Journal Cafe

Café, Coffee Shop, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Melbourne CBD, Melbourne
  • 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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  • Jacqueline D.
    Jacqueline DeeSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Tomfoolery
    TomfooleryNovember 25, 2014
    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
  • Savindi W.
    Savindi WijeratneAugust 12, 2013
    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!
  • Jessie S.
    Jessie SJuly 9, 2015
    Lovely welcoming staff. Great long black. Good selection of newspapers for some reading, and a cozy warming atmosphere. Perfect cafe!
  • Deborah T.
    Deborah TurnbullFebruary 29, 2012
    Have the avocado on toast...light & delish! Recommend with a cute raven-haired man as a side dish :D
  • Appie T.
    Appie TiffieApril 29, 2015
    Avocado toast is not bad. ( simple dish) Just on a slightly pricey end.
  • Sam B.
    Sam BellSeptember 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Just worked out that John has made me coffees in Melbourne for two decades. Exceptional coffee. Such a fabulous place!
  • Lucas R.
    Lucas RossSeptember 9
    The front door slides 😂😂 (learned the hard way)
    Upvoted Sep 17
  • edina s.
    edina saputraFebruary 19, 2013
    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).
  • Matt F.
    Matt FreedmanMay 6, 2012
    The coffee is the best I've tried in Melbourne and that's saying something. No egg breakfasts though.
  • Sho' Nuff
    Sho' NuffSeptember 5, 2011
    Buy a $2.50 piece of toast or a bottle of water and you've paid the annual rent on the premises for them :-)
  • Ken Y.
    Ken YipMay 13, 2015
    right next door to city library and interesting layout and environment
  • Fran K. E.
    Fran K. EinsteinedMarch 26, 2012
    I ravvvv this place. Funky ;) & the sticky date is worth the numerous visits !!! 
  • Crystal H.
    Crystal HeartSeptember 27, 2011
    I am told this is one of the best cafes in Melbourne. I must come for a cup next time I'm down under.
  • Nicole B.
    Nicole BradshawSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazingly yummy bruschetta! I recommend the Avocado & Lemon. Their Chai is pretty damn fine as well!
  • Claire C.
    Claire CritcherJuly 8, 2013
    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
  • Kelpen H.
    Kelpen HagenMay 25, 2010
    My fave place in Melbourne for a coffee - great avo & lemon bruschetta & LOVE the white bean and tuna salad.
  • Jacqueline D.
    Jacqueline DeeMay 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    If you swing that way, try the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice!
  • Chloe P.
    Chloe PFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Avocado and lemon on sourdough only $6.50 - cheaper than Mr Tulks and tastier
  • Joao F.
    Joao FerreiraNovember 6
    Great ambiance and coffee, but service could definitely be improved
  • David J.
    David JohnsonSeptember 3, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    My new fave coffee hang. Great atmosphere, good coffee
  • Víctor O.
    Víctor OrtegaAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Suckling Pig Lasagne - recommended by The Age Melbourne Mag
  • Pedro M.
    Pedro MercesDecember 24, 2011
    Simple, easy and a great space to read the newspaper.
  • Jo A.
    Jo A.Z.MJuly 9, 2013
    My choc croissant came on a warm plate. That sums it up.
  • 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.
  • Ash H.
    Ash HerringDecember 19, 2009
    Good coffee and library style benches make for good magazine, newspaper reading or flipping open the laptop.
  • Víctor O.
    Víctor OrtegaMay 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their Long Macciato is simply sublime, one of the best cafés in Melbourne.
  • Reema D.
    Reema DsouzaFebruary 25, 2015
    Chai et bruschetta
  • Kaak B.
    Kaak BennieAugust 25, 2012
    Great chai, a real contender for no.1
  • Sancha E.
    Sancha EJune 28, 2014
    Try the meal of the day. Always delicious.
  • Sarah M.
    Sarah MasonNovember 28, 2011
    Soy chai lattes are generally good.
  • Kim B.
    Kim BarryJanuary 14, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Atmosphere & chai.
  • Sho' Nuff
    Sho' NuffFebruary 22, 2011
    If you like your coffee served hot remind them when placing your order... once... twice... maybe even three times.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MartinOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Some of the best coffee in town made by Jon's loving hands.
  • Dan H.
    Dan HNovember 13, 2016
    The coffee is quite weak and too watery for a latte...
  • Myriam B.
    Myriam BoutinAugust 23, 2014
    Sandwiches were good.
  • Arnab M.
    Arnab MandalJuly 22, 2014
    Great cheese omelette
  • Triin L.
    Triin LFebruary 2, 2012
    Very good macchiato
  • Krijn H.
    Krijn HaasnootDecember 23, 2014
    Great coffee
  • Joseph C.
    Joseph CasertaMarch 24, 2011
    This cafe has lost it's mojo. Once good now disappointing
  • Chloe P.
    Chloe PFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Delicious spy chai lattes
  • Mathew C.
    Mathew CraneJanuary 2, 2011
    The best coffee in Flinders Lane
  • Myles E.
    Myles EftosJuly 30, 2015
    Pretty expensive for a small plate of pasta. The food was good but not spectacular
  • Samuel F.
    Toasted Sando
  • Alex A.
    Alex AveryDecember 7, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    Tsing Tao long necks for $10.50 are a great way to cap off a day in town.
  • Mary K.
    Mary KotMarch 31, 2013
    Has to be the worst coffee I have had in Melbourne
  • star
    starMarch 27, 2011
    i agree: disappointing. service was laughable.
  • Michelle
    MichelleNovember 19, 2016
    Not sure what happened but the coffee is awful and food was average.
  • Mikey M.
    Mikey MikeMarch 20, 2010
    Ask not to have the paper placed under the food! Why do cafe's insist on this???? YUK
  • Jordan D.
    Jordan DautovicMarch 29, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Apple Danish is awesome
  • Lani H.
    Lani HolmbergApril 20, 2010
    Tuna whitebean salad every time
  • James B.
    James BernardApril 1, 2010
    avocado bruchetta, mmm
  • Lucy W.
    Lucy WDecember 1, 2012
    Horrible coffee. Bruschetta was good though
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