Best cafes on the Melbourne Uni campus

You’d be hard pressed to find a university more diverse and cosmopolitan than Melbourne’s. There are cafes, restaurants and bars scattered around the whole campus. Here are our top five.

Photo courtesy of Carte Crêpes.

Photo courtesy of Carte Crêpes.

Carte Crêpes

I always like to teach in the John Medley building, so my students can hop down to Carte Crêpes in between lessons and recharge on the closest thing to an authentic French crêpe in the city. The service is lovely too.

Photo courtesy of House of Cards.

Photo courtesy of House of Cards.

House of Cards

The title of this little wooden kiosk isn’t merely decorative: at House of Cards, instead of taking your name they give you a playing card. Once your card is called, you collect your coffee and slot your card into one of three boxes for charitable causes: environmental, cultural or social. The people at House of Cards don’t live for profits; they live for charity and excellent coffee.

Photo courtesy of Dr Dax.

Photo courtesy of Dr Dax.

Dr Dax

Located in the shiny new Dax Centre for Brain Research, on leafy Royal Parade, Dr Dax makes the best cappuccino on campus. Their breakfasts are great too, especially their banana bread and my personal favourite, smashed avocado toast.

Photo courtesy of Animal Orchestra.

Photo courtesy of Animal Orchestra.

Animal Orchestra

Though not technically on campus, Animal Orchestra is a stone’s throw from uni, near the corner of Swanston and Grattan streets. With a den-like atmosphere and a fabulous range of toasted sandwiches, it’s the perfect place to lounge about in on a winter’s afternoon.

Photo courtesy of Lot 6.

Photo courtesy of Lot 6.

Lot 6

There are lots of places to get a perfect cup of coffee on campus, but Lot 6 does both perfect coffee and perfect lunches. Head there for delectable salads, focaccias and pastries when you’re studying at the ERC or the Frank Tate building next door.

What’s your favourite café on campus?

By Gemma King.

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