The Best Melbourne Cafés to Study In

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It’s that time of year again when assignments start piling up and exams are fast approaching. Have you been in the same study space for so long that your focus and motivation are decreasing pretty noticeably? A change of scene may be helpful to regain your productivity. 

Other than at home and the library, where else can you study? Thanks to Melbourne’s amazing coffee culture, there are countless cafés where you can sit down and work. 

The best things about these cafés? They all serve mouth-watering food and coffee, and some of them even provide free Wi-Fi and power outlets. So grab your laptop, order a coffee like a true local, and prepare to smash your to-do list at one of the best cafés in Melbourne to study in.

1. Mr Tulk – CBD

Mr Tulk has been a student favourite for as long as anyone can remember. Located on busy Swanston Street and inside the iconic State Library of Victoria, the quiet ambience and decor definitely create a studious vibe. The best part? The library offers free Wi-Fi, which you can access from the café! 

Address: 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Wi-Fi: Yes

Don’t miss: The gin-cured salmon

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

Two Birds One Stone

2. Two Birds One Stone – South Yarra

Two Birds One Stone is arguably one of the best cafés in South Yarra. With the cool and quiet ambience and attentive staff, the café is favoured by local residents, students, and freelancers and workers in the area. 

Address: 12 Claremont Street, South Yarra

Wi-Fi: Yes

Don’t miss: The ricotta pancakes and citrus-cured pan-seared salmon

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

3. Manchester Press – CBD

Melbourne’s laneways are full of surprises and hidden gems, if you know where to look. Manchester Press is a good example. It’s one of the best cafés in Melbourne’s CBD, known for its specialty bagels, industrial design and cosy atmosphere. Come here on weekday afternoons to avoid the busy crowds that come in the morning and during lunchtime. 

Address: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne

Wi-Fi: No

Don’t miss: The lox smoked salmon bagels

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

4. Faraday’s Cage – Fitzroy

Both a café and an artisan bakery, Faraday’s Cage is a hidden gem located in the backstreets of Fitzroy. This local favourite serves not only great coffee, but also some of the best hotcakes and pastries in Melbourne. And with free internet available, you can spend time in their outdoor courtyard studying and sipping your coffee. Don’t forget to grab a delicious flaky croissant before you go!

Address: 325-329 Gore Street, Fitzroy

Wi-Fi: Yes

Don’t miss: The passionfruit ricotta hotcakes

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

5. Project 281 café – Brunswick

Project 281 café is a converted warehouse popular for its spacious interior and abundance of greenery. The house-roasted coffee and brunch menu are one of a kind, with the latter inspired by Korean and Japanese cuisines. The café is usually packed on weekends, but if you come here early and secure a table on the mezzanine, you can embrace the buzzy atmosphere without sitting on the crowded ground floor.

Address: 281 Albert Street, Brunswick

Wi-Fi: No

Don’t miss: The signature octopus hash

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

Stovetop

6. Stovetop – Carlton

Considered by many to be ‘freelancers’ heaven’, Stovetop is one of the best cafés in Carlton. It is famous among students from the University of Melbourne and RMIT for its easy access to both campuses, industrial decor, spacious interior and, most importantly, free Wi-Fi and power outlets under each table. Order a cup of coffee and settle in for a long study session.

Address: 1/108-128 Leicester Street, Carlton

Wi-Fi: Yes

Don’t miss: The Stovetop benny

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

Little Tommy Tucker

7. Little Tommy Tucker – Bentleigh

Located on busy Centre Road in Bentleigh, Little Tommy Tucker was recently voted the best local brunch spot across Melbourne, Stonnington, Caulfield and Port Phillip. Aside from the fantastic food, the best part is that the café is only a two-minute walk from Bentleigh Station. Bring your work here on a Sunday and visit the local market next to the train station. 

Address: 432 Centre Road, Bentleigh

Wi-Fi: No

Don’t miss: The oat and chia porridge

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

8. ST. ALi – South Melbourne

Located in South Melbourne’s backstreets, ST. ALi is one of the pioneers of Melbourne’s coffee scene. In fact, it’s still one of the best coffee places in Melbourne. Aside from its award-winning coffee, ST. ALi offers an inventive and delicious brunch menu. The famous South Melbourne Market is also within walking distance, so you can enjoy a quick visit to the market before settling down with your work at ST. ALi.

Address: 12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

Wi-Fi: Yes

Don’t miss: Make sure to bring home some organic coffee beans

Vegan options: Yes

Outdoor seating: Yes

If you’re looking for more study tips, make sure to check out our guides to beating procrastination and getting motivated!

(All photos the author’s own)

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