Filter, cold brew, oat milk only, Vietnamese-style or loaded with caramel syrup. However you take your iced coffee, these Melbourne cafes are the best spots to try for International Coffee Day on 1 October.

Vacation's grapefruit filter spritz

We could all use a vacation right now. As close as we're getting is the aesthetic pastel pink surrounds of this CBD coffee shop. 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. Vibe with the pineapple logo branded on your cup and pretend you're somewhere else for a few sips.

A plastic coffee cup with juice and coffee in it
The grapefruit filter spritz. Pic via Vacation Instagram.

Naröcha Milo mocha bubble tea

This is not a drill: Naröcha now does delivery. Order a boba Milo mocha for a creamy, malted chill-out treat. Other coffee flavours you’ll wanna add to cart include a ruby chocolate drink and a dirty oreo cookie crumble. Drinks are fully customisable, right down to the sugar level and type of milk. Check out the online shop for menus and merch. Including an extra wide reusable straw for their chewy boba treats.

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 and get a takeaway if it's in your travel radius.

A coffee with boba in a takeaway cup
Industry Beans bubble coffee

Dukes iconic iced filter

Coffee bubble tea not for your palate? 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 IRL iced filter or check out the online store. They've currently got free shipping on orders over $100 Australia wide.

Vietnamese iced coffee from Heartbaker Bun Mee

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. Open for takeaway on weekdays during lockdown.

A person's hand holding a takeaway iced coffee
Grab a laneway latte from Heartbaker

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 for takeaway, and their satisfyingly layered iced lattes are an unmissable spring treat. Grab one to-go on Fridays and pick up a pastry treat from the latest Candied Bakery drop.

Seven Seeds' cold filter coffee by the litre

We thought 'coffee by the litre' sounded a little fancier than 'cold brew goon sack'. Whatever you call it, this epic 4 litre cask of single origin coffee is an at-home essential. The big brew lasts three months in storage, or one month after you break the seal. Scared of commitment? Try it in can size first. Or grab a takeaway if you're within 10km of Seven Seeds.

A person's hand holding an iced black coffee in a takeaway cup.
Seven Seeds iced filter coffee

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. Hungry? Try the rotating seasonal menu of toasties, Middle Eastern smashed avo and more – with all ingredients sourced from the Vic Market.

Caramel iced latte from Fuumi Fuumi

Fuumi Fuumi is a new neighbourhood Japanese bakery and cafe. After you've had your fill of katsu sando and mochi bread, 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.

Make it eco friendly

Not keen on plastic cups? Buy cute and sustainable reusable tumblers from Market Lane, Monsterthreads or Hello Kitchen - Gotcha even has an entire range dedicated to Hello Kitty. Don't forget your reusable straws, either.

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Little Rogue

A small and welcoming cafe popular with local coffee lovers.

Market Espresso

Excellent coffee and cakes at the Queen Victoria Market.

Market Lane Coffee

Specialty coffee roaster and brewing equipment in the Queen Victoria Market's Dairy Hall.

Cup of Truth

The vibe is subterranean, the coffees are legendary, and the queue is filled with regulars.

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McIver's Coffee & Tea

A family-run coffee and tea shop, located in the Dairy Hall at the Queen Victoria Market since 1951.

Quists Coffee

Quists is a Melbourne institution with a reputation for roasting premium quality coffee.

Sensory Lab

Cafe and retailer of coffee beans and brewing equipment, off Little Collins Street.

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