Melbourne's best cafes that open late
Looming deadlines, long day or just need a little pre-commute boost? Try these Melbourne cafes that stay open after 5pm.
Heartattack and Vine
Friendly neighbourhood spot Heartattack and Vine is one of Carlton’s quiet achievers. The vibe is relaxed European, reflected in the very late night hours. We're talking a 10:30pm close Monday to Thursday and 11pm close Friday to Saturday! Swing by for a Spanish hot chocolate, or perk up before kick-ons at one of Melbourne's best after-dark events with an iced almond latte.
If it's a little late in the afternoon for coffee, try one of Tori's alternative drinks. Think premium matcha, hojicha, and tea to complement delectable home-baked goods. Usually it's open until 6pm, but you can get the good stuff until 10.30pm during summer. That includes the new range of fruit sodas and strawberry matcha drinks.
Serving iced coffee by day and cocktails by night, Good Measure rolls Sunday brunch and record bar vibes into a very Melbourne package. Local produce is key, with suppliers including Hagen’s Organics, Spitz's Bakehouse and Allevare Wines. If you're not in the mood for booze, you can grab a coffee until late on Thursdays and Fridays.
Brunch spot Ichigo puts a modern twist on traditional Japanese eats. Come for the chic minimal aesthetic, and don’t leave without trying the multi-layer creamy matcha cake. It can be hard to snag a table during the day, but the team has just soft launched a cute new night cafe for nocturnal diners. Now open until 10pm, seven days a week, it would be rude not to pop past for a black sesame latte.
An oldie but a goodie, Brunetti Oro on Flinders Lane slings espresso until 10pm Monday to Thursday and midnight Friday to Saturday. Roasted right here in Melbourne, a cappuccino and flaky pastry will make any last-minute deadline achievable. Get it to-go or stay a while in the Campari Bar.
Puzzle is perched on a busy city corner, ready whenever you need them. Open until 6pm Monday to Friday, and 7pm Saturday to Sunday, 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 refresher topped with foamy cream. Puzzle even sells an edible coffee cup! Find it on the corner of Swanston Street and Little Collins.
Does it get more Melbourne than late-night coffee and cake under the neon lights of Pellegrini's? Take a seat at the bar and order an espresso to go with your tiramisu (or iconic apple strudel). The cafe stays open for night owls until 9pm most nights and 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Wednesday to Saturday, teeny Cathedral Coffee morphs into a convivial late-opener until 11pm. Grab the last of the daily baked goods (caneles, lemon curd pastries, flaky chocolate buns) to go with a no-fuss long black or bougie brulee cappuccino. Check out more of the CC crew's late night offerings in our guide to Melbourne's best wine bars.
Luxe Fulton Lane cafe Morpha has serious brunch cred. But did you know this laneway spot just dropped a pop-up dinner menu? Head in at night time for a burger and cocktails. Or try the show stopping duck waffles. They're topped with a scoop of black sesame ice cream. All the brunch desserts you know and love are up for grabs too. The dinner menu is available 5pm to 9pm, Thursday to Saturday.
If no-fuss is your middle name, then the Butchers Diner filter coffee needs to be your after-work java game. Open from midday to midnight Tuesday to Saturday, a pit stop for a $2.50 cup is a no-brainer. Get a little extra caffeine in your veins with the classic tiramisu, or see which alt-milk varietals are stocked in the vegan vending machine out the front.
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Last updated on Wed 22 Mar 2023
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