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Best Cafés for Meetings in Melbourne: Part 1

The variety among Melbourne restaurants and cafés is often overwhelming. It’s difficult enough when someone asks you where to meet for lunch in the CBD, but when it’s a business meeting that could potentially lead to a new partnership or client, the task of choosing where to go is even more daunting. We’ve put together a list of the top 10 cafés in Melbourne city to organise a meeting, which we’re rolling out over two weeks. Some are classics, others have a spark of personality, but all of them are sure to impress.

Grain Store | 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne | 9972 6993
Grain Store is a polished tribute to when buildings in the area were holding stores for shipments of grain. The room feels like a provincial-inspired trophy kitchen with its polished marble tables and bench tops framed by flawless timber. The food is as slick as the interior: salads loaded with super grains, gnocchi with zucchini and goat’s cheese flakes and freshly prepared sandwiches all uphold their promise of simple fare done well.

GRAINSTORE

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Cumulus Inc. | 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne | 9650 1445
Located at the opposite end of Flinders Lane to Grain Store, Cumulus Inc. is a high-ceilinged, light-filled space that fits somewhere between a contemporary wood cabin living room and an inner-city loft. Visit for the Cumulus Inc. breakfast – a boiled egg, toast, preserves, yoghurt, organic orange juice and a coffee or tea – or talk business over charcuterie and slow roast lamb shoulder later on.

CUMULUS

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The European | 161 Spring Street, Melbourne | 9654 0811
It would be wrong not to mention The European, an institution on Spring Street serving breakfast from 7.30am through to simple, elegant lunches and dinners later in the evening. It’s a foolproof meeting option given its class and familiarity. And if you really need to impress someone there are oysters, caviar and foie gras on the menu too.

EUROPEAN

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Pei Modern | Collins Place, 45 Collins Street, Melbourne | 9654 8545
Sit at the raised tables outside across from the Sofitel hotel drop off point, or make yourself cozy inside surrounded by marble, timber and dark finishes. You’re guaranteed not to be the only person walking through the door with a folder and laptop; it’s no secret Pei Modern is a favourite meeting place for suits. Coffee is great here, and the house-made crumpets are even better. Meet over the corporate lunch on weekdays for “all sorts of beefy deliciousness from the wood grill” and wine.

PEI

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STREAT | 5 McKillop St, Melbourne | 9629 4222
Show potential business your social conscious by organising a meet up at STREAT, a not-for profit roasting company and cafe that provides training to the disadvantaged and helps combat social issues. Fresh salads are made in house every day, and there are always a great range of baguettes and sweets to complement your ethical coffee.

STREAT
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