Journal & Canteen

Opens at 7am

6.710026 reviews


253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne CBD, Victoria


(03) 9650 4399


7:00AM - 9:00PM
7:00AM - 9:00PM
7:00AM - 9:00PM
7:00AM - 11:00PM
7:00AM - 11:00PM
7:00AM - 6:00PM
7:00AM - 6:00PM
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321 reviews · 620 followers · 7 years ago

This place is beautiful. I love the fit out and atmosphere. The service could be a lot better. It's not that they're bad, just a bit slow. I got a flat white and my friend a cappuccino. It was rather poor and sugar a must. It's a pity really, especially given the lovely fit out.

18 reviews · 7 years ago

Very tasty coffee. Had a long black that was rich and mellow and not a hint of bitter/rubbishness. The food was well delicious and would make me want to return. Don't know if I agree with the poor service reviews. The waiters were plenty nice. Not obnoxious at all.

28 reviews · 1 follower · 8 years ago

Staff are definitely too cool for school here, the giddy eyed wait staff are too busy fixing their attire than taking your order especially if its takeaway. The coffee is extremely inconsistant ... a real hit or miss scenario. Don't bother wasting your hard earned coin here its definately worth avoiding this shallow scene, that is unless you think your cool enough to compete for the staffs eye.

10 reviews · 1 follower · 9 years ago

I really live journal. Great lay out. The staff aren't the friendliest, but hey, it's quite near Degraves so standoffish service is somewhat expected. The coffee is great and the soy chai latte's are delicious if you've already od'd on coffee for the day!

5 reviews · 9 years ago

One of those places that used to be great when the owner was working, but has gone downhill fast since his apparent " retirement ". Still full though for some reason. As mentioned by other reviewers, the staff seem too cool to serve you and would rather stand around massaging each other! Shame, time to go elsewhere.

3 reviews · 9 years ago

Great atmosphere not so great coffee. This lil hideout in flinders ln. has great potential to be a coffee haven but falls short in a cpl of ways. 1) the coffee has a nice mellow nutty flavor but the milk was not even close to decent temp. 2) staff seem friendly but how would I know for sure if they r too busy with each other? 3) I ordered a mocha n was given a cappuccino... Overall my impressions were quite below expectation, however it is worth a visit just to taste their blend. Also if you enjoy a funky environment to catch up friends, without the hustle n bustle of the hole in the wall joints, you might wanna drop in.. Make sure you let them know EXACTLY how you want your coffee :)

167 reviews · 397 followers · 9 years ago

A cute atmosphere with old world books hanging from modern fittings sets expectations high. Sadly, they aren't met. Staff were unnecessarily short in their dealings with us. We ordered flat whites and lattes, but when coffees came out, staff said 'oh well, there's no difference anyway'. They also didn't make one strong as requested. The coffee was fine, but after the experience with staff, unenjoyable. Go elsewhere.

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