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The Fair Trader


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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

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Special Diets
Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Cafe, Australian
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Waitstaff
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All reviews brunch salad exhibition street fantastic coffee great atmosphere avo cappuccino yummy
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Reviewed February 7, 2019 via mobile

Great to support good ethics in business. We enjoyed our coffee & turmeric latte (almond milk). Quick service made it a positive experience in a noisy atmosphere...

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Nancy L
Reviewed January 19, 2019 via mobile

Little did we know that in our ‘accidental’ finding if this restaurant, we would be smitten...rarely do u ‘happen’ to find an absolute gem! We walked up exhibition st and decided to just go to the first place! Thank heavens we did!!! If you want...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank rodc577
Reviewed September 18, 2018

The Fair Trader cafe/bar is situated between Flinders Street and Flinders Lane on Exhibition Street, Melbourne CBD surrounding by office buildings, spacious place and long opening hours which makes it a truly versatile place. The material chosen for interior design is wood finishings and rustic...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank whatepieats
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Fantastic coffee. The service was friendly and happy. Really nice breakfast and yummy cakes. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 76emmap
Reviewed June 26, 2018 via mobile

Was loud inside but the Atmosphere was good 🙂 Good layout and furniture. the loos were a bit sub standard though. The selection of food is excellent, coffee is good and salads are amazing.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Kaz D
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

This is a great find in a part of the city which has some pretty ritzy options. Clean and spacious but great atmosphere. Interesting menu options- we just had eggs and avo but really nicely done. Bircher museli also really simple but delicious. Great coffee-...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank 274JudyW
Reviewed January 9, 2018

Very nice and quick for a cup of coffee and or a smoothie, friendly staff and a nice and relaxing atmosphere.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Jean-Luc B
Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

We came here on Wednesday for a work morning tea pre Christmas and weren’t disappointed. The tables are very rustic (chairs a little uncomfortable but one can handle that fine) and super trendy. The service was amazing. Nice and quick but we were able to...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank 198staceyd
Reviewed November 19, 2017

We found this restaurant on our first day in Melbourne and it became our daily fix for breakfast/brunch. The food was lovely, with a great breakfast menu and a lunch menu which changed daily. The portions were also quite substantial but the price was anything...More

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank DeborahW442
Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Attending an event at Rod Laver Arena on a Friday with friends. Secured cheap parking in the same building and then found the restaurant and bar to be very good. It was not over crowded and the staff were very friendly. Excellent range of Tapas...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank C4714RMianp
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throbbing with conversation and espresso coffee. You
never quite know what you’ll find around the next
corner: cobblestone alleys, old beer barrel hoists and
even vats of simmering organic soup. There is the air
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