Journal Cafe

Café, Coffee Shop, and Breakfast Spot · Melbourne CBD
253-265 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
Open until 6:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Wed
    • 7:00 AM–9:00 PM
  • Thu–Fri
    • 7:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat–Sun
    • 7:00 AM–6:00 PM
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
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Themed cafe at the City Library, open 7 days.


Based on 126 votes

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    Pedro M.
    "Simple, easy and a great space to read the newspaper."(3 Tips)
    Crystal H.
    "I am told this is one of the best cafes in Melbourne."(2 Tips)
    Nicole B.
    "Amazingly yummy bruschetta!"(6 Tips)
    Kaak B.
    "Great chai, a real contender for no.1"(7 Tips)
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  • Kim B.

    Atmosphere & chai.

    Kim Barry · January 14
  • Myles E.

    Pretty expensive for a small plate of pasta. The food was good but not spectacular

    Myles Eftos · July 30, 2015
  • Jessie S.

    Lovely welcoming staff. Great long black. Good selection of newspapers for some reading, and a cozy warming atmosphere. Perfect cafe!

    Jessie S · July 9, 2015
  • Ken Y.

    right next door to city library and interesting layout and environment

    Ken Yip · May 13, 2015
  • Appie T.

    Avocado toast is not bad. ( simple dish) Just on a slightly pricey end.

    Appie Tiffie · April 29, 2015
  • Reema D.

    Chai et bruschetta

    Reema Dsouza · February 25, 2015
  • Krijn H.

    Great coffee

    Krijn Haasnoot · December 23, 2014
  • Tomfoolery

    Sure the service isn't great, but the food and ambiance is superb. Get a bruschetta (try to prosciutto + feta) and a coffee, read the paper, it's all good

    Tomfoolery · November 25, 2014
  • Jacqueline D.

    The 'new' soupwich is the bomb - soup of the day served with a toastie. It's sometimes hard to find a comfortable café for one, but this place accommodates lone diners and readers very well.

    Jacqueline Dortmans · September 15, 2014
  • Myriam B.

    Sandwiches were good.

    Myriam Boutin · August 23, 2014
  • Arnab M.

    Great cheese omelette

    Arnab Mandal · July 22, 2014
  • Sancha E.

    Try the meal of the day. Always delicious.

    Sancha E · June 28, 2014
  • David J.

    My new fave coffee hang. Great atmosphere, good coffee

    David Johnson · September 3, 2013
  • Sam B.

    Just worked out that John has made me coffees in Melbourne for two decades. Exceptional coffee. Such a fabulous place!

    Sam Bell · September 2, 2013
  • Savindi W.

    Great spot to have a coffee and break, but not the best value: one piece of pumpkin bruschetta, one cheese and tomato baguette, 3 chais and one coffee = $40!

    Savindi Wijeratne · August 12, 2013
  • Jo A.

    My choc croissant came on a warm plate. That sums it up.

    Jo A.Z.M · July 9, 2013
  • Claire C.

    Nice atmosphere but the menu is pretty limited as far as breakfast options go. I had vegemite on toast and the coffee was good but a large coffee is small

    Claire Critcher · July 8, 2013
  • Jacqueline D.

    If you swing that way, try the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice!

    Jacqueline Dortmans · May 14, 2013
  • Mary K.

    Has to be the worst coffee I have had in Melbourne

    Mary Kot · March 31, 2013
  • edina s.

    Love the ambiance! Feels like you're transported back to the '50s-'60s (or at least that's how I imagine it'd be like).

    edina saputra · February 19, 2013
  • Lucy W.

    Horrible coffee. Bruschetta was good though

    Lucy W · December 1, 2012
  • Kaak B.

    Great chai, a real contender for no.1

    Kaak Bennie · August 25, 2012
  • Víctor O.

    Suckling Pig Lasagne - recommended by The Age Melbourne Mag

    Víctor Ortega · August 3, 2012
  • Matt F.

    The coffee is the best I've tried in Melbourne and that's saying something. No egg breakfasts though.

    Matt Freedman · May 6, 2012
  • Fran K. E.

    I ravvvv this place. Funky ;) & the sticky date is worth the numerous visits !!! 

    Fran K. Einsteined · March 26, 2012
  • Deborah T.

    Have the avocado on toast...light & delish! Recommend with a cute raven-haired man as a side dish :D

    Deborah Turnbull · February 29, 2012
  • Triin L.

    Very good macchiato

    Triin L · February 2, 2012
  • Pedro M.

    Simple, easy and a great space to read the newspaper.

    Pedro Merces · December 24, 2011
  • Sarah M.

    Soy chai lattes are generally good.

    Sarah Mason · November 28, 2011
  • Crystal H.

    I am told this is one of the best cafes in Melbourne. I must come for a cup next time I'm down under.

    Crystal Heart · September 27, 2011
  • Sho' Nuff

    Buy a $2.50 piece of toast or a bottle of water and you've paid the annual rent on the premises for them :-)

    Sho' Nuff · September 5, 2011
  • star

    i agree: disappointing. service was laughable.

    star · March 27, 2011
  • Joseph C.

    This cafe has lost it's mojo. Once good now disappointing

    Joseph Caserta · March 24, 2011
  • Sho' Nuff

    If you like your coffee served hot remind them when placing your order... once... twice... maybe even three times.

    Sho' Nuff · February 22, 2011
  • Chloe P.

    Avocado and lemon on sourdough only $6.50 - cheaper than Mr Tulks and tastier

    Chloe P · February 4, 2011
  • Chloe P.

    Delicious spy chai lattes

    Chloe P · February 4, 2011
  • Mathew C.

    The best coffee in Flinders Lane

    Mathew Crane · January 2, 2011
  • Tim M.

    Some of the best coffee in town made by Jon's loving hands.

    Tim Martin · October 17, 2010
  • Nicole B.

    Amazingly yummy bruschetta! I recommend the Avocado & Lemon. Their Chai is pretty damn fine as well!

    Nicole Bradshaw · September 20, 2010
  • Melbournewritersfestival

    Three course degustation of Rosa Mitchell's sumptuous Sicilian fare, and Barry Dickins for company. MasterChef may have finished, but we're just beginning.

    Melbournewritersfestival · August 3, 2010
  • Kelpen H.

    My fave place in Melbourne for a coffee - great avo & lemon bruschetta & LOVE the white bean and tuna salad.

    Kelpen Hagen · May 25, 2010
  • Víctor O.

    Their Long Macciato is simply sublime, one of the best cafés in Melbourne.

    Víctor Ortega · May 7, 2010
  • Lani H.

    Tuna whitebean salad every time

    Lani Holmberg · April 20, 2010
  • James B.

    avocado bruchetta, mmm

    James Bernard · April 1, 2010
  • Jordan D.

    Apple Danish is awesome

    Jordan Dautovic · March 29, 2010
  • Mikey M.

    Ask not to have the paper placed under the food! Why do cafe's insist on this???? YUK

    Mikey Mike · March 20, 2010
  • Ash H.

    Good coffee and library style benches make for good magazine, newspaper reading or flipping open the laptop.

    Ash Herring · December 19, 2009
  • Alex A.

    Tsing Tao long necks for $10.50 are a great way to cap off a day in town.

    Alex Avery · December 7, 2009

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