The Best Cafes in Melbourne’s CBD

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High Ground Coffee Shop, Melbourne CBD

In the heart of Australia’s cultural capital, Melbourne, lies a vibrant and dynamic coffee culture that has transformed the city into an unparalleled playground for caffeine fiends and discerning coffee aficionados alike.

Nestled within its laneways and bustling streets are hidden gems that brew an elixir of perfection, making Melbourne a globally renowned haven for coffee enthusiasts. With an unwavering dedication to the craft, this city has earned its reputation as one of the best coffee cities in the world. 

From the aromatic symphony wafting through the air to the expertly crafted pour-overs, the best cafes in Melbourne’s CBD embody a rich tapestry of flavours that captivate both locals and visitors, ensuring that every cup tells a story, and every sip leaves an indelible mark on the palate.

Join us on a caffeinated journey through the city’s laneways as we explore some of the best cafes that contribute to Melbourne’s well-deserved status as a coffee lover’s paradise.

Brother Baba Budan

Nestled in the heart of Little Bourke Street, Brother Baba Budan is a coffee lover’s pilgrimage site. This compact yet iconic cafe is famous for hanging chairs from the ceiling, creating an artistic and Instagram-worthy setting. The coffee, sourced from the finest beans, lives up to the cafe’s reputation as one of Melbourne’s best.

Address: 359 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Higher Ground

For a cafe experience that transcends the ordinary, head to Higher Ground on Little Bourke Street. This architectural gem is not only a feast for the eyes but also a haven for gastronomy enthusiasts. Indulge in their expertly brewed coffee and explore a menu that marries innovative flavours with classic brunch options.

For residents of West Side Place, Higher Ground is within easy walking distance and represents the perfect place to meet friends for a weekend brunch or mid-week coffee.

Address: 650 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Manchester Press

Located in the heart of Melbourne’s iconic laneways, Manchester Press stands out as a pioneer in the city’s cafe scene. Famous for its delectable bagels and exceptional coffee, this rustic-chic establishment offers a cozy retreat from the bustling city streets. It’s the perfect spot to savour the union of outstanding brews and artisanal bagels.

Address: 8 Rankins Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000

Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar

Pellegrini’s Espresso Bar stands out as one of the best coffee shops in Melbourne, not just for its exceptional coffee but for the rich tapestry of experience it offers. Nestled in the heart of the city, Pellegrini’s has been an iconic fixture since 1954, crafting a legacy that intertwines with Melbourne’s coffee culture. What sets this espresso bar apart is its unwavering commitment to tradition and authenticity. Pellegrini’s prides itself on delivering a cup of coffee that embodies the essence of Italian espresso craftsmanship – bold, aromatic, and meticulously brewed.

Address: 66 Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Dukes Coffee Roasters

Located just a short stroll from West Side Place, Dukes Coffee Roasters is a haven for those seeking some of the best coffee in Melbourne. Renowned for their meticulous bean selection and expert roasting techniques, Dukes offers a sensory experience that transcends the ordinary. Sip on their signature blends while enjoying the contemporary, industrial-chic ambiance.

Address: 247 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000


Nestled at the intersection of Flinders and Exhibition Street, this charming pastel pink cafe transcends the traditional by doubling as a retail haven for coffee enthusiasts. Here, patrons can not only savour a high-quality cup but also take home the experience in a bag of carefully roasted beans. This welcoming space, masterminded by the team behind Hawthorn’s Bawa, Northcote’s Barry, and Malvern’s Little Chloe, invites both novices and seasoned coffee lovers alike. The team’s approachable demeanour adds a friendly touch to the coffee they expertly roast and serve.

Address: 1 Exhibition St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Sensory Lab

As you traverse Collins Street, make sure to uncover the hidden gem that is Sensory Lab’s space-themed cafe. Designed by Foolscap Studio to offer a serene retreat from Melbourne’s CBD hustle, this Swedish-Japanese fusion captures a minimalist aesthetic with futuristic undertones. The compact yet inviting space provides a machine-like ambiance, with a handful of tables for two and cozy spots for solo coffee indulgence. Revel in the freedom to customise your coffee, complete with tasting notes, and consider taking home a bag of beans.

Address: Shop 1, 30 Collins Street Melbourne 3000


Huddled within the bustling streets near West Side Place, Patricia Coffee Brewers may appear unassuming at first glance. Yet, this Melbourne gem, tucked into a cosy space, holds a charm that sets it apart. As one of the pioneering cafes in the city to embrace a standing room-only concept, Patricia has seamlessly blended old-school allure with Melbourne’s contemporary sensibilities, creating a magnetic pull that has coffee aficionados forming a queue outside its doors every morning and afternoon.

Address: Rear of, 493-495 Little Bourke St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Industry Beans

The Little Collins Street outpost of Industry Beans, the renowned sibling to the flagship Fitzroy store, beckons coffee enthusiasts with its commitment to top-quality brews. This cosy cafe, an ideal stop for your daily caffeine fix, features bright and minimalist interiors that provide a cheerful setting for coffee aficionados. Within this snug space, a diverse selection of caffeinated delights is crafted using state-of-the-art equipment, ranging from classic espressos to carefully sourced single-origin batch brews.

Address: 345 Little Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Merriment Café

Residents of West Side Place can immerse themselves in Melbourne’s famous coffee culture with a cup of freshly brewed and expertly made barista coffee, perfectly complemented by delicious pastry treats. Enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere in the freshest Melbourne Cafe or grab your coffee to-go as you head out to explore the city.

Address: 8/260 Spencer St, Melbourne VIC 3000

Melbourne’s CBD is a treasure trove of cafes, each offering a unique blend of flavours, atmospheres, and culinary innovations. Whether you’re in search of the best coffee, craving a delightful brunch, or exploring vegan options, the cafes within easy walking distance of West Side Place have something for everyone.

As you embark on this gastronomic journey, let the aromatic brews and delectable dishes of Melbourne’s best cafes enchant your senses. Elevate your coffee experience and make each visit a memorable one in the heart of this vibrant city.

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