Coffee Shop - Federal Coffee Palace
Federal Coffee PalaceID: MCR141
03 9662 2224
350 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
If any location typifies Melbourne style, this is it. Federal Coffee Palace showcases the grandeur of the city’s goldrush-era architecture but from an unexpected angle: the old GPO’s colonnaded portico. In winter, gas heaters and cushioned seats stave off the chill, while in summer, towering columns provide a cool and shady retreat. The three-year-old Federal Coffee Palace is adored by locals and sought out by tourists. There’s no signage and no spruikers, yet patronage steadily ebbs and flows. A dedicated takeaway station keeps the hordes at bay, while the steam room delivers a refined drop for those who linger longer. The Genovese coffee helps deliver the Euro experience – it’s dark, astringent and punchy. Milk-based brews reveal quality milk texturing and a lingering, nutty aftertaste.