I miss the days of going to the coffee place at the basement of Diamaru where one could select coffee beans from around the world, have it freshly ground, and made into a smooth latte, creamy cappuccino, or whatever coffee beverage you fancied. We would spend hours talking about the different beans and which one would be our "flavour of the week", yet I would always go back to the Jamaican Blue Mountain. Mmm, just the thought gives me a warm fuzzy feeling of bliss.
Since Diamaru closed its Melbourne Central doors in 2002, I have been on a quest to find a fabulous coffee place. I know Melbourne is renowned for its coffee culture, but I am searching for a place less crowded than Degraves Lane, smaller than Brunetti (a place I loved when it was a little cafe on Faraday Street, Carlton). A place where the smell of coffee intoxicates you before the taste does, and where you can read a book and sit for hours without being rushed.
I have so far found one that does meet the criteria:
Haymarket Place Located at 212 Berkeley Street, Carlton, Haymarket Place offers consistently good coffee, and generous slices of cake, a walnut and chocolate slice to die for, and gluten-free friands and cupcakes, to keep the sweet toothed happy.
For a heartier option, patrons can choose from a variety of cooked breakfast and lunch items, as well as baguettes with Mediterranean fillings, making this laneway hideaway a top spot for not only a quick take away coffee, but also for a sit in lunch or afternoon break.
Providing a spacious and welcoming environment, Haymarket Place is a perfect space to work on your laptop, read a book or paper, or meet with colleagues and friends, and is sure to please those who seek casual, comfortable, and very Carlton.
While I'm still dreaming of my Jamaican blend, I'm content with this place for the time being.
What are your favourite coffee shops in the CBD and inner suburbs?
Mr Foxx in Glen Iris. An icon of Malvern Road. My favourite coffee place using padre coffee Always buzzing Love the single origins. Had a double espresso El Salvador sweet with notes of chocolate & apricot. Yum
Love the coffee at the Third Place cafe in Wollert. A beautiful old bluestone house converted into a cafe. Went to a coffee appreciation afternoon there, owner sure knows his coffee, even as a drip system for purified coffee.
Thank you for this amazing post. Melbourne is a bustling city. It's wonderful to have a cup of cappuccino, immerse in a book and chat with friends. I hope Haymarket will be a nice rendezvous for us. By the way, if you want to brew yourself coffee at home, please find useful, effective coffee makers at Koobies Coffee