206 Canterbury Road, Canterbury, VIC, 3126


The Maling Room occupies the former post office building that stands sentinel at the end of Maling Road, Canterbury. It’s a timber-surfaced, pram-and-gran-filled joint that brims with the chatter of locals, and attentive staff shimmy and smile through this eclectic mix.

As a micro-roaster, the Maling Room sells bags of single and mixed-estate beans from the likes of Kenya, Honduras, Indonesia and Colombia, and – if what they serve on site is anything to go by – it’s worth picking up a bag as you leave.

My espresso is smooth, fruity and mellow, with rich viscosity and no trace of grit or acidity. The latte is sweet, creamy and mild, and is at the perfect temperature (the menu advises that milk is steamed at 60-65 degrees. In fact, if you want a (too) hot latte you’ve got to ask for it specially.

The breakfast menu (served until 3pm) ranges from hangover cure – a bacon and HP sauce sarnie – to posh eggs drizzled with truffle oil. Make like a parcel and get there.

+613 9836 9889

Trading Hours
everyday: 7.30am – 5pm

Cafe: 23/25
Coffee: 23/25

The Maling Room

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4 Responses to THE MALING ROOM

  1. Dean says:

    Very impressive, the coffee was awesome to say the least. However staff selling eggs with truffle oil wearing torn adidas jumper.. Not very professional.

  2. Frankie says:

    The cafe is set in an old post office, making it quaintly attractive. On entry it is cool, so on order is the warmth of coffee & soup. The Latte Art is second to none – Brilliant. The Coffee is delicious, 5 Bean Plus, simply sensational! The service – not so much…:/ Although this doesn’t seem to bother the regular sippers despite having to ask for service on the outside tables, some cutlery with that or collecting their own menus when one hasn’t arrived after 10minutes of sitting. The truth be told: fabulous five bean coffee covers a multitude of sins! My Recommendation: Definitely Make it a Regular Enjoyment, but just make it take-away. The coffee is so good – I dare you to find a better coffee in Melbourne.

  3. Trevor Scott says:

    User Review:
    As we walked up Canterbury Road, anticipating enjoying a tasty lunch, just before we turned the corner into Mailing Road the aroma of roasted coffee, heightened our anticipation. We ordered, Classic scrambled eggs with French cultured butter & cream. An absolute delight to eat, plus a very generous serve. Also The Signature Platter, smoked salmon & house made Trout rillette served with guacamole, cucumber, dill cream cheese & beetroot relish. Once again a generous serve, well presented, extremely delicious. The coffee was up there with the best, on enquiry, it was a house blend, roasted and prepared by Andrew the owner. The service was excellent, prompt and very efficient. We chose to eat inside, good size tables, comfortable seating, with the option of eating outside if desired. The ambience was good with an understandable busy vibe by locals and shoppers. This cafe ticks all the boxes.

    Coffee type: Own Roast
    Cafe Score: 21/25
    Coffee Score: 25/25

  4. Ben Lee Kong says:

    User Review:
    Excellent food and exceptional coffee. House blend is very good but choice of single origins is better. I tried the Indonesian and Guatemalan today which are refreshing/fruity and more complex/caramel respectively.

    Coffee type: Various
    Cafe Score: 19/25
    Coffee Score: 22/25
    Overall Score: 0.0 Beans

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