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St Ali Coffee Roasters

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
South Melbourne
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12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 2990
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07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Glenmore Park, Australia
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33 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We were sent here by a staff member at the Crown Metropol. Best coffee to date! My friend had a chai tea and was in awe of how amazing it was. The food was very clean and tasted amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

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Thank Nicole D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very well known for their coffee. They produce and wholesale the same all throughout Melbourne. To be honest, the coffee is really really good but not the best around the town of Melbourne. But as a restaurant the place works; food is really good, as is the coffee. B++

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Thank Dan M
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I heard a lot about the coffee here so was getting ready to be blown away. Maybe just not to my liking but iv had better

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Thank Chris J
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This iconic café is a must for Melbourne visitors. I've been coming to St Ali for years and it never disappoints. Just the right amount of cool with great breakie choices.

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Thank pipperidge
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

They do the best coffees and their sweet treats are pretty awesome too. Menu is a good mix of healthy and cheat food items. Great ambience and friendly staff. Love going to this cafe!

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Thank Nitin C
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Easy to miss from the outside. Groovy inside with nice vibe. The food I saw on tables looked good. My take away coffee was only luke warm but flavor was fine. Would be keen to try the food at some stage.

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Thank GastroGaz
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The two of us were seated at a communal table which I can accept but isn't ideal. More so the menu is average, the environment is loud and the food is only O.K. My pancakes were dry, but my girlfriends dish wasn't too bad. We eat out for brunch most weekends and try somewhere new as much as possible. There... More 

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Thank Davo2288
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busy and buzzing cafe. Coffee lovers indulge here. Great menu and not a single bite disappointed! Staff, while busy, were friendly and attentive. Quirky fit out. Fun vibe. There are a couple of communal tables so if that's not your cup of tea maybe keep that in mind/prepare yourself mentally beforehand.

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Thank M0rgan88
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

st ali makes amazing coffees and hot chocolates. they use the best quality ingredients and make delicious food, the staff are really friendly and i will continue going there forever

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Edmonton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived for breakfast around 10:30AM on a weekday and the place was packed. Don't people work in Melbourne? Anyway we managed to find an unused portion of a table despite the jumble of one-of-a-kind chairs and odd size/shape tables. I guess the 'I'm broke but I found this table and chair on the side of the road' ambiance is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 18:00
Monday
07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 18:00
Thursday
07:00 - 18:00
Friday
07:00 - 18:00
Saturday
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne>  > South Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 2990
Description
Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor.

Come with us on a journey through space and time ...

Like the discovery of most commodities, coffee was highly prized, mostly misunderstood and appreciated for its medicinal purposes. We’re talking about the 15th century, here. Fast-forward a few hundred years past the Y2K and you’ll see the beginnings of the ST. ALi Family in South Melbourne in 2005 placing a strong ethos on quality beans and unique brewing methods.

Yes, we take our coffee very seriously- serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013.

But, that’s not all we’re known for. Head Barista, Matt Perger placed first in the World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship in 2014; Second in the 2013 World Barista Championship for his redial, rethink on filter coffee- a paradigm shift in the category- as well as winning first place in the 2012 World Brewer’s Cup.

Matt Perger and his coffee disciples or boy band counterparts have toured all over the globe starring in pop-up cafes, master classes and merchandise signings.

Now, you’ll find our family has expanded from our warehouse-chic flagship in Yarra Place to Sensory Lab, Clement, Tom Thumb, Plantation and Deadman Espresso.

But that’s not all… Food is pretty damn important too!

We thought that cafe food could be more than just some avocado on toast, and serious coffee deserves serious food.

The early days saw pan-Asian influences from Benjamin Cooper (now at Chin Chin and Kong), dishing up sticky wings, grilled kingfish heads and zingy glass noodle salads next to your plate of poached eggs and corn fritters, ultimately inspiring “ST. ALi Nights,” which John Lethlean described as, “stimulating, thought provoking, and (for me) one of the most successful bits of hospitality-industry lateral thinking Melbourne has seen in quite a while”

Today, we have Executive Chef Andy Gale in charge of the pans. Gale is known for his dishes with punny names, Oxford commas and wizard-like abilities to make offal sought after in a breakfast- clear signs of his British upbringing and culinary path under Pierre Koffmann, Bruce Paul and Gary Rhodes.

With Gale at the helm, food is no second fiddle; he has turned up the heat to create a truly inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu, so good that in 2013 he bought home the Best Food prize in The Age Good Cafe awards.

In the next chapter- twenty fifteen and beyond- we will be moving into our new kitchen, turning the food up yet another notch and re-birthing ST. ALi Nights but this time with Gale leading the pack.

Things may be a little left of centre at ST. ALi, but never done by halves.

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Staying in South Melbourne

Neighbourhood Profile
South Melbourne
South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole neighbourhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in, a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen utensils completes the scene. Take a break to walk the wide and shady streets and stroll along the Victorian-era heritage terrace houses. But return to the market in time for some paella, simmering in three large frypans on the footpath and served straight onto your plate.
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