The word "saturated" doesn't even begin to describe the CBD's density of cafes. But not all coffee is created equal.

Whether you work next to Southern Cross Station or up the Paris End of Collins Street, we've narrowed down the choices for you. Go on, get that morning started.

Liminal

Cafe

This sea of olive leather, grey velvet and art deco touches is not your everyday foyer cafe. On the menu: French flatbreads you can fold up like a taco, and salads with porchetta or rotisserie chicken.

161 Collins Street, Melbourne
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Industry Beans Lt. Collins

Cafe

The first outpost from the Fitzroy roasters.

345 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Patricia

Cafe

Now roasting its own beans at Bureaux Collective.

Corner Little Bourke and Little William Streets, Melbourne

Everyday Midtown

Cafe

From Collingwood to the city. Also a Bureaux Collective customer.

213 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Altius Coffee Brewers

Cafe

A laid-back cafe peddling Market Lane coffee.

517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Vacation

Cafe

A slimmed-down cafe from the crew behind Barry and Square and Compass, roasting its own beans at Bureaux Collective.

1 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Brother Baba Budan

Cafe

Another outpost of the Seven Seeds empire.

359 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Kit Espresso

Cafe

East Brunswick roaster Padre's CBD outpost.

Shop 48, Royal Arcade 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters Bourke Street

Cafe

The eighth outpost for Axil specialty coffee roasters – this time with full kitchen service.

565 Bourke Street, Melbourne
34-40 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne

LB2 Specialty Coffee

Cafe

Using beans from Axil and Cartel.

2 Gallagher Place, Melbourne

Bonnie Coffee Co.

Cafe

Two locations to visit.

Shop 5 495 Collins Street, Melbourne

Traveller

Cafe

Yet another one from the Seven Seeds crew.

2/14 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Padre Coffee Queen Victoria Market

Cafe

The respected roaster's market outlet.

Queen Victoria Market Stringbean Alley Peel Street, Melbourne

The League of Honest Coffee

Cafe

Another one from the folks behind Padre and Brunswick East Project.

8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne

Dukes Coffee Roasters

Cafe

A roaster and cafe with an environmental conscience.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Workshop Brothers CBD

Cafe

Including single origins roasted at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

4 190 Queen Street, Melbourne

Sensory Lab

Cafe

Firmly focused on helping customers find new ways to appreciate coffee.

297 Little Collins Street , Melbourne

Cup of Truth

Cafe

A hole in the wall offering a custom blend by Axil, plus rotating single origins.

12 Cambell Arcade Degraves Street, Melbourne

65 Degrees

Cafe

Roasted on site.

309 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Manchester Press

Cafe

Bagels and a rotating cast of guest roasters.

8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne

King St Espresso Bar

Cafe

Inspired by the classic European espresso bar.

1 270 King Street, Melbourne

Little Bean Blue

Cafe

Coffee made every conceivable way.

15 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Drystore Espresso

Cafe

Where personable baristas make all the difference.

113 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar

Cafe

A brooding, minimalist fit-out overseen by a former Australian barista champion.

76 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tom Thumb

Cafe

A petite espresso bar from two old hands.

53 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hardware Societe Katherine Place

Cafe

The well-loved laneway institution has expanded beyond brunch. It’s now offering French cocktails, wine on tap and elevated Euro snacks in a 250-square metre space.

10 Katherine Place, Melbourne

Operator25

Cafe

The main game here is brunch, but the Code Black and Cartel beans are always worth a stop.

25 Wills Street, Melbourne

Plantation

Cafe

The best coffee you'll find in a shopping center.

level 2 Shop 253 Melbourne Central, Melbourne

Little Rogue

Cafe

Ex-Plantation baristas serving Small Batch’s Candyman for the house blend.

12 Drewery Lane, Melbourne

First Love Coffee

Cafe

A slick specialty coffee bar by the Rustica Team. Pop by for a smooth locally roasted brew and a grab-and-go egg-and-bacon roll, then take in the peach-terracotta terrazzo and striking green marble of the pretty room.

Shop 4/447 Collins Street, Melbourne

Hash Specialty Coffee

Cafe

A Kenyan and Ethiopian bean blend shares the spotlight with crazy hot chocolates.

113 Hardware Street, Melbourne

Sensory Lab Collins Street

Cafe

Specialty coffee in a futuristic setting.

Shop 1 30 Collins Street, Melbourne

Bench Coffee Co

Cafe

At Bench Coffee's CBD flagship, stop in for an espresso at the sleek standing bar or grab a latte and rich, bite-sized dacquoise (in flavours such as matcha, black sesame and vanilla-sea salt) to go. It's by the same team as nearby katsu sando bar Saint Dreux.

321 Little Collins Street, Melbourne