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Posted on 3 May 2018 by Amy King, Founder, CORE+

We’re just gonna come right out and say it: coffee is Melbourne’s best icon. We’re lucky to live in the best city for coffee in the world; we’re spoilt for choice by thousands of cafes serving up long blacks, coconut lattes, short macchiatos, cold brews and almond piccolos.

For many of us Melbournites, we simply can’t start our day without a coffee (or two) – but it doesn’t end there. We grab a coffee before our workout, for that much-needed early morning or after-work energy boost, and we use it as a social activity to catch up with friends post-Pilates and talk about how much our abs hurt.

It was no accident that we placed our first CORE+ studio in the heart of bustling Bridge Rd, Richmond. It’s basically swarming with coffee options. Here are our favourites.


2 minute walk

Run by three sisters who are no strangers to the Melbourne cafe scene, having opened 30 Mill, Morris & Heath and Trillium before opening Monroe (you might also know their brother Julien’s hotspots Tinker, Bentwood, My Other Brother and Clubhouse). The coffee can obviously be trusted, with espresso by Dimattina and rotating single origins by Proud Mary. Hungry? Try one of their many Asian-inspired dishes or their famous maqui smoothie bowl.
Shop 3, 189 Bridge Rd, Richmond.


Fresh Organic Goods
3 minute walk

Like a cafe with lots of healthy options to steer you away from the croissants? Fresh Organic Goods is just that; it’s backed by
ayurvedic, organic, seasonal, raw and whole produce, and their Fairtrade Genovese coffee is served with almond, cashew, coconut or soy milk. There’s also lots of other goodies to purchase including fresh salads, rolls, house-made nut milks and coconut water to take home, wholefood cookbooks, body oils and balancing candles.
276 Church St, Richmond.


Lennox Coffee & Kitchen
6 minute walk

Lennox Coffee & Kitchen is a quintessential Melbourne cafe. Tucked down a side street near the Epworth Hospital, it serves up a delicious Industry Beans house blend, Aeropress filter and single origin coffees alongside lots of brunch classics and fresh, light lunches. Had too much coffee today? We love the healthy smoothies too.
163 Lennox St, Richmond.


Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder
7 minute walk

The Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder is an institution, serving up all day breakfast, quick takeaway options and their own specialty RHCL coffee blend in the morning, followed by breads, cheeses and wines at night. When you grab your coffee, be sure to get one of their famous grilled cheesy toasts. We also like the bircher muesli, chargrilled chicken salad and poke bowl for something lighter.
48-50 Bridge Rd, Richmond.


8 minute walk

This huge but welcoming space is by the highly reputable team at Axil Coffee Roasters, so it’s no surprise coffee is their thing – as well as daily food specials, there’s cold drip and batch brew coffee specials too. Plus, if you’re from Melbourne (read: love your smashed avo) this is the place for you… but look out for the Mayday twist.
410 Bridge Rd, Richmond.


11 minute walk

Touchwood is from the cafe veterans that brought you Pillar of Salt, Coin Laundry, Tall Timber and Station Street Trading Co… so you know it’s going to be good. Consider yourself a coffee connoisseur? There’s Five Senses beans, almond and soy milk, coconut cold brew, filter and a whole section on the menu for health lattes. Our pick from the food side of things is the roasted curried pumpkin with goat’s cheese, kale, brussel sprouts, mixed seeds, poached egg and toast.
480 Bridge Rd, Richmond.

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