Melbourne loves coffee: Mill & Bakery

Next stop on my journey to discover the best places in Melbourne to drink coffee is Mill & Bakery on Central Pier. Remember Brunswick?

I happened upon it by chance during an early morning photo shoot about a year or so ago, lured by the smells of freshly baked bread and roasting coffee wafting along the pier.

You could be forgiven for missing it entirely, with most people heading straight to the obvious spots for restaurants, functions or fishing. The bakery is tucked away on the south side of the pier and lets face it – what an unlikely spot for a bakery!

However, it has a loyal following among locals and people who work in the area – when I visited mid-morning on a weekday the café was bustling.

So what was the coffee like?

Mill & Bakery use Grinders Coffee, which was established in 1962 on Lygon Street, the centre of Melbourne’s famous Italian quarter. All of the coffee is served in quaint, mismatched but ever so pretty teacups and saucers, doing away with the typical ho-hum latte glass.

The espresso was dense with a good crema, and the cakes and pastries prepared by executive chef Lisa Van Zanten helped it go down a treat.

Melbourne should love this café, if it doesn’t already, because of the hidden nature of its location (remember, we love laneways right!) and because once there, you’ve discovered not only fabulous coffee but an artesian bakery to boot – clever you!

Mill & Bakery

Shed 9
161 Harbour Esplanade
Docklands 3008
03 8623 9693
enquiries@millandbakery.com.au

Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Lady Melbourne trying the coffee at Baked goods at Latte and pastries at Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Baked goods at Latte and pastries at Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Latte and pastries at Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Lady Melbourne trying the coffee at Baked goods at Latte and pastries at Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

Lady Melbourne trying the coffee at Baked goods at Latte and pastries at Cakes prepared by Lisa Van Zanten at Delicious espresso coffee at Retro teapot at Retro drinks trolley at Mill & Bakery at Central Pier, Docklands in Melbourne

  • I’m certainly a minority, not being a coffee drinker and coming from a city so loved for its fabulous baristas!! I’m a herbal tea drinker and I also love a nice drop of French champagne from time to time. This place looks amazing Phoebe! Do you know if they have gluten free?
    Love Suzi x

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