Auction Rooms got its name as a result of it being an old auction house that is now a converted warehouse. Its exterior is slightly weathered and a fresh coat of blue over its brick walls lends it an understated look. It may never earn brownie points for the way it looks on the outside but it gets full marks for its efforts as an approachable industrial setting for all-comers. I had the single origin Guatemala and it was one of my favourite coffees of the day simply because it was the perfect flat white beverage. Its central location and selections of ‘coffee of the day’ also make it ideal for people-watching and taking in the sights and sounds of North Melbourne. 

103-107 Errol Street, North Melbourne

Code Black is smacked right in the middle of Auction Rooms and Seven Seeds. It took some time to get off the ground, but I’m glad to be here to see the setup where you can see all the baristas operating big heavy roasting machines. I had and Ethopian Konga espresso and bought myself a small bag of Columbia Camilo Merizalde washed and Geisha Varietal. I made some espresso and flat white at Caffe Crema and all I can say that it’s texture is simply awesome. Code Black also serves the corporate executives in the area. It’s time to call it a day. 

119 Howard Street, North Melbourne