Our Story

The Thornbury Espresso Bar has been an iconic institution of Melbourne since 1956. Opened by Carmine Di Paolo, his vision and design has continued to be admired by generations of coffee lovers. Carmine’s attention to detail lives on throughout the venue, from his tiled blue façade, terrazzo floor and his unique arched wall, propelling you back in time, whilst you sit and enjoy a drink. Once known as a hub for young Italian migrants to socialise and network whilst playing cards and bocce, the Thornbury Espresso Bar, in all its history and beauty, can now be loved and shared by all.