Plan your pitstop and get set for a day's trackside action at your pick of Melbourne's acclaimed cafés. The city's coffee really is as good as they say, and the best cafés take their food as seriously as the brews. Follow the aroma of espresso down South Melbourne laneways to indulge in lazy brunches or post-race snacks, or sample the bean scene in St Kilda. Head into the city where there's an array of options, all guaranteeing to turbo charge you for the rest of your F1 experience. Get some fuel in your tank at these five favourites.

  • St Ali

    Anoint St Ali of South Melbourne your patron saint and savour in his name the carefully crafted espressos and the excellent breakfast and lunch. 

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  • The Kettle Black

    Take your coffee at a café that takes it up a notch, from the gleaming façade and stylish fit out to the excellent coffee and satisfying, consistently excellent breakfasts and lunch.

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  • Operator 25

    Have your morning call answered with aplomb at Operator 25, open daily for breakfast, lunch and excellent coffee. The heritage-listed building and leafy surrounds are a bonus.

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  • Chez Dré

    You're spoilt for choice at this South Melbourne patisserie-bakery-café. Grab a table and order up brunch, but save room for dessert. 

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  • Miss Jackson

    Soak up the St Kilda sun with a caffeine hit in Miss Jackson's courtyard and indulge in the bayside suburb's tradition of a languorous all-day brunch.

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