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Sbriga Espresso Bar

Restaurants, Cafés Melbourne
 (Photograph: Vince Caligiuri)
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri
 (Photograph: Vince Caligiuri)
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Time Out says

As you stand at Sbriga, take in the Rome-inspired decor and get a kick out of their thick, dark espresso.

Taking inspiration from Rome’s coffee bars and giving it a Melbourne twist, Sbriga Espresso Bar is all about excellent coffee, delicious snacks and cosmopolitan vibes. The standing-room-only venue has a curved, wood-lined wall, a bicycle-adorned ceiling and the daily papers hanging from under the benches. There’s a warm, community feel to the space, made more vibrant by the happy and chatty staff. The beans are from Collingwood roastery Allpress, with the house blend being a malty Supremo made from Brazilian, Colombian and Papua New Guinean beans. A regular latte costs $4, but if you bring your own reusable cup it’s 50 cents off. While there is a tasty cold brew available, embrace the Italian spirit and order an espresso. With a dark roast, a thick crema and a bitter aftertaste, it’s the kick you need to start your day, or night. On the food front, Sbriga does an impressive range of pizzas and paninis for such a small space, but if you can get there on a Friday the snack of choice is the bomba. These small Italian doughnuts are lovingly crafted by Marianna DiBartolo of Dolcetti. Soft, springy pastry filled with vanilla custard? Yes please!

By: Matilda Knowles



Address: 3/280
King St
Opening hours: Mon, Tue 6.30am-3pm; Wed-Fri 6.30am-8pm

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