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Standing Room Coffee, Royal Arcade

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by JMBowen (subscribe)
Glutard foodie and adventure seeker.
Published November 10th 2015
Update September 4th 2017
This coffee shop is now closed.

Royal Arcade's best coffee
Standing Room is a delightful little coffee shop that hides along a side arm of Royal Arcade. Aptly named for its limited size, Standing Room still manages to be welcoming, as well as making a great coffee. The staff here are very friendly, and they don't leave you just hanging or standing while they make your coffee. They like to chat and ask you about your day, in a way that doesn't feel forced. It feels like they are genuinely interested in the people who come through though to be fair, they've probably been standing here a while and we're the only amusement they get. Regardless of the reason, it's a nice place to drop into.

The space, while only a humble 4 by 2 metres, is nonetheless interesting. The shops down this arm of the arcade have storage space above them, accessed by narrow, antique stairs, which give the space a great atmosphere.

Standing Room Coffee. Royal Arcade
Standing Room Coffee, Royal Arcade


The coffee itself is delicious nutty and smooth yet with plenty of kick. A regular latte will set you back $3.70, which in this neighbourhood isn't expensive. And I much prefer getting my coffee from a lovely little place like this than somewhere on the beaten track, or from a chain (heaven forbid).

Standing Room Coffee
A great coffee from Standing Room


Standing Room offers a limited range of snacks, including croissants, and those Butterbing biscuits that recently popped up all around Melbourne cafes. These are a dangerous mix of brownie-like cookie with a filling of caramel, chocolate or peanut butter cream. They are way too good.

So the next time you're shopping on Bourke Street Mall or in Royal Arcade, I highly recommend you make this your coffee stop. Enjoy the atmosphere, a lovely coffee, and the sense of getting coffee the Melbourne way.
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Why? For great coffee with atmosphere
When: Mon to Fri 7:30 am - 4:00 pm
Where: Shop 48, Royal Arcade, 355 Bourke Street, Melbourne, 3000
Cost: $3.70
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