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Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9650 4399
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good52%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“poached eggs” (9 reviews)
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07:00 - 20:00All hours
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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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...More

Thank PeterJung
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
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,...More

Thank Jeffry B
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
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...More

Thank SimE_trips
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...More

1  Thank prust2016
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...More

Thank Captain_h123
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...More

Thank Brett M
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Came for breakfast. Very Melbourne feel, although despite a lot of empty chairs, the tables are too small for the plates that the food gets served on. Especially painful if you want to read the paper and eat your breakfast at the same time. Coffee...More

Thank Merilyn_S_12
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I really enjoyed coming here. The service was fast, the food was good and the staff were mostly friendly. I came here with a friend for breakfast and was happy with everything. We ordered the Bircher and the Smashed avo to share. My friend ordered...More

Thank Genevieve D
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
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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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