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Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9650 4399
07:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 18:00
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New York, NY
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111 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

A mid-day eatery bespeaking the commercial enterprise it once was, serves dinner ONLY on Friday nights! It has a limited menu and an adequate wine selection. Some of the tables seat eight, and are therefore "shared" with other patrons, and then there are "high" tables with dining stools. I had a tagliatelle with pork and lamb ragu, and one of... More 

Thank CountyGent
Melbourne, Australia
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice enough food and a quirky setting. It was averagely busy when we went in and we soon found a table. The menu isn't huge but what you'd expect from such a place. Only three stars thanks to the rude attitude of the Canadian waitress!

Thank mks123452017
Melbourne, Australia
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

The seating and tables are very simple and basic. No plush leather or cushioned seats, just wooden seats and tables and some stools and bench. However you are not here for the decor bu for the food. The daily menu is always changing. I had a fantastic Scotch fillet steak with chips and salad for $20. The steak was huge,... More 

Thank PeterJung
Melbourne, Australia
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

Great little space, food is pretty good and coffee was fabulous. Love the chairs and the high ceilings. Look hard as it's pretty easy to miss

Thank mike12003387
Melbourne, Australia
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2,394 reviews
632 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2017

The Journal Cafe is located at the front of the Council for Adult Education (CAE) building and the City Library. It's a good spot for a coffee. I had an iced coffee wish ice-cream and a Portuguese tart, known as a "dan ta" in Asia, or "egg tart." Both were good, though the service was a bit slow, which is... More 

Thank Jeffry B
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

The place has a nice vibe and looks great, coffee was ok and the food average. If you're not fussed then it's fine but I wouldn't go back

Thank kda982
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Happened across this cafe this week and it was packed with local workers looking for presumably, great coffee. This place has a great vibe, lovely efficient staff in my experience and to top it off, such great coffee I had to buy a bag to take home. The breakfast options are predictable but when brought to the table, are presented... More 

Thank SimE_trips
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Is it mandatory to wear gloves during food preparation ? I was quite put off when an employee looked up from sandwich making, took my coins for a coffee, then straight back to the food! No gloves, no washing in between coins and picking up sandwich ingredients with his hands. Yuk.

1 Thank prust2016
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Stumbled upon this place while searching for somewhere for breakfast that wasn't full of workers doing business over coffee. A quiet setting allowed for a relaxing read of the paper over a piccolo coffee and smashed avocado on toast with feta, lemon, tomatoes and mixed seeds topped off with a perfectly poached egg. I would have liked a stronger coffee... More 

Thank Captain_h123
New Zealand
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326 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 813 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017

Went to the Journal Cafe for breakfast. This is a nice, wood lined cafe with hanging bookshelves and huge social communal tables, at the entrance to the City Library in Flinders Lane. The coffee was good although the standard cups were small. Sourdough toast was great, eggs were good, and the smashed avocado with tomato, feta and poached egg on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9650 4399

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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