King St Espresso Bar
A warm timber wall gently curves around the interior of King St Espresso Bar (formerly known as Sbriga), an old-school Italian espresso bar in the CBD’s northwest. The day’s newspapers rest on benches and an expensive-looking bicycle hangs from the ceiling.
The cafe brings to mind classic European espresso bars, from which owner Mario Simeone drew his inspiration. Simeone’s dedication to the venue is all around you – he designed all the fittings, right down to hand-making the beautiful, artichoke-shaped lights.
Whether you’re swinging by on your way to work or stopping in for a mid-morning break, the offerings at Sbriga include house blends and single origins by Allpress, along with bread from Noisette, biscottini by Dolcetti (which Simeone says are “the best, period”) and Pizza Lingue, a Roman-style pizza that’s made on the premises.