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St Ali Coffee Roasters

££ - £££Cafe, , Vegetarian Friendly
12-18 Yarra Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 2990
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (47 reviews)
“corn fritters” (25 reviews)
“poached eggs” (16 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 18:00 Hours
Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
12-18 Yarra Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My third trip in a couple of weeks. This place has a great vibe. Great menu, good service. Granola with Buttermilk was best granola I have ever had. My wife had their own bread with honey butter. Yum. If you go Sunday morning like I...More

Thank DriveAllNight2014
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited Melbourne with my family for the weekend. On a recommendation from a friend, we made a reservation for St Ali for breakfast on Sunday. When we arrived, it was a quiet 8am morning but the place was already swarming with people! We were seated...More

Thank Christopher L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love this place, one of our favourites, the food, coffee and environment is just amazing and service always consistently good.. highly recommend.

Thank Veefin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With so many independent coffee roasters and breakfast place in Melbourne-St Ali couldn’t live up to the fame - not in my personal opinion. Coffee didn’t taste any different. Foodwise, if you’re a meat lover, you should try the Daddy. That’s all I can say.

Thank Venisiana D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Popped in again after nearly two years while visiting South Melbourne, Food, Coffee still fantastic, loved the decor and openness of it all. Staff were great Worth the visit for sure

Thank Riwai G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered the tasting menu comprising 6 cups of coffee - all were served lukewarm and only the cappuccino had some coffee taste. We then ordered the expensive 2 cups of filtered coffee telling them that they should serve it hot. The were served hot...More

Thank mosto
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped in for brekkie - coffee was excellent and well prepared. Interesting space with mostly share tables. Had the breakfast burger which was very tasty if not a little heavy with the slab of sausage meat. Not a long walk from the Crown precinct at...More

Thank Peter K
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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

St Ali has always produced consistent coffee and every time I visit the cafe the food and service are at the same quality. Well done guys!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 11 February 2018

I will start this review with the positives. The corn fritters were amazing, probably the best I've ever had, and the food was really fresh. The other people in our group were also very happy with their food. However, the ordering experiencing was less than...More

Thank TazAid2
Reviewed 1 February 2018

Great food, great coffee but not the service. Food is a bit pricey, I guess that is the price for boutique cafe. A place for breakfast brunch and lunch. Not a place for sitting and having relax time with friends. It is such a busy...More

1  Thank Mee Fung L
South Melbourne
South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous
market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged
fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens
and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole
neighbourhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the
hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays
of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in,
a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$19
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12-18 Yarra Pl, Melbourne, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Melbourne>  > South Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 2990
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Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor.

Come with us on a journey through space and time ...

Like the discovery of most commodities, coffee was highly prized, mostly misunderstood and appreciated for its medicinal purposes. We’re talking about the 15th century, here. Fast-forward a few hundred years past the Y2K and you’ll see the beginnings of the ST. ALi Family in South Melbourne in 2005 placing a strong ethos on quality beans and unique brewing methods.

Yes, we take our coffee very seriously- serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013.

But, that’s not all we’re known for. Head Barista, Matt Perger placed first in the World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship in 2014; Second in the 2013 World Barista Championship for his redial, rethink on filter coffee- a paradigm shift in the category- as well as winning first place in the 2012 World Brewer’s Cup.

Matt Perger and his coffee disciples or boy band counterparts have toured all over the globe starring in pop-up cafes, master classes and merchandise signings.

Now, you’ll find our family has expanded from our warehouse-chic flagship in Yarra Place to Sensory Lab, Clement, Tom Thumb, Plantation and Deadman Espresso.

But that’s not all… Food is pretty damn important too!

We thought that cafe food could be more than just some avocado on toast, and serious coffee deserves serious food.

The early days saw pan-Asian influences from Benjamin Cooper (now at Chin Chin and Kong), dishing up sticky wings, grilled kingfish heads and zingy glass noodle salads next to your plate of poached eggs and corn fritters, ultimately inspiring “ST. ALi Nights,” which John Lethlean described as, “stimulating, thought provoking, and (for me) one of the most successful bits of hospitality-industry lateral thinking Melbourne has seen in quite a while”

Today, we have Executive Chef Andy Gale in charge of the pans. Gale is known for his dishes with punny names, Oxford commas and wizard-like abilities to make offal sought after in a breakfast- clear signs of his British upbringing and culinary path under Pierre Koffmann, Bruce Paul and Gary Rhodes.

With Gale at the helm, food is no second fiddle; he has turned up the heat to create a truly inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu, so good that in 2013 he bought home the Best Food prize in The Age Good Cafe awards.

In the next chapter- twenty fifteen and beyond- we will be moving into our new kitchen, turning the food up yet another notch and re-birthing ST. ALi Nights but this time with Gale leading the pack.

Things may be a little left of centre at ST. ALi, but never done by halves.
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