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Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9650 4399
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good50%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“bruschetta” (6 reviews)
“poached eggs” (8 reviews)
“sandwich” (3 reviews)
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
Neighbourhood: Central Business District
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Reviews (109)
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

Went to the Journal Cafe for breakfast. This is a nice, wood lined cafe with hanging bookshelves and huge social communal tables, at the entrance to the City Library in Flinders Lane. The coffee was good although the standard cups were small. Sourdough toast was...More

Thank Brett M
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Came for breakfast. Very Melbourne feel, although despite a lot of empty chairs, the tables are too small for the plates that the food gets served on. Especially painful if you want to read the paper and eat your breakfast at the same time. Coffee...More

Thank Merilyn_S_12
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I really enjoyed coming here. The service was fast, the food was good and the staff were mostly friendly. I came here with a friend for breakfast and was happy with everything. We ordered the Bircher and the Smashed avo to share. My friend ordered...More

Thank Genevieve D
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

Journal cafe is located in the Council of Education building in Flinders Lane. It is an oasis of quiet and gentle eating in the middle of the Degraves Street lunchtime madness. Go there for the generous shared tables and predictable but good food - Asian...More

Thank agoodbrew
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

A good place to relax on a hot day with a drink and a toastee. The service is excellent and the ambience relaxing.

Thank nirmalnk
Reviewed 21 December 2016

It's like everyone knows Journal and the place is predictably friendly and amicable. Staff are young and efficient, and the place has a kind of campus feel being in the same building as Melbourne Library. In my experience the quality of the food and coffee...More

Thank walteradamson
Reviewed 25 November 2016

Located in Flinder's Lane near the City Library, I met up with friends for lunch after a nearby event. Two of us enjoyed the Portuguese Chicken Salad with chickpeas and our other friend chomped on her club sandwich. Alcohol available which was also welcome. Hunger...More

Thank Kwokey
Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Muesli day 1, avocado bruschetta day 2. Both excellent. Great coffee. Friendly service. Choose this cafe over the noise and inflated prices of Degraves Lane every time.

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 31 October 2016

I had breakfast here, and a light lunch the day before. Service is just wonderful - that ever-so-hard-to-get mix of casual and attentive, relaxed and efficient, all in a laid back ambience that encourages you to linger longer if you want. Really, an excellent spot...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Most delicious ricotta and spinach gnocchi, I have ever had. Sorry Italy! Quaint cafe next to Melbourne's City Library. It was lovely to hear the the library piano being played with gusto as we were leaving.

Thank julie W
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways
tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary
feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the
city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques,
throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
US$ 18
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
08:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9650 4399
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