Living in Melbourne will give the best of us coffee addictions and cake cravings. There are so many independently owned cafes and cake shops in the city and surrounding suburbs that are well worth going out of your way for and offer more charm and intimacy than some of the robotic chains scattered across Melbourne.
1) Royal Domain Cafe, 360 St Kilda Road
This friendly Italian owned cafe offers excellent service with a smile. The fresh and aromatic coffee is the best in the city, by far. This is a popular hot spot for people working in the area and gets very busy in the morning and lunchtime. There's a range of freshly prepared hearty meals on offer, which changes from day to day. There's also an array of cakes and cookies to accompany a nice hot cup of coffee.
It's impossible to choose the best cake shop on Acland Street, so I'd suggest taking a stroll down the street and sampling them all! Acland Street is famous for its delicious cakes and anyone with a sweet tooth should definitely check it out. It is a great place to visit in the summer time when you can sit outside and soak up the atmosphere on this eccentric street. There's also lots of vintage shops if you fancy a bit of shopping too.
Known for their vanilla slice of the year, Goodness Gracious is a quaint cafe very popular for lunch and coffee on the go. Limited seating forces most people to order takeaways, but their award winning vanilla slice lives up to expectations. The perfectly fluffy and creamy cake goes down a treat with a cup of coffee.
4) RMB, Degraves Street, CBD
Degraves Street is a busy and vibrant lane, just off Flinders Street and Flinders Lane. It's full of places to eat and outdoor seating which is heated during the winter months. RMB offers great coffee, food and atmosphere. They even do gluten free alternatives for a couple of bucks extra. It's a good place to catch up with friends whilst choosing from a range of dishes and tasty cakes.
5) St Ali, 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
Hidden in the corner of Clarenden and York Street, South Melbourne, you'll find Yarra Place, a silent street disguising a popular coffee shop. St Ali is filled with locals and professionals who stop by for their morning coffee, afternoon lunch and even scheduled meetings. Whatever the reason, St Ali attracts people with it's friendly service, delicious meals and even better coffee. Definitely worth a visit if you're on the lookout for a great cup of coffee.
Let us know your favourite coffee and cake spots in Melbourne by leaving a comment below.
By kaye - reader Thursday, 20th of October @ 07:29 am
Venturing a little bit out of the city, Niko in Oakleigh is pretty awesome. Fantastic Greek cakes and desserts, and the coffee is spot on too. If you're at Chadstone doing a spot of shopping, it's worth the 3 minute drive down Warrigul road afterwards.
(Portman St, Oakleigh)
By daniel f - reader Thursday, 17th of May @ 11:58 pm
I love the lammingtons from the Cafe in High Street. The chocolate crackles are wonderful from Acland Street and take you straight back to being 5 years old again.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Monday, 17th of October @ 11:56 pm