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  • Famous espresso in MLB hipster areas?

    Holidaying from California, we'll have a whole day (Tuesday) in Melbourne and a hire car. Obviously, we will not be able to do a proper espresso "crawl" of a huge major coffee capital like Melbourne, so we want to narrow our scope a little (a lot). So we think we want to limit our scope to the funky/hipster areas since my wife likes funky hipster shops. And of course these area (at least back home in Southern California), also are a natural fit for good coffee places. Some simple googling indicates that Fitzroy is hipster central.

    Also perhaps if there is something around Kooyong, mostly because I lived there as a schoolboy while attending Scotch College. But it is not a must to have coffee there if there are no standout spots.

    Further, if there are other hipster hubs that an American must see, please report along with the coffee spots therein.

    When we were in Brissie a last week we saw reference to Veniziano (spelled right?) Roasters and it looks like they may be a little note and east of CBD. Are they legendary/worth the visit like Intelligentsia in Los Angeles, which is where I would point an Aussie visitor?

    -Peter

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    Must go Manchester Press Cafe in CBD. Fitzroy is another good place to go to, Brunswick St has a very old small Italian cafe that still uses an old Lever coffee machine that is if you are into old espresso machine.

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    • #3
      I do like old/lever machines. Along with my BES900xl, the xl is the USA version, I have a la Pavoni lever machine that I love.

      -Peter

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      • #4
        Fitzroy/Collingwood is hipster central, either Brunswick St and/or Smith St.

        Messina Gelato in Smith St. have ( at last report) a 3 group Arduino lever.

        Proud Mary, in Oxford St, Collingwood ( 100 metres from Smith St).

        Industry Beans in Rose St, Fitzroy.

        Everyday Coffee, Johnson St, Collingood. 75 metres from Smith St.

        Have a nice day!

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        • #5
          Perfect. That should be more than a start, if not the whole day's worth for us. We're likely to have a hotel out near the airport where we will pick up our hire car. Anything out that way that might be open past 6pm? We land from cairns at 500pm.

          -Peter

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          • #6
            Originally posted by pcrussell50 View Post
            Perfect. That should be more than a start, if not the whole day's worth for us. We're likely to have a hotel out near the airport where we will pick up our hire car. Anything out that way that might be open past 6pm? We land from cairns at 500pm.

            -Peter
            Unfortunately the airport is typical urban airport / industrial wasteland . ( think Long beach !)
            Are you committed to hotel there ?......much better to stay in the city or somewhere like St Kilda or Chapel st , where there are cafe's and people out socialising.
            if you don't want a hire car there is a good city express bus right from the terminal and good public transport trams etc.

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            • #7
              If you're visiting Australia and want to immerse yourself in our coffee culture......

              then have a coffee at the airport! :-D

              Go to the Krispy Creme Donut shop.... some people seem to like the blend they use ( courtesy of Vittoria ).

              Be brave!! Be adventurous!!

              Rug up tho'; tomorrow might be a bit on the cool side.......

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              • #8
                Were in the airport hotel in bed now, car already obtained, ready for our day tomorrow coffee hopping, hipster shopping, and visiting my old school and house in kooyong.

                Thanks for the point in the right direction for coffee.

                The reason we're at the airport hotel is the next morning after, our flight back to Los Angeles leaves at 9am, so the closer to the airport the better.

                -Peter
                Last edited by pcrussell50; 4 May 2015, 10:31 PM.

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                • #9
                  Hope you had a chance to look up the web sites of the cafés I mentioned so you can be at the right place at the right time of day.

                  Looking forward to your report.

                  Have fun!

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                  • #10
                    Brother bubba budan (little collins? little bourke?) & dukes espresso (flinders lane).

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by shortblackman View Post
                      Brother bubba budan (little collins? little bourke?) & dukes espresso (flinders lane).
                      probably too late, but be sure to seek out the "Lanes" in the city, great spot for feeling the breakfast cafe scene......well, certainly better than the Airport hotel breakfast !

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                      • #12
                        Not too late. Do you mean "lanes edge"? On bourke street?

                        No way we would do brekkie in a hotel when in a city like this

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                        • #13
                          Out Kooyong way, your best bet would be Axil just up the road in Hawthorn - co-owned by David Makin who previously established Veneziano which you mentioned.

                          The cafe in the Vision Australia office on Glenferrie Road/Talbot Crescent is also surprisingly good - owned by the same crowd as Atomica in Brunswick Street, Fitzroy and use their beans.

                          I'll also recommend Brunswick - in a small area you have Code Black Coffee and Wide Open Road amongst others, with many hipster shops along Sydney Road. Also, if you're in the city don't miss Short Stop donuts and coffee.

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                          • #14
                            Ha! What a huge coincidence. Talbot cres is right across the tracks from monaro road, where my old house was

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                            • #15
                              Haha, it'd be worth a few bob these days then!
                              Hope you got a few good coffees in 👍

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