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Tiny Coffee Spots in Melbourne CBD

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Published February 27th 2016
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.

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Butterbing Cookies

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.

Path coffee, small batch
Iced coffee using Small Batch

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Ingredients - love!

Padre Coffee: Shop 48, Royal Arcade, Elizabeth Street
Padre may sound familiar as their blend is used in many coffee stores such as The League of Honest Coffee on Little Lonsdale.

It's my second favourite coffee after Small Batch, so I was excited to hear they've opened up a store in Royal Arcade off Bourke (or Elizabeth) St.

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Some scrumptious scrolls to tempt you!

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!

padre coffee, royal 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.

Cylinder Coffee
The goodies available at Cylinder

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.

Cylinder Coffee
Cylinder's Cold Brew coffee

Switchboard Cafe
: 11 & 12 Manchester Unity Arcade, 220 Collins St

As you walk into this arcade, you may feel like you've found a secret location. But then you'll see people bustling at the end and realise that this hole-in-the-wall cafe is quite popular.

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Haikus on the wall

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.

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A beautiful latte to go with reading in this hidden space

Good 2 Go Coffee: 7-9 Hosier Lane

This cafe is located on one of Melbourne's most famous laneways - so it's not too hard to find! Good 2 Go is not just a cafe, it is a charity run by Youth Projects and working to fight homelessness.

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Wedged in the walls of Hosier Lane

So drop by, support a good cause and admire all the funky laneway art whilst you're there!

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Your coffee is making a difference

Melbourne, as always, is completely focused on its coffee and it seems space limitations will not stop the city cafe scene growing.

If you have a little cafe spot you think deserves a shout, comment below!
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Why? To make a quick coffee stop at Melbourne's tiny cafes
Where: Across Melbourne CBD
Cost: $3.50-$5
Your Comment
Good to hear about coffee stops supporting homeless people.
by Jenny Rossiter (score: 3|4069) 1331 days ago
A great article. I love the idea of iced coffee in a glass bottle.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7237) 1331 days ago
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