I'm in Melbourne often enough - so why not write a bit about some places I've seen :)
Published August 15th 2014
So you've just arrived on Melbourne on the train, or perhaps you're heading home after a day enjoying the city life. Either way, your body might be telling you that it is coffee o'clock, the signs of this hour approaching vary from general fatigue to compulsive cravings verging on addiction...the avid coffee drinker will know this well.
At Southern Cross station, there a variety of coffee pit-stops to choose from. The Spencer outlet shopping area provides a whole range of apt places that may answer the calling to coffee o'clock. However, here are six reasons why Starbucks is always worth stopping by.
The Starbucks at Southern Cross is located at the main entrance of the Spencer outlet shopping centre. It is very easily accessible from the metro and regional train platforms. From Bourke Street it is just up the escalators.
Whether you need to rest your weary legs after a day strolling the city, or need somewhere comfy to sit whilst planning your next move in Melbourne, it's hard to pass up these comfortably seats and couches while drinking your beverage of choice. If it's not too busy you'll be lucky to snag up a cosy seat in the corner - even luckier to get one with a charging point near by if need be!
This one may seem contradictory given this is a multinational organisation chain originating in America, but Starbucks has made a concerted effort to ensure they use fair trade products and support coffee growers in Africa and Central America. There are also a number of fair trade products available in the store.
Almost essential in today's fast paced environment where we need information on the go, it's always a bonus when a delicious coffee comes a wifi code. So you can sit back, sip on that beverage and pull out the smart phone or tablet to browse the net.
So many menu options
There are two types of people in this world: those who drink coffee and those who don't, Starbucks has something for both types! Hot drinks, cold drinks, caffeinated drinks or not. Plain tea, green tea, chai tea or iced tea. Skim milk, regular milk, cream or no cream. Just so many options! Whatever you choose, it is highly unlikely you will be served disappointment.
Did those taste-buds just find out it's coffee o'clock? Not to worry, Starbucks has plenty prepared for them. Muffins, cakes, biscuits, slices and sandwiches...there will certainly be something to accompany your beverage of choice and leave you walking out of the store with pure contentment and satisfaction.
One reason NOT to go to Starbucks is their COFFEE. Melbourne has fantastic coffee why anyone would choose Starbucks coffee is beyond understanding even by American coffee standards ( and American coffee is uniformly dreadful ) Starbucks is Bad coffee
Six very valid reasons... but all could be said of McDonald's too, and it doesn't mean they make good burgers. 30 tonnes of coffee beans are shipped into Melbourne every DAY, and make gorgeous coffees all over Melbourne. Not shipping to Starbucks. I agree with the previous comment, the key reason you SHOULD pass right on by Starbucks: their coffee. They over-roast it and over-syrup it, to hide imperfections, and caused the closure of 61 of their 84 stores over 2007-2008 because Australia already has amazing coffee and brilliant coffee culture.