WORKSPACES | 4 Melbourne Cafes to Inspire Your Creative Side
As a creative business owner, I spend a lot of my time working from my study or kitchen table but sometimes a change of scenery really helps to get those creative juices flowing. So I thought I would share with you my favourite spots that inspire me, no matter what sort of mood I am in!
Officine Zero | 534 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
This dinky little Italian treasure is conveniently tucked just around the corner from me so when I am feeling like I need a change of pace and a fresh, new workspace but I don’t have the time in my schedule to venture too far afield, this hidden gem is my absolute favourite. Not only do they have THE best pastries I have tasted since moving away from Europe, but they have a divine little backroom that is often empty and is beautifully serene. Perched on a wooden box at the table next to the window and rustic fireplace, with a cup of tea in one hand and my sketching pencil in the other equates to a kind of heaven for me.
PROS: Amazing pastries; rustic charm; especially good hot chocolate (be sure to try the traditional Italian one); usually a good amount of table room in the backroom.
CONS: I am pretty sure these guys don’t have wifi so if you are techy creative, this is not for you.
Mr Tulk | 328 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000
This is a pretty well known spots for those needing a coffee fix and fast wifi connection so you’ll be right at home amongst the other freelancers, small business owners and creatives who frequent this charming cafe. Located in the State Library building, Mr Tulk is named after the State Library’s first librarian, Augustus Henry Tulk, and was formerly the State Library’s locker room. It offers reliably good food, a great relaxed atmosphere and features a welcoming communal table in the centre to meet other like-minded people who are there to take full advantage of the avo on toast and the great wifi speed.
PROS: Super fast and free wifi for those requiring the internet to get the job done; welcomes freelancers and work-from-anywhere business owners.
CONS: It is super popular so get there early to secure your spot.
Hobba | 428 Malvern Rd, Prahran VIC 3181
If you love a spot of stunning converted warehouse style with your afternoon cuppa, Prahan’s Hobba has got to make it onto your bucket list. Fortunately for me, this beauty is just around the corner from me so I often pop along to enjoy the expansive rustic space on Malvern Road when I need a change of scenery, and often a warm croissant too! These guys have free wifi, great coffee and an epic menu including daily specials, delicious pastries and all the Aussie brunch classics.
PROS: Super fast and free wifi for those requiring the internet to get the job done; welcomes freelancers and work-from-anywhere business owners; it’s huge so you can pretty much always get a seat.
CONS: Honestly can’t think of any at all! This place is a dream.
Arbory | Flinders Walk, Melbourne, VIC 3000
Supremely cool, Arbory always make me feel like I have stepped on the set of a romantic comedy film featuring a super successful female lead who somehow manages to have it all! The view of Southbank is beautifully framed by trees, the menu is awesome and there is always a bit of a buzz at this venue. Built on the old disused Sandridge railway platform at Flinders St Station on the North bank of the Yarra River, this Melbourne hotspot is a must visit for those who can work from anywhere.
PROS: You can connect to Flinders Street Station wifi from here; the view is epic; it’s the perfect spot to crack down on deadlines with a wine in hand on a summer’s day
CONS: It’s outside so it can get a tad chilly in the winter if you don’t manage to get a seat near a heater.