6 Melbourne Cafes

6 Melbourne Cafes That Will Save Your Deadline

Any freelance writer or struggling student knows the feeling. A deadline is looming, but like a disgruntled puppy, you’re determined to ignore the inevitable until the last possible hour.

In other words, you’re stuck in a rut.

The thing, motivation is a fickle thing, and if you don’t have any at home then it could be time for a change of scenery (preferably to somewhere with readily accessible caffeine, sugar and Wi-Fi).

So next deadline day, roll out of that darkened bedroom and head to one of the best Melbourne cafes for freelancers or students who need to get some real work done.

2Pocket Fairtrade

Tucked just below ground level, the lovely wait staff at 2Pocket Fairtrade will let you get on with your work without the insistence of further purchases.

But given 2Pocket’s ethos for supporting disadvantaged producers through their proudly Fairtrade, locally sourced products, there’s no need to skimp on the lattes.

Melbourne’s favourite Fairtrade café, 2Pocket uses their own special blend of Guatemalan, Columbian and Brazilian beans.

2pocket Fairtrade

Mr Tulk

Conveniently attached to one of Melbourne’s most productive spaces, Mr Tulk is the perfect spot for some self-inflicted imprisonment.

A former State Library locker room, Mr Tulk features an informal open space with elevated ceilings and a menu ideal for grazing throughout the day. Grab a grease-free baguette for lunch, and the typing need not stop.

Mr Tulk

1000£ Bend

Boasting cushy couches ideal for encouraging productive brain activity, 1000£ Bend shouldn’t be overlooked for freelancers facing writers block.

With nothing else to distract you, besides the free wifi and gloriously early happy hour deals, staff won’t bat an eyelash if you camp out here for the day. Order a Slice Girls pizza from your seat for dinner.



Halfway between the University of Melbourne and RMIT, you might find yourself sharing a table at Carlton’s Stovetop.

A student favourite, this café features natural light and smart timber styling.

The all day breakfast and lunch menu isn’t shabby either, if you’re rightfully pekish during your busy day.

Stovetop Cafe

The Journal Cafe

The Journal Cafe serves more than coffees, if you’d prefer to work with a freshly squeezed juice or glass of red.

Order a bottle and set yourself up at one of the communal benches running along the wall. We’re fairly sure the wait staff won’t judge.

The Journal Cafe

Queensberry Pour House

There’s not much that needs to be said of Carlton’s Queensberry Pour House.

Freshly baked sweets for gluttonous study sessions? Check. Free wifi? Check.

Oh, did I mention the bottomless coffee? No? Well, they have bottomless coffee.

Queensberry Pour House