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Manchester Press

  • Restaurants
  • Melbourne
  • 3 out of 5 stars
  1. Several people sit around a common table at a cafe, one woman is on a latptop. There is an exposed brick wall and a mural of a girl in high socks.
    Photograph: Manchester Press Facebook
  2. Water is poured into a coffee filter, which is filtering out coffee in a slow drip system
    Photograph: Manchester Press Facebook
  3. People sit in a cafe, with brick lined walls and a large communal table in the middle
    Photograph: Manchester Press Instagram
  4. The entry of Manchester Press' glass window, with a sign with their logo
    Photograph: Manchester Press Instagram

Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars

A laid-back Melbourne standard that offers top notch coffee and excellent bagels

For those who know Manchester Press – a classic Melbourne institution that couldn't get any more 'Melbourne' if it tried (I mean, it's a bagel joint dropped into a warehouse in a gritty laneway for goodness sake) – they know that, despite the generous number of options on the menu, a bagel is where it's at.

Here, you can take your choice from plain, poppyseed, rye and sesame (or GF), topped with an array of loosely New Yorker-style options. NY Lox is an obvious choice, and its salty, creamy smoked salmon is thankfully not of the disturbingly bright orange, intensely fishy, store-bought persuasion, as is so often the case. 

The Melbourne standard Avo Smash isn't breaking records for the city's most inventive topping (a cherry tomato medley, feta and pumpkin seeds) but it's suitably tasty – especially when topped with a perfectly poached egg. It's not the shining star on the bagel menu, however.

That title belongs to the Philly Steak, which combines thinly sliced, briney roast beef with lashings of chipotle, mayo and cheesy goodness that meld together and ooze over the sides – rendering your plate a delicious receptacle for a makeshift dipping sauce. It's not going to win any awards for presentation, but damn, it's delicious. I just wish it came with more pickles.

They take their coffee seriously here – and, for a city that thrives on its obsession with finding the best cup in town, this is a pretty solid option. Manchester Press stock local sustainable coffee brand Ona, a speciality roaster that focuses on ethical sourcing and quality beans. Take your pick of a flat white in either the malty 'Aspen' or the creamy 'Raspberry Candy' options. You can grab single origin or filter coffee as well.

If you’ve got a friend from out of town looking for a café with that indescribable Melbourne ‘vibe’, Manchester Press ticks all those boxes. That it delivers on solid food offerings, and tasty, consistent coffee? Well, that’s just a nice bonus.

Written by
Bianca O'Neill


8 Rankins Lane
Opening hours:
Daily 8.30am-3.30pm
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