I wandered around the CBD, near Degraves, Flinders and Manchester Lane, where the most iconic coffee shops can be found. I recently learned that these cafes aren’t necessarily historic. The Melbourne CBD wasn’t always the charming cultural hub that it is today. Until the 1990s, it was a vacuum town, where after the workday finished it was empty. The buildings themselves are more than a century old, but they didn’t always house Melbourne’s coffee addiction. Instead, they used to be horse parking areas or back doors to outlets selling linens and other wholesale products. I’m glad it changed.