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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 good50%
  • Average14%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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7:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, 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

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

1  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
Reviewed 2 December 2017

I love sitting in Journal it has a super relaxed atmosphere and is a great escape from the bustle of the city... It has become my 'go-to' cafe for coffee with friends, family and my fav. place to take out of town visitors for a...More

Thank coffeeismymiddlename
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

I visited this place after having been a few times in the past.. what a disappointment! Still has a great atmosphere but the food was the worst! I ordered avocado mash, toast was burnt black and it was covered with enough nuts to fill up...More

Thank Silvana M
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Journal is in Flinders Lane, in the same building as the Melbourne City Library and the CAE, on the ground floor. Journal always seems to be busy. The coffee is good. You can also get a glass of wine with your meal, which is a...More

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 29 August 2017

My sister loves Journal! ... We went there last Wednesday and had lunch and a chat. The coffee is always very good. The staff are super friendly and warm. The smoked salmon bruschetta was top notch... The best smoked salmon in ages!! Highly recommend! Can...More

Thank mikeadey72
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I have been to Journal before for a drink after work and it was great, however my most recent visit left much to be desired. We stood around awkwardly in the door before deciding to take our own seat. The food was pretty good, the...More

1  Thank 850staceyc
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Perfect spot for a cute melbourne breakfast. I had the crumpets and my partner had the chicken focaccia - both were excellent. The focaccia was so large we could have kept the second half for lunch. Delicious!

Thank Elise N
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The Canteen situated next door, but up some stairs, to the cafe is a great alternative. A bit hidden, so not as busy, but has similar great options. Larger, share tables. Still very busy over lunch. Excellent service and atmosphere

Thank itsBG
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
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Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
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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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