St. Ali

St. Ali

Café, Coffee Shop, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
South Melbourne
  • Jun H.
    "The Mexican cousin and the big daddy is a must try ( in picture)."(19 Tips)
    James R.
    "My Mexican Cousin is a must if you like corn fritters."(4 Tips)
    Dennis C.
    "Free WiFi and Espresso Coffee"(20 Tips)
    "their chilled bottle filtered coffee."(3 Tips)
227 Tips and reviews
  • coffee
  • mexican cousin
  • breakfast food
  • lively
  • trendy
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  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LOctober 14, 2013
    Perhaps my best coffee's in Melbourne... Got recommended by a friend and really enjoyed the food. The menu and food were amazing too. Busy but cool atmosphere. Great staff. Will definately be back.
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Derek W.
    Derek WilsonJanuary 11, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    You haven't been to Melbourne until you've brunched at St Ali. Forget about it. Everything is amazing. If you are reading this, you have won.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • Darren W.
    Darren WApril 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome service. A super-busy morning; they accidentally kept us waiting a while. When they realised they were sooo apologetic and we got VIP treatment. All is forgiven. (And coffee worth waiting for)
    Upvoted Sep 16
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyApril 3, 2015
    Try a few different coffees while you decide what you want from the extensive menu. The mushrooms (Coo Koo Ca Choo) is good, but I think the Mexican Cousin is the winner here.
    Upvoted 5 days ago
  • Joanna
    JoannaFebruary 25, 2016
    Excellent coffee. Perfect piccolo. Amazing food. Plenty of vegan and gluten-free options as well. Top 3 cafe in Melbourne. Highly recommended!
    Upvoted 3 days ago
  • Dana H.
    Dana HooshmandJune 14, 2016
    Basically the first place anyone in Melbourne should visit for outstanding coffee. A total flag bearer. Their sister company, Sensory Lab, is well known in the world wide coffee circuit.
  • Piccy
    PiccyMarch 22, 2015
    service was good , unlike what other people have said. could be just a combination of a busy day and shorthanded on staff to have resulted in those experiences. food and coffee is great!
  • Alastair W.
    Alastair WallDecember 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    You can checkout the daily specials online which is much easier then the whiteboard, they even provide a QR code on the menu for you, link is http://www.stali.com.au/pages/specials-board
  • James R.
    James RidenourMay 8, 2013
    My Mexican Cousin is a must if you like corn fritters. Awesome coffee and great warehouse location. One of the best cafes around. Salvatore is often there, say hi!
  • Tomfoolery
    TomfooleryMarch 10, 2015
    The Barista Breakfast is great. Their choice of an espresso, cappuccino & filter.. It'll keep you buzzing for a while!
  • Oliver R.
    Oliver RainerJanuary 11, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This has got to be one of my favourite coffee places in Melb. Service is amazing – the staff are super friendly! Love, love, love the coffee and the must-try prawn roll!
  • Veeveeviivii
    VeeveeviiviiAugust 21, 2017
    Got the corn pancakes - delicious! Crispy on outside and mushy on inside. So good w the salsa and fried egg.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MenziesFebruary 26, 2011
    This Dutch oven was amazing - definitely order with the poached egg and mix it in with the beans. Tastes bit like a Mexican bean breakfast. Also the tomato chutney that cam with the eggs was delicious
  • Jonathan R.
    Jonathan RossMarch 16, 2015
    I thought eating in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney was pretentious until I ate here and saw things on the menu like 'Baby Iranian Figs', and 'Gas Marinated Olives'. I LOVED this place! Food to inspire!
  • Kate R.
    Kate RoseApril 16, 2011
    I real Tw joy this place. Quality, value service and vibe. Lunch: Mexican cousin and chicken burger freehand scrumptious $15. Dinner Pumkin laksa is a great blend of ingredients and value $15.
  • Tim M.
    Tim MaskellNovember 28, 2010
    Love the coffee, love the food, love the staff. Just find it bemusing that they have four empty tables in the cafe with no chairs and a queue of people at the door?!! Give us a milk crate to sit on!
  • Jack O.
    Jack OJuly 21, 2015
    Coffee is nice, if a little on the dark side of speciality coffee. All the food is actually quite spectacular.
  • nyao f.
    nyao foodieSeptember 27, 2016
    Coffee and croissant were beautiful. I didn't feel so comfortable with staff and atmosphere tho. Doesn't have warm environment.
  • Kate R.
    Kate RoseMay 30, 2011
    The coffee and cake!! Orange polenta cake was divine. On weekends there is a long wait on tables but it's good to see a cafe of quality food and service be rewarded with lots of business.
  • Jason M.
    Jason McNuttJune 27, 2015
    Coffee of course and wide range of organic and ancient grain options...if you like that sort of thing. Truffled eggy goodness as well.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GohAugust 6, 2012
    63 degree eggs above (not below). Comes with cauliflower puree ans candied bacon. Enough said. When you eat it, feels like you've died and gone to heaven!
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KirbyJanuary 17, 2015
    Relaxed atmosphere with a good buzz. Interesting menu with quality ingredients and solid coffee.
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WoodJanuary 12
    The buttermilk pancakes were amazing. Very decent size, I struggled to get through them. The coffee was the best I have had in Melbourne.
  • Bionic Ben (.
    Bionic Ben (@benbickford)November 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You will be in coffee & Brekky / Brunch heaven here at St Ali !!! ... Try their international beans roasted in house or a "Syphon" for a super smooth full flavoured coffee experience!
  • Emma R.
    Emma RozairoApril 25, 2016
    Mushroom duxelle with potato hash is a must try! It's a great twist on standard mushrooms on toast! Coffee is also great!
  • Lynn W.
    Lynn WabbitMarch 26, 2015
    Back for more Pepe Saya's fluffy bits. Buttermilk pancakes with burnt figs, toasted hazelnuts, puff grains and crème fraîche 😍
  • Ben P.
    Ben PettitAugust 29, 2010
    The best coffee and breakfast in Melbourne (chorizo and chutney to die for - add it to your breakie), also try Outpost in South Yarra and Sensory Labs in David Jones (same owner)
  • Marianne N.
    Marianne NSeptember 16
    Really good coffee. Yummy corn fritters. Definitely worth a visit.
  • Joe L.
    Joe LipperFebruary 16
    The Daddy was an incredible sandwich and the flat white was very well done. Also ask for hot sauce with it.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RothDecember 28, 2016
    Always popular for a reason - excellent coffee and delicious brekkie!
  • Fiorella R.
    Fiorella RizzàJanuary 19, 2015
    Love the coffee, the atmosphere and the fact that you can get sugar-free yogurt with your muesli - big up!
  • Adam F.
    Adam FFebruary 15, 2011
    The mother of all coffee dens. The expansive premises with breezy atmosphere is where the shoulders of bankers, marketers, tradies and loafers rub. Muchos Grandes St Ali. Long Black for me please!
  • Cheyne T.
    Cheyne ToomeyJune 4, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    If your ever in need, there is free wifi when you sit in for a coffee or meal. Just ask the staff for the password.
  • Kenny
    KennyDecember 8, 2014
    Try the chilled bottled batch brew coffee on a hot day. Definitely hits the coffee withdrawals on the head.
  • Markus M.
    Markus MaurerDecember 22, 2011
    is it coffee heaven? no. too hip, cool, noisy or busy to really celebrate and deepy enjoy coffee. but, still a place to go for a top coffee! :-)
  • Alastair W.
    Alastair WallAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    One of the best coffee's I've ever had. Great atmosphere. Best meal on our table was the burger.
  • AskMen
    AskMenJune 10, 2011
    The passion and enthusiasm for quality roast is palpable from the moment you set foot inside the clean, timber-lined space.
  • Shipedo ..
    Shipedo .December 31, 2013
    Everything excellent - breakfast, coffee and service - all wonderful. Exceeded expectations - highly impressed.
  • Diana M.
    Diana M.November 10, 2011
    Try the Chai and my Mexican cousin. The French toast is great if you're in the mood for something really rich and sweet.
  • Tomato
    TomatoSeptember 13, 2011
    This is where the third generation of coffee started in Melbourne and where The Slayer espresso machine has pride of place. The food ain't bad either.
  • Craig A.
    Craig AndersonSeptember 14, 2011
    Good coffee, but it seems like an agency meeting room during the day. Lots of phone calls about misprinted pamphlets, whispered gossip about office politics, and meetings about websites gone awry.
  • Aisling S.
    Aisling SmithDecember 11, 2012
    Not a secret anymore - great coffee and amazing place for breakfast now open in north melbourne too!
  • Eva S.
    Eva SchiaveAugust 13, 2014
    Ancient grain salad is awesome. Best berber spice I have had outside of NYC
  • Kate B.
    Kate BradleyDecember 12, 2010
    The first time we visited the servings were generous. Second time much smaller and the price still pretty high. That was a bit disappointing. Great atmosphere and the food is delicious. $$$
  • Maki Z.
    Maki ZMay 9, 2013
    Koo koo ca chu however was amazing. Delish mushrooms and the most crispiest golden hash brown I've ever had.
  • Lynn W.
    Lynn WabbitFebruary 19, 2015
    Pepe's Fluffy Bits' real Buttermilk Pancakes served with Pepe Saya Creme Fraiche 😍
  • Denis D.
    Denis DusterSeptember 12, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Excellent coffee and good food, cool ambience
  • Josh W.
    Josh WaymanDecember 31, 2014
    They don't do siphon coffee anymore. Still fantastic coffee though. Great breakfast options.
  • Anastasia Y.
    Anastasia YulesMay 29, 2011
    Try the coffee of the day! Just now I tasted the Brazilian coffee for my caffe latte. It is just, MAGNIFICENT! Beautiful latte art too! :) <3
  • Peter R.
    Peter RNovember 16, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Has become too big for its own boots. Staff are generally unfriendly these days and there's merch all over the place.
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