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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 good53%
  • Average15%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (3 reviews)
“poached eggs” (9 reviews)
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07:00 - 20:00All hours
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviews (109)
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Upstairs is better. Good Italian real food and beers. Reasonably priced even if a bit noisy in peak hours.

Thank Lily S
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

The Journal Cafe decor is basic however the coffee is good. The breakfast selection is well chosen and the prices reasonable. Can be noisy but overall fine for a buzzy business breakfast with a group. The staff make you feel welcome. This will be a...More

Thank Simon C
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Great cafe for breakfast and great coffee especially when John is on the espresso machine. Good value, wifi and a few good fresh food options.

Thank explore_travel_eat
Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

If you are after something different and out standing service be sure to check out the Journal. I went for lunch with some friends and ordered the Gnocchi Spinach and ricotta with tomato and basil sauce. The servings are massive, the taste is devine (you...More

Thank GizmoCub81
Reviewed 6 September 2016

Very popular at all times of the day for meet-ups, coffee, lunch and a general community feel. Might need to book. It is also handy to the City Library so great wifi.

Thank GreatTravelling
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

Good coffee in cute cafe. A range of simple breakfast options with some interesting bruschetta. Porridge was good. Nice place.

Thank J-Lou_travels
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Came to the Journal Canteen for lunch, and was incredibly surprised and how limited the menu was. About 8 options available, only 1 of which was vegetarian. The staff also didn't really offer any guidance, we had to ask for a menu before being told...More

Thank courtneyr366
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Step in to a good menu and good coffee. Bacon and eggs on toast were well presented and tasty. Worth the visit.

Thank adeejay
Reviewed 8 July 2016

I've eaten lunch here a few times now - upstairs in the canteen (not downstairs in the café). Good hearty pasta dishes, well presented. Bustling atmosphere, shared tables. Cosy on a cold winter's day. And good dessert! (we shared a piece of pie which was...More

Thank Carolyn L
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Avoid this place at all costs. I sat there for 40 minutes waiting for porridge only to be told by the rude waitress 'oh that order got lost'! No apology. Nothing. Meanwhile I was served the most bizarre tasting coffee I've ever had. It was...More

Thank MrDBP
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

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 18
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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
  • E-mail
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