It’s always heart-breaking when you need a coffee for your night shift, but your neighbourhood café closes at 3pm. Or when you’d like a cosy spot to catch up with your friends at night, but the only option is a loud bar. Melbourne is a great city to stay up late in, but sometimes, you definitely need a boost of caffeine to help keep you going. We’ve found some excellent late-night cafés throughout Melbourne that will help you stay awake with the intoxicating aroma of a fresh brew. From hole-in-the-wall venues to vibrant dessert cafés, there are plenty of late-night spots that are serving up coffee around Melbourne. Join us on a journey through some of Melbourne’s nocturnal coffee corners.
1. Brunetti Oro or Brunetti Classico
This iconic Italian café is the go-to spot for anyone looking for a late-night coffee or cake. Swing by their original location on Lygon Street, Brunetti Classico, or wander down Flinders Lane to Brunetti Oro, for all of your coffee needs. However you have your coffee, espresso, latte, magic, they’ve got you covered. Pair it with a sweet dessert for the ultimate experience. The Carlton venue closes at 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10pm on all other nights. Meanwhile, the Flinders Lane store closes at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10pm on all other nights.
📍250 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000 or 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
2. Cathedral Coffee
Wander inside Cathedral Arcade, and grab a drink from the intimate café and wine bar, Cathedral Coffee. This hole-in-the-wall space serves up quality coffee, excellent wines and tasty snacks, in the spectacular surrounds of the arcade. The café closes at 11pm from Wednesday to Saturday. Keep an eye on their socials for updates.
📍37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Miilk Cake Studio is serving up more than just cakes in Melbourne. While you’re there, enjoy a coffee too! Sip on classic hot coffee, or mix it up a bit with one of their colourful options, like ube latte, sea salt caramel latte and kopi milo. If you don’t feel like coffee, there’s also milk tea, frappes and hot chocolate. This cake shop is open until 10pm from Wednesday to Saturday, and 8pm on all other days. More info here.
📍166 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
4. Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar
Visit the iconic Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar for your late-night coffee needs. Opened by the Pellegrini brothers in 1954, this institution was one of the first places in Melbourne to have an espresso machine. Hop on a stool, watch the world go by, and tuck into a generous serve of pasta, while sipping on a coffee or two. Pellegrini’s is open until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 9pm on other nights. They are closed on Sundays.
66 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000
5. Homm, Dessert at Heart
You’ll likely find a queue outside of this late-night café in Melbourne CBD, but don’t worry, it will be worth the wait. Homm, Dessert at Heart, serves up delicious and modern Thai desserts. Feast on shokupan, bingsu and more, and pair your sweet experience with an evening iced coffee, milo, or other fun beverage. This venue is open until 11pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 10pm on all other nights. See more here.
📍294 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
Sulbing is known for their bingsu, but they also serve up other treats, like cake slices, waffles, and yes, coffee. You can get something classic like a cappuccino, or indulge in something sweeter like a caramel latte or affogato. There’s also other drinks, like tea, smoothies and more. Sulbing has two late-night cafés in Melbourne. You can visit their larger venue on Lonsdale Street, or swing by their express store outside Melbourne Central for a quick drink. They close at 11pm on Friday and Saturday, and 10pm on other nights. More details here.
📍168 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000 or Shop151A/211 La Trobe St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This minimalist Japanese café is a popular choice for brunch, but they’re also open well into the night. Ichigō has a special dinner menu for their night café, but you can still enjoy a drink like a cup of coffee, matcha latte, black sesame latte and more. This eatery is open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 8:30pm on every other day. Explore their website here.
📍Shop 3/155 Franklin St, Melbourne VIC 3000
8. Queensmith Baretto
Inspired by traditional cafés and bars in Europe, Queensmith Baretto is serving up late-night coffee in the heart of Melbourne. Graze on delicious bites, sip on wine and cocktails, and find some much-needed energy with a brew or two. Queensmith closes at 11pm on Friday nights, and 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays. See more here.
📍221 Queen St, Melbourne VIC 3000
9. Degraves Espresso Melbourne
Take an evening stroll down the iconic Degraves Street, and watch the world go by from Degraves Espresso Melbourne. Try coffee from their house blend, or for something a little different, sip on their espresso tonica, a double espresso beverage with tonic water and an orange slice. Complement your drink with a bite or two from their share plates. This ambient café closes at 9pm every night, except on Sundays when they close at 4pm. Learn more here.
📍23-25 Degraves St, Melbourne VIC 3000
10. Puzzle Coffee
Puzzle Coffee on Swanston Street is serving up their artisan brews in edible cups until 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays, and 6pm on weekdays. While it’s not exactly late-night, it is open late enough for you to get a caffeine boost before your commute home, or before a night out around town. Puzzle also has venues in Melbourne Central, Southern Cross Station, and Chastone Shopping Centre, but these locations close around 6pm every night. Find out more here.
📍133 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
11. Heartattack and Vine
This café and wine bar in Carlton serves up specialty coffee from early in the morning until late at night. Graze on small bites from their seasonal cicchetti menu, unwind with a glass of wine and relax with a warm cup of coffee. On Fridays and Saturdays, Heartattack and Vine close at 11pm.
📍329 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053
12. Palette at Night
Pop over to the late-night café, Palette at Night, for your evening coffee needs. This cosy venue in North Melbourne operates as Palette in the day time, but, from Tuesday to Saturday nights, it transforms into a dreamy evening space. Warm up with a classic cup of coffee, or try one of their specialty drinks, like iced strawberry latte. Pair your experience with a decadent dessert, like matcha basque cheesecake, while you’re there. Palette at Night is open from 7pm to 11pm. See more here.
📍610 Queensberry St, North Melbourne VIC 3051
13. Stokers Fine Pancakes
This intimate pancake place is serving up decadent drinks and desserts until midnight on every day except Monday. While you’re enjoying one of their fluffy pancakes, enjoy a leisurely sip of hot or iced coffee. There’s also hot milk beverages, like matcha latte, chai latte and hot chocolate. Since Stokers Fine Pancakes is open in the evenings, you’ll also find cocktails like espresso martinis. Learn more here.
📍231 Clarendon St, South Melbourne VIC 3205
14. Twisted Dessert Bar
On your next night out in Fitzroy, pop by Twisted Dessert Bar for a little caffeine boost. Sip on coffee, matcha latte, hot chocolate and more, or get the party vibes going with cocktails like espresso martinis. There’s heaps of delicious desserts to give you a sugar rush, like waffles, cakes and tarts, as well as a selection of vegan and gluten-free options. Twisted is open until 11pm from Thursday to Saturday, and 10pm from Sunday to Wednesday. See more here.
📍329 Brunswick St, Fitzroy VIC 3065
15. Abbey Road Café
Abbey Road Café is an absolutely buzzing place in St Kilda that serves up homestyle food, delicious drinks and great tunes. Enjoy a nice cup of tea or coffee, go for a milkshake, or enjoy an espresso martini. This venue closes at 1am on Saturdays, and midnight on every other day. More info here.
📍129-131 Acland St, St Kilda VIC 3182