In a city crowded with coffee shops, many new stores are opting for a coffee stop that takes up minimal space. This really just adds to the charm and quirkiness of Melbourne coffee stops as well as catering to the those in a rush, but in desperate need of coffee.
Path Coffee: Corner Elizabeth and Collins Street If you get off at Flinders St, walk down a little and you'll find this gem selling coffee as well Butterbing cookies with flavours such as salted caramel, nutella and more.
They make their own bottled iced coffee perfect for a warm day, with black or white options. The black will contain a rotating filter coffee whilst the white uses the ever so popular Candyman espresso blend by Small Batch. The guys are also super friendly and passionate about this project, so drop by for your morning hit.
There's a tiny bench for you to wait for your coffee or even have a sit-down cuppa. In addition they sell some goodies from Eat a Scroll bakehouse - cinnamon scrolls with delicious toppings such as cream cheese or lemon curd. Drop by and visit the friendly staff and get lost in this arcade!
The coffee is worth the walk if you work a bit far away!
Cylinder Coffee: Corner Swanston and Little Bourke St You might walk past this one without even noticing - Cylinder coffee is located on Swanston St in what would usually be some kind of newsagency stand.
But if you also listen out for some funky beats, you'll find this little stand full of coffee and treats from the likes of Cobb Lane to start your morning. At the moment, they don't have an espresso machine but have some filter coffee and bottled cold brew for your needs - if you also want a dash of milk, they can provide some too.
I'm not sure if the tiny glass case where you can sit and have a coffee is my favourite feature, or the wall scattered in haikus, but it's undoubtedly a cool place to hang away from the busy crowds on Swanston.
A beautiful latte to go with reading in this hidden space