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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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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good49%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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“poached eggs” (9 reviews)
“muesli” (3 reviews)
“tagliatelle” (2 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Nice little coffee place for a sit and talk with friends. A bit of a rest from the cold outdoors. Coffee was at the right strength and the food was delicious. Price is decent as well.

Thank Bentheaccountant
Reviewed 4 August 2018

Just a little note to the blonde waitress who snarled at me for not ordering food with my morning coffee: fix your attitude honey, and get an education so you don't get stuck in a low paying job you obviously hate. Oh, and coffee here...More

2  Thank Samantha S
Reviewed 13 July 2018

Easy to walk straight past if you don't know its there, but this establishment is located at the entrance to the city library and has 2 separate dining areas. The Cafe just up a few stairs to the right, and the Canteen at the entrance....More

Thank Ray G
Reviewed 21 May 2018 via mobile

As a lover of chai lattes, I was impressed with the one I was served here. I also had the Bircher muesli which was delicious and came with fresh fruit and nuts. The serving size was too large, however. Also, more chairs, rather than stools,...More

Thank 957jeanettem
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

The service was poor and that's being generous. The blonde short-haired waitress had a major attitude and clearly doesn't enjoy her job. She forgot to place my order, then brought the wrong thing & finally got me what i'd asked for. But, as a customer...More

1  Thank Laura O
Reviewed 1 May 2018

Journal Café, 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 3000 Vic What a great place for that early morning coffee to begin the day in town. There were eight of us out for a ‘Let’s do Melbourne’ day, and we’d caught the Metro at Mordialloc for the 40...More

Thank Peter S
Reviewed 29 April 2018

Have breakfasted here many times and always enjoy the food and coffee. I wish they’d replace their camping style stools as they are quite uncomfortable. They need to upgrade the cutlery as some of it looks like it’s been used to dig out of prison....More

Thank christophermC2070XP
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile

So nice to be at a library, and this cafe is certainly a library setting. The City Library is great to browse through, sit in to read and then come out to Journal for a bite and coffee. Or, do as I did and just...More

Thank Les_Landau
Reviewed 19 December 2017

This is an amazingly well presented cafe sitting just off from degraves lane. This cafe has a relaxed rich atmosphere that is very European. The coffee and danishes are always good. The egg and bacon muffins are by far the best in Melbourne. A favourite...More

2  Thank Alastair J
Reviewed 17 December 2017

A grumpy manager with a bit of attitude followed by a bitter coffee did not make this a pleasant place. Reading the other reviews, we must have been unlucky on this occasion? Thanks for the vote if you found this review helpful

Thank nilintentum_reliquit
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Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
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Open Hours
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • 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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