on November 06, 2018 Eat and drink

Where to find the perfect cup of inner city coffee

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BALLARAT'S cafe offering is well on the way to becoming on-par with its city counterparts. Find out some of the top inner city spots to get your Melbourne coffee fix without the line-up.

1. The Hydrant Food Hall

Located down one of the city's elusive laneways, this place is not only laden with industrial chic, but is perfect for families, boasting its very own playspace, cubby house and blackboard. Combine this with Seven Seeds coffee and a classic brunch and lunch menu, and you've got yourself a winner.

2. Yellow Espresso

A local fave by far, Yellow serves up Axil coffee as well as a huge range of gourmet eats such as chia puddings, Acai berry bowls, matcha pancakes and all the classic brunch options. A contemporary, light-filled cafe, it's almost always bustling.

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3. Webster's Market Cafe

Are you an Industry beans kinda guy/gal? Then Webster's is your place. It's the sort of cafe that combines fine dining with cafe cuisine, and is oozing character, class and wholesomeness. Nestled in Ballarat's charming Webster Street, it's a beautiful little space with a whole lotta charm.

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4. Eclectic Tastes Cafe and Pantry

If being situated across the road from a cemetery isn't eclectic enough, then I don't know what is. Another modern cafe offering, Eclectic serves up Espresso di Manfredi coffee and showcases local produce, wines, and boutique beers.  It also serves up Ballarat's indulgent Grounded Pleasures hot chocolates and chai, and, like its name suggests, has its own pantry of delightful goodies to take home.

5. Kittelty's at The Gallery

Adjoining the Art Gallery of Ballarat, Kittelty's is the kind of place that makes you feel right at home. Serving up Campos coffee, the cafe serves up its dishes in its quaint Australiana-Kitsch style, and features a menu of homemade eats as well as a huge range of gourmet goods sourced from the region.

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6. The Provincial

One of the only Ballarat spots where you can nab yourself a cup of St Ali coffee, this beautifully renovated hotel and its accompanying cafe and restaurant Lola will have you feeling all the luxurious feels! Perfectly located opposite the Ballarat Railway Station, it's sure to be your first port-of-call once you get into town. Indulge in your coffee while you delight in a homemade Danish, and you'll immediately find yourself in heaven.

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7. Little Bird

This super cute vintage diner-esque spot is located in the centre of the city, with shops, eateries, and attractions right at your doorstep. Stop by for a cup of AllPress goodness (and a sweet treat to boot), or devour a homemade pastry, jaffle or salad before exploring everything else that Ballarat has to offer.

8. The Local

Nestled in the northern side of Ballarat's historic Lydiard Street, The Local cafe is a little cafe with a lot to offer. Cosy and cultural, you can savour the perfect cup of (Supreme) coffee as you admire the local art that adorns the walls and shelves.

9. Fika

One of the city's newer cafe offerings, this treasure trove of contemporary feels serves up the perfect cup of Sensory Lab coffee. Couple it with a fresh pastry, classic brunch dish or indulgent bagel, and you're in fika heaven.

10. Europa

Situated along Ballarat's main city strip, Europa is a popular pit-stop amongst the cyclists and the perfect spot to combine your caffeine hit with some sustenance for the ride!

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