Filter, cold brew, oat milk only, Vietnamese-style or loaded with caramel syrup. However you take your iced coffee, these Melbourne cafes have got the goods.
Classic iced coffee spots
Dukes iconic iced filter
Take it back to basics with this Flinders Lane icon. Duke's beans are all organic and ethically sourced, so you get a feel good boost in every sip. Order an iced filter with a choc-coated alfajores for the ultimate mid-arvo pick up.
Brother Baba Budan's classic iced latte
Espresso, cold milk and ice. We literally can not name a more iconic trio. Cult-fave coffee shop Brother Baba Budan is open, and their satisfyingly layered iced lattes are an unmissable summer treat. Grab one to-go on Fridays and pick up a pastry treat from the latest Candied Bakery drop.
Bottled cold brew from Path
Grab a global brew from the world's best roasters at this dedicated coffee bar. Path trades mostly in filter and espresso coffee, but we love the bottled cold brew for a refreshing caffeine hit.
Oat milk iced lattes at Oko
Replete with white minimalist design, Oko is a dedicated coffee bar located in unexpected surrounds. Get your double shot iced coffee in a pure black Americano, or add a splash of oat milk – the trending alt milk of the moment. Pair with a matcha croissant for an extra sugar-caffeine kick.
Coconut Americano from Sugar Labo
This new Japanese-inspired cake and sando spot also has a killer menu of iced drinks to enjoy. The coconut americano from Sugar Labo is a slightly sweet, ice cold espresso hit. Find more coconut coffee at ThreeSquared, over on Elizabeth Street.
Heartbaker's Vietnamese iced coffee
Hidden gems don't come much more hidden than this literal hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese spot. Pair your overloaded pork bahn mi with a classic Vietnamese iced coffee. That's heaps of crushed ice, super sweet condensed milk and a punchy shot of espresso.
Sweet treats and dessert lattes
Peanut cream cold brew at Overlay
Find serenity in minimal square footage at this chic hole-in-the-wall spot. Overlay greets you with pared back interiors, all-white accessories and a curated selection of treats. Chocolatey cold brew is served in chic kinto glasses, with a healthy layer of decadent peanut cream on top. Find Overlay at 320 Little Lonsdale Street.
Salted caramel and butterscotch cream
After you've had your fill of katsu sando and mochi bread at Fuumi Fuumi, the sweet iced coffee is a must. That's a classic iced latte topped with a dollop of salted cream, caramel sauce drizzle and chewy caramel pieces. Or head to Baguette Studios, where the rich butterscotch cream iced latte pairs very nicely with a pretzel baguette.
Yuzu spritz from Hikari
A tiny slice of serenity awaits on this busy corner of Swanston Street. With flawless light timber design, Japanese homewares and yuzu coffee served over ice, Hikari is like a little trip to Tokyo. Indulge in tart blend of yuzu kochi syrup layered with cold brew, sparkling water and a touch of beet sugar.
Tiramisu Iced Latte from Wreckyn St.
Tucked away on a side street near Baguette Studios is North Melbourne's coolest new local cafe. Open on weekdays only, Wreckyn Street Coffee is best known for its iced tiramisu drink. The long black coffee is topped with a big dollop of cream and a dusting of cocoa powder. They have also just revealed a summer only special: iced espresso cola!
Good Measure's Mont Blanc
Serving iced coffee by day and cocktails by night, Good Measure fast became a Lygon Street fave. And this spot broke the internet with Melbourne's inaugural Mont Blanc. It's a crisp iced filter drop, topped with cream, orange zest and nutmeg. The cream creates a decadent layer to sip your java through, like an ultra-modern Viennese coffee.
Vacation's grapefruit filter spritz
We could all use a vacation right now. But the aesthetic pastel pink surrounds of Vacation in the CBD will have to do for now. Classic cups include your usual lattes and house-roasted brews. But you can make your takeaway escape a little tropical with their tangy grapefruit, soda water and iced filter spritz.
Dirty iced matcha from Puzzle
Puzzle is open until 6pm Monday to Thursday, and 7pm Friday to Sunday, so it's the perfect spot to refuel post-work (or pre-party). Craving an after dinner treat? Try the dirty iced matcha, a caffeine-loaded green tea refresher topped with luxe cream. Find it on the corner of Swanston Street and Little Collins.
Industry Beans coffee bubble cup
Industry Beans cafe and roastery is a contemporary design dream come true. The coffee is pretty dreamy too, including their groundbreaking coffee bubble cup. The bev combines cold drip, coffee tapioca pearls and vanilla consoy (sweetened condensed and soy milks). Pre-order on their app to skip the queue.
Last updated on Wed 24 Jan 2024
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