Some people wear glasses in order to look intelligent. Others go to Journal. Adjacent to the City of Melbourne Library, Journal has hovering bookshelves containing, you guessed it, books. The space if filled with academics, students, librarians and that well-known group of young up n’ comers who don’t seem to have any commitments whatsoever, apart from sitting in cafes looking hip. Intelligence and youth aside, Journal is the go-to place for delicious coffee and a nice, simple menu of brekkie items, sandwiches, salads and a daily hot meal. If ever you’re stuck on where to go for a casual catch-up venue, Journal is your answer. Nobody will judge you, and they might even think you’re clever.
Also great if you’re Hungover and Hungry.
Must try: A strong latte and the avocado bruschetta
How much? $4-$18