You there! Yes, you! Modern, on-the-ball professional and/or student type! You probably do much of your work on the go these days, so why not visit one of these productivity-friendly cafes? We think you’ll approve, champ!
Free Wi-Fi? Check. Attractive, rustic-style warehouse space? Check. Enough interesting culinary options to ensure that your taste buds will never get bored? Checkmate… mate. Hobba is a splendid place to kick off our little tour, boasting a charming atmosphere and plenty of room to pick out your own little worky corner. Peckish? Try the chilli scramble, made with chilli, herbs and goat’s curd.
“Great cafe for breakfast or lunch. I would highly recommend. Hobba can get busy though, so prepare to wait for a table.” – Winebuff in training
Bright, modern and with a vast array of single tables, El Mirage is the perfect spot for a solo work or study sesh. It’s one for the “breakfast experimentalists” out there, and offers a vibrant range of creative, vaguely Italian fare to keep you nice and perky. For a sweet, sweet surprise, order up the red velvet chocolate hotcakes with Nutella mousse. Just the reward your hard work deserves.
“Gorgeous welcoming staff, delicious breakfast, what more do you want? Recommended highly.” – Antony McManus
Belying its explosive name, Atomica Caffe is actually one of the most relaxed and easy-going joints in Melbourne (which is bloody saying something). The staff are awesome, the internet’s free, and the coffee is simply superb. There’s plenty of single seating, and the delectable coconut rice porridge makes for some damn fine brainfood. Damn fine brainfood indeed. Drop by sometime!
“I have been to a lot of cafes around Melbourne but this one rates as a true favourite. The menu has many unique items that are really tempting. The coffee is great, the atmosphere is fun, social and relaxed, but overall it’s the menu that makes this place so good for me -inexpensive, tasty, fresh and filling!” – kara-29
The Moat is a classic slice of Melbourne bluestone elegance, and it’s a gorgeous setting in which to get stuff done. Books line the walls, the State Library is a two-minute walk, and the Mediterranean cuisine is irresistibly good. That being said, we’d highly recommend a New York-style bagel! There’s also free Wi-Fi, and the whole interior is delightfully cosy. You could practically live here.
“I come here relatively frequently for lunch, coffee or a Friday drink. The menu is well thought out, the ingredients good and the staff on the ball. The owners have got the vibe right. Don’t miss the happy hour!” – spencer chipperfield
As far as trendy bars named after 19th century literary monsters go, St Kilda’s own Dr Jekyll is definitely up there. This one’s known for refreshing cocktails, single-origin coffee, and a rich menu stuffed with modern Australian goodness, not to mention an ample supply of seating both inside and out. It’s another free Wi-Fi jobbie too, so pull out your laptop and prepare to get productive.
“Heard great things about the coffee at Dr Jekyll and it definitely didn’t disappoint. Not only was the coffee exceptional but the food, atmosphere and staff were spot on too.” – Grobertson819