The Best Coffee in Melbourne’s CBD

Updated 1 month ago


The word “saturated” doesn't even begin to describe the CBD’s density of cafes. But not all coffee is brewed 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.

  • Good coffee with no fanfare.

  • This tiny Seven Seeds-owned cafe caters to workers on the move in Crossley Street.

  • Another pillar in the Seven Seeds coffee empire - with lots of seats.

  • A Collingwood coffee favourite in the CBD.

  • Enjoy one of Melbourne’s favourite coffee haunts in the historic Mercat Cross Hotel building at Queen Victoria Market. Go for high-quality espresso and filter coffee in the al fresco area, or take a bag of its beans to go.

  • An elegant spot for lingering over a fine coffee.

  • This iteration of the Market Lane cafe constellation brings the same winning combination: great coffee, quick-and-tasty snacks, plus plenty of beans and accessories to take home with you.

  • With an all-white fit-out and a sleek under-counter coffee machine, Industry Beans’s first satellite cafe sets forth with its own identity.

  • A coffee roastery and cafe with an environmental conscience.

  • Stylish, standing-room-only coffee from award-winning powerhouse Axil.

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

  • A multi-use venture combining a cafe, gallery and regular workshops.

  • A cellar door for coffee.

  • 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.

  • A tiny, light-filled space with a touch of Miami Vice from the founders of Pillar of Salt, Touchwood and Barry.

  • From a spacious warehouse in Brunswick to 12 square metres in the CBD.

  • Excellent coffee from Padre.

  • 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.

  • If you’re yearning for New York, this coffee and bagel specialist might help.

  • A tiny coffee shop below Seamstress.

  • A petit Flinders Lane espresso bar from two old hands.

  • 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.

  • Specialty coffee and Doughboys doughnuts. Enough said.

  • A food-driven cafe located on the heritage site of Melbourne’s first telephone exchange company.

  • A small laneway cafe where work from aspiring artists adorns the walls.

  • 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.

  • A cafe by day and cocktail bar by night, from one of Melbourne’s top coffee roasters. Come early for brunch or later for coffee-spiked cocktails, Victorian wines and snacky plates (think roasted bone marrow on toast).