The funnest part is stumbling upon new gems. I went to try Captains of Industry, a vintage looking place that also offers shoe and barber services.
As I climbed the stairs into this industrial looking building off a laneway, I found out it unfortunately didn't open until 9am. Still the location and concept was so unique, encapsulating that quirky feeling of Melbourne's cafes.
For a cafe focused on fairtrade, 2Pocket is also hidden between Melbourne Central on Little Lonsdale St. I nearly missed it because I was on the wrong side. The cafe is bigger than expected and it's great seeing other curious people walk past, realise it's a cafe, then walk in to try it.
A little further out and on the Parliament end, you'll find Traveller on Crossley St, a specialty coffee roaster that uses the famous Seven Seeds coffee. Often the specialty roasters are quite small, the limited laneway seating outside though just exhibited a different part of Melbourne culture.
Laneway culture, coffee culture, whatever you want to call it, just shows Melburnians will go to any lengths for coffee even if it means sitting on a ledge outside. The coffee was a bit more expensive at $4 - maybe also due to their more corporate location.
Sometimes I find specialty coffee a bit more bitter but don't mind - you can truly taste the different types of coffees they all use. I also loved their coffee cup design!
What is even better about Melbourne is that new places are always popping up. I found out via Instagram a new little place had popped up close to work so went on a venture, experiencing that similar feeling of walking down a laneway feeling half-lost.
I almost gave up on this finding it but after some more Google mapping I found the newly opened Little Rogue on Drewery Lane.
The cafe was small but the staff were enthusiastic and lovely. The small size cup was smaller than usual for $3.50 but I often drink my coffee slowly and forget about the last bit, so it's probably a better size for me.