Getting a decent coffee on Christmas Day can be a bit of a chore for those of us without the equipment to make one themselves. Fortunately for us, there are a few fabulous people willing to get up, open shop and make one for us, allowing us to carry on with our day in caffeinated bliss. Christmas Baristas of Melbourne, we salute you!
Where to go for Coffee in Melbourne on the 25th December
(this list will be updated as more come to light)
South of the Yarra
Beavers Tail Social Club (160 Barkly St, St Kilda) – Open 8am-12pm for coffees and nibbles
Bibelot (285-287 Coventry St, South Melbourne) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees, fresh bread and pastries
Dead Man Espresso (35 Market Street, South Melbourne) – Open from 8am-2pm for all your breakfast and coffee needs
Depot de Pain Black Rock (28 Bluff Rd, Black Rock) – Open 7.00am-2.30pm with full service
Drugstore Espresso (194 Toorak Rd, South Yarra) – Open from 7.30am-11.30am for coffee
Fergus (301 Wattletree Rd, Malvern East) – Open from 7am-11am for coffee and pastries
Finders Keepers Cafe (89 Riversdale Rd, Hawthorn) – Open 8am-11am for coffee and pastries
Frank and Ginger (101 Orrong Rd, Caulfield) – Open 7am-11am for coffees
Gardiner and Field (43 Union St, Armadale) – Open 7am-11pm for coffees only
Hobba (428 Malvern Road, Prahran) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries
Mailing Room (206 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries
One Origin Specialty Coffee (83 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern) – Open 8am-1pm for coffees and pastries
Platform Espresso (1529 High St, Glen Iris) – Open 8am-12pm for coffees only
Snowpony (95 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn) – Open 8:30am- 11:30am for coffee and small bites only
Sprout Cafe (48 Glen Eira Rd, Ripponlea) – Open 8am-1pm with full service
St Ali (12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne) – Open 7am-6pm with full service
Two Lost Boys (20/2 Maddock St, Windsor) – Open 8am-12pm for coffees only
Arbory (Flinders Walk, Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am – 1am for coffee, drinks, all the things
Depot de Pain at The Blackman (452 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne) – Open 6.30am-2.30pm with full service
Queen St Rescue (189 Queen St Melbourne) – Open from 7.30am-4pm with full service
Sun Moth (28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne) – 12pm till late for all your coffee and craft beer needs.
North of the Yarra
Admiral Cheng Ho (325 Johnston Street, Abbotsford) – Open 7am-10am with all proceeds are going to the charity Sol De Mañana
Ampersand Coffee and Food (863 High St, Thornbury) – Open 7am-11am for coffees and pastries
De Clieu (187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy) – Open 9am-3am with normal menu
Depot de Pain at Rathdowne Village (693 Rathdowne St, Carlton) – Open 7.00am-2.30pm with full service
Everyday Coffee (33 Johnston St, Fitzroy) – Open from 9am-12pm for take away coffee with all profits going to charity
The Long and Short ()314 Victoria St, Brunswick) – Open 8am-2pm for coffee and sweets
Sookie La La (593 High St, Northcote) – Open 8am-12pm for coffees and pastries
One of the best things about living in Melbourne is the way it’s so willing to embrace other cultures and traditions, especially if there’s a chance of getting a drink out of it. Starting the month with 4th of July festivities with an absolute stunning array of beer, whisky and wine events celebrating some of the best of US produces, from lunches to tastings to BBQ’s, from the south side to the north, it really is going to be a great day for both the ex pats and lovers of fabulous craft products alike.
For all the Francophiles and lovers of French food and wine, Bastille Day is on the 14th July. Being in Melbourne is no excuse not to join in the festivities as thankfully we are blessed with some truly magnificent French restaurants who are pulling out all the stops to make the day sparkle with joie de vie.
Every Wednesday in July at Hihou Bar, The House of Santory is staging a take over. Simon Denton has prepared a bespoke menu for guests to perfectly balance with Suntory Whisky’s full portfolio. Prices are $55 per person for a 3 course tasting menu, while a 6 course dinner will cost $120 per person. Get your tickets and information here.
The Bridge Hotel is here bringing Europe to you on the 29th July! Stroll down the famous laneway (mind the snow) and immerse yourself in the many sites, smells and flavours from Europe 12-5pm. And while it may not be quite as warm as the European sun at present, you can warm your belly with a tipple of mulled wine or cider. Entry is free! Food and bev tokens can be purchased at the bar for $6 each.
Heading to the end of the month, Bendigo on the Hop is back for it’s second year with 22 brewers showing their stuff at 11 of Bendigos finest establishments. Get your ticket, your glass and your guide and stroll your way around Bendigo while sampling some of Australias finest beers. Bendigo on the Hop is happening on the 1st August (yes I know, not July) and tickets are $50. Get more information and tickets here.
One of my favourite dinners around town is turning two! Young Guns Dinners, a celebration of Melbournes up and coming chefs and somms, is letting their founding lady, Ms Jerry Mai, lose in the kitchen to put together a feast. Tickets are just $99 a head with more info o how to book here. I’ve been to the last 4 dinners and they have all blown my socks off.
Don’t forget that Section 8 and Gravity Coffee are still running their amazing cans for coffee efforts in July . Go into Section 8 on a Monday in July and August between 9am – 1pm with a can of food (or two) and they will give you a coffee and then pass your can on to charity.
So I was going to write a post last week but to be honest, starting a new job at the same time as doing Good Beer Week while dying from germs threw me a little so I put it off till this week which means I now have twice as much to say as I would otherwise which goes to show that procrastination lays down the seeds of its own destruction…or something like that. I don’t know, I’ve not had coffee and I have a slight hangover from too many beers last night…anyway…on to whats on in June.
Coffee for Cans
Speaking of coffee, the fine folk at Section 8 and Gravity Coffee had an idea to support shelters and food banks in Melbourne with your help. Go into Section 8 on a Monday in June, July and August between 9am – 1pm with a can of food (or two) and they will give you a coffee and then pass your can on to charity.
Now those of you out there who have actually had to suffer through drinking with me will know that Negroni is not my favourite drink, I am no where near enough of a grown up to enjoy the bitterness that Campari brings to the table. Saying that, I do love a good cause and Negroni week supports good causes galore. Running from the 1st – 7th June, you can get a Negroni at host of different places and a portion of what you pay will go to the charity of the venues choosing. Go for a straight up classic or maybe with a twist, the choice is yours. Find out where to get your Negroni in Melbourne here.
World Gin Day
World Gin Day is on the 13th June with heaps of happenings all around town to celebrate this marvelous spirit. The Gin Palace will be putting on a stack of events and workshops which celebrate local and international gins to see you through the day. Romulus and Remus in Richmond are hosting Bass and Flinders for a Gin making workshop. I spent last years World Gin Day with my mate, The Gin Queen where we had a Hendricks afternoon tea, chatted to Gin Makers at the Gin Palace and crashed a first date at Eau de Vie. Fingers crossed that this year will be just as much fun.
Southgate Movable Feasts
As I’m the one in the group who is constantly moaning about there being far too many places to eat at and far little time to do the eating (there’s always one right?) I’ve decided the only answer is progressive dining. Luckily Southgate have come to the party with their movable feast. All feasts are 3 courses with a glass of wine with entree and main and a coffee/tea with dessert and cost between 65$ and 85$ a head depending on the restaurants you pick. With a choice of over 10 different restaurants participating, you’re sure to be able to please everyone in your group. The feast runs from the 14th June to the 3rd August and you can book your ticket online here.
Project Botanical Pop Up Bar
Bombay Sapphire is back once again with their Project Botanical Pop Up. A massive hit last year and for good reason, both food and drinks were divine. Tickets are just $45 a get you two courses with two matched cocktails. Running from June 24th to 11th July, tickets will sell out quickly. Get more info and tickets here.
Handmade 2015 is coming – more wine, more food, more fun!
On Sunday 24 May, Handmade returns – a one day wine party featuring some of Australia’s most exciting wine makers and some wonderful wine importers. From midday until 4:30pm taste wines, drink beer & coffee, sample food from the Builder’s kitchen, listen to cool music! Tickets are $25 per person.