Best for: Takeaway, early morning coffee, cakes, pastries, locally roasted coffee, whole beans for sale
Dukes Coffee Roasters was one of those cafes that I had meaning to try for a while but I’d never been able to get a table. My advice- go early on a Saturday. On Saturday mornings Dukes opens at 9am so I left a few courtesy minutes before I went (no one wants to be that person queuing up outside) however I needen’t had worried, by the time I got there, just 15 minutes later it was already rammed.
So why so popular? Firstly Dukes is centrally located in the heart of Melbourne’s CBD in Flinders Lane. This means it’s perfect for those working in the city weekdays and then for all the tourists on the weekend: hence it’s popualrity.
In terms of decor, it’s another typical Melbourne cafe: that means small, a little atmosphericaly dark and quite minimalistic. Since opening, Dukes has built itself quite a reputation for coffee in the city as they specialise in producing premium coffee and even roast their own coffee in Victoria.
Dukes offers a range of coffees, teas and hot chocolates INCLUDING filter coffee- I know, I said they didn’t do that in Melbourne. They also have, what I think is the best selection of cakes, pastries and biscuits around. I had to cave in and get a peanut butter and chocolate cookie which was superb: healthy eating starts next week.
Dukes is not a sit down all morning and have brunch kind of cafe, in fact it’s predominately a grab and go kind of place, but if you can bag yourself a seat then it’s the best place to sit back, watch the hustle and bustle of mornings in Melbourne and tuck into a pastry with your morning caffeine fix.
Dukes Coffee Roasters, 247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
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