Amongst Melbourne’s busy foot traffic, street-art filled laneways, iconic cafes and bars, is an alleyway named Degraves Street.
At 9am Degraves was buzzing with customers sitting outside on cane chairs with an European vibe. A strong aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans lured me towards the line of coffee shops bursting with like-minded caffeine fanatics.
(03) 9650 8060
36 – 38 Degraves Street, Melbourne 3000
Two friendly, impeccably-dressed waiters (with Italian accents!) welcomed me inside the cafe. After being escorted to my table, I was handed a chic menu with plenty of coffee options, as well as food. I ordered a cafe latte and minutes later it arrived steaming hot. If you want a creamy, medium roasted taste but not too milky, then a cafe latte is a great option here! This delightful hotspot sources their coffee beans from Dimattina in Carlton, Melbourne.
Café Andiamo has been situated in the popular alley for 25 years and it remains a favourite. “Between 7 and 12 we have 200 takeaways and 400 sit-downs – that’s 600 (coffees) altogether estimated daily,” Café Andiamo’s manager, Loarano Friend said of their popularity.
RMB Cafe Bar
(03) 9671 4455
37 Degraves Street, Melbourne.
RMB Cafe Bar is also a popular place to grab a bite and of course, a coffee. I enjoyed a creamy latte decorated with a beautiful yet carefully designed unique pattern, plus the froth was long-lasting. The cafe had a relaxed mood, making it easier to sit alone – great if you’re a single patron, which can sometimes be intimidating in a crowded cafe.
The caffeine-hub has sourced their coffee beans from Brazil for the entire four years they’ve been open. RMB Cafe Bar’s manager, Sandip Rajbhandari said it’s the “flavour and coffee designs” that make RMB the best cafe on Degraves Street. A nearby customer overheard my question and called out “and the great service!”
(03) 9662 2774
33 Degraves Street, Melbourne.
Xpressomondo is yet another great cafe with a relaxed feel. To shake things up, I ordered a Macchiatto. It had a strong, bitter flavour but was balanced out by a dollop of milky froth on top. If you feeling like a strong shot of coffee without too much milk, then I would recommend a Macchiato at Xpressomondo.
It has been in business for two years and its manager, Russell Williams, said their coffee beans are from Coffee Co in Balaclava, Melbourne which produces the beans especially for the cafe, giving it a smooth, unique blend. Mr Williams went on to explain that “the atmosphere and people with different nationalities blend in with the street”, making his cafe extra special.
All in all, they were all enticing cafes with equally amazing coffee, each had a variety of caffeinated options to suit your tastebuds. If you’re on Degraves Street looking for coffee, you’ll leave with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. – Report and photo by Suzanne Masri