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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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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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100 reviews
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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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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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56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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93 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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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
Adelaide, Australia
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156 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 that it was only what was on the blackboards around. Two of our party ordered... More 

Thank courtneyr366
La Spezia, Italy
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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
Melbourne, Australia
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72 reviews
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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 very good).

Thank Carolyn L
Sydney, Australia
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110 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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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 undrinkable. With so much competition around the Melbourne CBD it'd incredible this is still in... More 

Thank MrDBP

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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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