South Melbourne coffee

I’m exploring my new neighbourhood one cafe at a time and looks like I chose a great neighbourhood to live in – with cafes on every corner, South Melbourne is a perfect place for coffee lovers. After 2 months I already have my favourites. In no particular order:

La Cassina Del Caffe

My latest discovery – a small yellow house, nestled among big buildings and hidden from the the street by green leafy trees. Inside it’s very cosy and relaxed, staff greets you with a smile and it feels more like entering good friend’s house than a cafe.

Beans: Grinders

Small flat white: $3

La Casina Del Caffe on Urbanspoon



Tiny cafe on the Cecil St side of the South Melbourne Market. It’s usually very busy and on market days (or maybe only weekends?) they have a dangerous trap in front of the shop – some great looking donuts!

Beans: Clement’s own Pony blend

Small flat white: $4.2

Clement Coffee Roasters on Urbanspoon



I like how from the very first glance you know what this place is about – when you enter all that grabs your attention is food displayed on the counter (aaaaah, those sandwiches!) and a huge coffee machine next to it. A few seating options inside & cute milk crates to be used hipster style as chairs and tables outside.

Beans: Single Origin

Small flat white: $3.8

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St Ali

Finding St Ali is half the challenge – when I was looking for it first time I walked past it and only the smell of coffee made me stop and walk back. Like it’s the case with most cafes, I was expecting a big street sign and missed the small logo hanging above the entrance. St Ali is set in a big warehouse on a back street, and it almost feels like a secret place, it would probably take me a while to walk through that street and find it if I didn’t have the address. It’s usually very busy inside, but nevertheless I never waited long for my coffee.

Beans: St Ali

Small flat white: $4

St Ali on Urbanspoon


The Kettle Black

For the first one and a half week of me living in Melbourne this was where I was getting my twice-a-day coffee fix. Coffee cart is conveniently set up in front, no need to walk inside, so getting a take away coffee (or a small bite – sandwiches, yoghurts and salads) is quick and easy. Friendly staff always greeted me with a smile and remembered my name after 2 days.

Beans: 5 Senses

Small flat white: $4

The Kettle Black on Urbanspoon


Update: 17 May 2015:

Padre Coffee

One of the busiest places at the South Melbourne Market. Their coffee is worth the wait though. Strong flavours and constant great quality.

Small flat white: $3.8

Padre Coffee on Urbanspoon


Let Me Be Frank

Hidden from the main South Melbourne shopping areas, in an old-looking building. Lovely outdoor area, cool vintage-eclectic furniture inside and very friendly staff. Tried only take away, had nice chocolate notes.

Tall flat white: $4.5

Let Me Be Frank on Urbanspoon


Freestyle Espresso

Recently my go-to coffee place. Beautiful food (those pastries!) on display, great Allpress coffee and a choice of indoor and outdoor seating. Thumbs up from a matter of taste!

Small flat white: $3.8

Freestyle Espresso on Urbanspoon


Dead Man Espresso

One of the best places in South Melbourne for a relaxing breakfast with city views. Coffee always spot on.

Dead Man Espresso on Urbanspoon


Can you recommend other coffee places in South Melbourne worth checking out and adding to the list?

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  • Reply
    Nicole - Champagne and Chips
    January 10, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Oh dear Melbourne is just like Brisbane. You either live North or South and never venture across the other side of the river. The only suggestion I have for you is at the South Melbourne Markets (which are awesome if you’ve not been yet), Padre is the place to go for coffee.

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      January 10, 2015 at 6:56 pm

      aaah yes, I’m about to add Padre to this list – tried it last week and really liked it!

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    Drink Coffee Tea
    December 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    Sounds like the perfect place to be for coffee-lovers! I am forwarding this to a friend who happens to be in Melbourne for an event. She’s a certified coffee drinker who is always on the lookout for the best cafe. This will definitely help her. I’ll let you know if she finds a new cafe other than the ones listed. Thanks for coming up with this list.

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    May 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Great post!! I will be travelling to Melbourne in the second half if this year!!I love coffee and it will be really great if i get to drink coffee in one of these places!!the pleasure of drinking coffee in the outdoor areas is great!!Thanks for sharing the list!!
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    Anne Katie
    June 28, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Looks like this place should be the best for coffee addicted like me. I have been to Australia but unfortunately I did not visit Melbourne. Anyway, thanks for sharing great photos and story.

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