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Central Business District
Cafe, Australian
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Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9650 4399
07:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 18:00
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Perth, Australia
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago 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
Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 is average but that's what everyone expects as the whole experience is quietly enjoyable.

Thank walteradamson
Melbourne, Australia
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 satisfied. Love the well made Prana chai teas.

Thank Kwokey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Hobart, Australia
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41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 to grab a coffee or a light meal. The fit out is quirky and bookish... More 

Thank Peter S
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Melbourne, Australia
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84 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 regular haunt.

Thank Simon C
Melbourne, Australia
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles 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
Brisbane, Australia
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41 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 can tell they make every thing from scratch including the sauce) and you can see... More 

Thank GizmoCub81

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, Australian
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighbourhood Profile
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 of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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