INI Studio, Carlton

MELBOURNE | Walking into the city to pick up some ARU bake shop goodies for lunch, the need for coffee number two of the day hit. Serendipitously, I soon walked past INI Studio, a new cafe that I’ve been wanting to check out since reading about it a few months ago.

Owner Kiyong Jung, an experienced and multi award winning barista, opened INI in April this year. The beautifully minimal space is dedicated to showcasing coffee, and in particular, manual brewing methods.

There’s a real attention to detail here, with precision and technique on display as you watch your coffee bring brewed. Beans are sourced from Australia’s top roasters, as well as some of Kiyong’s favourite overseas roasters. The space and philosophy evoke memories of enjoying coffee at one of my favourite coffee spots in Tokyo, the original Omotesando location of Koffee Mameya.

As well as coffee brewed in various ways, you can also buy beans to go, Korean inspired macarons from Unnie Macaron, and pastries from the excellent Via Porta. 🥐

I’ll definitely be visiting INI to grab some beans for home the next time I need to restock, and can’t wait until hospo reopens in November to enjoy a sit down coffee and pastry.

INI Studio

225 Queensbury Street
Victoria 3053

Telephone: 0422 364 938
E-mail: n/a

Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 9:00am to 4:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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