A culmination of Melbourne’s best food, art and culture, laneway cafes are a great way to experience why Melbourne really is one of the best cities in the world. But with an abundance of choice, knowing where to go can be tricky. We’ve picked out four of our top cafes in Melbourne’s CBD laneways to help you drink up the good vibes and the excellent coffee.
1. Manchester Press - 8 Rankins Lane
If you want to experience Melbourne in a café, step off Little Bourke street and head through the rainbow roller door of Manchester Press. With plenty of space, great coffee, and even better bagels, this café is a perfect place to relax and re-caffeinate.
2. Hardware Societe - 120 Hardware Street
Previously known as Kirks Horse Bazaar for its horse and livery trading centre, Hardware Lane is now one the epicenters of Melbourne’s culinary laneways. And at the end of Hardware Lane lies one of its best eateries: Hardware Société. The French and Spanish influence at this little café ensures you’ll get a delicious twist on your typical Melbourne brunch. Note that there’s always a line – if you don’t want to wait more than 15 minutes come on a weekday rather than a weekend.
Opposite Federation Square, Hosier Lane not only houses some of Melbourne’s best street art, but is home to a café doing more than just providing its customers with their daily caffeine and culinary needs. Good 2 Go café supports young people experiencing poverty and homelessness by providing them with real work experience. Profits go to other youth homelessness projects, so you can satisfy your tastebuds with a tasty toastie or a mean latte whilst putting your pennies towards a good cause.
4. Journal Café - 253 Flinders Lane
If you are looking for somewhere cosy to settle down and read a book, hop into Journal Café on Flinders Lane to test-out your inner Melbourne hipster. With the City Library in the same building as the café, you can devour a book, high quality espresso, and solid breakfast before venturing on to your next destination.