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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Back soon - revisit these mini spots when they reopen after lockdown.
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.
Jungle Juice Bar
Jungle Juice Bar on Centre Place serve seriously good coffee along with delicious food.
Last updated on Sat 18 Sep 2021
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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.