There is no question that Melbourne is the coffee capital of Australia – if not the entire southern hemisphere. So if you come down to visit for a holiday, you simple must treat yourself to a cappuccino or espresso in one of Melbourne's hidden laneways. To help you sift through the dozens of coffee shops and cafes that exist in Melbourne's CBD, I have constructed a list of all my favourite coffee haunts for you to try out.
My first pick of the bunch is Olio Cuciana – a little Italian restaurant that is tucked away in one of the hidden lane-ways off of Collins Street. The coffee there is amazing and one of their baristas has just been nominated for barista of the year. He drew a skull and cross-bows in my short macchiato the last time I went there for lunch. How cool is that?
Another place I love to sop off at for a cup of coffee is Ganache on Collins Street. This cosy little cafe is one of my favourites. Their big leather arm chairs are just perfect for curling up in with a cup of coffee or hot chocolate on a cold, winter's day. While their coffee is stupendous, I also recommend you try one of their special hot chocolates. The chilli chocolate one is my favourite. I know what you're thinking but trust me when I say it's delicious.
If you wonder a little further down Collins Street, you will come to the Lindt Cafe – a one stop shop for chocoholics and caffeine addicts alike. Although the Lindt Cafe specialises in chocolate, their coffee is damn good too. And being the chocolate connoisseurs that they are, you usually get a free chocolate to have with your coffee at the Lindt Cafe. The chocolate you get depends on the type of coffee you order. If you get an espresso for example, then you get the added bonus of sampling a piece of Lindt Dark Chocolate: 70% Cocoa. Simply divine.
Degraves Street is another great place to go to for a cup of coffee. I often refer to Degraves Street – which is just off of Flinders Lane – as Melbourne's coffee district. This is because you've got dozens of little cafes all crammed into a single laneway and they are all amazing. Be sure to sop off at the Degraves Espresso Bar though. I love it because of the young and funky European feel to the place. Plus their coffee is to die for.
So watch out Rome because Melbourne is giving you a run for your money in the coffee department.