Often a short coffee break during the day – some fresh air and a walk in the sunshine can be just what we need to recharge and regroup.

But with an estimated 1 BILLION single use takeaway cups littered and/or landfilled in Australia every year it’s costing the earth. But it needn’t.

We’ve curated a list of our team’s favorite spots for you to enjoy your next coffee break and be inspired by the beauty of nature or support local cafes doing their bit for the environment.

Explore, enjoy – and most importantly – don’t forget to take your reusable cup with you!

  • CBD & SURROUNDS
  • EAST
  • NORTH
  • SOUTH
  • WEST
  • CBD & SURROUNDS
  • EAST
  • NORTH
  • SOUTH
  • WEST

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Brother Baba Budan

359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne -

A small and superb Melbourne CBD must. The coffee’s great, the service friendly & there’s a discount for bringing your own reusable cup. Most importantly, the Seven Seeds team behind the brew are committed to championing ethical, sustainable and transparent trading with coffee producers.

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Dukes at Ross House

247 Flinders Ln, Melbourne -

Dukes Coffee have always had environmental & social sustainability at the heart of what they do. They’ve even helped plant over 30,000 trees to date through their partnership with WeForest. So enjoy a coffee in their great CBD space and know that you’re supporting considered coffee consumption.

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Royal Botanic Gardens

St Kilda Rd & Birdwood Avenue Melbourne -

Moments from Fed Square and Southbank, this oasis of major plant collections right in the heart of Melbourne is home to over 50 native bird species – so you never know who will be joining you on your break.

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Melbourne Skypark

Melbourne Quarter, 699 Collins St, Melbourne -

Based on the principles of Biophilia, this rooftop comes with views, a green lawn, landscaped garden – and wi-fi, power outlets & USB charge points if you struggle to switch off…

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Hawthorn Common

302 Burwood Road Hawthorn -

A café that not only roasts it’s own beans, bakes its own bread and grows its own herbs but also sends all compost to City Harvest gets a big tick in our book. A discount for bringing your own cup is an added bonus.

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Collective Espresso

3 Cookson St Camberwell -

Pull up a stool at the communal table or take advantage of a 50c discount for bringing your own reusable cup at our local – conveniently located just across the road from Camberwell Station.

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Willsmere-Chandler Park

Willow Grove, Kew East 3102 -

Willsmere-Chandler Park is one of the City of Boroondara’s most significant natural heritage assets. Take a stroll down to the two billabongs – the last remaining within the lower reaches of the Yarra River – and appreciate their role in maintaining the ecological health of our river system.

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Fordham Gardens

579 Camberwell Road, Camberwell -

The picturesque Fordham Gardens is the perfect spot to take a moment in the shade by the pond while being surrounded by gums and flower beds. A recent redevelopment of the pond employs environmentally friendly features including the use of recycled water from nearby Grace Park.

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Everyday Coffee

36-38 Sackville St, Collingwood -

Our friends at Everyday are committed to contributing to the communities that support them – whether they be local customers or growers in Colombia. They’re constantly looking for ways they can reduce their environmental impact or exert their influence for the greater good – and they brew a smashing coffee at all 4 of their locations.

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Grinders Coffee

277 Lygon St, Carlton -

The home of the first espresso machine in 1929, and home of Grinders Coffee since 1962. With Fairtrade & Australian Certified Organic beans AND a 50c discount when you bring your own reusable cup – what’s not to love?

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Carlton Gardens

1-111 Carlton Street, Carlton -

The World Heritage listed Carlton Gardens are filled with impressive fountains, lakes, flowerbeds and plenty of seating perfect for enjoying when you need a little outside time. The gardens also feature a collection of Moreton Bay fig trees and a selection of mature European trees that reflect the changing of the seasons.

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Oxford St Park

Langridge St. Collingwood -

What was once a road is now an urban park space at the Oxford St location in the former industrial area of Collingwood. This small but considered space offers custom seating, decking, garden beds and lawn along with the integration of rain-gardens and other WSUD features.

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Market Lane Prahran Market

Shop 13, Prahran Market 163 Commercial Road South Yarra -

Market Lane have six locations across Melbourne and are committed to reducing their impact on the environment through a range of initiatives. One of our faves is their conversion of organic food waste from the Prahran location into fertilizer thanks to a biodigester located at the market.

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Nord

157 Chapel Street St Kilda  -

Nord embraces the Swedish approach to a coffee break – and that’s taking time to sit and enjoy. A selection of traditional Scandinavian treats to accompany your coffee are on offer, along with a 20c discount for bringing your own cup if you must be on the go.

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St Kilda Botanical Gardens

11 Herbert St, St Kilda VIC 3182 -

Formally established in 1859 these gardens are registered with Heritage Victoria and are home to eight tree specimens listed on the significant tree register. Along with the plentiful natural features of the gardens, there is also an Eco-centre that facilitates lessons on sustainable living practice.

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St Vincent Gardens

Albert Park / South Melbourne border -

With plenty of seating, and only a short walk from nearby Albert Park cafes, this spot is the perfect place for a moment of downtime. Enjoy the English style garden design and themed planting while you breathe in some fresh air.

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Small Graces

57 Byron St, Footscray VIC 3011 -

A focus on sustainability and provenance is at the heart of the delicious food on offer at Small Graces. So enjoy a discount when you bring your own reusable cup, but perhaps stick around for a meal in their bright & welcoming space too.

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Rudimentary

16-20 Leeds St Footscray -

Rudimentary is a café and community space with a keen focus on sustainability. From the use of sustainable building materials, passive cooling & heating to rainwater capture and compositing facilities where coffee grounds are combined to feed their kitchen garden – this is a truly considered café.

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Jawbone Flora & Fauna Reserve

29 Sandpiper Pl, Williamstown -

This reserve is an outstanding example of how a degraded site can be transformed into an ecological haven. Follow the path along the water as you explore open grasslands, wetlands, a mangrove conservation area and a saltmarsh – all providing homes to an extraordinary array of birdlife.

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Footscray Park

40 Maribynong Blvd, Footscray -

With expansive lawns, a duck pond and an impressive selection of trees and flowers Footscray Park is just right for a much needed break outdoors. And great views of the Melbourne city skyline are an added bonus.

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KNOW A GREAT OUTDOOR SPOT
OR RESPONSIBLE CAFE?

How we spend our small change can lead to great change – if we collectively shift our habits. We’d love your help to grow our list of considered coffee spots to share with our community. Please let us know of your favourite spot below…