It's time to support the little guys. If you're within 10km of these hidden coffee shops, show some love and grab Melbourne's best takeaway treats. Opening hours are likely to be different right now - give them a call or check Instagram for info before visiting.

Mörk Chocolate City

Iconic choc spot Mörk has opened the cutest new café in Melbourne. Tucked away in Equitable place, you can score the full söt cake range, along with decadent toasted marshmallow hot chocolates to-go. And yes, they are fully stocked with fresh cinnamon buns.

A man ordering from a takeaway window
Mörk Chocolate City

Little Rogue

Push through the blue door to Little Rogue, in Drewery Lane. Chai and matcha lattes are on the menu next to black, white and filter coffee. And those flaky pastries are from Tokyo-style Bakemono, across the lane.

Bench coffee

Brand new coffee spot Bench offers premium espresso, luxe lattes and a decadent range of baked goods. Indulge in the feather-light dacquoise meringue cake range, stuffed with Belgian chocolate, uji matcha and black sesame. You can find this slick slice of mirrored paradise in Little Collins Street.

Union Kiosk

Quite literally a hole in the wall, Union Kiosk on Causeway Lane serves coffee and treats with a vegan twist. So that means almond, macadamia, coconut, oat or soy milk. Pair with a Nutella jaffle and carb-load your way through lockdown.

A barista in Union Kiosk with their back to the camera
Union Kiosk

Tulip Coffee

The Degraves Street mini café Tulip has pretty peach accents and seats a mere six. Noisette croissants and Danishes beckon from glass cases. Enjoy a takeaway treat from their mini window hatch. Drop in between 7.30am and 12pm on weekdays during lockdown.

Small Batch

Nope, that's not a driveway. Hidden behind a roller door down a cobbled laneway, Small Batch is more Melbourne than a hook turn. Swing by their North Melb spot during lockdown for iced coffee, baker bleu treats and a rotating range of takeaway lunch bowls.

A cafe behind a roller door in a laneway
Small Batch Coffee


Carlton’s Parco Canteen is in a gorgeous Victorian-era garden kiosk on Argyle Square. Step up to the counter to order toasted brioche with jam or an egg-n-bacon banh mi. And of course a large flat white with beans by Supreme.

Cup of Truth

Deco-tiled Cup of Truth offers caffeine salvation deep underground. Little larger than it’s smoking-hot brew station, it’s in subterranean Campbell Arcade. Cross your fingers as you head downstairs and hope they've got loaded doughnuts in the cake cabinet.

The exterior of Cup of Truth at the underpass to Flinders St Station
Cup of Truth

The Alley Edition

Howey Place is a covered arcade, rather than a laneway, but tiny Alley Edition fits the bill. This sweet hidden spot has plenty of cute touches, like a yakult shaped clock and crawling green plants. The Portuguese tarts are as legendary as the coffee, so grab one to go and enjoy.


With barely any signage or social media presence, Patricia kicks it old school from a hidden window off Little Bourke Street. Seek it out and be rewarded with excellent coffee, butterbing cookies, baked goods from Mörk and more.

Bar Holiday's Cafe Holiday

You can't be blamed for missing Bar Holiday - it opened for about five minutes before lockdown 5 and 6. Lucky for Carlton locals and their 10km neighbours, this friendly new spot has pulled a good old fashioned pivot. Visit for takeaway coffee, pastries and a pop-up sunflower shop on Friday and Saturday.

A man and a small child in front of a cafe window
Bar Holiday. Pic by @TheCityLane.

Back soon - revisit these mini spots when they reopen after lockdown.


This pocket-sized cafe is run by the Seven Seeds team.

Standing Room

A small chain of tiny coffee stores spread around the central city.

BE.AN by Workshop Bros

Serving great food and amazing coffee from their laneway shop off Collins Street.

Stand Up Cafe

Good, simple coffee and tea from a tiny, two-seater cafe.

Quists Coffee

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

Tom Thumb

Tiny shop in Flinders Lane serving consistently good coffee.

Jungle Juice Bar

Jungle Juice Bar on Centre Place serve seriously good coffee along with delicious food.

Bar Americano

Pint-sized bar serving only classic cocktails, with the menu changing weekly.

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