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The best coffee in the Melbourne CBD

The search is over, city-dwellers and peaky commuters. These are the best spots in Melbourne's grid for coffee

Written by
Emily Morrison
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Nicknamed the "coffee capital of the world", Melbourne has no shortage of excellent
coffee shops. Thanks to an influx of Greek and Italian immigrants who introduced
espresso to our city after WWII, we now have more coffee shops per person than
any other city in the world. This makes writing a list of the best coffee shops in the
CBD almost redundant as you'll be hard "pressed" to find an energising bean juice
that doesn't put a pep in your step. However, as with everything we do, we aim to
make your life easier, so we have compiled a list of our personal favourite CBD
coffee joints to ensure your morning (or arvo) caffeine hit is the best it can be. 

When you're done with your caffeine hit, check out these top spots for food in Melbourne's CBD 

The best coffee in Melbourne CBD

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From the sibling duo that brought you Richmond’s Mayday and the CBD's Maverick, Greta is a European-inspired café that serves tasty bites and piping hot coffee. Axil Coffee Roasters supply the beans; made any way you like (there's no coffee menu). Enjoy your brew with their excellent beef cheek sandwich that comes with a side of gloriously excessive Napoli dipping sauce. Thursday and Friday Greta is open until 10pm so that you can transition seamlessly from a cup of joe to an Espresso Martini.

450 Flinders Ln

Nestled in a small CBD laneway with a brick shop front, Little Rogue runs the risk of contrivance. However, this is no ordinary Melbourne café. Little Rogue has an unmistakable, effortless cool factor – backed up by an excellent brew. They stock a
variety of roasters, including Melbourne’s ACoffee, and import distinct beans from around the world, which you can purchase to take home. Their drinks menu also caters to the non-conforming caffeine intakers with one of the city's best matcha lattes. Besides the excellent coffee, the best part of Little Rogue is their Japanese bakery sibling Bakemono – which is situated just across from them. This means you can pick yourself up with a caffeine hit and then slow it down with a carb overload.

12 Drewery Ln

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Bright and airy, Vacation coffee shop has curated an environment that feels just like what it says on the label – a holiday. Retro tiles and papaya pink details make this the perfect vacay from your busy work week, latte in hand. They roast their beans in Brunswick, and as their adorable ananas mascot implies, they have a mellow, fruity flavour. At one of the higher price points on our list ($4.80 for a small white coffee), it might not be doing your holiday funds any favours, but why not take a vacation in your city in the middle of the day?

1 Exhibition St

People's Coffee is half prepackaged sandwich shop, half hipster Brooklyn café. Located in the CBD's Bensons Walk, this streamlined coffee operation serves their drip black, white or as a batch brew. Fives Senses are the beans on offer here, and
they're as good as ever with a bold, roasty flavour. In addition, there's a selection of prepackaged sandwiches and salads, hot sandwiches, and a New York "everything bagel". A small white coffee will set you back $4.50; add on 50 cents if you prefer
milk of the non-bovine variety.

7 Bensons Walk

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From their humble beginnings in Collingwood (where they still roast their beans) Midtown is Everyday Coffees’ second location. There’s a chocolatey Colombian blend for milky coffees or some interesting single-origin options available. 

213 Little Collins St

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Located in heritage listed 495 Collins Street, Bonnie is a carbon-neutral coffee shop that serves a damn fine joe. Filter and cold-brew are specialities here, made with meticulous attention to detail. Their Bonnie Blend is so popular they now have a liqueur available, "mummas boy coffee liqueur". Try the original G-rated version; we guarantee you'll understand why the 18+ liqueur was inevitable.

495 Collins St 

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Named after Baba Budan, the 16th century figure reputed to have smuggled seven coffee beans into India from Yemen, this café is an offspring of Seven Seeds roasters. With espresso, filter and pour-over available, takeaway is your best bet, as seating is limited (besides the ones on the ceiling). Expect wait times most of the time, as this revered café attracts crowds

359 Little Bourke St

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Bright and brimming with good vibes, Patricia initially served coffee using beans from the Melbourne greats (Proud Mary, Seven Seeds, Everyday). In 2016 they started roasting their own product with Fieldwork and now serve their “Patricia Blend”. A white coffee will set you back $5, and a black is $4.70, but these prices are justified, and the product speaks for itself. A range of small pastries is available from Australian suppliers; we suggest the perfect little canelé for your coffee pairing.

493-495 Little Bourke St

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It's difficult to walk through the city without seeing one of Axil’s branches slinging high quality, ethical coffee. Single-origin options are rotated daily at all locations. In addition, their Bourke Street, the Manse and Melbourne Central branches are now offering full-service food until 3pm, so it's the perfect option for a caffeinated lunch.

Bourke Street, Flinders Gate, Flinders Lane, Lonsdale Street, Spring Street, Collins Arch, Southern Cross Lane, Wesley Place, Melbourne Central, the Manse

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