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It's time to support the little guys. Show some love and grab Melbourne's best treats in tiny locations. 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 cafe 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 tiny slice of serenity awaits on this busy corner of Swanston Street. Hikari is wedged between a takeaway spot and a construction site. But with flawless light timber design and Melbourne's most aesthetic iced coffee, this little nook is hard to miss. Friendly staff will talk you through the choice of beans, but we rate the Kenya brew from cult-status roasters onibus. Hikari is currently open for takeaway only.
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.
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 the week.
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 fresh toasties and pastries are as good as the coffee, so grab a weekday bite and enjoy.
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 for iced coffee, baker bleu treats and a rotating range of takeaway lunch bowls.
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.
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.
More mini spots to visit in Melbourne
Tiny espresso bar in popular Degraves Street offering specialty coffee and pastries.
BE.AN by Workshop Bros
Serving great food and amazing coffee from their laneway shop off Collins Street.
Quists is a Melbourne institution with a reputation for roasting premium quality coffee.
Last updated on Wed 12 Jan 2022
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Little Bang Espresso
Specialty coffee shop in Exhibition Street with magical city views.
Bringing healthy, fresh and made-to-order salads to the people of Melbourne.