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Four Melbourne cafes students can visit to boost productivity and get work done

Trinity College Foundation Studies

Fri Jan 08 2016


BOOST productivity and get work done away from home! Trinity College Foundation Studies students Le Phan Hong Uyen, Adelia Thea Goanita and Xiao Yingli offer their four favourite cafés to help you study. 


Students living in a busy city like Melbourne will sometimes find it hard to look for a nice, quiet and airy place to study.

Thankfully, Melbourne’s coffee culture means students are able to kill two birds with one stone – they can have great food and coffee while studying and completing their homework, which will undoubtedly help them remain alert and productive.

If you’re the type of person who’d rather get work done away from the confines of your home, we’ve found four great cafés for you to sit down, have a great drink or meal and study in!

Bon a Manger
387 Little Bourke St | Monday to Sunday (6.00am – 4.30pm)


Bon a Manger café is situated on the corner of Little Bourke St and Hardware Lane. With its red and white awnings and bright red chairs, one cannot miss it.

Offering a huge selection of delicious sandwiches and a variety of fresh juices, this warm and cosy cafe also has plenty of light for those studious enough to hit the book for more than an hour.

What’s more, the staff is friendly and the atmosphere is inviting.

Alan Gilbert Building (Grattan St, Carlton) | Monday – Friday (6.00am – 6.00pm), Saturday (7.00am – 5.00pm)


With its simple and modern architecture, Baretto is a unique café that’s sure to entice any passerby.

Located within the Alan Gilbert Building, which is part of Melbourne University, we feel this should be enough reason to visit given its convenience for students of Melbourne University. Also due to this  close proximity to campus, Melbourne Uni’s students shouldn’t have a problem connecting to the university’s wi-fi either.

The café and the building share the same opening hours, so you can come in to study, as well as to have a drink, for as long as you like.

Unlike some cafés that opt for a darker and more mysterious atmosphere, Baretto offers more of an airy space. And for those who forget their books or need to buy just a few more, the Co-op bookstore is also conveniently located within that same building.

Emporium Melbourne, 287 Lonsdale St | Saturday – Wednesday (10.00am – 7.00pm), Thursday & Friday (10.00am – 9.00pm)


Luxurious and spacious with classy black and white interiors, Bécasse is another suitable place for studying.

Located on the second floor of Emporium Melbourne, the moment you walk inside this café you can smell the aroma of fresh coffee. The best time to come and study is during the afternoon, when the crowds have subsided and the fresh salads are still available.

Just keep in mind that this café doesn’t have free wi-fi, so don’t forget to download all required materials before coming here!

100 Leicester St |  Monday – Friday (7.00am – 5.00pm); Saturday & Sunday (8.00am – 4.00pm)


Located at 100 Leicester St on the ground floor of Melbourne University Education Building, this café is another perfect place to study!

With its calming atmosphere and cosy interior, Stovetop makes one feel warm and studious! Sit and complete that pressing essay at the café’s large square table, which has a huge box full of sansevieria plants right in the middle of it.

So whenever you feel tired from studying, take a break, have a sip of your drink and admire the plants inside those pots – seeing its green colour might freshen up your mind!

With friendly staff on hand and free wi-fi available, this café is sure to rile up some productivity in you!

Pro-tip: Don’t forget to try the special iced chocolate to keep you in a good mood while studying!

This story was produced by Media and Communication students at Trinity College Foundation Studies as part of Meld’s community newsroom collaboration. Education institutions, student clubs/societies and community groups interested in being involved can get in touch with us via