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Guild Cafe

Fuel up for a study sesh with St Ali coffee and tasty vegan snacks inside the State Library of Victoria.
By Leisha Kapor
September 04, 2019
By Leisha Kapor
September 04, 2019

The State Library may be beautiful, imposing and a little cold, but don't be put off: there's warmth, comfort and productivity waiting for you in spades, especially inside Guild Cafe. Located in a part of the library that's been closed for 15 years, the cafe sprung up as part of the huge refurbishments the precinct underwent last year.

Helmed by local business Almond Milk Co, the cafe is just inside the Library's new Russell Street entrance space, the Welcome Zone, where you'll also find an outpost of Readings bookshop. The short and sweet menu has classic pastries and lunch staples, such as salads and sandwiches, and lots of vegan options — including ramen with nori and pickled ginger ($6) and granola with minted coconut yoghurt ($6)

Big windows make for plenty of light and large communal tables lend themselves well to remote working with just you, your laptop, and a bunch of other focused people. Plus — the folks at Guild know what they're doing when it comes to coffee (from St Ali), and an all-day filter coffee pass is available for $10 (or hot tip: try the almond milk).

Images: We Are Tofu.

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