Melbourne cafes 101: An entry guide for first-time int’l students on where to go

IF it’s your first time in Melbourne and you need to know where to go to absorb Melbourne’s cafe culture, we have you covered! Trinity College Foundation Studies students Sunny Yang and Bai introduce four cafes that everyone should visit if it’s their first time here. 

Melbourne is famous for its coffee and cafe culture which itself reveals the lifestyle of Melbourne’s people: busy yet relaxed and living life to its robust and rich qualities.

Students new to the city will find this out first hand given the myriad of cafes located all across the city and suburbs yet deciding on which cafes to visit for the first time will inevitably be tricky.

To help, we’ve chosen some of the best cafes in and around the city that will serve as an introductory crash course on Melbourne’s cafes. In deciding the following cafes, we considered its location, its Instagram-worthy qualities and budget.

Seven Seeds
114 Berkely St, Carlton  | Everyday (7.00am – 5.00pm)

Seven Seeds is one of the most popular cafes around the Melbourne CBD. It’s a great spot if you want to have breakfast or brunch with friends and the coffee here looks and tastes good.

Food portions are additionally quite generous which makes it worth every cent. Furthermore, its interior decor is special and adds to the ambiance of the city.

Hardware Societe
120 Hardware St, Melbourne | Monday – Friday (7.30am –  3.00pm); Saturday – Sunday (8.00am – 3.00pm)

Serving up delicious food that’s definitely Instagram-worthy, it is no wonder that Hardware Societe has long been a popular café among locals and tourists alike. Its good service coupled with good meals and coffee is already a win-win situation for customers.

However due to its popularity, it would be wise to go an hour (or two!) earlier to obtain a table!

White Mojo
115 Hardware St, Melbourne | Monday – Friday (7.00am – 4.00pm); Saturday – Sunday (8.00am – 5.00pm)

Photo provided by students.

Photo provided by students.

Also located on Hardware St is White Mojo, which offers some really nice and decadent deserts.

Other than having a rather large range of desserts, the café itself is unique- offering up a visual feast that starts from the décor to the artwork and of course, the food.

Hash Specialty Coffee & Roaster
113 Hardware St, Melbourne | Monday – Friday (7.00am – 4.00pm); Saturday – Sunday (8.00am – 5.00pm)


Photo provided by students.

Surround yourself with the robust aroma of good coffee at Hash Specialty Coffee & Roaster. If you are a coffee connoisseur, this is the café for you.

Boasting good service, great location and a comfortable interior, it is a potential regular for students and coffee lovers alike. The price is reasonable which makes it even better!

This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collaboration. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch with us via


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