280 Carlisle Street, Balaclava

Wide Open Road

If only every cafe had this much personality.

274 Barkly Street, Brunswick

St Ali

The busy headquarters of a growing coffee empire.

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Stagger Lee’s

Single origin coffee and tales of cold-blooded murder come together at Proud Mary's second cafe venture.

276 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy

Steam Junkies

A family-run cafe that’s serious about coffee.

7-9 Florence Street, Brunswick


Old-school Italian coffee making gets a second wind at this Carlton cafe.

100 Leicester Street, Carlton

St Rose

A slice of the city in the suburbs.

19 Rose Street , Essendon

Hardware Societe Katherine Place

The well-loved laneway institution has expanded beyond brunch. It’s now offering French cocktails, wine on tap and elevated Euro snacks in a 250-square metre space.

10 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Hardware Societe Hardware Street

A bustling city cafe on Hardware Lane serving hearty French/Spanish dishes for breakfast and lunch.

123 Hardware Street, Melbourne

Tom Phat

All-day dining at this Thai-infused cafe on Sydney Road.

182-184 Sydney Road, Brunswick

Tom Thumb

A petit Flinders Lane espresso bar from two old hands.

53 Flinders Lane, Melbourne


This tiny Seven Seeds-owned cafe caters to workers on the move in Crossley Street.

2/14 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Trentham General

Take a road trip to Trentham General for vintage homewares and long, lazy brunches in a converted bank.

37A High Street, Trentham

Veneziano Coffee Roasters

Enter for superb single origin and filter, or invest in a $10 shot of espresso.

16-18 River Street, Richmond


Everything is house-made at this Brunswick Street bakery and cafe.

402 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy


A kitsch and colourful Venezuelan cafe.

69 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy

Small Graces

A cafe committed to Victorian producers and makers by a former chef at Annie Smithers’s fine diner in Kyneton.

57 Byron Street, Footscray
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Seven Seeds

A strong contender for Melbourne's best coffee (with a menu to match).

114 Berkeley Street, Carlton

Sensory Lab Rialto

This outpost from the coffee specialist puts food on the same pedestal as coffee and design.

525 Collins Street, Melbourne

Sensory Lab

A cellar door for coffee.

297 Little Collins Street , Melbourne

Sensory Lab Collins Street

Specialty coffee in a futuristic setting.

Shop 1 30 Collins Street, Melbourne


Panini and handmade Italian sweets make this a sandwich shop worth seeking.

388 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Rustica Canteen Hawthorn

Much better than your high school canteen. Trust us.

121 Power Street, Hawthorn

Laikon Deli

This Greek deli’s third-generation owner is serving contemporary takes on his mother’s recipes.

324 Bridge Road, Richmond


Sustainability, simplicity and even transportability are the guiding principles of this Footscray cafe.

16-20 Leeds Street, Footscray

Reunion and Co

It’s designed to feel like your lounge room. But you could never make food this good at home.

472 Bridge Road, Richmond

Proud Mary

The coffee comes first, but the food’s no bit-player.

172 Oxford Street, Collingwood

Port of Call

A bright and breezy daytime diner from the team behind Left Field, Plain Sailing and Tall Timber.

7 Bay Road, Sandringham


The best coffee you'll find in a shopping center.

level 2 Shop 253 Melbourne Central, Melbourne

Plain Sailing

Generous brunches by the beach from the team behind Left Field and Tall Timber.

144 Ormond Road, Elwood

Padre Coffee South Melbourne Market

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

Stall 33 South Melbourne Market Coventry Street, South Melbourne

Padre Coffee Brunswick East

The Padre outlet that birthed a small empire.

438-440 Lygon Street, Brunswick East

Noughts and Crosses

No-nonsense food and coffee in minimalist surrounds.

32 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington

Northcote Bakeshop

Freshly baked sourdough, single origin coffee and Nancy Wilson on the record player.

571A High Street , Northcote

No. 19

One of the prettiest cafes in Melbourne.

214 Union Road, Ascot Vale

Miss Marmalade

Proof that family friendly cafes can be civilised and serve cocktails.

126 Union Street , Brunswick
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Coffee is the focus at this spot from Axil Coffee Roasters, but the menu is no B-team.

410 Bridge Road, Richmond

Mary Miller

Timeless neighbourhood simplicity on a residential corner.

171 Miller Street, Fitzroy North

Maker Coffee

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

47 North Street, Richmond


It’s attractive enough, but this cafe is less about flashy Instagram-ready food and more about simple things done well.

589-591 Sydney Road, Brunswick


This sea of olive leather, grey velvet and art deco touches is not your everyday foyer cafe. On the menu: French flatbreads you can fold up like a taco, and salads with porchetta or rotisserie chicken.

161 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Left Field

This corner cafe from the team behind Tall Timber and Short Straw has a Middle Eastern bent.

358 Koornang Road, Carnegie


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

9 Ballarat Street, Yarraville

Kings and Knaves

Prosciutto, pears, smoked salmon and cheese blends – this isn’t toast you make at home.

277 Williams Street, Melbourne

Kau & Co

A compact, environmentally conscious cafe.

541 High Street, Northcote

Jethro Canteen

Camel-milk lattes and bowls of crickets. This isn't your average cafe.

385-389 Burnley Street, Richmond

Industry Beans

Coffee roasted in a big warehouse with a wide-ranging breakfast menu – you've seen it before, but these brothers do it with notable flair.

Warehouse 3 62 Rose Street, Fitzroy

Industry Beans Lt. Collins

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.

345 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

A dedicated porridge, bagel and coffee bar supporting Melbourne’s homeless, and distributing free school lunches.

6 Florence Street, Brunswick

Heartattack and Vine

A Lygon Street espresso and cicchetti bar.

329 Lygon Street, Carlton

Good Times Milk Bar

A landmark corner store turned colourful, Californian-cool cafe – with a four-legged-friendly courtyard.

83 Tucker Road, Bentleigh


All-day dining backed by two decades of cooking experience.

155 Fitzroy St, St Kilda
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Eeny Meeny

No-fuss food in retro surrounds.

96 Young Street, Frankston

Earl Canteen

Say goodbye to soggy office sandwiches.

Little Bourke Street Courtyard 500 Bourke Street, Melbourne


The tiny coffee shop with big ambitions.

Stall 89, South Melbourne Market 116 Cecil Street, South Melbourne

Auction Rooms

A buzzing, industrial-chic spot operated by St Ali.

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Aunty Peg’s

Proud Mary's vast roasting house is also an excellent place to sample the product and learn more about how it's made.

200 Wellington Street, Collingwood

Axil Coffee Roasters Bourke Street

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

565 Bourke Street, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar

Stylish, standing-room-only coffee on Flinders Lane.

76 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters

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

322 Burwood Road, Hawthorn

Brother Baba Budan

Another pillar in the Seven Seeds coffee empire - with lots of seats.

359 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Butcher 128

A converted butcher shop where families now congregate for breakfast.

128 Roberts Street, Yarraville

Candied Bakery

An Aussie bakery with a sweet American twist on the west side.

81a Hudsons Road, Spotswood

Small Axe

Pasta for breakfast?

281 Victoria St, Brunswick

Little Common

The sister cafe to Seddon’s Common Galaxia is keeping it simple, serving heart-starting brews, caramel slices and mini bagels.

228 Irving Street, Footscray


Dishes made from fresh local produce and Five Senses coffee, inside this unassuming garage.

428 Malvern Road, Prahran

Moon Rabbit

Moon Rabbit supports its local community by selling jaffles, coffee and house-made slices.

218 High Street, Preston

Common Galaxia

This totally remarkable Seddon cafe is named after a totally unremarkable small silver fish.

Shop 3-4 130 Victoria Street, Seddon

Sourdough Kitchen

A no-frills bakery supplying the good food we know and love.

172 Victoria Street, Seddon


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

11 Argyle Street, West Footscray

Toasta & Co.

A corner shop dedicated to big kids who never graduated from toasties and schnitz.

181 Adderley Street, West Melbourne

5 & Dime

5 & Dime is serving real-deal, New York-style bagels in the CBD.

16 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Allpress Espresso Roastery and Cafe

The New Zealand coffee company has expanded with its first Melbourne roastery and cafe in Collingwood.

80 Rupert Street, Collingwood

Ascot Food Store

A vibing cafe that puts plenty of effort into its food.

320 Ascot Vale Road, Moonee Ponds

A Thousand Blessings

This backstreets spot is dedicated to using the freshest local and organic produce in a way few others are.

251 Highett Street, Richmond

Footscray Milking Station

Solid coffee and a locally famous pulled-pork panini.

35 Bunbury Street, Footscray

Old Green Bean

A bustling micro-roastery plating up breakfasts worth travelling for.

179 Lyttleton Terrace, Bendigo

Little Rebel Roastery

A cellar door for coffee.

22 Collins Street, Dromana

Bonnie Coffee Co.

Two cafes at opposite ends of the city, both serving house-roasted beans for espresso, cold drip and filter coffee.

Shop 5 495 Collins Street, Melbourne

Three Bags Full

Abbotsford's first serious cafe, and still one of its best.

60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford


A beachy brunch and lunch spot from the duo that brought us Moby 3143.

113 Victoria Avenue, Albert Park


An Ottolenghi-inspired cafe with a rooftop for outdoor brunching.

1150 High Street, Armadale