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

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

The first outpost from the Fitzroy roasters.

345 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Patricia

Now roasting its own beans at Bureaux Collective.

Corner Little Bourke and Little William Streets, Melbourne

Everyday Midtown

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

213 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Altius Coffee Brewers

A laid-back cafe peddling Market Lane coffee.

517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Vacation

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

Another outpost of the Seven Seeds empire.

359 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne

Kit Espresso

East Brunswick roaster Padre's CBD outpost.

Shop 48, Royal Arcade 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne

Gold Drops

Ever tried naturally processed coffee?

183 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters Bourke Street

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

Using beans from Axil and Cartel.

2 Gallagher Place, Melbourne

Sun Moth Canteen & Bar

Small Batch beans served as filter and espresso.

28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne

Rex Tremendae

A pocket-sized cafe with a busy takeaway trade.

547 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Bonnie Coffee Co.

Two locations to visit.

Shop 5 495 Collins Street, Melbourne

Traveller

Yet another one from the Seven Seeds crew.

2/14 Crossley Street, Melbourne

Padre Coffee Queen Victoria Market

The respected roaster's market outlet.

Queen Victoria Market Stringbean Alley Peel Street, Melbourne

The League of Honest Coffee

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

8 Exploration Lane, Melbourne

Dukes Coffee Roasters

A roaster and cafe with an environmental conscience.

247 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Workshop Brothers CBD

Including single origins roasted at Monk Bodhi Dharma.

4 190 Queen Street, Melbourne

Sensory Lab

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

Level 1 David Jones 310 Bourke Street , Melbourne

Cup of Truth

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

12 Cambell Arcade Degraves Street, Melbourne

65 Degrees

Roasted on site.

309 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

Manchester Press

Bagels and a rotating cast of guest roasters.

8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne

Sbriga Espresso Bar

Inspired by the classic European espresso bar.

Shop 3 280 King Street, Melbourne

Little Bean Blue

Coffee made every conceivable way.

15 Little Collins Street, Melbourne

Drystore Espresso

Where personable baristas make all the difference.

113 Lonsdale St, Melbourne

Axil Coffee Roasters CBD Espresso Bar

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

76 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Tom Thumb

A petite espresso bar from two old hands.

53 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Hardware Societe Katherine Place

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

Toby’s Estate

The Sydney roaster's flagship cafe in Melbourne.

325 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

Operator25

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

25 Wills Street, Melbourne

Plantation

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

level 2 Shop 253 Melbourne Central, Melbourne

Little Rogue

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

12 Drewery Lane, Melbourne

Hash Specialty Coffee

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

113 Hardware Street, Melbourne

Sensory Lab Collins Street

Specialty coffee in a futuristic setting.

Shop 1 30 Collins Street, Melbourne