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Journal

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Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
+61 3 9650 4399
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07:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 20:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 18:00
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Came to the Journal Canteen for lunch, and was incredibly surprised and how limited the menu was. About 8 options available, only 1 of which was vegetarian. The staff also didn't really offer any guidance, we had to ask for a menu before being told that it was only what was on the blackboards around. Two of our party ordered... More 

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Thank courtneyr366
La Spezia, Italy
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Step in to a good menu and good coffee. Bacon and eggs on toast were well presented and tasty. Worth the visit.

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Thank adeejay
Melbourne, Australia
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49 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

I've eaten lunch here a few times now - upstairs in the canteen (not downstairs in the café). Good hearty pasta dishes, well presented. Bustling atmosphere, shared tables. Cosy on a cold winter's day. And good dessert! (we shared a piece of pie which was very good).

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Thank Carolyn L
Sydney, Australia
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98 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Avoid this place at all costs. I sat there for 40 minutes waiting for porridge only to be told by the rude waitress 'oh that order got lost'! No apology. Nothing. Meanwhile I was served the most bizarre tasting coffee I've ever had. It was undrinkable. With so much competition around the Melbourne CBD it'd incredible this is still in... More 

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Thank MrDBP
Brisbane, Australia
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53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Love this place, quiet and so cute! Their Chai tea on almond milk (boy was it hard to find almond milk in Melbourne) is one of the best I've had and their banana, cinnamon & walnut bread & house toasted, fruit & nut muesli with yoghurt and strawberries are so yum, you'll be back for more!

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Thank Ruth T
Sydney
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154 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

We ate here twice for breakfast- the canteen on Friday, & the café on Saturday. The Arabian smashed avo with beetroot, dukkah, feta & a poached egg will go down as one of the best (if not the best) smashed avo in a town where plenty of places do this well.

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Thank Jo T
Quito, Ecuador
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2016

Once you get to the CAE, walk straight past Journal to Canteen upstairs. Same people, but a much better menu and ambiance. Always a small menu, always at least one entree that is vego. Small selection of wine, mostly Italian. I come here all the time. It is simple, well made home-style food. It's not expensive but not student food... More 

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Thank Kerren2015
Singapore, Singapore
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

A nice place to catch up for breakfast with friends or simply for a coffee experience. Nice atmosphere.

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Thank R_Doshi02
Melbourne, Australia
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73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Well located, good coffee, simple menu makes it easy to focus on catching up with friends. Some staff were friendly and helpful. I enjoyed a pecan tart (generous sized slice) and a well prepared cappuccino. Thank you for your hospitality 😊

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Thank Casey J S
Melbourne, Australia
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57 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 May 2016

Okay, to stop confusion this is a review for Journal Canteen, not Journal Cafe. Some of the reviews and even the photos listed are actually for Journal Cafe. Journal Canteen is more laid back and not as fancy as those photos. The meals were good and a decent price too. Their meals change daily, so you don't have the same... More 

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Thank Magalie S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$18
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Italian
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
07:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 20:00
Thursday
07:00 - 20:00
Friday
07:00 - 20:00
Saturday
08:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shop 1 G 253 Flinders Lane | Lower Ground Floor 1, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > Central Business District
  • Neighbourhood: Central Business District
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9650 4399

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Central Business District

Neighbourhood Profile
Central Business District
Full of discovery and delight, Melbourne’s laneways tease the imagination long after you’ve put your weary feet up to rest. They weave through the heart of the city: cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques, throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You never quite know what you’ll find around the next corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air of Berlin in the street art, a touch of Paris in the umbrella-shaded cafes and, reminiscent of Rome, eateries tucked away in the most unlikely of places. Perhaps you might want a break and cross the Yarra River to Southbank - walk along the promenade, bask in the sun at a waterside bar and decide whether to go to the nearby casino or book a ticket at the Melbourne theatre company.
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